Home button
Helix button
Truck button
Computer button
Nigel button
Links button
Contact button


pic of truck cleaned up


My 1986 Chevrolet C10

More photos are available in my photo gallery.


I have had the truck since about March 2001. I looked for about a year before buying it. It was the only truck I found that had a relatively straight body, was mostly complete, and not been chopped up in one way or another.

Being an old truck, just about everything was worn out when I got it. I have been doing what I can to fix it up a little bit.


  • Replace the engine with a new GM crate 350.
  • Complete rebuild of the front suspension with Moog hardware.
  • Front end was lowered 2.5 inches using Western Chassis spindles.
  • Rear was lowered 4 inches using Western Chassis drop leaf springs.
  • Upgraded radiator from 2 row to 3 row for better cooling.
  • Rebuilt transmission (TH350C)
  • Replaced cam, lifters, pushrods in original 305 engine. It had a performance cam that was poorly matched to the engine. It idled poorly, did not make enough vacuum for the power brakes, and suffered from poor performance in general. I replaced everything back to stock. It was actually a little peppier, and the brakes and A/C work better as well. That engine was replaced 02/06.
  • Sandblasted and repainted all engine brackets.
  • Replaced water pump with new one.
  • Air conditioner rebuilt. I replaced the compressor with a brand new one. The entire system was flushed, the o-rings were all replaced, and the drier was replaced.
  • Replaced tumbler, turn signal switch, and turn signal lever in the steering column. The loose tilt mechanism was also tightened (a common problem in these trucks if they have a tilt wheel).
  • Recovered the seat with new upholstery.
  • Added front swaybar. Even though it is a Silverado, it was not equipped with a front swaybar. I located one in a junkyard, and installed it with all new bushings.
  • Replaced front soft brake lines. The old ones were cracked originals. I replaced them with new, stock rubber lines.
  • Replaced steering Wheel. I replaced it with a stock Chevrolet steering wheel from a 88-up pickup. It is thicker and padded, and makes for a really nice upgrade.
  • New Horns. The old horns were ineffective, so I replaced them with a pair of new Fiamm electric horns.
  • Replaced motor and transmission mounts.

More info to come...


All content copyright 2007