(Words and photos by Tommy Lee Byrd) – Okay, so if you haven’t noticed, we really dig trucks. We like bigger-than-normal trucks and the weird ones too, but sometimes it takes a simple classic truck to sweep us off our feet. That’s where Terry Davis’ vintage car hauler comes into the picture. We spotted this thing from a mile away, mainly because it was toting a flawless ’66 Chevelle drag car on the back, but it’s hard to look past a super clean towing monster doing its thing. It sure beats a late-model diesel truck and an enclosed trailer!
The truck is a ’72 Chevy, and it was a pretty cool piece from the factory. Terry took it a few steps further by completely restoring it, but the coolest aspect of the truck is that he puts it to use on a regular basis. The truck has a 454ci big block, built by Albert Racing Engines, and though it is mild, it provides plenty of torque to get the heavy Chevy down the road.
The home-built ramp bed is 19 feet in length and the bed floor is coated in Line-X. Terry does paint and bodywork for a living and did a superb job straightening the ’72 Chevy body and blasting it with single-stage urethane black paint.
Inside, Terry grips a Corvette steering wheel, and sits in a black houndstooth bench seat. You seriously won’t believe the cleanliness of the interior. The truck has a factory tilt steering column, and a rare dash with a factory tach. Air conditioning is yet another rare factory option, and you can bet Terry uses it when he’s traveling from race to race. He lives in Wytheville, Virginia and usually races at Motor Mile Dragway, Elk Creek Dragway and Bristol Dragway.
As it turns out, the Chevelle we mentioned earlier has a crazy, nitrous-fed SB2 power plant, and it’s one of the cleanest cars we’ve ever seen hit the drag strip. It’s safe to say Terry is very particular about his vehicles, as both the tow pig and the race car have immaculate paint jobs, interiors and engine bays. Terry says he owes a lot of thanks to his dad “Stick” who introduced him to the old car hobby, as well as his wife Amy for supporting his addiction.
Take a look at the photos and captions, and you’ll see the nicest, cleanest, coolest car hauler around. We might also sneak in a couple shots of the Chevelle for good measure.