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Old 12-09-2018, 07:18 PM
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Testing your Buying Skills ....

This ..... Or a 2010 SS with same mileage for about $10,000 ? + or _


1951 Chevrolet Suburban THE PRICE IS FIRM

Pre-Owned
  • $23,700.00
  • Classified Ad with Best Offer
  • Pickup only: Free
  • Year: 1951
  • Mileage: 97,841
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:07 PM
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OOOOOO that is a tough one man. I love that Suburban, but man, an SS!! That is a toss-up in my opinion.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:30 PM
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honestly, Id get the '10 SS.
there is one of the old skool panel like that near me, sitting behind a fence, that has a good body on it (no visible rust) , Ive toyed with finding the owner and seeing if i cna buy it for a good price, then ratrodding it.
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:10 PM
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I’ve owned a ‘51, so the SS would trump the antiquated Suburban
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Old 12-09-2018, 10:55 PM
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I would have to say ... As much as I love Classics, I can't imagine the Panel exciting me when driving it.

Blue ... I owned a 51 2dr 3 speed column shift and still remember how much fun I had with that car in that time of my life.
BUT !!
Hands down, The SS is my choice, and would do something special with the $13,000 left over.

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Old 12-09-2018, 11:04 PM
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Well take the '51 Sub, throw a late S-10 frame under it, you got modern running gear, add a S-10 Blazer rear end to get rear disc brakes to go with the front D/B, add A/C & have a nice day.

Or yank the current 327 & add a nice lightweight LS engine & 4L60E tranny... & don't worry be happy, But I'd prefer a '51 Pick up all day.

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Old 12-10-2018, 08:18 AM
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I rolled this very thing before I settled on my HHR. Now, my HHR isn't an SS and I don't care, but the argument was the same. I was looking for a hauler as a daily. My then current daily is/was a 2006 Chevy 2500 with the 6.0. Did everything as expected a truck that size, including the 10mpg no matter what I was doing.. and what I was doing were semi-long trips around the state. So.. enter looking for a vehicle to haul the lightweight stuff I was carrying and still returned a decent mileage. I had found a mint - and I mean mint - 1947 Chevy ambulance that was all original. Two doors with the loading door on the rear.. perfect! Price was a bit high but worth it for what it was. So I soul searched and talked with my buddy who is a mechanic about reliability, parts (of which anything can be had for, including disc brakes etc), and general maintenance. His basic response was that these cars were used as cars back in the day.. nothing has changed. In the meantime I was still looking and had bookmarked several HHRs in my area, including a couple panels on the east coast. It took me about 2 weeks to make a logical decision against the antique vehicle because it would A) be sitting outside all the time B) return a modest gas mileage C) has no safety features at all. So now, sitting in the driveway, is my 2010 panel that returns anywhere between 25 and 30 mpg depending where I'm going and has modern safety features already built in.
While I'd love to have that Suburban, it would always be a part time toy... and I have enough of those in the garage already...
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:48 PM
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The Panel is a good choice imo. Once I saw GM making a Panel version of the HHR, I knew I wanted one. Now having mine over 9 some years, I know I made right decision.
I found a nice 2LT, the SS was cool, but it wasn't for me.
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I like my ls panel, been bout 5 or so years now....
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There is an SS panel 5 speed up here in St. Catharines for sale. But Sweetie, my financial advisor, says nope! 2009 is to old.
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