Simple and clean was Tony’s main motto when he decided to restore his 1972 Chevy Cheyenne. We think it turned out awesome and hope you do to! Thanks Tony for sharing “Sweet Pea” with us.
What’s your real name? (What’s your online screen name?)
Tony Price and my online screen name is Bad6772
What do you do for a living?
I build hot rods and classic cars for a living. sheet metal fabrication, chassis fabrication, painting, body work and mechanical. Pretty much anything involved in restoring or restyling classic vehicles.
What GM(s) do you drive?
Well obviously my 1972 Cheyenne and I still have my ole faith full ’97 Grand Am GT it’s my beater. My wife has a ’99 blazer and her toy is a ’49 Fleetline Deluxe. It’s next on the chopping block.
How long have you had your GM(s)?
The ’72 about 12 years. The ’97 about 10 years. The wife’s blazer since new. The ’49 we got roughly 6 years ago.
Have a favorite story to tell about your truck?
I did a mini spool upgrade back in the day with 4:56 gears. Took me all day to get in just right,or so I thought. While driving on an on ramp to get on an interstate . . . to test drive the steep gears . . . I mashed the gas as hard as it would go. Everything felt nice and tight, until 2nd gear hit. The whole truck went side ways roughly doing 65. Seems the 30 year old welds on the housing did not like the newly added gears. It spun the axle housing and broke 3 of the 4 U bolts with the added drive shaft twistedge. Needless to say, it”s the only time Sweet Pea left me stranded. The following weekend she was all fixed and tearing up the roads again.
Frame off restoration, that’s a lot of work! What made you do it?
I have had this truck for 12 years. I got her from the original owner and it was a rough ole farm truck when I got her. About 8 years ago I did a quick redo, mainly body only. I was never really happy with the way it looked. So while having carb issues one summer I just got frustrated with everything. I really nit picked the truck as much as possible. Things I did not like, things I thought GM should have done as far as styling cues. It just piled up and I knew unless I totally redid everything I would never be happy. The choice was made. The wife was totally on board and it just all evolved. I never set out a finish date or a budget, simple and clean was my main motto and I think I have achieved that.
What have you learned about yourself while building your truck?
That’s a hard one. I built this truck for me, my vision, what I wanted. 99% of the time I have to build cars from a sketch or an idea. Sure I can modify it to some degree but at the end of the day you have to make the customer happy. Form and function is key when building a hot rod of any kind. For the most part it’s already laid out in a customers build. So I had to really step back and teach myself form and function. It’s a hard thing to do, so I guess what I really learned was . . . you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Who has helped you the most along the way?
I would say my wife Alicia. She has been a major part in Sweet Pea. She has no reservations about voicing her opinions about something. Whether it be a shave here or chop there, whatever. I know that with out her this thing would not have gotten done. I have O.C.D. when it comes down to it. With her input and support it made things easier to put a stamp on it, call it done and move to the next tasks.
Whats next for your truck?
I would really like to do a centrifugal supercharger in the near future. The things that Vortec is doing for carb engines is crazy. I’d like to do a four link as well.
Lol, more power and a way to plant it.
Do you spend time on any GM sites? Which ones?
I am a member of 67-72chevytrucks.com. It’s a great truck forum and it really feels like a family there. I also visit C-10 Forum. There are a lot of more radical trucks there and it has a great atmosphere as well. Really good, down to earth truck guys and gals.
Engine – I run a GMPP ZZ3 350 with AFR heads, a port matched Edelbrock RPM Performer intake, GM Hot Cam, Mallory Billet Dist, Edelbrock 700, Pete Jackson Gear Drive Sanderson Headers with 2.5 flowmaster 40 series.
Transmission – I run a TCI Street Fighter with a Coan 3,500 Converter. Shifted through the column with 2 speedway motors trans coolers.
Rear end – I run a stock housing 72 C10 with an Eaton Posi, 4:10 gears and strange axles.
Body modifications – I shaved the firewall, lock cylinders, stake pockets and the tailgate. I’ve also added an Extang cover.
Interior – I shaved the dash, relocated the ignition and painted the Stock door panels. Removed the factory headliner, added new A.C.C carpet, LMC pedals and bezels. Elwood Yoden is the man behind my seat. It really sets my int off in my opinion. He did a great job on the seat. It’s ultra leather black and he totally rebuilt my seat frame and added Memory Foam. It makes those long drives comfortable.
Exterior – The paint is Dupont Waterbourne, Lime Green Effect with some pearl added. Stan Nolan made pretty much all the paint work possible. He is a wealth of knowledge and talent. It has Dupont 7900s clear on it that I still need to wet sand and buff a little. I will get to it one day, lol. The bed is lined with Al’s Liner, special thanks to Dana Mitchell from Al’s on the liner. I called him up a few days before the Good Guys Indy show last year and told him I needed help FAST. He had everything to me the the next day. So me and a good friend Steve Maur got crackin’. I think it was still a tad wet when we headed out, but we made it so it was worth it.
Brakes – I run stock 72 disks with a C.P.P prop valve, works great for those long smokey burnouts.
Wheels – Boss 304s 20×9.5 with Falken 255/35/20s up front and the rears are Boss 304s 20×10 with 275/45/20s Falkens as well.
Suspension – I am on bagged, slam Specialties RE-7s up front with 2.5 dropped spindles. In the rear I also run RE-7s with 3 inch blocks in the rear. Two Viar 380 compressors. I run an 8 valve set up 3/8s valves and a 9 gallon tank.
Frame – I welded up all unused holes, C notched the rear, painted it with POR 15 and did 3 coats of Dupont 7600 clear.
Visuals showing how far Tony has come with this ’72 – Here are some in progress pictures: