When the head honchos at Chevrolet developed the C10 pickups it's doubtful that they realized that many years later these trucks would become highly sought after for purposes far beyond their original intent.
Thanks to their clean styling and rugged running gear, Chevy C10s have a huge following in the custom classic trucks ranks. This popularity has prompted the production of a wide variety of reproduction and custom parts that make it easy and affordable to give these classic haulers a new lease on life. One of the suppliers we often turn to when refurbishing older iron, Ford, Chevy, or GMC, is Classic Performance Parts or CPP.
Our latest efforts focused on an 1985 Chevrolet C10. Our goal was to lower it, update the suspension and brakes and replace some well-used parts. Up front, tubular A-frames would be put in place with drop spindles, new coil spring and shocks would be added, along with a heavier antiroll bar to make the truck stay flatter in corners. The tie-rod ends and idler arm would be changed and the original calipers and rotors would be swapped for more contemporary components.
In the rear, new springs and shocks would be added and a flip kit would be used to lower the truck by placing the rear axle above the springs rather than below them. The original drum brakes would be tossed in favor of discs with parking brakes incorporated in the calipers.
While all these updates were standard remove-and-replace procedures, the most complicated part of the process was notching the rear framerails to accept the bolt-in reinforcements. However, even that chore wasn't very difficult thanks to the reinforcement's design.
There's no question that reducing our trucks altitude improved its appearance and the new suspension gave it an attitude that resulted in better road manners. All these changes made a good truck better—and you can do it to your truck too.