Re: Chevrolet's 100 Years of Trucks video

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Posted by wws ( on 09:19:18 12/05/11

In Reply to: Re: Chevrolet's 100 Years of Trucks video posted by OnBelay

: 1973 was the first 4 door; they were three door prior to that. 454 was in both Chevrolet and GMC; 455 was actually an Oldsmobile and Buick moniker for the same engine, when coupled to a front wheel drive setup such as the Toronado or Riviera. GMC also used the 455/FWD in their motorhome/mid duty truck chassis.

Buick, Pontiac, and Olds each had 455 ci engines. They were all completely different than one another, and completely different from the Chevy 454. They were used in RWD cars, as well as the FWD Riv and Toronado. By the late '70s, all the 455s were gone.

The terms "carryall" and "suburban" actually date from, horse-drawn carriage days, and carried into the horseless vehicles. A number of manufacturers made them, but eventually all but the GM versions fell by the wayside. GM was then able to trademark the name.

The Chevrolet Suburban wikipedia page is pretty good on describing the various models over the years. But in the case of older ones, could still use some help on details...

The first Suburban I ever drove was a '73, 2WD, and had the 454 in it. Our county surveying crew, of which I was fortunate enough to have been part of for a summer, used it to drive around to various sites.

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