Author Topic: 1973 Cheyenne C20 Camper Special  (Read 182 times)

Offline BADGE73

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 8
  • 1973 Cheyenne Super C20 Camper Special
1973 Cheyenne C20 Camper Special
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:54:39 PM »
Hi Fellas! This has been a long time coming for me as this square body was my Grandpa's. He left it to me when he passed away many years ago and I have just now been able to unearth it and bring it home. He was the only owner of this truck, bought it brand new in 1973 with the camper shell and all. Unfortunately, camper has been long gone. My Grandpa and I were extremely close, he was head county mechanic and the Fire Chief for over 30 years. I grew up on his lap, driving this thing up and down the canyon to get the mail with him.  This restore will be a long process, it won't be to wild as I want this to look just like it did in 73 when it rolled out the doors down in Fremont, CA. Currently all I have done is clean it, flush the entire coolant system, change the rear differential fluid and put in a new thermostat. More to come...

 
« Last Edit: June 30, 2020, 06:58:59 PM by BADGE73 »
"Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved."

Offline Mike81K10

  • Registered Users
  • *
  • Posts: 150
  • Newbie
Re: 1973 Cheyenne C20 Camper Special
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 07:26:31 PM »
Look forward to your progress on your sentimental build.

Offline JohnnyPopper

  • Site Supporters
  • Junior Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 851
  • Old Goof
Re: 1973 Cheyenne C20 Camper Special
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 11:08:01 PM »
Congrats on your project and progress!

Please keep us posted, we love seeing things come together!
1957 Apache 3100 235 Inline 6, 3 on the tree
1973 C-20, 3+3 454 4BBL TH400  Water Injection
1978 K-10, 350 4BBL TH350 NP203 M.M. Part time Kit/Hubs
1980 C-10 under construction

Offline BADGE73

  • Newbie
  • Posts: 8
  • 1973 Cheyenne Super C20 Camper Special
Re: 1973 Cheyenne C20 Camper Special
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2020, 02:20:34 PM »
Also, I am no mechanic. So aside from the internet and the mountains of manuals, service guides and schematics. I will most certainty be reading this forum and asking questions. For the most part, it looks like everyone is really helpful around here.
"Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved."

Offline JohnnyPopper

  • Site Supporters
  • Junior Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 851
  • Old Goof
Re: 1973 Cheyenne C20 Camper Special
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2020, 04:07:27 PM »
Yeah, for the most part no one's really cranky, until one fails to read the advice given and blathers nonsense... ::)

I just read the build sheet, came with some nice options!

Looks like the only thing missing is the A/C compressor, which, if I lived in western WA would only go on a few times a year.

Regardless, I would restore it if possible. Perhaps using a smaller unit. The stock units were oversized IMHO.

You'll be glad for those few hot days.
1957 Apache 3100 235 Inline 6, 3 on the tree
1973 C-20, 3+3 454 4BBL TH400  Water Injection
1978 K-10, 350 4BBL TH350 NP203 M.M. Part time Kit/Hubs
1980 C-10 under construction