Michael Petramalo’s 1967 Suburban by J-Rod & Custom
Repeat business is great asset in any line of work, but it’s especially rewarding for custom car builders. Having a customer return for a new build not only means they liked the previous one, but also indicates that the customer and builder are on the same page when it comes to style and quality.
That’s what the team at J-Rod & Custom found when building this 1967 Suburban for Michael Petramalo, a repeat customer who shares the shop’s taste for big power, clean style, and high levels of detail.
The big power part of the equation for this 1967 Suburban came in the form of an 800hp supercharged GM LT4 engine built by Lingenfelter and backed by an 8L90 transmission. The drivetrain is cradled in an all-new GSI chassis (the company’s first for a Suburban) rolling on 22×9- and 24×15-inch Schott wheels backed by Baer brakes and wrapped in Pirelli rubber.
Subtle body mods included tightened gaps, tucked bumpers, and custom under-hood panels before a beautiful finish of PPG Lapis Poly paint was applied in-house at J-Rod. The interior got tasty Ferrari leather and plaid fabric upholstery stitched by McFarland Upholstery, plus comforts and custom touches like Vintage Air, Dakota Digital instruments, and an Ididit tilt column.
The end result is one incredible SUV, one with understated style, impeccable detailing, potent performance, and modern comfort. What more could a classic truck enthusiast want?
Photos by Tyler Clemmensen