Building or modifying a complete squarebody truck can be overwhelming. CarTech's How To Build And Modify Chevy/ GMC Trucks 1973-1987 Book SA471 guides you through the processes to build and modify your dream rig with ease. Veteran magazine editor Jim Pickering teaches you how to add curb appeal to your 1973-1987 Chevy or GMC Truck, while also boosting power, improving stopping ability, handling, safety and more. This comprehensive book provides step-by-step instructions to turn your classic rig into a modern hot rod optimized for street use.
Built in massive numbers during an 18-year production run, Chevrolet and GMC pickups are an easy-to-find American classic. Though easy to source, it's critical to find a good starting point and plan out your project. This authoritative text provides an in-depth look at how to build a squarebody rig for regular, reliable driving.
Jim Pickering's expertise covers the following: how to find a favorable starter truck, automatic and manual transmission choices (including a 6-speed manual conversion), safely adding a modern alternator to factory GM wiring, modifying a mechanical clutch pedal to use a hydraulic master and slave cylinder, making new fuel lines and brake lines to support fuel injection and big brakes, fabricating an under-bed mount to hide air suspension components, building exhaust, adding LED lighting, interior restoration, and more.
For over a decade, Jim Pickering has served as the managing editor of Sports Car Market and editor of American Car Collector. These magazines track values in the collector car auction marketplace. He's been a lifelong car and truck enthusiast, all of which started with squarebody GM trucks, specifically his father's restoration of a 1975 C20 Scottsdale when he was a kid.
Table of Contents:
- Finding a Good Starter Truck
- LS-Power Builds and Installs
- Slammed Air Suspension and Coilover Systems
- Automatic and Manual Transmission Choices
- Cooling System Upgrades
- Installing a 4-Link Rear Suspension System
- Boosting Power
- Adding Curb Appeal
- Improving Stopping Ability, Handling and Safety