Jeff Goddard’s ’70 Chevrolet Suburban three-door sits on a ’99 ¾-ton
Suburban chassis and drivetrain, and is his daily driver. Jeff put 13,000 miles on it
in the past year alone and it’s cruised from North Carolina to Florida and Wisconsin
with ease. Jeff has three kids and wanted an SUV that was comparable to his wife’s
’09 Dodge Grand Caravan in “practicality” but suited his desire to have a one-of-akind
retro daily driver/weekend cruiser.
Jeff says the Suburban drives like a new truck and includes all of the modern
“goodies” like fuel injection, anti-lock brakes, limited slip rear differential, and a
5.7L 350-cube small-block. He was able to maintain the stock GM computer and
diagnostic system for easy maintenance too. Everything
under the hood is new. In addition to fabrication of mounts
and relocation of body mounts, the old and new inner fenders
were merged to clean up the view. The core support is from
the new truck and includes the radiator, coolers, and shroud.
If you were looking under the hood, you would swear you
were looking at a new truck, but it still has the retro look of a
classic ’70 ’Burb. Thanks to the attention to detail by the restorer who did the body swap (Gary Rettig).
The modern upgrades are not limited to the drivetrain and running gear. Interior upgrades include
three rows of leather seats out of an ’05 Suburban, including heated five-way power lumbar seats for
the driver and passenger seat. The old gauges have been upgraded to Dakota Digital and it features a
Vintage Air system as well. The interior has been fitted with a custom headliner with overhead console/
speakers and head unit.