A Woody Suburban!

New ish Woody Suburban!

New ish Woody Suburban!

Thanks to fellow Woody boater David McDonald Jr. for sending in pics of his fun and very noticeable Woody Suburban. As Davis says, my ’99 “Country Squire” Suburban ‘s a great riding woody and gets attention wherever I go, especially when I am towing my ’63 Century Resorter woody.  Quite the combination.  I’ve never seen or heard of another ’99 era Suburban woody done like mine and have no info on who did the woodwork on mine and whether he/she has done such woody woodwork on other vehicles. 123,000 miles approximately.

Dang, thats real wood work.

Dang, thats real wood work.

You’d never guess it seeing it/riding in it. I’ve had the Suburban for 4 years or so and have put on around 7,500 miles. Engine and drive train operate as smooth as new.  Transmission is 2wd/4wd-hi/4wd-low/awd.  1500 with all options, including 3rd row seat. Blue leather interior and carpeting in very good shape.

Here is the fantasy drawing we conjured up a couple years ago on Woody Boater. Dang, The real one is very cool!

Here is the fantasy drawing we conjured up here on photoshop a couple years ago on Woody Boater. Dang, The real one is very cool! Here is the story

I can add that we here at Woody Boater LOVE our go to Suburban, they are the perfect tow vehicle. The large area in the back makes a great storage area thats always covered. And at the shows you can be the party bus! They drive like a 1950’s caddy and can handle anything. Davids Woody Suburban would be a fun addition to the streets of Woodyboaterville.

The new Woody Boater mobile, Look for her at a show near you!

The new Woody Boater mobile, Look for her at a show near you!

36 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Very different. A Chris-burban? Gar-burban.? Suburb-resorter?

    Suburban/Yukon works great as a tow vehicle, I’m on my second. Also need it to move my daughter back and forth to school just for her shoes.

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I agree that the Suburban is a great vehicle. However, as a Chrylser 33+ years retiree, I could never bring myself to buy one. However, I have seen some really cool classic Jeep Wagoneer Woodies that could be a future tow vehicle for me.

    • Jim Frechette
      Jim Frechette says:

      I owned 2 or 3 of those Jeep Grand Wagonneers in the 80’s. Should have quit after the first one. If you are towing anything heavier than 16′, don’t consider it. They are a nice retro style but I had lot’s of problems. Radiators don’t last long, the 4 wheel drive linkages fell apart. one engine actually exploded on a city street. The oil pressure sender came loose and coated the bottom of the car and my Racing Runabout with a thick coat of oil, etc, etc. My new wife(still my wife in spite of this trip, but new at the time) wanted to take her Chow dog on a cross country trip back to New Hampshire to visit my family. The dog was all set up in the cargo space behind the second seat. We could not figure out why the dog would not settle down and go to sleep as we cruised along. Turned out the floor was so hot the dog was just dancing the whole time! One hot dog!! We found a big piece of foam insulation to cover the whole compartment and the dog was happy.

    • m-fine
      m-fine says:

      He originally ordered the Antarctic Blue Super Sportswagon with the rally fun pack and citizens’ band radio. Since that was not going to come in for another 6 weeks, it was either an orange suburban or a pea green Wagon Queen Family Truckster. He made the right choice.

  3. Alex
    Alex says:

    What a bunch of wannabees. Might as well buy an Elite Craft while you’re at it.

    Nothing beats the real thing. Mine has its original genuine simulated faux mock imitation ersatz artificial “wood” applique. With a patina only possible from hundreds of trips through 70’s and 80’s plastic-bristled drive through car washes.

    Stay vinyl my friends.

  4. Alex
    Alex says:

    Almost forgot the interior, where the save-the-trees treatment continues.

    This look is complimented by pleather from plattle, infused with the aroma Breck, Brut. One a hot day, upon entering the wagon, it is possible to detect what might be just the tiniest soupcon of late 70s sinsemillia (that, or petrified spilled Fresca).

