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Old 09-18-2019, 10:23 PM   #1
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Cool '72 Cheyenne K10

I just bought this '72 Cheyenne K10 from a friend today! As you might guess, it's been sitting in the woods nearby for more than a decade. It started life as a 2wd, and the previous owner restored and converted it to 4wd many years ago. He dropped it off the trailer this morning and I spent a little time with it today. It's beat to hell and was covered in spider webs, but a battery and some gas in the carb had it trying to start. I don't know exactly what I want to do with it yet, but it's a cool project!
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:30 PM   #2
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Cool find! I’ve enjoyed watching your other build so I’m in to watch what you do with this one as well!
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:10 PM   #3
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Cleaned up the cab and engine compartment a little. At least now I can see what I'm doing. Oil, coolant, and brake fluid are topped off. Now I need to get some good gas to the engine and get it to fire up. Not sure if I should go ahead and pull the tank out or try to get it running temporarily off a gas can first.

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Old 09-19-2019, 10:31 PM   #4
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

I hooked it up to a gas can, cleaned out the fuel pump, and replaced the filter, and... it runs! Pretty good actually. I just have to get the gas tank cleaned out and hooked back up.

It acts like the parking brake is stuck on, so next step is to figure out why the wheels don't roll.
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:55 PM   #5
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Im in to see more , rear brakes are probably rusted up
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:33 AM   #6
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Some video of it running for the first time in years - https://youtu.be/YXoU3suSfGE
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:36 AM   #7
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Congrats. Nice save.
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Old 09-24-2019, 06:25 PM   #8
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Front calipers were rusty crusty and stuck. I freed it up so the truck rolls, but they will need to be replaced. The locking hub doesn't seem to work on the driver side.

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Old 09-29-2019, 01:36 PM   #9
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

I got the Tommy Lift to work! Still gonna take it off since I have the original tailgate. Yes, those are bullet holes in the passenger bedside.

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Old 09-29-2019, 07:46 PM   #10
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Id love to find a Tommy Lift like that up here.

Cool project!
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Old 09-30-2019, 03:53 PM   #11
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Original tailgate is back on the truck. Needs a bumper.

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Old 10-01-2019, 07:58 PM   #12
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:39 PM   #13
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Nice project; I don't see much rust on that rig--I assume always an inland Socal truck?
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Old 10-02-2019, 12:10 PM   #14
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Nice project; I don't see much rust on that rig--I assume always an inland Socal truck?
I don't know how it survived so well. It was buried under pine needles in Cohasset (Sierra foothills of Norcal) for the last decade.
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Old 11-11-2019, 04:22 AM   #15
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Re: '72 Cheyenne K10

Still working on title for this old beast. DMV wants a weight certificate, so I'll tow it to the public scales next week. Good excuse to use the C20 Deluxe.
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:49 AM   #16
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Take out as much weight as you can. DMV will charge for every pound every year on the reg..
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Old 11-18-2019, 12:47 AM   #17
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Take out as much weight as you can. DMV will charge for every pound every year on the reg..
yep, take that tow hitch off and even the tailgate
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Some video of it running for the first time in years - https://youtu.be/YXoU3suSfGE
Nice, sounds good!!
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:56 AM   #19
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yep, take that tow hitch off and even the tailgate
I got it down to 4060lbs. No seat, gas tank, or battery. Probably could have gotten it under 4000 if I took the tow hitch off. I plan to get rid of that anyways, so I really should have.
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Old 11-18-2019, 12:35 PM   #20
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DMV will charge for every pound every year on the reg..


Yet another example of why I love TEXAS.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:44 PM   #21
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Yet another example of why I love TEXAS.
I won't have to take my trucks in for inspection. Ever.
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:41 PM   #22
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Plans are starting to come together for this truck. First step is take out the 2" body lift. I don't like the way it looks, and I don't need the extra lift because I only plan to run 33" tires. Brakes, steering and suspension components will be restored, it will get new wagon wheels, and I'll find some bucket seats at the junkyard. I need to do a tune-up and oil change, and it will probably get a new carburetor.

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Old 11-28-2019, 12:37 PM   #23
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I won't have to take my trucks in for inspection. Ever.
Cool truck. Not a good enough reason to live in CA, imo. Besides, if registered as an antique in Texas, there is no safety inspection. Texas safety inspection is actually not a big deal. If you cant pass it, i agree that the vehicle shouldn't be on the road. They only inspect for all lights to work, working wipers, horn decent brakes and tires. No emission testing on vehicles 25 years old and older.
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Old 12-03-2019, 04:27 PM   #24
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I have determined that the truck currently has 2" Tuff Country EZ Ride front springs, and 3" blocks in the back, as well as a 2" body lift. I am tempted to replace it all with a 4" suspension lift. Body lift comes out for sure.
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Cool truck. Not a good enough reason to live in CA, imo. Besides, if registered as an antique in Texas, there is no safety inspection. Texas safety inspection is actually not a big deal. If you cant pass it, i agree that the vehicle shouldn't be on the road. They only inspect for all lights to work, working wipers, horn decent brakes and tires. No emission testing on vehicles 25 years old and older.
For what it's worth, he (and I), live in Northern CA. Completely different from what most people view California as, and definitely nothing like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Silicon Valley ect.

Unfortunately, we fall under the same government that these areas (azz hats), put into office.

I keep waiting for Nevada to re-align the State and reach down to pick us up! LOL!

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