About This 1947 Chevrolet Suburban
Posted: 23 Aug 2007
The one and only URBAN SUBURBAN meticulously built by RB’s Auto Obsolete and Friends. I bought this beautiful vehicle about a year ago. If this vehicle were to be built again it would cost easily over $300K to replicate and that is if you could find the right team to do it.
Many of you car enthusiast are familiar with this early Chevrolet Phantom Suburban Creation. This vehicle is truly a one-of-kind creation, it was designed and illustrated by Chris Ito. You will probably notice a taste of the Chevy Nomad in its design. Chris was also involved with the design of the 1971 G-Force Plymouth Cuda as well and has worked hand in hand with car designer magician Chip Foose in many projects. Ray Doe, the president of RB’s Obsolete started this project with a super straight unmolested California early stock Chevy Panel Truck. Mr. Doe has built many beautiful rides. This one, was special. The Urban Suburban was for himself. With his basic goal and understanding of 'old' blended with 'new' he planned to keep this vehicle. It was much more functional compared to a pickup hauler and seats four very comfortably. Ray could also use it to represent his Company and represent it, it did. I personally noticed the suburban on RB’s catalogs covers, business cards, shopping bags, tee-shirts, note pads, pencils, pens, pocket knives, many brochure’s and many other places.
Most of the stock body parts were used and the only altered sheet metal was made to meet the designer and illustrator Chris Ito’s design of the new Phantom Suburban. Ray’s idea to use much of the body of his pristine find was important. Although, the rest of the truck and components are completely new from the ground up. I personally believe the lines of the panel truck model make a much better candidate for creating a modern time SUV. This project was no easy task even for the caliber of these professionals; and I would venture to say, much more work went into the project than originally anticipated!
This truck is one of the most documented builds you will find. There is no here say here, of 'this was done and that was done'. All that was done is fully documented and photographed. I have records and a DVD disc of this build that show over 1,300 pictures. The steps, labor of work, and the level of car artists involved in this project are worth honorable mention.
BODY AND PAINT
From the records I received at the time of purchase, I found the sum of hours for all body work and complete 'HOUSE OF KOLOR' paint job to be over 2,300 hours of labor. The paint materials alone came to a total just under $10,000.00. When I think of the high level of talent that performed this build, I can’t help but think of some of the labor rates found here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is not shocking for a $100 an hour and especially depending on the craftman’s background or achievements. Well, do the math. Over $230K for body and paint? To get the body as straight as it is, lots and lots of block sanding went into this baby. Although, that is a big part of this build, experienced car builders know there is a heck of a lot more to this one-of-a-kind vehicle than body and paint! From veteran designer and illustrator 'Chris Ito', to Kinbridge Enterprises for hours and hours of body prep, to more hours of final body prep and paint by 'Chris Odom' of Extreme Metals, to 'Mike Lavallee'(of 'KILLER PAINT' and 'TRUE FIRE') who applied the 'Rip Graphics' to match Chris Ito’s design illustration, to Metal Magician 'Alan Swedberg' to make the metal changes appear OEM, to 'Mike Cox' at the Glass House for some dramatic glass addition, to Jim Carr’s upholstery work of art, to the expertise of 'Frank Beck' of Beck Racing Engines.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
Frank Beck and his team were responsible for building the power plant for the Urban Suburban. The G.M. 496 cubic inch MAX VELOCITY PLUS ENGINE is balanced, blueprinted and dynoed. This engine generates 564 H.P. @ 5600 RPM and 563 FT. lbs. of Torque @4600 RPM. Mr. Doe switched the 400 Turbo Transmission with a new 700 R-4 transmission with overdrive to mate with his BRE power plant.
There are many 'Rod and Custom' articles on the net featuring the 'URBAN SUBURBAN'. A general list of what this vehicle has going for it is as follows: Highly professional body prep and 'HOUSE OF KOLOR' paint, Hot Rod AC, Serious Hardware rolling chassis, Stainless Steel SSBC disc brakes 13' front & 14' in the rear, Mustang II front-end, PS. PDB, PW, shaved door handles, keyless entry to doors, rear door window, rear door, Sony stereo & CD changer, custom made California car cover, leather interior, full interior lighting, rear recline Wise Guy seat, Billet Specialties steering wheel, Billet Specialties polished aluminum wheels 18'X 8 ½' front & 20'X 10' rear, fully thermal insulated by COOL CAR CERAMIC INSULATION, polished aluminum radiator with thermal sealed couplings, new Beck 496 cubic inch motor, all polished aluminum or chrome components and brackets, 9' Curry rear end 3.00, Rock Valley S.S. 25 gal. gas tank , Spal fan radiator cooling system, Stainless Steel Magnaflow Performance Exhaust, 3' aluminum coated exhaust system with Corvette exhaust tips, 3 ½' Inland Empire drive line, MSD ignition system, Nitto Tires 235/40 ZR-18' & 275/30 ZR-20' like new, full custom gauges, sport doors, custom windshield, chopped top 2'front & 3'rear, painless wiring, easy access rear fuse access, rear Optima battery, monster cable throughout, electrical shut off switch, hidden manual cable entry, hidden electrical entry button, Flaming River polished tilt steering column, (Lokar throttle assembly, column linkage, transmission & oil sticks), Vision side view mirrors with signal lights, Raingear 2-speed wiper switch and so much more.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: blue/orange
Interior Color: blue
Miles Driven: 2900
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