I saw a '90s-era Tahoe on the freeway that had a '65-'66 Chevy C10 nose on it. I almost hurt my neck looking at it. It looked like a factory fit. Can you tell me how they did that?
I'd like to put a '66 nose on my '96 Silverado if it's easy enough to do. How would I make the old parts line up with the newer truck? Does anyone make all the necessary body parts, fenders, hood, grille, bumper, etc. so I wouldn't have to find a donor truck?
I had a '66 Chevy Stepside when I was in high school. I always loved the way it looked, but you can't beat all the modern conveniences and comfort of my '96 Chevy. So if I could have the classic look on my newer truck, I'd be thrilled. I hope you can help me.
You probably saw a Tahoe with an Innovation Retrokit, which is made by Innovation Mold & Design (www.innovationretrokits.com). Companies such as Stylin' Trucks, [(800) 863-1233, www.stylintrucks.com] carry the kits.
These clever kits are fiberglass and are bonded to the underlying truck with industrial-strength adhesives. The claimed installation time is 20 hours, which doesn't include paint and bodywork.
The kits fit '88-'98 Chevy/GMC C/K series trucks, so they would also fit a Tahoe or Suburban. The kits are available in either full kits or front-clip kits.
If you'd like to see what's involved if you wanted to attach an actual metal '66 nose, refer to Sport Truck's Feb. '08 issue on page 100. Chris Redmond sent us construction shots of him adapting a metal '68 C10 front clip to his '00 Silverado. It turned out great, but a lot of welding and bodywork was required.
'Bag a sub'
First off, let me say that your magazine is really cool. I am looking to buy a '73-'87 Chevy Suburban and I wanted to know if there is a bolt-on air-ride system for this truck? Can you tell me what I would have to do to put it on the ground?
Air Ride Technologies offers kits for '73-'87 Chevy C10 trucks and Suburbans, which share the same suspension components. Suburbans and the same vintage Chevy 1/2-ton trucks are identical from the firewall forward, so there shouldn't be any problem with the front suspension. As for the rear suspension, we suspect there might be clearance issues with the gas tank.
When you get your truck, you should call the tech department of the company whose airbags you plan to purchase. They should be able to help you find the components to drop the rear of your Suburban. It might not be a bolt-on kit, but you can put any truck on the ground if you try hard enough.