Timing had a lot to do with this purchase-Dad wanted to make darn sure there was no rush to freshen it up, and plenty of lead time to ensure all systems were completely road ready. Having been through a few owners, first on the list was returning it to California smog-legal status. Next, a complete suspension and brake rebuild was sorely needed. After all, a neglected front suspension results in lots of play in the steering wheel, coupled with unnecessary tire wear, and general driveability problems. This thing had to drive (and feel) like a new truck. Again, we stress the importance of timing. Don't wait until the last minute and wind up putting your kid in a vehicle that's not 110-percent road worthy. There's just too much at stake. While the anticipation may drive him crazy, he'll come to appreciate why you took such a methodical approach.

Performance Suspension Technology (Pst)Parts ListOriginal performance frontend rebuild kitG-Max sway bars, front and rearG-Max 13-inch rotor upgradeAlu-Max calipersHigh-performance brake padsSpindlesBraided stainless brake hoses2 1/2-inch dropped front coils4-inch lowered leaf springsRear disc brake conversion kit (with 11 1/4-inch rotors)