THOUGH CLASSIC PICKUPS HAVE BOLD bodylines and real style, they don’t always have the best components underneath. Back in the day, these trucks were workhorses built to get the job done. Comfort wasn’t a priority; hauling loads was the primary goal. Trucks were more likely to travel unpaved roads and were given a higher stance to cope.
Nowadays, most of these classic pickups have been taken out of service, but we customizers enjoy giving them a new life. Getting these trucks to go low isn’t too difficult, but it can be a pain to drive one that still has most of its original components. Things like modern ride quality and power steering are features we are accustomed to. If you’ve ever driven an old truck, you know what we’re talking about. Parallel parking? Forget it!
Fortunately, there are companies like Total Cost Involved (TCI) Engineering providing solutions for tired, old trucks. TCI offers a wide range of products from basic independent front suspensions (IFS) to complete chassis with numerous options. These systems accommodate disc brakes for stopping power and rack-and-pinion steering to ease turning. The different kit levels also provide options for running dropped springs, Ridetech coilovers and even airbags.
The company was started back in 1974, and has a solid reputation for bringing new life to old trucks. TCI started from humble beginnings, but it has expanded to become a huge competitor in the classic truck aftermarket. We decided to head to TCI’s headquarters in Ontario, California, to see the 32,000-sq-ft facility. As we were guided through the grounds, we quickly discovered that TCI makes all of its products directly onsite. Better yet, the majority of the components that make up the kits are fabricated onsite as well. Making products inhouse, like TCI does, allows for improved quality control. The folks there have so much confidence in their parts that they offer a lifetime warranty for parts made in-house and a six-year/60,000-mile warranty on wear-and-tear parts.
With more than four decades of creating suspension systems for classic vehicles, the crew at TCI knows their stuff. Everyone at the facility was hustling to get multiple orders done to meet the demands of their customers. The staff is very helpful and experienced in assisting classic truck owners working to infuse new life into their older pickups. Follow along as we show you some of the company’s products and how they are made.
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