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Username Post: 1962 C30 - torsion bar like a 10?        (Topic#365278)
someotherguy 
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05-20-21 03:57 PM - Post#2820295    

Title pretty much says it all. Is a 1962 one ton a torsion bar front suspension truck like a half ton would be? Or is it straight axle?

I know 1960-1962 half tons were torsion bar and 1963 was coil spring...I just have no idea on the one tons. It's a panel truck too, if that matters.

Thanks!

Richard

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hilandr451 
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05-21-21 06:53 AM - Post#2820330    
    In response to someotherguy

Torsion bar, independent suspension. The C-20s were the same until 1963.



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someotherguy 
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05-21-21 09:01 AM - Post#2820341    
    In response to hilandr451

Thanks! And I'll take that beauty off your hands if you're not doing anything with it. (Wow that truck looks solid and straight for an old dually!)

Richard

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hilandr451 
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05-22-21 08:59 AM - Post#2820388    
    In response to someotherguy

Ha Ha well Richard, I would let you have it if it were mine!

I found this pic on the interwebs. I had my suspicions because I knew a guy who had one, but I thought I would validate it with a picture.

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doubleE 
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01-07-22 12:31 PM - Post#2834048    
    In response to hilandr451

I asked this question a few years ago after seeing an old chevy truck ad for 1960 trucks questioning if all models had the torsion bar front suspension as the ad implied. The answer was yes all 60'- 62' C10 thru C70 Chevy trucks had torsion bar front suspension which kind of blew me away! Often wondered why they switched to coils in 63', if it was performance or a cost thing.

Also wonder if the same applied to the 60 - 62 GMC trucks.

Eric

Proud owner of My Blue 62 Impala SS


Edited by doubleE on 01-07-22 12:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Mercedes 
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01-07-22 03:20 PM - Post#2834067    
    In response to doubleE

I was told by an engineer once that the torsion bar suspension is commonly used when they have limited space to tuck away a coil spring. There are also advantages of being able to adjust the ride height and to compensate for wear in the spring steel.

I think that torsion bars back in the day reminded people of Chrysler. That's my take.





 
doubleE 
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01-09-22 04:58 PM - Post#2834255    
    In response to Mercedes

My take is that 1960 was the first year for independant front suspension for chevy trucks and for what ever reason they chose torsion bar over coil spring. After all Chevy had plenty of experience with coils on cars. Of course I'm talking 2 wheel drive trucks as 4x4s continued using leaf springs on all 4 corners. This was something I knew all along but thought it was limited to light duty trucks. I was really surprised it was the entire line. Still don't know if this was true for 60 - 62 GMCs.

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