With five Model A's in the family car collection, it just seemed like fun to add a set of
Buying a brand-new truck is an experience most enthusiasts never forget. You can option it up to make it the perfect grand touring vehicle or you can dial in whatever hard-working functions you need to be successful on the job. But rolling off the showroom floor, even with a full option list, there might still be something missing. On the other hand, rejuvenating an old truck can accomplish the same goals, with modern components making it ride, accelerate, and sparkle just like a new one. But there’s one big difference. While a new truck may have its charm, restoring a vintage truck brings with it lots of memories. Getting behind the wheel of a rejuvenated 40-year-old truck automatically connects you with previous owners and, unlike a new one, vintage trucks have history.
Jason Shook, from Baldwin, Georgia, owns his own landscaping company and, growing up in a family of avid automotive enthusiasts with a 15-car collection, he became active in the hobby at an early age. His first car was a ’56 Pontiac Star Chief but he soon switched to trucks, owning seven over the years with classics, mini-trucks, and full-size trucks taking up residence in his garage. None of the past vehicles, however, have the connection found in this ’72 red Cheyenne.
The restoration of this one began several years ago by a friend of the family, Steve Dunagan. Unfortunately, cancer prevented Dunagan from seeing it through to completion so Jason’s parents, Sarah and Jerry, purchased the truck. Jason’s brother, Daryl, always loved that body style and before long, the truck was his. It had already been painted, was rolling on Corvette rally wheels, and had a rebuilt 350 V-8 and Turbo 350 trans underhood. It didn’t take long for the personalizing process to begin, with Daryl taking the truck to his good friend, Billy Wade, at W&W Body Shop in Lula, Georgia. Wade trimmed the Cheyenne’s too-tall profile, installing a Belltech 4/5 lowering kit comprised of 3-inch drop spindles, 1-inch dropped front lowering springs, and 5-inch dropped rear springs. The truck runs disc brakes up front and drums in the rear with Belltech shocks stabilizing all four corners. New additions filling the wheelwells are four 20x9.5 Vision Six Shooter wheels and Goodyear P245/50-R20 rubber. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again and a sudden heart attack also prevented Daryl from seeing the Cheyenne through to completion.
A new grille and bumper from YearOne, a 4/5 lowering kit from Beltech, custom Fire Red pai
The truck was passed down to Jason who was determined to complete the dream. The following year, the truck went back to Wade to have the 350 V-8 painted and accessorized with new valve covers, air cleaner, and wire looms along with custom A/C and alternator brackets. New paint in the engine room showcased the changes. The truck was great fun on the local show circuit, but Jason wanted more, so on his next visit to W&W, lots of subtle changes were accomplished, like the new YearOne bumper, grille, and marker lights. Wade filled the stake holes in the bed and relocated the fuel tank from behind the seat, adding a new 12-gallon fuel cell under the bed. Traditional oak slats and stainless steel strips update the bed. Since there are several Model A’s in the Shook family collection, the original taillights on the Cheyenne were removed and a set of nostalgic Model A lights added, just for fun. Wade completed the exterior, spraying an eye-catching, custom-mixed shade named Fire Red.
Traditional oak slats separated by stainless steel strips dress up the bed.
The interior got its share of attention, beginning with the distinctive-looking seats from an ’00 Chrysler 300. Wayne Lundy, of Wayne Lundy Interiors in Lula, Georgia, stitched the combination of charcoal Ultraleather and gray Ultra Suede, adding aluminum accents and incorporating a triangle theme on the seats, door panels, and carpet. A stereo was the final item on Jason’s list and Kirk Sullivan from CSS Innovations in Cornelia, Georgia, added his artistry to the project. All the factory equipment was removed and upgraded, beginning with a Kenwood KDC-MP242 head unit, capable of handling CDs as well as MP3 and WMA files. An HD radio option and iPod connection multiplied the fun. The receiver controls the amp and speaker mix that begins with a 12-inch Kicker Comp VR12 sub in the new custom center console, powered by a hidden 400-watt Kicker ZX400.1 Class D mono-block subwoofer amp inside the console. Mids and highs round out the sounds, with 61⁄2-inch Kicker KS65 component sets located behind mesh grilles in the doors. Once the audio segment was complete, the 7-inch Fahrenheit monitor, with its built-in DVD player was installed in the forward end of the center console, completing the visual portion of the system.
The four-year build was worth every minute since the truck not only looks and runs great, but it is also a tribute to the two special people who started the project. The truck has also become great fun for Jason and his 9-year-old son, Dylan, as well as for Daryl’s sons, Zach, Austin, and Cale. Family connections like this are priceless and you won’t find them on any new truck option list! CCT