Fun For the Whole Family!
As the owner of Pro Performance, Travis Dulgerian deals with a lot of awesome rides on a daily basis. Because of this, his standards are pretty high when it comes to building his own rides. Case in point: his ’64 Chevy Suburban is likely one of the most detailed you’re ever likely to see, even if you don’t notice all of the intricacies right off the bat. And make no mistake — this Sub gets driven! Not only does it serve as the family taxi to shows and cruise nights, but it also serves double duty as a marketing billboard for Pro Performance’s new line of React Suspension components, so getting it out in the public eye is a priority.
Subtle tricks by Matador Rods & Customs include improvements like filled hood and fender seams and a shaved fuel door, but we especially love the Mar-K side trim, which was modified from a C-10 longbed truck kit to fit the Suburban. The engine compartment was also given the Matador treatment with a shaved and modified firewall, and modified inner fenderwells. Once the body and interior were as straight as could be, Cadillac Light Sage Green and white were sprayed outside, with the factory Chevy Fawn applied to the innards.
Bryon Pryde of Pryde Metal Craft worked his magic on the 6.0L LS, which is topped off with a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold and fuel rails. Bryon created a one-off 4-inch exhaust system and a custom cold air intake for the Suburban, which help the 76mm Precision turbo spool up quickly. The engine and built 4L80E trans were dropped in with the help of bolt-on LS brackets and a React Suspension transmission crossmember. Once the drivetrain was buttoned up, it was tuned by Pro Dyno in Gilbert, Arizona, squeezing out 600 horsepower at the crank!
Travis wanted to keep his ride height options open, so he put together an air suspension package in-house at Pro Performance that included Slam Specialties ‘bags, RideTech HQ shocks, React trailing arm crossmember, trailing arms, frame crossmembers, and shock relocators, along with a Dead End Garage C-notch for the frame and a Dead End Garage Panhard bar. An AccuAir E-Level air management system, controlled by the AccuAir touchpad held in by the CTP Concepts dash mount, is mated to an Endo-VT tank, and dual Viair 444C compressors make quick work of ensuring that there’s always plenty of air available.
And while the stance was a huge part of the old SUV’s attitude, Travis knew it wouldn’t be complete without the proper set of rollers, so he enlisted Hot Rods by Boyd to build a set of its glorious B.O.F. billet wheels in staggered 20-inch sizing, with Nitto NT-555 tires providing the traction. Behind the spokes lie large 14-inch Baer Pro+ 6-piston brakes (finished in a custom AZ Copper color), which are fed through a Baer Remaster master cylinder and proportioning valve.
The amazing interior is the result of many hours with Dominick at Dbomb Interiors, who installed custom molded carpet, and a one-piece full-length headliner. Custom-upholstered Snowden bucket seats were dropped in up front on either side of the Lokar shifter, with the original rear bench receiving a matching covering. An ididit steering column is a welcome upgrade from the stock unit, and Travis’ tiller of choice is a HRBB B.O.F. steering wheel, which matches the road wheels perfectly and gives him a clear view of the Dakota Digital HDX gauges and Vintage Air climate controls.
Although Travis’ Suburban is now fully done and has already seen plenty of miles, he still has some changes in mind for the future, including adding a second turbo into the mix! You know, just in case the family is running late.