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This Modified Chevy Suburban Is an Awesome Beach Truck


I was driving along the other day in San Clemente, which is a laid-back beach town in Orange County, California, and I came across this 1990s Chevy Suburban that looks a bit different from every other 1990s Chevy Suburban. What I mean by this is that it’s painted lime green, and most of it is gone.

Here’s a basic overview of this thing: It looks like a regular old 1990s Suburban, which was, at some point, involved in an incident with a sawzall. The entire roof was removed behind the windshield frame and at the window line, and this truck is now a roadster. Interestingly, the removal job looks somewhat professional, to the point where they put some rubber bits on the new door tops so passengers don’t cut themselves.

After, or perhaps before, the sawzall situation, this truck was painted lime green, which I think really drives home the point that it is, in fact, not your typical Suburban. It also has a surprisingly professional-looking roof installed on it, rather than just some canvas top that would blow in the wind.

I imagine this thing is designed as a surf vehicle, where you’re intended to throw your surf boards in the back (or on the roof) and then head to the beach with many friends — hence using a 7- or 8-seater like a Suburban. The truck’s 4-wheel drive and ground clearance surely also help for accessing difficult spots or for adventures beyond just the beach.

I love stuff like this — Chevy doesn’t make an open-roof Suburban, but that’s what this person needed, so he created it himself. Custom builds, especially when they’re somewhat decent, always make me happy — and this one certainly counts.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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