John Rogers’ 1972 Chevrolet K20 caught our eye at the 2012 Lima Jamboree because it wasn’t fancy. There is functional elegance in simplicity when it’s done right. Evidently Jamboree judges thought like we did because they gave Rogers the Award of Excellence for 2012.
John is part of a group of Southern Ohio ’76-’72 GM truck enthusiasts who think the sun rises and sets on these trucks. This is not his first truck from this era, and it won’t be the last. This particular truck was built from two. Six years ago John swapped the bodies of a very straight, low-mile, six-cylinder, longbed C20 with a K20 that was more rough and rusty. He added some goodies in a particular way and made his dream truck…the truck he would have ordered in 1972 if he could have. And just so you know, the donor chassis lives on but with a more “distressed” body.
The theme is obvious: functional simplicity. With the exception of the Goodmark cowl hood, the body is just how the six-cylinder truck rolled off the line—next to no brightwork, painted bumpers, painted steel wheels with no covers, and no trim. Inside is the same—rubber floor mats, no A/C, rollup windows, bench seat, and even the original radio delete. So…boring truck, right? Not so much. For tunes and general excitement, you got the 500-horse, 502ci big-block machined by Jim Vulgamore and assembled by John himself.
1972 Chevrolet K20
Engine: 502ci GM V-8 (500 hp/550 lb-ft)
Transmission: 700R4 automatic
Transfer case: NP205
Front Axle: Dana 44, 4.88:1 gears
Rear Axle: GM full-float 14-bolt, G86 LSD, 4.88:1 gears
Springs & Such: Superlift 6-inch leaf, Superlift shocks, energy bushings, dual Superlift steering dampers
Tires & Wheels: 37-13x16.5 Super Swamper boggers, stock steel 9.75x16.5 wheels
Other Stuff: Factory “Red” paint in Imron w/ clearcoat, Goodmark cowl induction hood, Hydroboost conversion