Drop Box, Part 1, Lowering a ‘75 Chevy Shorty truck

January 15th, 2009

How many times have you bought car or truck and told yourself, “I’m just going to leave this one as is and drive it?” So you do drive it for a couple weeks, maybe a month, and then something needs to be repaired or replaced. Well, that little fix, it gets you to thinking, “Man, she would sure look good with a new set of wheels or even sitting a little lower to the ground!” So, the curse of not being able to leave well enough alone–or better yet, leaving something “stock”–has hit you and there’s nothing that can be done but to satisfy those temptations.

This curse was the case with this particular ’75 Chevy Cheyenne. Purchased with the sole intent of being just a “work truck,” it soon became a daily driver. Well, daily drivers need to be up to par mechanically, and the old workhorse, albeit previously owned by a so-called garage, was in dire need of brakes, bushings, and some not-so-minor engine work (flat cam among other things–but that’s another story for another day). Talks lead us to Jim Chaddick at Performance Online, a company coming on strong in the early-truck market. While Jim was in the process of developing his own line for the ’73-85 Chevys/GMCs, he wasn’t quite ready to debut it. So we suggested just using his replacement drilled/vented disc brake and suspension rebuild kits featuring Raybestos and Spicer products for the time being. He agreed, and we left the truck with his trusty crew.

View entire article | Source: Classic Trucks | Posted: 02.2009


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  2. michael says:

    i have a 78 chevy 1/2 ton , a big 10, i cant aford drop spindles, if i put air ride, i got for free, would that lower my big 10 ?

    • admin says:

      Yes installing just the air ride could lower your truck depending on the air pressure used. Most people like to run drop spindles because it allows them to run
      more air pressure thus improving the handling.

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