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 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build! 
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Post 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
This is my newest project...a 72 Cheyenne Super Short fleet with a 402 big block!:metal:

It was in fact originally a LWB but it is a true Cheyenne Super. It has the cheyenne super, bb, etc codes on the SPID. It has the right things (woodgrain glovebox, door panels, and dash, cargo light, headliner, bucket seat supports, high hump for the BB, screw holes for the carpet gas tank cover, etc....

It was converted using the leafs (also on the spid) and posi rear (on the spid) onto a shortbed frame because the longbed frame had tweaked frame horns. It has the correct 72BB mounts. A 402 with a TH400 (30K on rebuild on both and very clean inside the engine)

Original options are super high as seen on the SPID. The buckets/console, tach and AM/FM are long gone....but the rest is there. And I have the buckets/console and tach....and plan to get an AM/FM.

Right now it's a cab mounted to a painted frame with rally wheels. NOS core support with aftermarket fenders(already sold) (I will put good originals on). Pass door rust free drivers has slight bubbles in outer skin but great otherwise. Will need cab corners, 2 cab mounts, inner and outer rockers, and two spots on the floor fixed. It has NO bed right now....but one will be here in the morning!!!

Here are the pictures I took when I went to look at it

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:38 pm
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Got it home and it was a little dusty so I decided to clean it....

Getting ready for a bath
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After the bath
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Since it's been home I've been cataloging what I have and don't have. Also have been stripping the remainder of the interior to prepare for rust repairs. Got the headliner, visors, glovebox, A/C unit, gauges, dome light and cargo light out as well as removed the rest of the weatherstrip.

Got the TH400 cleaned up... (pics to follow)
And I've been ordering parts also

As I mentioned I got the steel floor short bed and a super nice tailgate on the road to me right now. Fine 69 will be here in the morning.
NOS hood hinges
NOS upper SWB molding
NOS Parts of the lower molding (Cab forward)
NOS taillight moldings
NOS door edge guards
NOS Cheyenne 10 emblems
NOS Chrome Headliner trim
NOS light lenses
NOS Tailgate trim

Also have a nice tilt on the way. The one in the truck needs rebuilding so I'll do that at some point.
Super Emblem Repros
Big block fan shroud
Big block clamshells
4 core radio (almost new)
4 core upper & Lower mounts
Tach dash (still looking for a great bezel)
Bucket seats with good foam (with NEW PUI black covers ready to go on)
New Windshield trim and gasket
New 71-72 repro outer grille
New 71-72 repro inner grille
Super nice original 72 black armrests
Super nice original black headliner
Super nice original black sunvisors
Super nice restored black seatbelts
PERFECT inner fenders painted factory semi gloss.

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Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:39 pm
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Post Re: 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
That's going to be sweet! You gonna get chipflyer to make you a new SPID?


Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:32 pm
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:phatyo: :5150:

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Post Re: 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
see ten wrote:
That's going to be sweet! You gonna get chipflyer to make you a new SPID?


Thanks...I'm hoping it turns out even nicer than my blazer did. And Yes, planning to get chipflyer to make a new SPID. I will keep the original and have him make a new one to reflect the SWB, black interior, and chrome sport bumper in the rear vs. step bumper

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Thanks!

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Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:57 am
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Post Re: 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
Cool I cat wait to see it come together . I have a bb fan shroud if you need one.

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Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:15 pm
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Post Re: 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
Thanks, how much for the shroud shipped to me (23112) any cracks/chips?

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Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:17 pm
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Trying to get this updated over here...

Started sanding down to bare metal last night. Driver's door was actually better than I thought. Will need some outer skin work but not too bad. inner seems solid so far.

I didn't touch the passenger door because I have a new one coming from Tkorinek in Arizona...same deal on the fenders :D

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Going to need a patch in this corner and a smaller one in the opposite corner but not too bad for an original door. Has the GM sticker on it with the VIN which I hadn't noticed before.... (and don't worry...the cab corner will be patched/replaced :D)
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And how I left it this evening...
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Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:02 pm
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Post Re: 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
I also got to spend some quality time with my 3 and 6 yr old girls out in the garage showing them what things were and how they worked. I forgot to mention that my 3yr old was on my lap or in her princess chair out in the garage half the other night I was taking the dash apart. It was great to share time with her and listen to her 10million and 1 questions about what I was doing. She keeps asking me if I'm ready to paint it yet :lol: She remembers getting in the back of my blazer when it was painted. She really enjoyed that. My daughters will each get a ride in this one when it's painted and on the road.

We decided to grab a bunch of the smaller parts and lay them out for a picture or three.....
I keep finding more parts for this build! It's nice to have a lot of parts in my garage/house sometimes ;)

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Super nice original dash pad...might as well be NOS!!!
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T3 headlights
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New bezels and lenses for all lights
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All stainless fasteners for the interior. Love this kit as it's all labeled for each interior
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Super nice original armrests...again like NOS
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Restored black belts
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Guide parking lights
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New front grille emblem and NOS door edge guards
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And...it's got a Big Block so this will go in the gauge cluster when I build it...after I clean it up :metal:
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Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:06 pm
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Post Re: 1972 Cheyenne Super Short Fleet Big Block build!
More parts for it....


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NOS A/C controller

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NOS LH Outer door handle

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Super nice Tilt column- will end up sell the one in the cab now as I know nothing about it and the arms are long gone...

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NOS 72 sport mirrors (pair)

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Passenger bucket seat mounts

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And some literature I've been collecting. I'm looking for anything related to 72 trucks. Really looking for the brochures that show the cheyenne and cheyenne super options in them. I have the highlander ones....looking for the cheyenne ones (if they made one)

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And finally for parts (for now) Here's a pic of the NOS swaybar mounts/bushings I just got from Tim Christian. Trying to put only the best parts on this thing. Some of the factory parts are nice but I wanted to get all the new stuff for when I re-do the front suspension on the truck.

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I also got in some of my bead blasted parts from member tll74. They look like brand new!!! I sent him a huge box of parts to do for me. Some for this truck and some also to resell....again to offset my costs....

Some have unlimited or at least healthy budgets for their builds. I on the other hand, have to get creative :D

here are my already professionally painted inner fenders with the patch panels and battery tray, the new outer grille, chrome front bumper, PUI seat covers for the buckets, and the one of my tach dashes....I am going to use the original gauges to keep the mileage correct (67K original documented miles) (and it will have the correct woodgrain bezel)

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The wiring harness was winning for a while but in the end it is out....

It's late so only a few pictures. Have a long day of non-truck work to do tomorrow so maybe a small update in the evening if I get a few minutes but not much else otherwise...

Notice the ignition still won't come out....and I'm being too gentle with the inner A/C box...any suggestions on that?

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Still have to unbolt the pedals....but waiting to get it to Jason's shop to make it easier to get on/off the trailer....

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Not nearly as many wires as a new vehicle....thankfully ;)

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And I am SUPER pleased with how nice the wiring is. Not brittle at all...no corrosion on the ends, the fuse panel looks great with the letters intact and easy to read. If I didn't know better I'd think it was replaced at some point....sure doesn't look or feel almost 40 years old...

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got my dipped and blasted parts from tll74...they are amazing! Sent him a bunch more today :metal:

Here are some pictures..imagine how nice it is to just get to paint parts that are this clean...including the mounting hardware!!!
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Here's some parts I got over a year ago from thelonerife...

under dash lights and glovebox light...both which I assume would have been on this truck but were already gone. No biggie...I have them :)

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Also have a clip kit I got for my upper trim
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And have some brand new vent windows. Haven't decided if I will use these or a SUPER nice original set I have....

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