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1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 2WD- Beach Cruiser

Built for the Endless Summers of California

Bryan Fross
Oct 18, 2017
Photographers: Bryan Fross
When Wolf Rodriguez built a ’14 Jeep Wrangler JK nicknamed Cold Smoke for the 2014 SEMA Show, and a ’71 Chevrolet C10 dubbed Old Blue for the SEMA Show 2015, he was just doing his job. The Glendora, California, native probably had no idea the very next year he would be bringing another full custom to the 2016 SEMA Show that would be a battle the entire way. As owner of Wolf Design & Crown Suspension, automotive suspension and customization is a huge part of his daily life. He has been involved in custom vehicle modification for 21 years now, and there’s no sign he’ll give it up anytime soon.
Photo 2/12   |   1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 2WD Without Top
This project, a ’70 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was purchased April 2015, and the build was completed October 29, 2016, just days before its debut at the SEMA Show. That may seem like a very short timetable for a build of this magnitude and quality, but it’s much more impressive knowing Wolf did the vehicle design and most of the build himself! In only a year and a half, Wolf would turn this $5,000 purchase into a one-of-a-kind Blazer he never has to worry about problems when driving. He can jump in, start it up, and cruise down from his home in Glendora to any of the beautiful nearby California beaches.
Suspension is a specialty of his, so Wolf had no problem figuring out exactly what he wanted on this build. He used Crown Suspension Spindles and Shocks in combo with a Porterbuilt Extreme Drop member to get a slammed K5 that would still allow plenty of adjustability above his 22x9-inch Raceline Challenger Wheels up front. In the rear, the larger 24x12-inch Wheels tuck inside the fender when laid out, thanks to a set of Porterbuilt Dropmember Trailing Arms and air bags. Wolf is using an AccuAir e-Level system to dial his Blazer to just the right height for cruising.
Photo 3/12   |   1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 2WD Engine
Wolf loves that his ride is dependable, which is due to the fact that a factory LS2 was removed from a ’06 GTO that had only 50,000 miles. With that engine mated to a 4L65E transmission, the K5 is ready to go whenever needed with no warm-up period, and it gets great gas mileage compared to a Chevrolet small-block. To bump up the reliability even more, he installed a PSI Stand Alone Wiring Harness. Performance has also been turned up with Doug Thorley Headers, Borla Exhaust, MSD coils, MSD plug wires, and Holley Accessory Drive. Then Frank at STD Performance tuned the Blazer. Between the rails resides a Boyd Welding Gas Tank, as well as an Eaton Posi 12-bolt rear end with shortened Dutchman Axles and 4.56:1 Gears.
Though it’s not often necessary, thanks to all the nice weather in SoCal, the K5 fiberglass top has been smoothed to match the clean lines of the body. The front end is now displaying a clip conversion from a ’68 C10, and Mar-K built the custom ’67-’68 side trim to fit the Blazer body. Along the sides, you see a new set of GSI billet aluminum door handles that closely match in finish the wheels on his ride. Lighting has been changed out for much more modern LED taillights and JW Speaker Evo 2 LED headlights. At the rear of the driver’s side bed, a Vintage Flip Cap gas filler with engraved Wolf Design Logo by Engrave It has been relocated.
Photo 4/12   |   1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 2WD Interior
Inside the cruiser, Wolf designed the look based on inspiration from a ’62 Impala. The factory seating has been reupholstered by Santana’s in Santa Fe Springs using distressed leather, they laid down German square-weave carpet. The steering wheel was replaced by a factory unit from a ’68 Chevrolet C10. A custom Mar-K Wood Bed kit covers the raised bed floor, using diverse widths and wood that includes maple, oak, and walnut. It’s finished with aluminum hidden fastener bed strips.
As he pulled in to the SEMA Show 2016, Wolf’s K5 Blazer threw one more curveball his way. It blew a power steering line and the shift cable snapped, but it made it to the show floor, and small things can always be repaired. Since then, you can find Wolf cruising at local shows, beaches, cruise nights, and sitting right outside Crown Suspension, helping build products for other people’s rides. The truck often is parked there, but always ready to fire up and go!

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: ’70 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 2WD
Owner and City/State: Wolf Rodriguez; Glendora, California
Chassis: Accuair e-Level air bags
Front Suspension: Crown Suspension spindles, Porterbuilt Extreme dropmember
Rear Suspension: Porterbuilt rear dropmember trailing arms
Shocks: Crown suspension
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston Aero 6 14-inch Big Brake Kit
Engine: LS2 6.0L V-8 from a ’06 GTO, PSI standalone harness, tuned by Frank at STD Performance, Holley Accessory Drive, Boyd Welding Company gas tank, Doug Thorley headers, Borla S-Type, XS Pro, MSD coils and plug wires
Transmission: 4L65E four-speed
Rearend: Eaton posi 12 bolt, shortened Dutchman axles, 4.56:1 gear ratio
Body: 1968 front clip conversion, custom ’67-68 side trim custom fit by Mar-K to Blazer body, GSI door handles, JW Speaker Evo 2 LED headlights, LED taillights, relocated gas filler to bed, vintage flip-cap filler with engraved Wolf logo by Engrave It, smoothed fiberglass top, Valspar Catalina Blue and GM White paint
Interior: Factory bucket seats with distressed leather, German square-weave carpet, factory ’68 C10 Steering wheel, raised bed floor, Mar-K wood bed kit featuring varied widths and woods including maple, oak, and walnut finished with aluminum bed strips and hidden hardware
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9, 24x12; Raceline Challenger
Tires: 265/35R22, 305/35R24; Atturo
Special Thanks by Owner: Crown Suspension, AccuAir, Porterbuilt, Johnny G, Raceline Wheels, ViAir, Unisteer, Boyd Welding, Precision Replacement, Wilwood, Doug Thorley

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