For those holding an AARP card, you have grown up with early-model trucks and know of their cool custom potential. The long legacy of the '48-'52 Ford F-1s, the '53-'56 F100s, the '48-'55 and the later '55-'59 Chevrolet customs have been repeated over and over. As of late, it seems the popularity bar has been raised. We have seen the trend advance into the late '50s, '60s, and '70s. Early-model custom trucks have become a new discovery for many custom-truck enthusiasts under age 30. It is great to see that early-model trucks have become accepted by the hobby's young guns.

One of those young guns, Elon Ahal, is a 24-year-old from Van Nuys, California. He is a Sergeant in the Marine Reserves and has admired early-model custom trucks since high school. After throwing down some hard-earned cash, he found himself loading up a '67 Chevy C10 Fleetside pickup on a borrowed trailer and dragging it home. His project's journey began with thumbing through a mountain of magazines, catalogs, and searching the Internet for ideas and parts to build his '67 he named Nightmare.

The foundation of '67 Nightmare is the factory '67 1/2-ton frame that was disassembled and given a Classic Performance Products (CPP) rear-axle housing frame notch before it was sent out to be sandblasted and then powdercoated satin black. To achieve an aggressive lowered stance, Elon decided to install a CPP 4/5 static drop kit, using QA1 Precision Products front and rear gas filled shocks. Bill Markel of Bonfire Racing in Lancaster, California, installed a CPP transmission, a crossmember, and a CPP dropped center crossmember.

For this first segment of '67 Nightmare's buildup, we followed along as Bill, from Bonfire Racing, installed a CPP Grand Slam front suspension and CPP Big Bar rear-suspension kit.

Time Spent Working: Approximately 7 hours
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate
(Bolting on front and rear suspension components)
Parts List Part Number Price
Classic Performance Products (CPP)
Front suspension:
CPP Grand Slam Suspension Kit PN 6772GSK-5D $1,299
Parts List Part Number Price
All Necessary Hardware
QA1 Shocks gas filled front PN STS1572PX $200 each
Rear Suspension:
CPP Big Tube trailing arm kit PN 72TADLK $789
CPP Rear C-Notch PN 6372CNK $129
CPP Shock Relocation kit PN6372SRK $59
CPP Deluxe Trac Bar PN 6572DTBK $109
CPP U-bolts PN 6072RUBS $29
CPP Rear Disc Brake Kit PN 6772RWBK-5E $599
QA1 Shocks gas filled rear PN STS250PX $200 each
LPW Rearend housing cover PN 301-12T $167
CPP GM Transmission crossmember PN CP9427 $79
CPP GM Drop-center crossmember PN 6372LDL $199
Tubular SB motor mount PN 6372MP-T $129
LS1 Engine mount brackets PN CPLS1K $69
Total Cost: $4,356
(Not including tax, installation labor, sand blasting, or powdercoating)
Classic Performance Products (CPP)
LPW Racing Products
PA  17602
Energy Suspension
1131 Via Callejon
San Clemente
CA  92673
QA1 Precision Products
21730 Hanover Ave.
MN  55044
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