Searching for SuperBurb
What is going on with Project SuperBurb? I haven't heard or seen anything for quite awhile. Is it still in the works, or did the magazine scrap the project? There are a lot of classic Chevy 4x4 owners wanting to see this project through. Tell Stover to get on his horse and get this thing going!
San Jose, CA
Robin Stover replies: Just like a good wine or stinky cheese, the passage of time can have a positive effect on all things. And with our beloved '72 Suburban project, the years of consistent preservation only add to the rig's uniqueness.
However, you are correct-the rig has been stagnant for quite some time now, and we couldn't agree more about the need for an update. Currently, it's with the professional fabricators at Triple X Traction in Seaside, California, awaiting shop time for a front coilover conversion. We'll ask the bossman if he has any page space for such an update in a coming issue. Thanks again for keeping us on our toes.
V-12 Power for 90-Series Land Cruiser?
I have a '96 Land Cruiser with stock motor and want to convert it to a V-12 motor. What transmission could I use for this motor besides the stock transmission?
Casa Grande, AZ
How about the transmission that came attached to the V-12 engine you want to use? Frankly, that's about the only feasible way to pull off a swap like this (as well as having the V-12's computer and complete wiring harness). And this assumes that such a powertrain would even fit in the LC's engine bay. We don't know anyone who has ever attempted such a swap, so we can't answer that question definitively, but we suppose it would be a matter of which 12-cylinder engine/transmission combo you want, and how many modifications/replacements you're willing to make to the hood, motor mounts, firewall, engine/transmission crossmembers, etc., to make everything fit. Then there's the little matter of replacing the Toyota transfer case, driveline and axles, none of which were designed to handle V-12 power, as well as your entire cooling system, which was designed to keep six cylinders, not 12, happy. Oh, and your stock brakes won't last long if you plan on driving your V-12 Cruiser at V-12 road speeds. But hey, it's your money, so have fun with the buildup.
Wants Off-Road-Only Rig in Nevada
I have an '85 Suburban that won't pass Nevada emissions, and want to convert it to off-road only. Does my DMV inspect a conversion like this, and sticker this yearly?
Somewhere in Nevada
We can't say for certain. Nevada only recently (2009) enacted into law an Off-Highway Vehicle registration program. We do know that the state only requires emissions testing for vehicles registered in Clark (Las Vegas) and Washoe (Reno/Sparks) counties. We couldn't find a mention in the Nevada vehicle code of any special "off-road-only" designations or exemptions, but you would have to check with your local authorities to be sure.
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