Early Chevrolet trucks are favorites of many enthusiasts. Beginning in 1960, under GM’s new truck designation system, the letter “C” was used for two-wheel drive models, followed by 10 for 1/2-ton models, 20 for 3/4 ton and 30 for 1- ton versions. The letter “K” was used for four-wheel-drive models, followed by the same numbers for payload designations. GMC variants are differentiated by adding 1500, 2500, or 3500 behind the “C” or “K” letter designation. However, when it comes to building a hot out of one of these haulers, the C10 suspension needs a little help.
The popularity of these beautiful rides has led many aftermarket companies, like Total Cost Involved (TCI), to design C10 suspension products to enhance them in various ways. While no one can argue with the cool lines of the first-generation trucks, the suspension beneath those street-ready body lines was designed more for work than play. For that reason, the folks at TCI designed a series of bolt-on frame systems that are designed specifically for the type of driving you plan to do with your Chevy truck.
1963-1972 C10 Classic Chassis
If you’ve ever wished your 1963-’72 Chevy truck could handle the open road more comfortably, then TCI’s classic truck chassis is for you. The all-new bolt-on chassis brings the handling and comfort of a modern performance car to a 50-year-old pickup. The new chassis brings improvements to braking and steering, and also corrects the wheelbase centers to properly position the front wheels in the wheel arches. You’ll gain ground clearance while lowering your pickup truck’s ride height at the same time.
Fully boxed frame rails provide exceptional strength and rigidity paired with the 12-piece center section designed to add strength while still allowing clearance for performance exhausts. The chassis is set up using the correct geometry and uses vertical upper control arm mounting plates that make it easy to align and tune the suspension. Joints use Energy Suspension bushings throughout to ensure suspension movement without any play. Altogether this creates the ultimate C10 suspension.
The front suspension is made up of heavy-duty upper and lower control arms with custom axles that use late-model C10 brakes. A 1-inch anti-roll bar ensures the front bumper stays level in the peaks. Out back, the highly updated rear suspension uses a fully adjustable four-link system that holds an all-new Currie Enterprises 9-inch rear axle in place.
Every TCI Classic chassis comes with front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Steel brake lines are bent and terminate just below the cab, and all cab, bed, bumper and base support brackets are included in the design. Engine and transmission mounts are pre-installed to make installing your engine and transmission easier. There are also several options, starting with your choice of differential gears ranging from 3.00 to 4.56 gears. You can also upgrade to a posi differential and add Wilwood 13-inch disc brakes for an extra cost.
All of our sales are handled by a sales professional rather than through the website or other means. We work with every customer to make sure they get exactly what they want. – Jason Wilcox, TCI Engineering
1963-1972 C10 Pro-Touring chassis
If you really want to “haul” while carving a gnarly top, then TCI’s C10 Pro-Touring Chassis is for you! The entire chassis has been reconfigured to allow for more performance than the stock truck frame could ever provide.
Compared to the factory chassis, TCI widened the rails on this chassis in front of the cab and narrowed them behind the cab. This leaves more room for beefy headers and steering components up front. It also allows the rear shocks to be mounted outside the frame rails. This helps maximize roll stiffness while allowing for massive rear tires. This much improved C10 suspension uses TCI’s Pro-Touring IFS up front and a fully adjustable torsion arm suspension provides performance and comfort in the rear.
RideTech adjustable coilovers come standard front and rear and allow for quick ride height adjustments. The front crossmember is moved forward to center the front wheels in the wheel openings and is raised above the bottom of the frame rails to allow sufficient ground clearance at a significant drop in ride height.
TCI uses a very sophisticated modular construction device that allows one chassis jig to accommodate up to nine different C10 suspension combinations. Coupled with their experienced staff, this keeps the ordering lead time to a minimum for a bespoke chassis for each customer’s application.
C10 Grounded Chassis 1963-1972
When it comes to adjusting the ride height of their Chevy trucks, many enthusiasts believe that you can never get too low for show. The problem with that is that they still want the proper ground clearance for a safe ride. That’s why TCI created its C10 Grounded Chassis for C10 enthusiasts. Watch the video below where Jason Wilcox and Ross Logsdon of TCI of Premier Street Rods explain why TCI created the Grounded chassis and what sets it apart from the competition.
These all-new frames feature an all-new front and rear airbag suspension that, when vented, lets you put the frame on the ground with 29-inch-tall front and rear tires. Fully ventilated, the chassis offers a maximum ground clearance of 8 inches with minimal camber change. When aired out, it offers an aggressive 4-inch ride height that everyone wants.
The Grounded IFS features heavy-duty tubular control arms, 1-inch anti-roll bar and rack-and-pinion steering along with custom modular spindles that provide plenty of braking options. Out back you’ll find reinforced 8-inch fully boxed C-notched frame rails to accommodate that extra low, slammed position. The chassis is suspended by Firestone rollover-sleeve-style airbags and uniquely tuned Ridetech shocks. This combination allows you to adjust the ride height and fine-tune the ride quality to your liking.
It doesn’t matter if you’re going to be logging miles on the highway, driving at the top, or just want the lowest C10 truck on the show floor, slipping a TCI-based C10 chassis under your truck will let you enjoy your truck even more. This is accomplished by reducing weight, increasing ground clearance and improving handling. All TCI Engineering products come with a six year or 60,000 mile warranty on wear items such as bushings, tie rods and ball joints. All items manufactured in-house by TCI Engineering, such as tie rods, control arms, spindles and cross members, are covered by a lifetime warranty.
Personal, professional, by phone
Finally, Jason wanted us to let you know that the TCI team does not rely on drop-down menus to ensure you get the best options for your application. Instead, all sales are handled by a sales professional who is happy to spend time on the phone to discuss options with you. There’s no better way to ensure you get exactly what you want. Call the folks at Total Cost Involved to speak to one of their sales reps personally and see how easy it can be to turn your truck into more than GM engineers ever imagined.