Last issue we showed you a budgeted way on how to rebuild the front end of a square-body Chevy truck. The budget turned from replacing the front control arm bushings and other parts to completely replacing the front end. We had no idea that the front control arms were that damaged until we stated taking them apart.
One might think that since we are trying to stay on a budget of $15,000-20,000 that we are going to cheap out on the rear suspension. My answer to that and my personal opinion is that 99 percent of you readers already know how to flip leaf springs and or put lowering blocks on. So what could we install that would make the truck ride like a dream and still remain relatively cost effective? The answer was a Classic Performance Products trailing arm conversion that took the stock leaf springs and converted them into the earlier '63-72 Chevy trailing arms.
The difficulty of this CPP kit is not really that hard because most of the parts bolt on, but plasma cutting, drilling, and welding are required. This kit is not going to be a simple pull it apart and slam it together in 20 or 30 minutes, but rather something that you take your time with and measure twice. And trust me when I say it rides great because if you've ever been in a truck with trailing arms versus leaf springs your kidneys know the difference and so will your wife. How do trailing arms handle once installed? A simple answer to that is NASCAR uses them today as rear suspension on the cars and they handle very good. So now that I've gone over some of the questions about trailing arms let's get into the install!