We are entering a golden age of classic truck building. Never before has there been more choices available to truck owners, especially regarding how to set-up a chassis. As more and more builders realize the market for early trucks, they are moving beyond the '32 Fords and Tri-Five Chevys and producing aftermarket chassis that are far superior to the well-worn rails currently residing under your truck.

One of the chassis builders at the forefront of this is Todd Walton of Walton Fabrication. Walton produces new frames as well as complete chassis setups for '53-56 F-100s. They are unique in that they maintain the profile of the factory framerails, but that is pretty much where the similarities end. Walton knows that a stiff chassis provides a better-performing suspension, so each framerail is built using .125-inch wall and pickled and oiled steel, and each piece is laser-cut before being welded together in a custom jig. The front crossmember is welded into place 1.25 inches farther forward than stock, so the wheel sits centered in the wheelwell.

Walton has also put thought into how to mount the bumpers. The front frame horns have been shortened 1 1/2 inches for a better-fitting bumper, and two sets of mounting holes have been incorporated for the rear bumper using the stock brackets (one in the stock location and one up higher and closer to the body.) Other cool features include an incorporated C-notch, all bed mounts, billet aluminum cab mount bungs that fit to the stock rubber mounting pads, and welded nuts incorporated into the frame for the running boards, brake lines, etc.

The LS Series chassis we're building for an upcoming project came with a Walton IFS with GM calipers and a new Currie 9+ Hot Rod rearend with Explorer rear disc brakes suspended by parallel leaf springs and controlled by Walton's rear anti-rollbar.

We checked out Walton's HQ to get a first-hand look at how one of these frames goes together, and then proceeded to turn the bare frame into a rolling chassis in one fell swoop in our own Primedia Tech Center. We even decked out our new chassis in new billet rollers from Wheel Vintiques wrapped in speed-rated rubber from Yokohama. Stay tuned, you'll be seeing more from this chassis in the coming months as we start on one of our most ambitious projects ever.