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High and Mighty - 1972 Chevy Super Cheyenne Camper Special

Article and Photography by Richard Butschi

In 1963, Chevrolet introduced their second generation pickups as “C/K”s, which indicated that there were really 2 lines. The “C” pickups were 2-wheel drive, while the “K” models were 4-wheel drive. The numbers 10, 20 and 30 indicated whether they were 1/2T, 3/4T or 1 ton trucks. The first generation trucks used 3100, 3200 and 3300 to designate their hauling capacity. In ‘67, GM dubbed the new line as the “Action Line” - indicating modern styling and something other than a utility vehicle. The C/K label was used until 1999, when the Silverado was introduced.

The Action Line vehicles were good looking pickups and caught the eye of a young Danny Vandaver, growing up in Rowley, IA. A friend of his had one, and at age 12, he vowed that he would someday have one just like it. Of course, life gets in the way, and it was only 5 years ago that Vandaver tracked one down in Marion, this one being a 3/4T truck instead of a 1/2T, like his friend had. The previous owner had inherited it from his late father and had plans to restore it, eventually.

Vandaver has the skills to take on a major project like this and works with Dave Reed of Dave’s Service Shop in Alburnett. Danny did all of the work on this Cheyenne, other than the engine, which was built by Bill Barthelmes of