Good things happen for good people. Just ask Dave Snyder, of Norco, CA, who found the project ’51 Suburban he was looking for out in the desert. While the truck was something Dave wanted to restore, the Suburban wasn’t in the best of shape. “The body was in a rough condition, but the guy [seller] had given me a decent price on it,” Dave explains. “I took my truck and trailer out there and brought it home.” During that time, Dave, an employee of Edison, was working when his hips failed on him. There was only one way to get him back on his feet; he needed to get a hip replacement. This, of course, left the build of the ’51 on the backburner, but that situation soon changed. “My friend, Wayne who builds custom cars, took it up north to Shingle Springs, CA to start on the build,” Dave says with relief. Not one to sit idly by even under the duress of injury, Dave would go up there to help Wayne out whenever he could. “All the people that worked on the car are all friends of ours,” a proud Wayne states. Those friends included Wayne, and fellow enthusiasts, Jim Shawn and Phil.
Wayne, Jim, Shawn, and Phil completed the build of the ’51 Suburban ahead of schedule and wanted to surprise their friends Dave and Denise with a big reveal. The Suburban was entered in the 2011 Grand National Roadster Show without Dave and Denise’s knowledge. As enthusiasts, the group of friends walked the show until Dave and Denise stumbled into their ’51 ‘Sub. Tears of joy ran down both Dave and Denise’s cheeks when they suddenly realized what their friends had done for them. “We had no idea the Suburban was completed so early,” the couple says in astonishment. To top it off, the group took first place in their class at the show!
Later that year, they decided to take the truck to the Brother’s Truck Show, and they won Best of Show honors for the first time in the truck’s history. “We decided to go to the show because we bought most of our parts from Brothers but we were really surprised when we won! We were just at the show having fun, and meeting people,” Dave says with a grin. “The following year, we ended up taking it back to the Brothers show, since it was last year’s winner, and they put us on the hill for all to see. That’s how I met [the staff] and got my feature for Lowrider Magazine.” A feature well earned, Dave. Congrats to you and your friends on a great build.
Owner: Dave and Denise Snyder
Vehicle: 1951 Chevy Suburban
City/State: Norco, CA
Engine: Wayne Rogan and Jim Helton, of Wayne’s’ Hotrod Garage, in Shingle Springs, CA., installed the Chevy 350 ZZ4 with the 700R4 tranny. Flowmaster exhaust, Edelbrock intake, Pulley System V-Belt, Billet Specialties air cleaner and valve covers, Lokar shifters and pedals.
Body/Paint: Anthony Correia. at Speedshop Custom Paint, in Corona, CA., sprayed the two-step ’36 Ford Cordoba Tan.
Interior: Shawn Paterson, of Patterson’s Upholstery, in Placerville, CA., stitched the brown leather found throughout the Suburban.
Setup: Wayne, of Wayne’s Hotrod Garage, installed the Ride Tech airbag suspension. Other suspension modifications include power disk brakes, TCI four-link rear and Currie 9-inch rear end.