PT2 New 1967-72 Chevy C10 Art Morrison Chassis With IRS Upgrade

Part 2: Installing Wilwood Brake Kit and GM Connect And Cruise Powertrain

By Chadly Johnson   –   Photography by the Author

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It’s clear that Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) understands the truck enthusiast’s mentality of “bigger is better” and threw out the rule book when engineering their new C10 aftermarket chassis with its beefier suspension control arms, bushings, crossmembers, and frame rail design. Check the box next to the “independent rear suspension” upgrade and you have the ultimate foundation for the sport truck of your dreams. One lucky truck body will be sitting on top of the chassis you see before you, especially now that the team at MetalWorks Speed Shop has layered on the best performance products in the industry. The end result will provide the makings for the ultimate C10 truck.

Part One: New 1967-72 Chevy C10 Art Morrison Chassis With IRS Upgrade

01 Use Loctite when assembling Wilwood brake kits
Use Loctite when assembling Wilwood brake kits.

In part 1 (Oct. ’22 issue of CTP) of the AME C10 chassis feature assembled by MetalWorks in Eugene, Oregon, we showed how the professionals prep the chassis for coating and assembly of the suspension components. So, what’s left before adding your truck’s cab and bed to this performance chassis? Here we’ll cover how the MetalWorks team completes their final assembly of the rolling chassis package that features a supercharged LT5 engine GM Connect and Cruise powerplant. Additional components include a Wegner Automotive engine accessory drive kit, Inland Empire driveshaft, Rick’s Tanks’ fuel tank, Wilwood brakes, E-Stopp electric emergency brake system, and Dropkick Forgeline wheels.

02 Torque all fasteners to Wilwoods recommended specifications
Torque all fasteners to Wilwood’s recommended specifications.
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When your chassis looks this good, it’s hard to cover it up with sheet metal, but we are also itching to see the truck build finished and how this chassis package performs!

03 After Loctite and torquing fasteners for the rotor and hat assembly
After Loctite and torquing fasteners for the rotor and hat assembly, safety wire is installed to ensure the fasteners do not loosen.
04 Use safety wire pliers to twist safety wire
Use safety wire pliers to twist safety wire.
05 After safety wire is twisted cut excess wire and tuck
After safety wire is twisted, cut excess wire and tuck to ensure the loose end does not rub or interfere with other components.
06 14 inch Wilwood brake kits ready to be assembled on the Art Morrison chassis
14-inch Wilwood brake kits ready to be assembled on the Art Morrison chassis.
07 Install rear brake rotor
Install rear brake rotor.
08 The rear parking brake will need to be adjusted before you install the brake rotor assembly
The rear parking brake will need to be adjusted before you install the brake rotor assembly.
09 Install rear brake caliper Shims are supplied by Wilwood to help align the caliper to the rotor
Install rear brake caliper. Shims are supplied by Wilwood to help align the caliper to the rotor.
10 Install the front rotor
Install the front rotor.
11 The front caliper may also require shims to align the caliper
The front caliper may also require shims to align the caliper. Torque all fasteners once you have the proper caliper alignment.
12 the aftermarket chassis is ready to accept the GM connect and cruise powertrain
All suspension and brakes are installed and the aftermarket chassis is ready to accept the GM connect and cruise powertrain.
13 An Art Morrison chassis can accept many engine and powertrain combinations
An Art Morrison chassis can accept many engine and powertrain combinations. You will also notice that there is a clear path for your exhaust system.
14 Installing the LT5 engine with a 10L90 transmission
Installing the LT5 engine with a 10L90 transmission.
15 AME chassis are designed to fit LS and LT engines with an aftermarket oil pan
AME chassis are designed to fit LS and LT engines with an aftermarket oil pan, such as a Holley pan. The engine used in the chassis is an LT dry sump. In this case the factory dry-sump pan fits the chassis properly.
16 The 10L90 transmission mounted to the crossmember supplied by AME
The 10L90 transmission mounted to the crossmember supplied by AME.
17 Art Morrisons LT engine mount adaptors make this engine a direct fit to the chassis
Art Morrison’s LT engine mount adaptors make this engine a direct fit to the chassis.
18 Once the powertrain is installed a custom driveshaft can be made and installed
Once the powertrain is installed a custom driveshaft can be made and installed.

19 The Independent Rear Suspension chassis uses a Strange Dana 60 center sectionThe Independent Rear Suspension chassis uses a Strange Dana 60 center section that utilizes a common 1350-style U-joint.

20 Stainless steel headers are available to fit the LS and LT engines
Stainless steel headers are available to fit the LS and LT engines.
21 Art Morrison provides fuel tank mounts under the bed to mount custom fuel tanks
Art Morrison provides fuel tank mounts under the bed to mount custom fuel tanks, such as this one from Rick’s Tanks.
22 Forgeline wheels being installed on the chassis
Forgeline wheels being installed on the chassis.
23 The customer can now begin mounting the body to the performance chassis
Chassis completed and ready to ship. The customer can now begin mounting the body to the performance chassis.

Sources
Art Morrison Enterprises
(800) 929-7188
artmorrison.com

MetalWorks Speed Shop
(541) 341-3372
metalworksclassics.com

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