Last month we kicked off the Pickup Fix-up Tour by showing you the Brown Bomber in all its rusted and pieced-together glory. This month, you'll notice that much of the work done to my '73 Chevy C10 occurs somewhat out of order. That's due mostly to logistical issues involved in getting the truck from shop to shop. This was especially important in the beginning of this saga because the truck didn't run. Naturally my first goal was to get the truck running and then lower it. I swapped the worn-out 350ci small-block Chevy and TH400 trans for a GM Performance Parts LS327/327 crate engine and Gearstar-built 4L65E tranny in my buddy Tim's driveway. Once I finished the engine and transmission swap, I loaded the truck onto a trailer and towed it from Anaheim to Sanger, California. Belltech Sport Trucks is located six hours north and it was inside its shop that this truck really started to take shape.

Everything on the C10 was worn out when I bought it. Every bushing, every shock, even the leaf springs didn't want to carry much of a load. New suspension and rolling stock was certainly in order before I could even think about driving the truck safely down the road for any length of time. Keeping with the simple theme of this build, I resisted the urge to add an air suspension, and instead went with a performance-minded static drop kit. The truck needed an alignment badly and I wasn't about to align it at home, drive it to Belltech, drop it, then align it again, so I towed it to Sanger. Belltech offers several different drop kits for Chevy C10s of any vintage. I went with the double throwdown kit that featured front and rear sway bars, a bolt-in C-notch, 3-inch drop spindles, 1-inch coil springs, an axle flip kit, and new shocks for all four-corners. Tag-teaming the install, three of us dropped the truck in 10 hours and I hit the road for home. Next month, we'll focus on replacing the old, worn-out bushings with new performance pieces from Energy Suspension.


Time Spent Working: 10 hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Intermediate (cutting the frame and drilling the C-notch holes takes patience)

Tools Needed:
Standard wrenches and sockets, mini-sledge, floor jack and stands, drill and bits, Sawzall

Parts Used:
Belltech 4/6 drop kit with spindles, coils, flip kit BEL-705SPBLT $943.93
Nitto NT450 275/50R17 tires $127.80
Vintage Wheel Works V48 17x9-inch wheels $389.75

TOTAL: $3,014.13
(prices from,,

Nitto Tire
6021 Katella Avenue
Suite 250
CA  90630
Belltech Sport Trucks
1075 North Avenue
CA  93657
Vintage Wheel Works
16450 Phoebe Ave
La Mirada
CA  90638
Rimz One
557 N. Main St.
NC  28117
Industrial Motoring
2380 E. Orangethorpe Avenue
CA  92806
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