The '72's body turned into more of a challenge, as the inclement weather had rusted a handful of spots, so smoothing over 30 years of rust, holes, and dings gave Mike and Ray plenty to do. The duo want to thank their good friend Elmer Aragon for turning up in the nick of time to help just when the brothers found themselves in a tight spot. Elmer helped keep morale up as Mike focused on his image of the finished truck. For Mike, the most important element of the '72's body style is summed up in one word-stance. In Mike's words, "the ability for the truck to look fast just sitting still."
With that in mind, the brothers installed a set of Early Classic Enterprises drop spindles, lowering the front 5 inches, while the rear was dropped 6 inches. This sits the truck nicely down over four 20-inch Boss 312 rims wrapped in BFGoodrich G-Force rubber.
The '72's interior features a looped Berber carpet installed by Frank's Upholstery, located in Pueblo, who also covered the bench seat allocated from a '97 Chevy wrapped in black and gray tweed. Mike notes that everything that could be done locally was, including the billet insert for the '69 front grille that Mike machined himself. Only things like the tinted glass and Lecarra steering wheel came from the internet on brown UPS trucks, courtesy of Kenny's Truck Parts in Mounds, Oklahoma.
The '72's paint was applied by Mitch Diamond at his paint shop in Pueblo. The eye-popping two-tone paint combination of PPG Coral and Black is miles deep, really showing off just how straight Mike and Ray got the bodywork.
In its first few times out, Mike's freshly built '72 took home several trophies from local Goodguys shows, and after the snow stops, Mike hopes to add to the collection during the upcoming show season.
The need for tweed-Frank's...
The need for tweed-Frank's Upholstery in Pueblo wrapped the '72's interior from the headliner down to the '97 C1500 bench seat.
A Lecarra steering wheel sets...
A Lecarra steering wheel sets the stage for a proverbial plethora of factory analog gauges.