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'72 Chevy

Posted in Project Vehicles on June 1, 2001
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Contributors: Wendy Frazier
Chad Dunn's '72 Chevy. Chad Dunn's '72 Chevy.
“See the USA in your Chevrolet.” The ’72 has taken three years and about $20,000 to build. The recent changes in the Utah lift laws left Chad feeling a little red because he could have gone a few inches higher than the Skyjacker 8-inch suspension lift. The new Utah lift law states that “a person may not operate on any highway within the state a motor vehicle that is mechanically altered or changed to a frame height of more than 26 inches for a motor vehicle with GVW of at least 4,500 pounds and less than 7,500 pounds.” To do your own math on the new Utah lift law (House Bill 49) go to www.state.ut.us. “See the USA in your Chevrolet.” The ’72 has taken three years and about $20,000 to build. The recent changes in the Utah lift laws left Chad feeling a little red because he could have gone a few inches higher than the Skyjacker 8-inch suspension lift. The new Utah lift law states that “a person may not operate on any highway within the state a motor vehicle that is mechanically altered or changed to a frame height of more than 26 inches for a motor vehicle with GVW of at least 4,500 pounds and less than 7,500 pounds.” To do your own math on the new Utah lift law (House Bill 49) go to www.state.ut.us.
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! The fire-truck red, painted by Dean’s Paint Place in American Fork, Utah, was selected because Chad wanted to be noticed. Mission accomplished, Chad! Most of us were shaking in giddy frivolity just looking at the glorious red paint, beefy axles, and massive rubber. Flying over Smallblockville, Kansas, the Chevy small-block has a Crane camshaft, an Edelbrock 600-cfm carb and intake, Hooker headers, a Flowmaster exhaust system, and MSD ignition. The engine is mated with the truck’s third Chevy TH350 tranny. According to Chad, the engine wears out the weaker transmission. Both Chevy 350s work in the dirt with the NP205 transfer case. Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! The fire-truck red, painted by Dean’s Paint Place in American Fork, Utah, was selected because Chad wanted to be noticed. Mission accomplished, Chad! Most of us were shaking in giddy frivolity just looking at the glorious red paint, beefy axles, and massive rubber. Flying over Smallblockville, Kansas, the Chevy small-block has a Crane camshaft, an Edelbrock 600-cfm carb and intake, Hooker headers, a Flowmaster exhaust system, and MSD ignition. The engine is mated with the truck’s third Chevy TH350 tranny. According to Chad, the engine wears out the weaker transmission. Both Chevy 350s work in the dirt with the NP205 transfer case.
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Chad’s advice to building a better truck: “Shoot for the beefiest components possible, like in my case the 1-ton axles.” The stock axles were replaced with a front Dana 60 and a rear 14-bolt after the stock axles were twisted up by an exhibitionist show of rubber and smoke. Both carriers hold 4.11 gears. Along with the go show, the brake demo uses a disc/drum combination. Chad’s advice to building a better truck: “Shoot for the beefiest components possible, like in my case the 1-ton axles.” The stock axles were replaced with a front Dana 60 and a rear 14-bolt after the stock axles were twisted up by an exhibitionist show of rubber and smoke. Both carriers hold 4.11 gears. Along with the go show, the brake demo uses a disc/drum combination.
Kryptonian heritage: The interior features applaud the classic look with the stock Cheyenne Custom Deluxe interior. The embedded door trim appears to be as new as the day it came off the lot. Want to take a ride? When you jump into the truck it feels like you’ve jumped into a classic. The aroma of quality-built steel, durable workmanship, and a sense of pride permeate the cab. And nothing like a bouncy bench seat to make it feel like a truck. Kryptonian heritage: The interior features applaud the classic look with the stock Cheyenne Custom Deluxe interior. The embedded door trim appears to be as new as the day it came off the lot. Want to take a ride? When you jump into the truck it feels like you’ve jumped into a classic. The aroma of quality-built steel, durable workmanship, and a sense of pride permeate the cab. And nothing like a bouncy bench seat to make it feel like a truck.

Look! over there! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a totally trick ’72 Chevy truck!” Superman and Chevrolet share some remarkable commonalities. Both are quintessential superheros, both symbolize unshakable power, and both are an enduring emblem of the American Dream. Like many American children, Chad Dunn fantasized about owning a hero’s classic. Being Superman is only something to dream about, but owning the ’72 has always been in the cards for Chad. Chad’s father gave him the truck when he turned 16 with the proviso that he had to build a better truck from the stock farmer form. Chad and his dad had two different projects in mind. His dad’s idea was a classic restoration project. Needless to say he wasn’t too happy when Chad came home with a lift and some big ol’ tires.

Chad started the modification by building some more muscle onto the Chevy 350. The engine modifications include an Edelbrock Performer manifold, Hooker headers, and a Flowmaster exhaust system and it is sure to start every time with an MSD ignition. By the time the Chevy gained power from the engine mods, Chad was able to transform the suspension. When we caught up with him in Metropolis, he had just installed an 8-inch suspension lift and Rancho 5000s. The lift allows him to run 36-inch Super Swampers with aluminum-forged Weld Scorpio V 16.5x12-inch wheels.

The timeless Chevy still stands for ideals that allow all of us to aspire to something hoped for but seldom seen. How do you explain the American Dream? With these words: “Truth, Justice, and the Chevrolet Way.”

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