An attitude seemingly shared by the show crowd is
that to deserve attention, you must have a wild, built-to-the-hilt sport truck.
To comply with that attitude, truck owners shave, relocate, or rework parts.
There isn't anything necessarily wrong with that, we all love to crawl around
those kinds of trucks to get some ideas for our own projects. But every once in
a while, a truck comes along whose simplicity knocks us off our feet.
case in point: Dave Clark's '72 Chevy Cheyenne Super shortbed Fleetside. Take a
look at the photos and the only exterior mods you'll see are a lowered stance
and American Racing Torque-Thrust II wheels - it's even painted the factory
two-tone colors but looks absolutely right-on. And the closer you look, the
better it looks.
Dave is no newcomer to vintage GM trucks. He owns and
operates Early Classic Enterprises in Fresno, California, which specializes in
chassis components and reproduction items for those trucks. In fact, that's how
this pickup came to be: Dave originally purchased the truck to be a test bed for
the many parts and pieces he carries for his business.
The original plan
was for a nice driver, but it wasn't long after the bare chassis came back from
Blastech in Fresno with a fresh coat of satin-black powder paint that Dave
realized the truck was going in a new direction. Soon all the chassis components
were also powder painted and reassembled with new gold-anodized hardware. If
there's an original bolt left on this truck, it will be hard to find.
only choice for Dave was to use his own suspension parts to lower his latest
project. For the front, Early Classic Enterprises supplied 2½-inch-dropped spindles and 1½-inch-dropped coils, which are complemented by KYB
Gas shocks and a 1¼-inch-diameter sway
bar. The stopping power in the front is handled by an Early Classic Enterprises
cross-drilled 12-inch rotor disc brake kit. To ensure a smooth and comfortable
ride, the suspension was assembled with all new Moog Automotive rubber and
suspension rebuild parts.