  5. charley quimby
    charley quimby says:

    Well, some may laugh at the Caprice, but it is more car than the cardboard rollerskates being manufactured today plus you can do your own maintenance and repairs for the most part. My 86 N.J. State Police cruiser is still going… Don’t let em grind you down, Alex! CQ

  6. Sean
    Sean says:

    This aint your Grandpa’s Buick Estate Wagon….oh wait, it is!
    Do you have to wear a hat while you drive it? 🙂

    (Grandpa’s had the optional rear facing bench seat in back of the back, making it a true 9 seater.)

  7. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    I have two Chev Crew Cad Dually’s with 454’s ready to tow darn near anything! Both for sale – pretty cheap – I’m not towing Red & Whites anymore and besides, my wife boycotted “those old, ugly trucks”… Just think of the possibilities – DualWoody – WoodyCrew – the sky (and launchramp) is the limit! I’m now a Tundra herder…

  8. brian t
    brian t says:

    Sorry, but that suburban is just not a real Woodie. It will never attain the same status as the beauty below.

  9. 72hornet
    72hornet says:

    Time to slip into the optional polyester Sansabelt slacks or your favorite jumpsuit and spray on a little Lemon Pledge to give that vinyl covered Buick a little shimmer!

    • Alex
      Alex says:

      My car is an early 1977 model, so built in late 1976. Here was the “look” at the time.

      Glad to see this guy was “getting more mileage from [his] wardrobe,” because the mileage in his Buick was abysmal.

  10. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    …perhaps a Rolls-Royce ‘Shooting Brake’ would be a sensible choice to tow your Fay & Bowen launch..?

  11. cobourg kid
    cobourg kid says:

    That Buick can’t be your car Alex. With that sizable posse of children I expect that that ol’ Buick would have long ago been imbedded with various and sundry stains , rips, tears and scratches and malodorously adorned with stale cheese puffs, potato chips, dried ice cream and juice , not to mention , Wally World, Pure Michigan and Wall Drug stickers plastered about , and seats strewn with the usual late library books, graphic novels, superhero comics and various cables for video game consoles and cell phones .

    Hmmm …or perhaps you just recently picked it up from Barrett-Jackson for use as a tow vehicle for that shiny new CC red and white of yours ??… now that’s a plan !

    • Alex
      Alex says:

      CK, that Red and White was a beast to tow. Including the weight of the steel trailer, it bought my car (mid sized SUV) to its knees, though the same vehicle towed the Scripps Sportsman at 80 mph with ease.

      That Red and White is clearly female. Methinks it lied about its weight.

  12. Grant Stanfield
    Grant Stanfield says:

    The classic Pontiac Bonneville Safari always looks right in a nautical setting…just watch out for the corrosive effects of saltwater!

  13. Troy
    Troy says:

    This guy is using an F350 with Banks upgrade’s and air brakes.

    Believe it or not he towed this Connie from Washington to North Carolina.

    Got this shot from CCABC forum.

  14. Dave Clyne
    Dave Clyne says:

    Love it !
    Bought a 1955 Pontiac safari to restore to pull my 1956 Century Palomino but bought a CC Riviera and the Safari had to go. The plan was to put the wood on the INSIDE for the cargo space.
    I notice when talking “boat” to car guys their eyes glaze over: when talking “car” to boat guys their eyes glaze over.
    Dangerous crossover topic here.

  15. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Its not flashy but 13 mpg towing big bertha here and 15 with a runabout, 18 mpg unloaded and can sleep 2 comfortably in a pinch. Diesel power rules, gas drools.

  16. ian
    ian says:

    I am not sure how many people know that all honda’s built from 2008 on have a minimum towing capacity of 1000lbs. I have towed my boat from Tennessee to Muskoka Canada. It can also tow out of the boat ramp quite nicely I might add although it sits a bit low so I have to watch the water in the exhaust pipe and the low profile tires raise a few eye brows.

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