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Old 06-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

After a more than a year of parts scrounging and saving I was finally ready for the restoration of my 72 K20 Super, which was rescued just before the scrapper by the last owner. This NM truck in original paint is nearly rust free but was used as a work truck. Under the carpet I found bullets, pinon nuts, pieces of arrow heads and Blakes Lotaburger wrappers – definitely New Mexican. The original bed had to go and was replaced with a 70 bed in original paint. This had a camper on it and is in excellent shape. The tail gate is replaced with a NOS piece. The fenders had dents or extra holes and were replaced with rust/bondo free OEM replacements in original paint. The LH door had a dent that was bondo’d over so was replaced with a NOS piece. The rear of the cab has some bad damage from rocks that were chronically wedged between it and the bed.
Sadly, I don’t have the time or skills to do the job myself. The pics below show the truck before then at the resto shop – they’ve already corrected what Paul Duncan would describe as a “birth defect” by adding the factory auxiliary tank that GM forgot.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

The original motor was gone. Duncan and Son located this correct 350 for a 72 K20 - looks ugly but has under 60K miles! Pulled from a suburban. Will get a rebuild...
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

One more NOS gate gone...
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:46 PM   #6
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

"Under the carpet I found bullets, pinon nuts, pieces of arrow heads and Blakes Lotaburger wrappers – definitely New Mexican."

That's great stuff!! No Allsup's chimi wrappers and empty Bud cans??

Very cool truck to start with... I can't wait to see what you do with it...

Good luck with your project.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #7
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"Under the carpet I found bullets, pinon nuts, pieces of arrow heads and Blakes Lotaburger wrappers – definitely New Mexican."

That's great stuff!! No Allsup's chimi wrappers and empty Bud cans??

Very cool truck to start with... I can't wait to see what you do with it...

Good luck with your project.
LOL!! I did find some old school beer can pull tabs! No Allsups wrappers though. Thanks Joe!
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:09 PM   #8
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

Thanks! Yep, back to all OEM save for a 700R4 tranny, dual exhaust, and maybe the 16.5 x 9.75 steelies. I also like the stock look. In the end, if looks anywhere close to yours I'll be pleased.


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That is going to be really nice. I LOVE the supers!

You said you're going all original. Yes? Personally I like the look of the originals, with the wider wheels to support a larger tire. Nothing more is really needed. I'm seriously considering taking mine back down to stock and putting the original wheels back on, taking off the lift, and finding a set of caps. The lift/wheel combo on mine is ok, but not needed for me.

Now if I could find a place where chevy truck buffs would look for wheels and a lift kit... hmmm.

I'll be watching. Nice start!
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

Pete, that is going to be "super" nice when you get finished. Remember when you get the engine rebuilt to remind them to not deck off those #'s that are on the engine. They show that it is a 1972 k20 auto.
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

looks like a nice place to build a truck and the shop looks nic also
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Pete, that is going to be "super" nice when you get finished. Remember when you get the engine rebuilt to remind them to not deck off those #'s that are on the engine. They show that it is a 1972 k20 auto.
Jason - Thanks and I appreciate the heads up - definitely want to keep that code. I appreciate the parts!

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looks like a nice place to build a truck and the shop looks nic also
Thanks! I'm sure it will be there for a while yet...
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*SUSCRIBED* This is a great survivor story! If you need anything don't hesitate to ask, I'm only moments away.

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in to watch. i really like the k20s especially in that color combo

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Old 06-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #14
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

Thanks again all. No recent progress. The shop is finishing up some work on couple of vehicles ahead of mine. Hope to post some new pics in next 2-3 weeks. Pete
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I'm in to see another stock K20...I wear a bit thin seeing all the drop/chop/butcher threads...to each his own, but I love the K20's
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Re: 72 K20 Cheyenne Super Build

Progress made. A lot of sheet metal has been media blasted. That bare steel looks purdy! The cab is patched up now and they did a solid job. The bed is still in the booth. Front clip is on deck to be blasted. My Bowtie Overdrives 700r4 is to arrive this week.

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That is one nice cab!
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looks nice. Who is the shop doing the work and where is it?

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I'm going along for the ride on this one. You've got a great start, that cab is unreal!
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Thanks guys! I thought I had an almost perfect cab until I saw the rock damage. Not too much rust here in NM. Sadly, I see cabs like this regularly scrapped at the local U-Pull It.

Mild to Wild Classics is doing the work here in Albuquerque: http://www.mildtowildclassics.com/
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Looking in Nice project pete Wht Interior is the shhhhhhhhhtttttt
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Looking in Nice project pete Wht Interior is the shhhhhhhhhtttttt
Thanks Dave! I'm tempted to recover the bucket seats with orange Highlander plaid if that is possible. What's interesting is my belts are originally black rather than parchment. I wonder what belt color most parchment bucket seat trucks were equipped with: black or parchment? I may have to buy back those parchment belts LOL!
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Nice Pete. Looks like you're building a keeper!
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The cab is looking great. Can't wait to see this one done.

Oh btw, Love those colors!!!
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