If you’re the proud owner of a Chevy C10, you know they’re great trucks. Unfortunately, when GM’s engineers first designed them, they didn’t foresee the hordes of hot rodders these workhorses had in their future. As such, the 12-bolt rear ends they equipped the pickups with weren’t exactly geared for time spent at the drag strip or stoplight to stoplight competitions – no pun intended. While the stout 12- and 14-bolt rear ends were great for hauling heavy payloads, they were never intended to haul ass.
Luckily for the modern hot rodder, the folks at Strange Engineering have rectified that street truck injustice. They’ve just released an all-new truck housing for ’67-’72 and ’73-’87 C10.
Now, you may be thinking, why not just build the 12-bolt my truck came with? Okay, sure. That is an option, but you’d be missing out on some key upgrades afforded by switching to a Ford 9-inch-based housing like the one from Strange.
For example, you’re afforded the ability to change your setup pretty easily by switching to a rear end that can swap gears via a 3rd member as opposed to a conventional Chevy rear end with c-clip style axles and spider gears. Of course, this is nothing new. Hot rodders have been swapping out Chevy rear ends for their Ford counterparts since back-in-the-day. For good reason, too.
Not only do you gain the ability to swap gears via the 3rd member, but you eliminate the need for c-clip retention, which we all know is not the hot-ticket in terms of holding things together back there. If you’re planning on making serious power, you don’t want to worry about shearing an axle because of a c-clip. Having bolt-in axles like the ones Strange’s new C10 rear end utilizes is a huge upgrade.
If that’s not enough incentive for someone to switch rear end design, there’s also the matter of rear disc brakes. Sure, there are options for the 10- and 12-bolt variety, but there seem to be a much larger amount of options for Ford 9-inch style axle flanges.
But don’t simply take our word for it. Check out Strange Engineering’s official press release below:
“Strange Engineering, the leader in driveline and suspension for over 50 years, is proud to introduce bolt-in housings for the 1967-72 & 1973-87 Chevy C10 truck applications. The housings are welded in high-quality fixtures ensuring a true bolt-in product. The rear end features the Strange slotted 9” housing- maximizing rigidity and strength. The C10 bolt-in housings are available in a variety of configurations to accommodate any application from bolt-in street applications to purpose-built race vehicles. For more information, visit www.strangeeng.net or call (847) 663-1701.”