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Old 10-19-2009, 06:29 PM
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I was lookin at getting a cheap truck that I can fix up and use to tow my horse trailer. I seen a really good deal on a 69 C10. Think it would make a killer looking tow truck for my trailer. I was wondering how is all the mechanics on these trucks? I know ppl change the subframes on the 69 camaros, is the suspension on the trucks junk too? thanks.

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They're built way better than the '73-up trucks, but the brakes can be a little scary if you're used to discs. I'd recommend a trailer with brakes. Suspension is more than adequate for a working truck. Rest assured, it ain't ever gonna handle like a Z-28 or ride like a Cadillac, OK? Body rust can be a problem, so check it over real well. Mine rusted through the firewall in a valley-like area that collected leaves and water.

www.67-72chevytrucks.com has an excellent message board and several parts sources.
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My grandpa owned oneand put over 200,000 mi. on it. I didnt like the truck myself as it had a 307 and powerglide trans and it was not very good for towing. Took it what seemed for ever to get up to speed if you had any weight on the trailer. The body is tough and the frame never gave a problem. I didnt care much for the coil springs in the rear, would have been better with leaf springs i think. But the truck did run for what seemed like forever and he liked it so thats all that mattered i guess.
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Well i'm gonna put a 350 in it anyways, not sure if i'm gonna go tuned port or just carb. And i'm gonna put discs in the back. I'm gonna fix it up nice but was just wondering about the suspension and stuff cause i'm not goin all aftermarket stuff like my firebird. Want to keep it stock. Of course i'll replace all the bushings and stuff, new springs and stuff but the main parts i'm gonna keep stock.
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The major parts of the frame all held up good, the only major malfunction he had was the carrier bearing on the drive shaft and the power brake booster. I thought the truck was built pretty tuff all but the motor just didnt have any power. Tried to get him to go 350 when he rebuilt the engine but he wouldnt do it.
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My dads got a '72 C10. has 350/ Auto.. Factory HD springs front disc brakes. he tows the boat with it ( ~5,000 LBS loaded ). pulls just fine. only issue is the reciever hitch he got for it, doesn't clear the liscense plate so towing requires removing the liscense plate holder... no need for rear disc brakes, IMO only front discs which are easy to get the parts for.
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