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Tailgate Trim

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It was during these years that General Motors began offering more style to their pickup truck line. Though most still considered a truck as a work vehicle, a growing segment of pickup buyers were being strongly influenced by trim and accessories that even rivaled many automobiles.

For the first time on GM fleetside pickups, decorative trim became available on the tailgate of their middle and upper level models. Even on the basic gate that had no trim, the stamped letters were given a contrasting color. During all of 1967-1972, the middle and more deluxe series gates carried three upper strips making one line running the width of the gate. These three strips were the only tailgate trim offered for 1967-1968. During 1969-1972, an additional horizontal strip (66 3/4′ long) was attached to the lower gate edge but only on the middle series fleetsides.

It was on the top of the line 1969-1972 pickup that Chevrolet went all out in tailgate appearance. On the 1969-70 CST and 1971-1972 Cheyenne, the lower trim strip was replaced with a very attractive wood grained horizontal band at the center. Though it covered the basic Chevrolet and GMC stamped gate letters, the band carried its own chrome die cast letters over the wood (vinyl) decal.

The following photos show both the three styles of trim on the 1967-1972 fleetsides. Note the lower narrow strip is not placed on the gate with the wood band. Tail light rings or bezels are designed to harmonize with the tailgate trim. The 1967-1968 CST light trim is different than the later design.

tailgate trim 1

1969-1972 Middle Series (above)

tailgate trim 2

1969-1972 Cheyenne (above)

tailgate trim 3

1967-1972 Chevrolet (above)

tailgate trim 4

1967-1968 Chevrolet CST (above)

1971 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Cheyenne

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Owner: Martin Hall

1971 chevrolet truck

I purchased my 1971 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Cheyenne in the spring of 2002. My intentions were to do a patch up backyard restoration. I soon discovered that not only was it going to be a full restoration but a frame off restoration due to a lot more unforeseen rust and body damage.

My son and I did a complete engine swap starting with a bare 350 block and worked our way into building a super modified 383.

  • 350 bored .30 over
  • Hipo cast heads
  • Elderbrock aluminum intake and carb
  • Comp cam
  • Roller rockers
  • J.E. pistons and rods
  • Pete Jackson gear drive ‘soon to be blown’
  • Many other modifications as time went on

Months later I purchased a refurbished bed and began the long hard process of body work. During this time a good family friend who was well educated in bodywork helped guide us along while lending a hand to end a 2-1/2 year part time process. We shaved the trim molding along with the marker lights, added a billet grill, custom louvered tail gate with custom lighting, complete 6′ lowering kit, American Racing Outlaw 15 x 8 and 15 x 10 wheels. The paint scheme is ‘Alderson ‘ black with metal flake; Metallic Blue Ice trimmed with Ultra violet purple pin striping.

I showed the truck with incomplete interior at the 2006 All Truck Nationals in Riverside, Missouri hosted by Genuine Chevy GMC Truck Club of Kansas City. In the spring of 2007 the interior was completed with black and silver flamed interior and custom audio.

After much blood, sweat and tears shed through the entire process I’m proud to say she is not a trailer queen but not a daily driver.

Special thanks goes to Jim Carter, Mike, Sheba, Julie, Lynn, Wayne Alderson, R & S Upholstery, and my family for allowing me to spend the time and MONEY on my project.

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