Owning a business is hard enough, but owning an automotive body shop and trying to build personal vehicles is a lesson in time management. Having already had four other C10 trucks and a few of our bucket-list cars, Shane Palmer knows the business versus pleasure game very well. As the owner of Shane's Auto Body, he has a full plate to chew on with customer vehicles alone, but Shane still managed to get this beautiful 1971 Cheyenne Super completed, albeit opening and closing two full calendars in the process.
Stripped to a bare frame and bags full of parts, Ride Tech complete Strong Arm kit was bolted on front and rear. An e2 RidePRO computer, also from Ride Tech, controls the up and down movement of each corner. Drop spindles up front get the subframe to lie flat on the tarmac. Baer 131/2-inch Sport Track Plus brakes bring the 2-ton truck to a stop in a hurry. Foose 20-inch Nitrous wheel have had their centers custom painted while Yokohama tires finish the package. A 12-bolt axle stuffed with an Eaton posi and 3.08 gears keeps the engine purring at highway speeds; it being a thoroughly modified 402ci Chevy big-block. Ordered up with a loping cam, roller rockers, and many other go-fast specialties, the BBC churns out 425 horses and twists them into a GM Turbo 400 transmission. Hedman headers connected to a Flowmaster exhaust spit out the air mixture lit off from the MSD ignition.
Owned and built by a paint and body guy, you would expect the paintwork to be flawless. With this short bed truck, you would be right. Up front the cowl-induction hood and billet grille are the most obvious non-factory changes, but the trained would have caught some subtle adjustments. Both front and rear bumpers have been modified to tuck tighter to the body and the trim has been painted charcoal gray to match the wheel inserts. Inside is where the obvious changes happened. Two-tone, power and heated, leather seats give way to a custom center console sweeping into the rear cab wall. One-off door panels match the leather-covered headliner with chrome and billet spilling out everywhere you look. The factory A/C dash has been modified to hold a Power Acoustics double-din head unit and painted in the same custom mixed green. The rest of the sound system is filled by amplifiers from US Amps firing speakers in the custom kick panels and RE subs behind the seats.
Shane owes plenty of thanks to Calvin and Howard, both employees of Shane's Auto Body, for all the work and additional hours they put in on the project. And just to make the story even better, Shane tells us this truck was purchased from the original owner. So how rare is a two-owner, 40-year-old, factory big-block Cheyenne Super? We are willing to wager that number to be an extremely low one.