In 1967 Chevrolet described their new trucks as possessing “the most significant cab and sheetmetal styling change in Chevrolet history.” While we are not here to argue that point, one thing is certain, the fact that the clean styling cues of the 1967-72 Chevrolet have endured for 40 years is a testimony to great design.
Like all offerings from Chevrolet, the truck design evolved over the six-year span of the truck, but the changes were minimal with the grille receiving the most attention every two years. The ’67-68 trucks used a horizontally split grille ending in a single headlight on each corner, mounted in a simple and attractive recessed bezel.
The grille would move to a wide single bar for 1969 and ’70 and then to a larger appearing egg-crate grille for 1971-72. All of these trucks are attractive in their own right, but many people feel Chevrolet “got it right” the first two years. Danny Waller is one of those people. When he purchased a well-used (approaching worn-out) 1972 Chevrolet truck his rebuild plan included a front sheetmetal swap and the removal of all the chrome.
When Danny purchased the truck it was a factory black Cheyenne, loaded with chrome trim. Here in the South, a black Cheyenne was “the truck” to own in 1972.
Danny took his used truck and proceeded to give it a complete refurbishing. The front sheetmetal was swapped out for 1967 sheetmetal, and two stock lower grille bars eliminated the turn signals from the grille, while a steel cowl-induction hood gave the truck some hot rod flavor. Danny decided there were too many black Chevy trucks in his area, so he sprayed the truck with 1970 Corvette yellow. The truck was driven and enjoyed in this rendition for several years when Danny decided it was time for another major rebuild.
This time around every piece of chrome was shaved from the truck including the door handles. Slotted taillights reside in a rolled pan below a smoothed tailgate and a smooth Gaylord bed cover was installed. Up front the chrome bumper remains, while the turn signals now reside in the headlights. A completely new floor was fabricated with larger wheel houses and the unique rolled floor section is stunning with stainless steel strips. After the owner and Chris Turner were done with the bodywork Chris took the truck to his spray booth at C.T. Restorations and laid down a flawless PPG 2000 Viper Red paintjob.
The chassis of the truck was also completely reworked with airbags on all four corners. The front suspension relies on factory components with RideTech airbags, while the rear of the frame was treated to a custom fabricated 3x4-inch channel frame stub that mounts a four-link suspension and another set of airbags from RideTech. A new Chevrolet quick-ratio steering box was installed and big 12-inch disc brakes up front are combined with factory drum brakes out back.
Power for the pickup comes in the form of a 1980 Chevrolet crate motor. The 350 produces 330 horsepower to the rear wheels thanks in part to an Edelbrock intake and carb and a set of Doug’s headers. The Be Cool radiator and electric fan handle the heat, while Billet Specialties supplied the beltdrive system on the motor. Power from the small-block is passed back through a 700-R4 transmission to the factory heavy-duty rearend that carries 4:11 gears.
Inside the truck Glide Engineering supplied the seat, while the modified dashboard holds Haneline gauges. A Pioneer stereo provides the tunes and Painless Wiring makes all the electrical connects, well, painless. The ididit steering column is topped with a Lecarra steering wheel and Lokar pedals complete the package. Stitch’s Interiors provided the killer upholstery using Alantra in a medium gray, while Custom Auto Carpets supplied the plush carpeting. Custom door panels, headliner, and rear seat panels are just some of the highlights of the upholstery.
And so the truck was finished, again. This time in a glowing red that commands attention, and while a bulk of the work was done in Danny Waller’s home garage, he is quick to remind us that trucks like this just don’t get finished alone. Danny wanted to extend special thanks to Jonathon Cash, “Stitch,” Chris Turner, and especially to his wife of 37 years, Margo.
Chris and Margo are enjoying this latest and greatest rebuild of the truck, but we can only wonder how long it will be before Danny decides it is time for more changes. He’ll be hard pressed to beat the look he has achieved this time around.
“Danny wanted to extend special thanks to Jonathon Cash, ῾Stitch,᾽ Chris Turner, and especially to his wife of 37 years, Margo.”
Modifications: custom frame section from 3x4-inch channel
Rearend / Ratio: heavy-duty Chevy P.U. / 4:11
Rear suspension: RideTech airbags
Rear brakes: 3-inch drum brakes
Front suspension: Chevrolet with RideTech airbags
Steering box: stock quick-ratio box
Front tires: Yokohama 255-40-20
Rear tires: Yokohama 285-30-22
Gas tank: fuel cell under bed
Engine: 350 Chevrolet crate motor
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock Performer & carburetor
Ignition: OEM replacement
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½-inch turbo mufflers
Modifications: converter, Corvette servo
Style: ’72 Chevrolet Fleetside
Modifications: rolled pan, custom taillights, all chrome shaved
Hood: steel cowl-induction
Grille: two lower ’67 bars
Bodywork And Paint: owner and C.T. Restorations
Paint Type / Color: PPG basecoat / clearcoat 2000 Viper Red
Headlights / Taillights: stock, aftermarket slotted
Bumpers: rolled rear pan, stock front bumper
Dashboard: stock / modified
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Upholstery By: Stitch’s Interiors
Material / Color: Alantra / gray
Carpet: Custom Auto Carpets