As our favorite early, two-door musclecars and even some of the four-door models become more difficult to locate, it leaves little for those searching for a project in decent condition. Without a doubt, the early Chevrolet and GMC C/K model trucks are plentiful, simple to work on and replacement parts are more affordable than the sportier coupe sedan musclecars of the era. With so many trucks produced, if you’re looking for a project vehicle, a truck should fit the bill quite nicely.
That said, we found the perfect do-it-yourself suspension upgrade install featuring a ’67-72 C10 (long-bed). It’s one of the most popular models and although it’s a long-bed and less desirable than the short-bed, its parts components and running gear are virtually identical. This makes finding the right parts to get your project truck running a painless experience.
Let’s face it, these trucks weren’t known for blazing performance on the streets. Moreover, their utilitarian nature is what allowed them to succeed among buyers. However, some simple do-it-yourself suspension upgrades can quickly turn your farm truck into a canyon carver.
As Pickuptrucks.com documents, a recently installed set of Hotchkis upper A-arms on this ’71 Chevrolet C10 improved performance in the looks and handling department and left the door open for additional suspension upgrades down the road. What’s more, the installation didn’t take more than a couple hours and was finalized with a simple set of hand tools.
Other than a spongy and numb ride, the factory A-arms are simple stamped pieces of steel and lack any real benefit for the truck. With the addition of the Hotchkis components, this truck will, “…improve its handling through a revised suspension geometry and a reduced suspension component distortion,” according to Pickuptrucks.com
Pickuptrucks.com began the install by lifting the front of the truck off the ground and removed the front wheel. Of course, they finished off the install with the proper wheel alignment from a qualified shop. To see the complete install with all of the details, make sure to check out the remainder of the install story, here, at Pickuptrucks.com.