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1969 Chevy C10 Resto-Mod Stage 3

At this new phase of the 1968 Chevy Resto-Mod project, the process begins with prepping the cab and bed to identify metal fatigue and rust on all surfaces. Rigorous attention is especially required for those areas of over lapping metal, tight access channels between the fire wall and the dash and rocker panels are prime examples. The cab was completely disassembled down to the bare mental, and then media blasted which revealed areas that will require new metal replacement parts and some levels of custom fabrication.

Cab before media blasting

Photo #1: Cab before media blasting

Cab after media blasting

Photo #2: Cab after media blasting

At this juncture, the value of media blasting is note worthy for it reveals significant rust and deteriorated metal within the area between the firewall and dash(see photo #3). Considering the age of this vehicle and the known problems of early C10 manufacturing techniques, it is not uncommon to have these rust issues. The photograph below, highlights the rusted sections that will require detailed metal fabrication. Our metal shop technicians will outline a course of action which will utilize a combination of available replacement panels and custom fabrication. For any project that requires metal replacement, after market components and kits are available. The cost factor can be reasonable and most producers are accurate by using OEM dimensions to replicate parts.

Rusted section behind firewall

Photo #3: Rusted section behind firewall

The interior of this cab was in good condition; however,  small spaces of rust along the perimeter of the floor pans and foot boards required attention(see photo #4). Two methods could be employed at this point; fabricate various sized panels or purchase a new complete one-piece floor pan which includes foot boards. After reviewing his options and a very candid discussion with our technicians, our client decided to replace the entire floor pan of his C10.

Interior of cab

Photo #4: Interior of cab

To see the previous Stages of the Chevy C10 , see Stage 1 and Stage 2

1969 Chevy C10 Resto-Mod Stage 2

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!