The stock stance and factory drum brakes on '55-59 GM pickups may have been enough to handle the job a half century ago, but today's style and driving demands require something much more contemporary. Classic Performance Products (CPP) has been ahead of the game for years, producing parts to make early GM pickups (as well as many other makes and models) stop, steer, and handle better. So we went straight to them with our needs.

While CPP can supply anything from factory replacement pieces to a complete, new street rod-style chassis, our project was looking for a mild drop and better stopping power that could all be handled at home without much more than basic hand tools. CPP had the answer with its 3-inch dropped axle and disc brake conversion kit. Everything was included to complete the conversion. While we were shopping, we picked up a few more things to freshen up our frontend, like new shock mounts and a brand-new drag link.

Follow along as we transform our front underpinnings from outdated to state-of-the-art in solid-axle technology. We'll dress it up in the end with some fresh rolling stock from Wheel Vintiques and Coker Tire. Stay tuned for the next issue when the back half gets a similar treatment.