Crusty Chevrolet Cheyenne!

'72 Cheyenne left side

What you see is what you get. This ’72 Chevrolet Cheyenne does appear that it may have been an artificial reef at one point. This crusty model is listed here on craigslist in Clarksville, Tennessee for $200. Sure, it isn’t the real deal, but it would still be fun to have on your desk!

'72 Cheyenne rear

The ad is short and to the point. This project is a roller, there is no engine, no title and what you see is what you get. We wonder how many people have actually called the seller thinking it’s a full sized Cheyenne? Does this ’72 make sense to add to your collection? When was the last time you purchased a $200 roller?



  1. Joe

    It would be a challenge kicking those tires.

  2. Robert

    It almost looks like a scale model with the amount of rust and the way the picture is taken

    • Raymond Youngblood

      It is a model, he had more of them that he was trying to sell.

  3. Roseland Pete

    I think the rust is the only thing holding it together.

  4. ydnar

    Help me out, what am I seeing?

  5. MountainMan

    Randy, its a model….read the write up again and you will see it is a scale model. havent we seen other vehicles from this “builder” ? its one of the readers isnt it?

    • ydnar

      That’s what I was thinking, until I read Robert’s reply. I’d rather ask than make an incorrect comment.

  6. sir mike

    He is a great model builder.

  7. Paul

    Why does it have the high third tail light?

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      It should be a clear lens to light up the box at night. Making it easier to round up the empty beer cans. For this model to be authentic there should be a handful of PBR cans rolling around back there. And miles of tangled baler twine!

  8. Howard A Member

    You know, we laugh, but here in “the rust belt”, it was not uncommon to see Chevy’s like this all the time. With doors sagging and boxes gone.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi Howard. It’s so uncommon to see a truck that far gone in my neighborhood. Bed-wetter’s mattress springs comes to mind. I do remember some cars that originated in the Great Lakes region that had craters in the floorboards. We used to drop our empties and cigarette butts through them.

  9. Jim

    There is always something strange coming out of that barn!

  10. Healeydays

    That is one crusty truck. I don’t even think you could get one that crusty if you parked it in a tidal pool at the ocean…

  11. Frankie Paige

    Scale model, nice job too

  12. Ed P

    Fished out of a pond comes to mind.

    • Joe

      Yes, remember the VW bus fished out of the Norwegian Fjord a few years ago?

  13. Mark S

    The rust on here was applied to thick making it look more like mud, which makes it look fake. I’m not sure why the windows were fogged out that doesn’t look real either. To much rust applied should have shown more body paint.

  14. jim s

    i have seen that barn before. nice job on the model and display. i am looking forward to more of these. thanks.

  15. skloon

    He needs to do a model of Miss Belvedere

  16. Jason Houston

    The dead give-away it’s a model is the tires would never have air in them if the car ever got that rusty.

  17. Robert Member

    Yes this is a 1/24 die-cast metal scale model. Below are some questions from “buyers” that were interested in a full scale version of this:
    “Good afternoon,
    I saw your ad on Craigslist for the Chevy. Been looking for a project like this. What is the story on it? Has it been sitting in somewhere? Would it roll onto a trailer or are some wheels locked up? Is there a number I could call you on about it?


    Here is another one:
    “Can you send more pictures and is it Just rusty or is the paint bad?”

    If you are interested in a “crusty” or less “crusty” examples like this and other units they will be for sale.



  18. pontiactivist

    I build model cars too. Have over a 100 displayed in my house now. Never got into weathering them though. It’s a talent I don’t have. Lol. Have made a few of my own bodies though. Including a pix of two gto’s I did. Both phantoms, but would be cool in real life. If you look closely it’s an ohc-6 in the bed of the gto/el Camino.

  19. pontiactivist

    Here is another pic of the sedan delivery.

  20. pontiactivist

    I think Pontiac should have made either of these.

  21. pontiactivist

    What do you guys think?

    • Joe

      Like them!

    • Jason Houston

      I think you’ve given a positive meaning to modifying a car – that Pontiac El Cam is the bomb! Maybe we can start a model car blog… Here is one of my favorites, a 1967 Jo-Han Marlin in Black over Yuma Tan.

    • Jason Houston

      OK, now how do you post more than one picture? I just uploaded 7 and only 1 came thru. Or is this just another “glitch”?

  22. Lion

    I have over 100 1/25 and 1/24 models on shelves in my basement. I’ve built 90% of them, some date back to the early 1960s (AMT) and not one is built as a derelict. Never had the guts to do it.
    Anyway, how do you post pics on here?

    • Jason Houston

      Good question. I posted 11 pics, but only one came through. I guess it’s another ‘glitch’ no one’s aware of yet. I’ve asked for assistance here, but haven’t heard anything yet. Fingers crossed…

      Actually, making wrecks isn’t all that hard once you get the hang of it. I find a wrecked car I’m impressed with, photograph it, then find a suitable candidate. You don’t always need to start with a mint car; most toy-boxed beaters will do just fine. I usually use promos, since Cycolac is much easier to manipulate than thin kit styrene. Create the damage you want to the body and interior. If you want an oxidized paint job, paint the car, then immediately stick it in the refrigerator and let it sit for a half hour. Or, you can sprinkle the car with talcum powder, shake it off, then paint it. If you want a car with a sun-bleached finish (usually a dark or metallic color) paint it lightly, then color-sand it with very well worn sandpaper.

      If you want rust, there are rust-colored metallic paints that do well once muted down, or you can always go to a crafts store and get some rust colored fine

      Making crappy chrome is a snap; just get some clear brushing lacquer and liberally slather it on the bumpers, etc until it begins to dull and craze.

      Remember those awful hollow tires AMT used to provide? Hold them over a gas stove (with a wheel inserted) then push them onto the counter to get a perfect flat tire.

      You can make weathered upholstery by using dampened toilet paper, draping it over the interior, paint and mess it up as you want, then spray it with clearcoat.

      Need old, dirty glass? Take it out to a dirt road, and drive past it a few times at high speed. Mark it up as you wish, then clearcoat it.

      These are just a few of my own tips I have used successfully. Once you get into it, your creative juices will kick in and you’ll have a blast.

      I personally guarantee it!

  23. Kent Covington

    Bought a 1965 MGB roller last year for under $200. Lots of original parts and it just barely rolled on the gnarliest tires you ever saw.

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