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Old 06-22-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

I have a 1968 C10 that I have just started disassembly on. The truck was my wife's grandfathers and is perfect for restore. All it is going to take is a few patch panels, painting and done. My question is this.....I want to lift the truck high enough to get 34" tires under it and give it a "Prerunner" look. Before disassembly I was running 31" tires with stock springs with no probs. Has anyone tried this before or have any advice. I was told that using 3/4 ton springs would give it approx. 2 " additional lift. I think I'm going to need around 4" to clear tires.
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:52 PM   #2
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

i don't think that's enough to achieve a pre runner look. here's more what you need.
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:13 PM   #3
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

That is a sick truck! Do you have any more pics or info on it? I was just thinking about building one of these. Alot of my friends are into sand rails and run down at pismo beach. I started off my fabricatiing life on buggy's about 20 years ago and I have had enough of sand up every crack where it does not belong. So I was thinking of building a high travel 2wd 67-72 for a recovery/ play rig for out in the dunes. Here is a pic of a rock buggy I have been building in my spare time between customers. I would be looking at doing a stock cab and glass everything else. LS1 built up just a bit, A/C and nice plush seats. It would have a full tube frame and 24" plus travel. All this is just in my head but that is were it all starts right!

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Old 06-23-2006, 05:59 PM   #4
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

WOW......wish I had the money and skills to do that......Still wondering what it takes to get a 2WD 4" lift on a '68.
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:28 AM   #5
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WOW......wish I had the money and skills to do that......Still wondering what it takes to get a 2WD 4" lift on a '68.
Sorry got side tracked For the rear you can just go with blocks and up front look up a local spring shop and you can drive your truck in their as it is and drive it out 4" higher. Cost should not be too bad. Your front tires will suck in just a bit due to the dropped suspention arms and you will need a re-allinment. The problem with going to a 3/4ton sprring is yes it will lift you a bit but not 4" and it will not ride good at all. my $.02

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Old 08-19-2006, 07:04 PM   #6
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

Ok I wish I had found this post earlier. There are obviously not many lift kits for anything pre 88, the ones that are available are just lift coils and control arms.. which are ok, but limit your droop.. and a properly tuned suspension need both compression and droop to be effective. BUT the design of the front suspension does not lend itself well to just lift coils. To lift the front and still keep a decent amount of wheel travel (compression and droop) lift spindles would be a good choice, HOWEVER as far as I know, nobody currently makes any for pre 88 trucks... AIM did but havent heard anything good about them.. HOWEVER (again) I have seen a thread on using 88+ control arms and spindles on 67-72s... so you would most likely be able to do this and use the 88-98 lift spindles. On the back.. if you have coils you could go with spacers or longer coils.. and if you have leafs you could go with a shackle flip and net about 4" of lift. The front on these trucks is the main problem.. and you cant really get a good amount of lift and good suspension travel without custom fab... of course in prerunner/baja/trophy trucks you really dont want alot of lift, just alot of travel.. the lifted 2wds are really all for looks anyways.. here are a few pics I have maybe a bit of inspiration..


I have quite a few more, unfortunately this is the only 67-72 I have...
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Old 08-20-2006, 12:37 PM   #7
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

I`d go with the 88-up stuff you can buy and make it fit,which I don`t believe will be hard.I agree with Prerunner1982.Do you have coils in the rear?If yes,Cool!I`d have long coils or use coil-overs with the trailing arms.Should be good up to 4-6" w/o custom arms.The rear generally doesn`t need to go as high for best handling.
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Old 08-20-2006, 11:58 PM   #8
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do you know you extended the cab in the 1st pic it looks good
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Old 02-11-2007, 09:49 PM   #9
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The 67 extended cab has 4 " lift spindles and 2" lift coils and is for sale for a great deal
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:25 AM   #10
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

HEy pre-runner1982...how did you lift that ext-cab?? I have searching all these posts for how to lift my 65 chevy c10 swb but no concrete answer. Hoping to get some insight from ya
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:50 AM   #11
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

Coils out back, just flip the axle under the arms. 3" lift-FREE.
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Old 08-18-2007, 05:50 AM   #12
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

well if youre just going for the "prerunner look" then put the axle under the arms and some springs and in the front do some spindles and springs just for tire clearence and youll be good to go but if youre going to run it and want it to work right then its going to take some work and thinking and planning to get it perform at its best


im going to be turning mine into a prerunner but its going to be fully functional with long travel and the whole 9yards but that wont be for a while and when i have another car to drive
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Old 08-18-2007, 03:05 PM   #13
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

The axle flip is a little more work that i am looking to do, also I already have larger springs out back and I am a little weary about going more with a spacer due to the driveshaft loop through the frame...can I get an aftermarket loop that hangs lower?? UP front I would like to raise with spacers because I already have HD coils..how much with that effect the ride quality on the street ?? I really just want bigger tires...don't really care about all out offroading

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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

Also you said putting spindles up front...what year spindles and what else would I need? My frontend in pretty much all stock except for HD coils
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Old 08-18-2007, 04:53 PM   #15
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Might get the look you want with a body lift kit.

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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

in order to put on new lift spindles youll have to go with 88 and up spindles but also have to put an 88 and up crossmember on your truck and you can always fab a bigger loop to allow the driveshaft to hang lower so you can put the axle under the swingarms

or you can just do a bodylift with about the same amount of work
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:13 AM   #17
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

Here's some pics of one that i found on here a while ago. Not sure who's it is though.
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Old 09-01-2007, 01:01 AM   #18
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I love my 67 . But I love offroading more. I would love to make my truck into a prerunner!!! Love what a nice word! I love beer!!!
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I like the pre-runner idea.I`d look lost in one so far from the nearest desert,though.
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The 67 extended cab has 4 " lift spindles and 2" lift coils and is for sale for a great deal
Truck still for sale??
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Old 09-03-2007, 06:00 PM   #21
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

Before I made mine into a 4x4 I had it lifted on 36s. I used blocks in the rear, untill I decided to go coil in the back, then I went with the axle under stock controll arms. When i broke one of the controll arms I fabed my own from tubing. for the front, i could not find any thing on the market ( 12 years ago)
so i droped my front crossmember 4" with 4" c channel, added some braces, and fliped my centerlink upside down so that the steering would work. drove it this way for about 50k miles untill I went 4x4. It worked great. sorry, the only pics I have are on film .( yea it was a while ago)
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:58 PM   #22
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Re: Lifted Prerunner '68 C10

I found two fabtech long travel kits. But they are for a 73 truck and I looked at pics in the LMC catalog and the pics are the same for 67-87 a-arms. Is this right? I thought it changed between 72 and 73???
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:18 PM   #23
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Hey drbyrdman, where'd you find the long travel kits for a '73. These would bolt right up using the rest of the 73-87 components.
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Before I made mine into a 4x4 I had it lifted on 36s. I used blocks in the rear, untill I decided to go coil in the back, then I went with the axle under stock controll arms. When i broke one of the controll arms I fabed my own from tubing. for the front, i could not find any thing on the market ( 12 years ago)
so i droped my front crossmember 4" with 4" c channel, added some braces, and fliped my centerlink upside down so that the steering would work. drove it this way for about 50k miles untill I went 4x4. It worked great. sorry, the only pics I have are on film .( yea it was a while ago)
Sounds like a good method. I'd love to see the dropped front member.
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Well I found two of them and going to keep it to myself for now. Don't what someone snagging them. I have 1985 pics of a truck and the front end looks just like my truck up front. Are the 67-87 frames the same.
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