A 'virtual garage' of antique Chevy & GMC trucks from around the World
1972 Chevy Cheyenne
05 November 2007 Update
This is a shot of the 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne and the two young men from Switzerland who bought the truck from me. They are buying all the parts for a complete restoration and shipping them with the truck to Switzerland.
The Swiss government will not allow modified vehicles to be imported. The '72 is exactly what they were looking for for a project. It is extremely unmodified.
I hated to see it go, but it will get the complete restoration that it deserves. I still and will always have my 1959 Fleetside.
It's great to know it's going to a good home. Those look like two happy fellas!! ~~ Editor
08 May 2006
This is a '72 Chevy Cheyenne. Blue and white. Original engine has been replaced with a Mr. Goodwrench Targetmaster 350. Transmission is a full sycnhro T-85 manual 3-speed. Power steering and brakes, and aftermarket Air Conditioning.
I first spotted this truck in 1977 when one of my neighbors bought it. At that time I had no interest in it as it was one of those "modern" vehicles. It is no longer a "modern" truck. After seeing it sit in their driveway for over a year without moving, rusting away, I decided to ask them if they would let me save it. They were glad to sell it to me when they saw my '59 Chevrolet Apache 32 Fleetside.
It is interesting to note the changes in these trucks from 1959 to 1972 -- last of the '55-'59 "Task Force" series and last of the '67-'72 series, thirteen years. It rides much better with coil springs in front, and stops better with the power front dics brakes and really steers easier with power steering. The clutch pedal is much harder to operate and the column shift linkage seems more clunky and stiff than the "H-box" of the Task Force. With the Cheyenne Package and it's deluxe appointed carpeted cab, it is more "car like." But it still has the gas tank in the cab, behind the seat. The last year that a wood bed was an option was '72. This one has the all metal bed. It never did a lot of hauling and the bed inner fenders and inner bedsides are perfect, no dents.
These '67-'72 trucks are bulletproof. A treasure trove of reproduction parts are available, and they are relatively easy to work on (no computers or onerous smog requirements). And, unlike the most STOCK Advance Design and the Task Force trucks, they are as useful as a new truck in many ways (comfort, safety, highway speeds, etc.). It has been 22 years since I did the cosmetic restoration on the '59. I hope I still have it in me to do this one.
It's a nice example of the "Glamour Truck" that deserves a full restoration.