EARLY CLASSIC RESTO

A short wheelbase model can be retro-fitted with a one-piece driveline

   One problem area for most early GM truck owners is the two-piece driveline. In order to span the longer distances between the transmission tail shaft and rear axle flange, a carrier bearing and slip coupling were employed to join two shorter shafts. This allows for a stronger unit, capable of greater length and capacity. While a two-piece unit may be a necessity on a Longbed work truck, a short wheelbase model can be retro-fitted with a one-piece driveline, thereby eliminating the vibration common to the carrier bearing.

For an after hours project, Dave and the guys at Early Classic Enterprises are moving along extremely quickly. The project is progressing nicely to say the least, and it's evident that the guys aren't cutting any corners in their haste to get the C-10 together. Now, though you and I may never be able to whip together our classic pickups in either this short a time span or even to the show-quality that these professionals are. But it is comforting to know that though we may not be as fast or as skilled, the availability of high-quality replacement and aftermarket parts can improve the odds of ending up with an impressive ride greatly.
      For those that may be joining in on the series a bit later than the rest, it's important to let you know that the Classic Resto series is but a general overview of the basic approach to be taken when tackling a ground up resto or rodstoration. Also keep in mind that in order to follow each step in its entirety would more than likely take a year's worth of hundred page magazines. So, it is to this end that we decided to give you this abbreviated overview of the process. If you did indeed miss an installment or two, the series started in the Dec. '00 issue, and the way these guys are moving, the project ought to be completed in short order. For those that've been with us since the beginning, let's get back to it! (And stay tuned next month as cab assembly begins...)