If you were a natural born truck junkie finally making it to legal driving age in the ’90s, you most certainly noticed these Chevy C/K body style trucks. They could be seen everywhere thanks to utility companies, school district workers and even grandpa’s grocery getter.
Originally designed by Donald Wood in 1983, Chevy was able to move 551,223 of these GMT400 trucks by 1989 alone—not to mention the popular 454 model released in 1990 that sold 16,953 units over four years, with 13,748 of those units selling in the first year of production alone! It was an impressive and hard-working truck designed for the street, but what about the guys who like to go off-road? Could their truck perform just as well with the additional front drive axle, transfer case and driveshafts to make the four-wheel drive?
For those who don’t know, in the name Chevy C/K, the “C” denotes two-wheel drive and the “K” denoted four-wheel drive. The model size was also part of the name, with 1500 indicating half a ton, 2500 for three-quarters of a ton and 3500 for one ton. Of the three trim levels—Cheyenne, Scottsdale and Silverado—the Silverado was the top of the line. The K1500 uses a transmission that has a longer output shaft and a tail shaft housing because it isn’t mounted to a transfer case. Also, these trucks came with beefier 6-lug axles compared to their 5-lug, 2WD counterpart. They were capable-built, which is why you still see them on the road almost 30 years later, just in time for the younger generation to get out of the house and into a garage where they can set down the phones and pick up a wrench.
That’s exactly what this group of future fabricators did on a spare weekend during a worldwide pandemic. With a high school shop class full of tools and permission from the principal at Chester County High School in Lexington, Tennessee, Mr. James Carter agreed to help his students tackle this project in hopes of teaching a few important lessons about safety and problem solving.
The goal was to add some altitude to these two Chevy K1500 trucks for two totally different reasons. The Tahoe is owned by a young high-school student named Lake, who is a Kart racer on the weekends. His truck is in need of some OEM suspension pieces and the tires are shot. Luckily for Lake, high school graduation is right around the corner, and his dad has big plans for this lucky lad. Step one on the list is a new BDS Suspension 6-inch suspension kit, followed with some new wheels, tires and front axles. This truck is ready to run for another 30 years, but it may need a new heartbeat by then. Time to start saving for the next step!
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