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In­stalling a Chris Al­ston Chassisworks Sec­tion on a 1967-72 Chevy C-10

AS MOST OF our read­ers al­ready know, 1967-72 Chevy C-10s are be­com­ing harder and harder to find. The nice ones are go­ing for large sums even though you of­ten don’t re­ally know what you’re buy­ing. So many is­sues can be dis­guised by pretty paint jobs that it can be stress­ful to find the right truck.

So, what do you do? Do you take your chances and pay big bucks for what looks like a nice truck, or do you look for a project to build or have built? Some en­thu­si­asts re­ally en­joy the build process, even if they aren’t the ones do­ing the ac­tual work. If the build is put into the hands of a trusted shop, the truck owner still gets to watch his project take shape, and there’s a lot to be said for the en­joy­ment that goes along with that sce­nario.

Let’s say you’ve de­cided to take on a project and you’ve lo­cated a truck that no one else would even think of buy­ing. The en­tire bed is miss­ing; even the rear frame sec­tion is miss­ing. There’s no in­te­rior, no driv­e­train, and re­mem­ber, there’s not even a rear axle. Now you’ve put your­self in our shoes; this is ex­actly the type of project truck we’ve lo­cated: a truck no one else would con­sider buy­ing. But, we’ve been in the game for a while and know that we can handle a project like this.

The first thing we need to tackle is the miss­ing back half of the truck. We searched on­line and dis­cov­ered Chris Al­ston’s Chassisworks (CAC), where we found ex­actly what we were look­ing for: a com­plete back-half kit with a suf­fi­cient frame rail sec­tion so that we could weld it onto what was left of our frame for a com­plete rolling chas­sis.

CAC has been around for more than four decades, and with more than 7,500 prod­ucts, it’s safe to say the folks there know what they’re do­ing. The com­pany’s prod­uct line is ex­ten­sive enough that they of­fer sev­eral op­tions for 1963-72 C-10s.

We knew we wanted the truck to sit low to the ground, but we also wanted to be able to raise it up for drive­abil­ity. Af­ter read­ing up on the kits listed on the web­site, we chose the 4-link through bed rear frame clip (P/N KPC RT4LA-C31). Since it’s an air­ride kit, we or­dered the Var­ishock dou­ble ad­justable air springs (P/N VAS 132K2-515). We also opted for the Watts-link kit (P/N KPC WLFT-C31-12) to keep the axle cen­tered be­tween the new frame rails.

We placed our or­der, waited pa­tiently for the parts to show up and got right to work. Check out the process as we turn this frame into a full roller in a sin­gle day.

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