The crew at Easton Muscle and Custom began the disassembly stage by removing the pick-up bed, cab, fenders and hood. Next the engine, transmission, differential, suspension, gas tank, brakes and exhaust system are removed. Once disassembled, the inspection process begins with an overall assessment of the chassis and suspension components. For this particular project, it was predetermined the chassis would be powder coated and the front and rear suspension replaced with a high performance kit from Classic Performance Products (CPP). This kit contains everything necessary to completely replace stock components.
Upon closer inspection of the chassis, it was evident the C10 had sustained some damage to the front end portion of its frame. After careful consideration, our body/frame technician recommended a course of action which would realign the frame to factory specifications. Use of a hydraulic adjustment tool and multiple measurements easily straightened the right side of the affected front rail of the frame.
As previously mentioned above this frame received our upgraded powder coating option. All frame subcomponents are reassembled with new coated/treated hardware and torqued to factory specifications.
Next, the optional high performance suspension kit from CPP is installed on the front and rear portions of the frame. Also, the factory brake system was upgraded to disc brakes on all four wheels with new lines and hardware. Notice the tubular control arms, heavy duty tie rods, springs, sway bars, trailing arms and cross member supports. The ride will be amazing!
Finally our client opted for relocating the gas tank. This is a modification which has become popular with C10 resto/mod owners. Over time owners complained about gas odor and fumes inside the cab especially as the truck aged. Also, side impacts from accidents were known to cause fires and additional injuries to occupants. This fuel cell is well constructed with aircraft grade aluminum and fits snuggly between the rear rails of the frame. Also, it has increased fuel capacity and can accommodate an electric fuel pump for those who opt for fuel injected or heavily modified performance engines.
The next C10 installment will focus on the cab as it begins the next stage in our metal fabrication shop. A combination of replacement panels and custom sheet metal work is next-up for this special C10 project. Stay tuned!