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CPP Makes an Old Truck Bet­ter Than New

THIS IN­STALL­MENT WILL fin­ish the host of sus­pen­sion up­grades we’ve made to our square-body C-10 project. In the pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle, we brought the truck down to a re­spectable height and in­stalled a new big brake setup (ST June 2017, “Drop­ping a Square,” pg. 108). Now, we’ll turn our at­ten­tion to the 38-year-old steer­ing sys­tem.

Since we used parts from Clas­sic Per­for­mance Prod­ucts (CPP) for our low­er­ing kit and big brake kit, the com­pany’s prod­ucts were the ob­vi­ous choice for our steer­ing up­grade. CPP spe­cial­izes in man­u­fac­tur­ing chas­sis com­po­nents for 1947-87 Chevy and Ford cars and trucks. The com­pany has a wide se­lec­tion of parts and had ev­ery piece we needed to com­pletely up­grade our steer­ing sys­tem.

Since this truck sat for such a long time un­touched, we knew that just about ev­ery part of the steer­ing would need at­ten­tion. As most of you al­ready know, com­mon parts, like tie rod ends, are known to wear over time.

How­ever, there are also other parts of the sys­tem that can be up­graded to en­hance steer­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics. CPP has a com­plete steer­ing up­grade kit that in­cludes ev­ery link that con­nects the spin­dle to the chas­sis. It also has up­graded parts such as a 500 se­ries steer­ing box, which bolts di­rectly in place of the fac­tory gear box. The up­graded box also has a quicker steer­ing ra­tio then the orig­i­nal unit. In this fi­nal in­stall­ment of the chas­sis and sus­pen­sion up­grades for our ’79 Chevy

C-10, we will walk you through the process of in­stalling a com­pletely new steer­ing sys­tem to help this old truck turn with ease.

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