Gary says he spent many nights on his computer trying to decide on the right paint color for the truck, and kept coming back to classic solid black. Meanwhile, the crew at Big Oak Garage was encouraging him to go with a two-tone combination. As you can see, the shop’s suggestion won out. Gavin Graham broke up the black with white paint between the upper belt molding and the Cheyenne’s distinctive “simulated wood grain” inserts. “I’m glad I went two-tone, since you don’t see many like that,” Gary told us.
It was the crew at Big Oak Garage, incidentally, that suggested a nickname for Gary’s Chevy: Double Down. It’s not a reference to the truck’s two paint colors, but to the fact that he had to buy it twice.
Wheel choice might have been an easier decision than paint. A set of 20-inch Foose Legend chrome five-spokes fill the wheel openings and help set the overall style of the truck. Low-profile 295/45R20 BFGoodrich g-Force radials wrap around the 20x10 rear wheels, with 255/35R20 tires on 20x8s in front.
With all that black and white on the outside, the Cheyenne really benefits from the injection of color on the inside. Hudson’s Rod & Customs in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, did a beautiful job covering the bench seat and door panels with pure red leather. The steering wheel, a Stiletto model from Billet Specialties, got the same treatment. The rest of the modifications are appropriately mild, including some under-dash instruments. The stock air conditioning was improved by a conversion to R134 refrigerant and a Sanden compressor underhood.
We like to ask people to tell us the most challenging part of their truck project. For Gary, it was “trying to find a stopping point.” Looking back, the night before the show was probably a great stopping point. The 200-mile trip from Gadsden to Nashville was the first of several road trips Gary’s taken with the truck since it’s been finished—and the Goodguys Nashville Nats was just the first of several national events where the ’72 Chevy has gotten a lot of attention. There will be more. CCT