The first order of business was the chassis. "Gary squared," meaning the father/son duo both named Gary, chose to stick with the stock frame and simply modify it. First they outfitted the chassis with a custom trans crossmember for their fresh Turbo 350. Then the stock rear springs were swapped for a set of Coil Spring Specialties drop springs to bring the rear 4 inches closer to the pavement. Up front, the Garys also equipped the frame with Coil Spring Specialties 1-inch drop springs and 2-inch drop spindles. Since they planned on concealing the exhaust pipes, they made openings in the frame to house the pipes and also mounted a 16-gallon fuel tank outback behind the rear axle. With the frame intact, it was time to shift focus to the powerplant. They decided on an '89 Chevy 350, with a few modifications of course. Gary Jr., an accomplished mechanic, fitted the 350 with a Holley 700 double-pumper carburetor, Federal Mogul 10:1 pistons, and a Comp Cams Magnum 292 cam. He also added Chevrolet cast aluminum valve covers and a Barry Grant air cleaner to bring life to the engine compartment. The exhaust system uses Dynomax headers and Flowmaster mufflers. Adding some personality to the truck, the exhaust now exits from the body in front of the rear wheels, similar to a NASCAR vehicle.
With the undercarriage complete, it was time for a facelift on the exterior. After the repairs were made to the rear quarter-panel, they proceeded to remove and shave the cargo light and gas filler. They also removed the stock trim and swapped to one-piece windows. When it came to the paint scheme, the Garys decided that sometimes the best way to teach an old dog new tricks is to seek out foreign influence. In this case, they decided to spray the old Chevy with a combination of Acura NSX Indie-Yellow and GM Arctic White. For the finishing touches, Jr. and Sr. had the bumpers re-chromed and installed a custom roll pan in the rear.
Inside the Super Cheyenne the Garys went with black-and-white vinyl and fabric-nothing special, yet timeless and just right for the truck's attitude. However, they did install custom black-and-white door panels. Other keynotes include a new Vintage Air unit and a tachometer-they also removed the ashtray. After four years and countless hours in the garage, the father and son tandems Chevy was finally complete and ready for the road. Along with creating the latest addition to the Garys' collection, they also showed the rest of us a whole new way to "Go Postal!"