In last October's issue,
Early Classic began a series of conversions to it's pickup with the installation
of the new C20 to C10 conversion spindle and lowering kit. Now with the
front-end kit complete, it's time to deal with the rear suspension. But before
the install could begin, another dilemma surfaced.
The C10 five-lug
rear-end that was acquired to replace the monster Dana 60 eight-lug unit was
found to be in poor condition. This caused only a slight delay as it needed to
be overhauled and updated before the rear lowering kit could be installed.
A short trip to
Fearless Gear in Fresno, and the rear-end problems were solved. Unexpected
surprises are common with any project, but the upside is that the new rear-end
is fresh and updated with all of the best components available, thanks to Vince
Parisi and his crew at Fearless Gear.
We hope to continue with more
modifications to this truck, so watch for additional tech features in the
& 3: Fresh from the local swap meet, this ‘71-’72 five-lug rear-end assembly
appeared to be complete, and the seller claimed it was fine before it was
removed from the truck. Upon inspection, several chipped teeth were discovered,
along with severe backlash and wear on the gears. After this discovery, a
complete overhaul and upgrade were in order. The axle shafts, carrier, and
pinion gears were removed and the housing boiled out to provide a clean starting