BEHIND THE BUILD
Of course we don’t have the space in the magazine to show the complete build from start to finish, but we chose a few pictures from the MA build team to help show you some of the work that went into this amazing Suburban Denali HD build. Enjoy—ed.
The chassis was blasted, then painted with Dupont Industrial Coating gloss black to hold up to the harsh Michigan weather without rusting like it did before. It also looks a whole lot better.
It was literally stripped down to the frame to build the Duramax-powered Suburban project from the ground up, with a “like new or better” build philosophy.
As the chassis is coming together with the drivetrain installed and work progressing on the wire harnesses, it’s easy to see that this swap was a very serious undertaking.
The plain white, 3/4-ton 2008 Chevy Suburban was originally a border patrol vehicle, but the Merchant Automotive team had much better plans for it.
The original roof panel was replaced with a new factory Suburban panel with a sunroof for much better fit, finish and functionality than an aftermarket sunroof.
Jake Phaff looks on as the body and chassis are test-fitted one of the many times during the build. The turbo diesel 6.6L Duramax engine takes up a lot more room than the 6.0L gasser that came out of the Suburban.
To meet Merchant’s high expectations and standards, the Suburban required extensive body work to all the body panels, including a complete removal and replacement of the roof.
The body looks stunning in the GM Arrival Blue finish that was flawlessly laid down by the team at ND Collision.