Throwback Thursday: Suspension Upgrades For The Classic Chevy C10 Truck

Here we are, the end of the week is getting closer. That’s right, Thursday is casting its shadow firmly on our garage floor. With the end of the week quickly approaching, we know you are making plans to work on your project this weekend. Maybe those plans have already been made? If your plans for spending some time in your garage include a little suspension work to your C10, you might want to check this out.

In this edition of Throwback Thursday, we’ve opened the Power Automedia vaults, and are taking a short hop back to August 2018. This week, we wanted to check out: Suspension Upgrades For The Classic Chevy C10 Truck. In the original article, we took a look at what suspension options are available for this increasingly popular hot-rod hauler. With input from specialists at Heidts and Total Cost Involved (TCI), the original article has some great information.

C10 suspension

The Heidts four-link rear suspension can be ordered with air bags.

“C10s are plentiful, and there are a lot of variations,” says Vaughn West of Heidts Hot Rods & Musclecars. “Entry level prices on them are cheaper than a lot of the standard ’40s and ’50s trucks. You can do a lot of great things with them, and the aftermarket has actually been picking up with a lot of product offerings.”

Mario Selgado if TCI agreed, “I’ve seen the popularity of the C10s skyrocket. I think it’s because GM made so many of them. At one point, they were so easy to get, and it was a low-cost alternative. They ride so much better than the earlier straight-axle trucks.”

The original article outlines both Heidts’ and TCI’s offering of front and rear upgrade kits for the ’67 through ’87 trucks. The front kits feature tubular upper and lower control arms with coilovers and a rack-and-pinion steering conversion. In 1973, Chevy moved away from trailing arms and coil spring rear supensions, utilizing leaf springs. TCI developed a torque-arm/coilover suspension for the ’67-’72 models and a four-link/coilover system for the ’73 to ’87 models. Heidts has a four-link/coilover kit that covers all the model years from ’67 to ’87.

C10 suspension

Suspension upgrades will allow more flexibility in ride-height adjustments and improved handling.

Deciding to upgrade the suspension in your hot rod truck takes alot of consideration, and hopefully, this guidance from Heidts and TCI will give you some insight into what’s available, and why you should consider the upgrade.

You’ll have to check out the original article to get the full download, and since it is full of great information, I thought; Suspension Upgrades For The Classic Chevy C10 Truck would be a great article for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

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Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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