Vintage Hunting Gear Included: 1972 Chevrolet Surburban

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for vintage camping/hunting/fishing vehicles. When I see an old Woody or Suburban decked out with “XYZ Lodge” on the side and vintage gear loaded up, it makes me want to travel back in time and enjoy the freedom of lake living. Such is the case with this 1972 Chevrolet 3-door Suburban. It looks like it drove straight out of the woods of 1972 into 2020. It can be found here on eBay with an asking price of $36,500. I would expect a truck like this to be located in Maine, Minnesota, or Idaho, but it currently resides in Wichita, Kansas. Have a closer look at this time capsule and check out the vintage accessories that come with it!

The sale includes some really cool vintage gear. While the water skis and snowshoes don’t really compliment each other, I get what the seller was going for. This Suburban is ready to take you on any adventure. Check out the ceiling-mounted air conditioning unit!

The front portion of the interior is very nicely done. The vintage CB radio is a nice touch and it also includes an under-the-hood loudspeaker! There are no photos of the engine in the ad, but it says the Suburban is powered by a 400 cubic inch big-block V8 backed by an automatic transmission. Hopefully, it runs as good as it looks.

This is a great looking ride that would be an awesome vehicle for an actual lodge or guide service. Can you imagine this thing pulling a trailer with a raft or drift boat on it? Or how about picking up guests from the airport? It looks like a real winner to me, how about you?

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  1. Bluetec320 Bluetec320 Member

    This is definitely cool, and the nostalgic EBay trinkets that come along with it are equally as cool, but that price! Oh my gosh.. I know I’m starting to sound like a price whiner, but I just don’t get some of these EBay asking prices. Are people actually paying this?

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    • Bear

      Price IS “ambitious”………

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  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like the truck but it’s far beyond “too rich for my blood.” I’m not all that enthusiastic about the signage and if I got it, the singage would disappear. I would take the truck and enjoy it. And I would get rid of those ground-grips on the front!!!

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  3. Don H

    If it is a big block it is a 402 ,if it is a 400 it is a small block ,Chevy may have called the 402 a 400 ,I guess.

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    • Steve R

      That’s exactly what they did. If you look in parts catalogs for cars from the early-70’s 400 2bbls were small blocks, 400 4bbls were big blocks.

      Steve R

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        When the 400 SB was put into 4×4 trucks it had a 4bbl. I think it took a while before the cars were so-equipped.

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    • Doug

      One big problem with the 400 Small block is the “:siamesed ” water jackets on the center cylinders- with no room for coolant to flow between those cylinders, overheating and associated problems was often an issue with the stock cooling system – add on the humongous heat load from the rear A/C and the auto trans, one could be looking at expensive problems.

      For any thing approaching a go hunting /fishing off roader, I’ll stick to my 1968 K-10 Suburban. 350 SBC, 4spd “granny” box,
      a ’78 front axle with power disc brakes & power steering , a “squarebody ” Suburban folding rear seat, 33×12.50×15 tires, a “carpet kit” setup that gives a bed 9 ft long from the folded back seat to the rear doors, a storage bins over and around the wheel wells, and storage below the bed/deck. – All nicely covered with indoor/outdoor carpet, and completely or partially removeable in less than 5 minutes if one needs to haul something big. A Yakima rack on top for carrying a canoe or kayak, complete with a custom loader using a couple of rollers from a boat trailer, and a roof hatch with light and fan to help keep fresh air circulating. If you want to bring a couple of kids along, no problem- after arrival at camp, fold the back seat up to make room for the interior bed, and set up a tent or 2 for everybody else.

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        We sold a lot of vans and 4×4 burbs, Jimmies, and 4×4 trucks up to 1-ton that were powered by 400 SBCs. The only overheating problem was with my OWN K-1500. And that’s when the block heater popped out. We had some bottom end problems but the worst thing was oil consumption. Mine was no exception, using a quart of oil every 1000 miles. 330K miles in 40 below and 100+ above, it kept the cab heated or cooled and handled all the abuse I could give it. From my experience working for GM the 350 was still a much tougher engine, especially if it had 4-bolt mains. A steel crank made it a major force to deal with. But the 400 was a worthy participant…

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  4. angliagt angliagt Member

    I’m thinking this is a “tribute” vehicle –
    no 4WD,& the lettering looks too generic.
    No address or phone number.

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  5. Connecticut Mark

    400 emblems on fenders, no 4×4, not going in woods , or sand with 36,000 vehicle.

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  6. Ike Onick

    This would be great for the “We Wan Chu” Lodge

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  7. Gtoforever

    Nice truck!
    It’s all been said before above but:
    Price is , should I say, a bit hopeful!
    Must be a lot of free money out there.
    and the signage definitely has to disappear

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  8. Jim Foley

    I would reverse the guns if I were driving this.

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  9. bone

    I know I’m getting old when the stuff that was normal when I was a kid now become a fad as a 70s period correct vehicle !

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  10. TimM

    Nice truck but at $36,500 it seems a bit high on the price!!

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  11. David Ulrey

    Like everyone else I agree with the price being high. The fact that isn’t a 4×4 doesn’t help justify the price either. I fully well know and understand that not everything truck related needs to be 4×4 but for any type of lodge vehicle of this nature it makes little to no sense for it not being four wheel drive.

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  12. Christopher Gentry

    Yeah I like decals , perhaps a bit too much. But WOW that is a lot of em. It is super cool though , just peel most if not all of. And at half that price

  13. Mike

    Did anyone else notice the 1/2 ton front and 3/4 ton rear setup. Someone’s been jacking around.
    It is a $10,000.00 truck

  14. Mike

    Sorry, I was wrong, one photo looked like a 5 bolt wheel on the front. It’s an $11,000.00 truck

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