Alan Langston is no stranger to modified automobiles. Over the years he's owned a '79 Camaro, a '63 Corvette, a flamed '00 Tahoe, and a '51 Chevy pickup truck. As it turned out, the truck was his favorite: he loved its size, shape, look, and feel. As a matter of fact, he thought he'd have the truck forever; the problem came when his family went from he and his wife to he, his wife, and three small boys. At that point, a truck with room for two became almost obsolete, so he and his old friend had to part company. The difficult part of that process was deciding to do it, because the first guy who looked at it ran his hand along the tailgate and waltzed it out of the garage.
Because he was infatuated with the sensual lines of that full-bodied Chevy truck, it was only natural that he expanded on that lust for the rotund and went in search of an even bigger, rounder, more family-friendly version from the same gene pool, which was easier said than done. After an exhaustive search of the Web and every national ad publication he could get his hands on, Alan finally made contact with a gentleman in Indiana who just happened to have an early Suburban in good condition that needed a new home. When Alan and his family got there, they found not only the Suburban, but 30 or 40 other future projects and an intact Sinclair Gas Station, complete with a green 7-foot dinosaur on the property. Alan was excited, the Suburban was everything it was said to be, money changed hands, and the non-running beast was loaded on the open trailer. As excited as Alan was about the purchase, his wife just wasn't convinced. Fact is, her comment went something like, "You have a very odd sense of cool," along with something about this heap being beastly and ugly. While it wasn't a ringing endorsement, it wasn't an ultimatum, either, so the project was on.
As soon as the beast was home, it was taken to Scully's Customs in Palatine, Illinois, so the buildup could begin. The body was separated from the frame, and after a bit of discussion, the original frame was discarded and a new Fatman Fabrications frame complete with front and rear suspension was substituted. The original frame was in good enough condition to use, but the Fatman frame was stiffer and completely compatible with modern components. What happened next was a natural-a 502 Chevy backed by a Turbo 400 was added along with the rest of the chassis components to make the 'Burb roller, like the Mustang II power rack, a complete Air Ride Technologies Pro E system, and Wilwood brakes at all four corners.