As day 4 kicked off with the Week to Wicked C10 build presented by CPP, the watercooler chat seemed to focus on the topic of "why"why did we have to cut up and supposedly sacrifice a seemingly perfect 3/4-ton C20 in the first place? Well, the answer may not be what many long-bed lovers want to hear, but here it goes.
Aesthetics aside (the 1967-72 C-series long beds are actually one of GM's more attractive looking long-wheelbase trucks), there is a practical thinking behind the motivation of utilizing the Brothers Trucks short bed frame conversion kit (and subsequently, their new short fleetside bed): Performance and Handling. No longer will the Week to Wicked pickup being hauling hay, or heavy trailers for that matter, rather it will see plenty of long-haul driving, where comfort goes beyond the padding in the seats. Furthermore, and more importantly, the C10 will do its fair share of time on the track autocrossing, where heavy-duty long beds are about as practical as a snowsuit in the Mojave Desertin August!
With that thinking is precisely why, along with shortening the wheelbase, the decision was also made to go with Classic Performance Products full Totally Tubular suspension front and rear, add their big disc brakes, and ditch the old 8-luggers for a set of 18-inch wheels from American Legend wrapped with performance rubber from Falken tire. All of this—bring the truck's center of gravity down closer to the pavement and vastly improving its stopping and handling—will lend itself greatly towards allowing the driver(s) to fully take advantage of the LS's 700hp. That, and Jason and Ryan thought it looked better as a short bed anyway