Updating With New Millenium Technology
Text by Dave Clark and Paul Zazarine
Photography by Dave Clark
| Last issue we tore our '72 Cheyenne down, removed the body from the frame and disassembled the chassis. We're down to the last nut and bolt at this point, and we've decided how we're going to put it back together again. What's great about the truck hobby is you can do just about anything you want, but no matter which route you choose for your truck, you need to plan and budget your project before you begin. Do as much research and ask as many questions as possible before diving in. Truck shows and cruise nights are great opportunities to talk to owners who have already been down the road you're about to venture. Street machiners are always happy to share ideas and experiences, and that's information that can save you a lot of time and aggravation.|
| We've chosen to build a classic '72 Chevy truck and update it with new millenium technology that, at first glance, appears stock. Upon closer inspection, it has a high performance engine, four-speed overdrive automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, lowered suspension system and a custom yet classic appearing sound system.|
| One word of caution when working with aftermarket parts. While the majority of companies build high-quality, well-engineered components, there are some manufacturers whose quality standards are not as advertised. It's wise to ask about a company's return policy before ordering to avoid any unwanted surprises. For example, just because a header manufacturer claims he's been in the business for 18 years, doesn't mean he knows how to make a set that will fit your '72 Chevy pickup. Also ask what the freight charge will be before ordering. Building our '72 project truck has been an excellent opportunity to inspect the quality of the parts our readers purchase and learn firsthand what fits and what doesn't.|
| With the truck disassembled and our project plotted out, we began by sand blasting those chassis components we chose to retain. We sent out the frame, front and rear control arms, rear axle assembly and a variety of minor parts to be blasted. While we literally replaced every useable part on the truck with new parts, you don't need to go that far with your project. Now it's time to put "This Old Truck" back together again.|
1. All of our chassis parts, whether new or sand blasted originals, were primered and then powder coated matte black. This provides a durable and brilliant finish and gives the chassis a totally finished appearance.
2. After it had been sand blasted, the frame was inspected. Our frame was straight and solid. We chose to powder coat the frame. You can't get the same even coverage from paint as you can from powder coating, and the finish will last far better than paint.
3. We were able to reuse the stock upper and lower control arms. Moog supplied the new ball joints, tie red assemblies, Pitman arm, idler arm and upper and lower control arm shafts.