A Touch of Class - 1972 Chevy K5 Blazer
This Blazer Went From Convertible to Roadster
There's absolutely no doubt that the 2WD Blazers are some of the most sought after C10s on the planet. Their popularity is high enough to warrant many a 4x4 Blazer being sliced and diced into a converted 2WD. With one of these trucks in hand, the question for the owner begs, keep the ability to be topless or give it the full roadster treatment? Richard Miller owns the bright orange creation you see here and the choice for his creation was the full roadster conversion. Pray for more sunny days!
Riding the stock height of the suspension equation doesn't really work for these trucks, so the decision was made to bring things closer to terra firma. Ride Tech tubular control arms replace the stock pieces up front fit with Firestone airbags thrown in to make sure a really low stance could be achieved. Out back, another pair of Firestone bellows combines with a C-notch to match the front stance. Under the nose are 20-inch Coy's C-5 wheels, while under the rear fender sides are larger 22-inch versions. In keeping with the hot-rod theme, a big-block engine fills the space between the fenders. Pulled from a 1968 Camaro, the 425-horsepower 396ci V-8 has been freshened up and treated to an Edelbrock intake, carburetor, and classic air cleaner. A GM HEI fires through Accel 8.8mm wires to light off those gaping cylinders. Behind the engine, a Turbo 350 calls home.
Although the Blazer is a 1972 model, Richard felt a call to Southern Kentucky Classics was in order to get a complete 1967 front clip. With the new nose came, shaved handles, trim, emblems, and rear side markers. The hood was converted to a forward-tilting mechanism. Also, the step in the doors was cut down and blended into the A-pillar. With that, came the conversion to never having a top again. As you can tell, the original dash was tossed, and in its place is a '59 Impala piece. With all of the metalwork handled, everything was sprayed House of Kolor Tangerine. Steven's Upholstery took over from there and covered the floor in rich brown carpeting with a custom two-tone tan center console running from dash to tail. Matching Pontiac Sunfire seats were the last of Steve's work. Total Auto Image then added a sound system that can be heard above the roar of the wind, and then some. A Kenwwod flip-face controls Richard's choice in music through Kicker components and amplifiers with big booms emanating from the three 12-inch Black Diamond subwoofers and amplifiers.
With Richard's dream complete we can do nothing but be envious of the truck rod he created. Brightly colored and flying down the highway thanks to pure big-block power sounds like a fantastic way to spend a day behind the wheel. And the full-time topless fun is the only way to feel the sun and wind on your face with the music on the dial set to kick the cobwebs out.