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1973 Chevy Blazer - Get Some

Posted in Features on December 1, 2010
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Looking at Tom Swanson's '73 Chevrolet Blazer, you would never guess how it came about. Back in 1990, Tom began racing his '77 Jeep CJ-7 in the HDRA series starting with the Gold Coast 300 race. Unfortunately, after a few successful races in the books, the Jeep went into the garage. Fast forward to 1997, Tom pulled the Jeep out of retirement and started racing the Whiplash Racing series. This is where Tom met Randy Ellis, the future builder of this awe-inspiring Blazer. Randy was one of Tom's competitors in Class 3, always giving him a run for his money. Tom was so impressed at how well Randy's Jeep worked that he took his Jeep to Randy for an update after he rolled it in the 2002 Parker 400.

Impressed again by Randy's craftsmanship, Tom delivered his Chevy to Randy's shop, Randy Ellis Design out of Phoenix, Arizona, and asked him to build an old-school, reliable, low-tech, stout toy that would seat four comfortably. It also had to be fast and strong enough to chase for his friends who continue to race. A year later, this bulletproof beast pulled out of the shop and onto the trail.

Vehicle: '73 Chevrolet Blazer

Owner: Tom Swanson

Chassis: Stock with custom rollcage

Tom didn't want his truck looking like any other Blazer, so he asked Randy to custom build much of the truck. This purpose-built bumper was made super stout, carrying a Warn winch, KC HiLites lights, and leaving enough clearance for large tires. Let's not forget, it keeps the front end looking clean unlike some of those huge gaudy bumpers you see running around. The rocker guards running along side the Blazer are also tucked tight against the body. If you are a Blazer lover, you know that front grille is not from '73. Randy added a '91 Blazer front clip and GMC grille to the truck. The updated hood also has a cowl induction built in.

Engine: 502ci V-8 GM crate motor, McCabe headers/exhaust

Drivetrain: Dana 60 front, Detroit locker, GM 14-Bolt rear, 4.56 gears, NP205, Turbo 400

Suspension: Alcan springs, King shocks

Steering: Randy Ellis Design

Brakes: Disc

Tires/wheels: 37-inch BFG KM2 M/T, 17x9 Mickey Thompson Classic II

Interior: Auto Meter, Lowrance, PCI, Art Carr

Other Parts: KC HiLites, Warn winch/hubs

Favorite Off-Road Areas: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada

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