Even the '65's interior was done at home in the garage. Jim and Rita did all the upholstery work, featuring gray ultraleather. The door panels are from Rod Doors, and the front and rear seats are from a '94 Suburban.

Jim and Rita's '65 Suburban is a classic example of one thing leading to another. Once they had the truck functioning as a dependable daily driver/camper, they rewarded its faithfulness with a complete cosmetic overhaul. The restoration process took a total of five years spending late nights in their two-car garage. Jim never lost sight of his original plans for the Suburban.

When we met Jim and Rita in Santa Maria last March, one of the other exhibitors told us in an astonished tone that "he takes that Suburban camping everywhere. It's amazing how cherry he's able to keep it."