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Drop Dead Gorgeous - 1972 Chevy Blazer

Mud Fling
Ken Brubaker
| Senior Editor, Four Wheeler
Posted July 17, 2006

This '72 Blazer is more than just a pretty face

Mixing old and new components isn't a good idea sometimes. The results can be, uh ... less than desirable to say the least. Example: a new bearing with a used race. Or, how about a new ring gear with a used pinion shaft? Not good. Other times, combining old and new results in pure magic. Such is the case with Maurice Rozo's '72 Chevy Blazer. He has mated some of the latest cutting-edge off-highway tech with a drop dead gorgeous classic truck. For those of you who don't know, Rozo is the owner of Off Road Unlimited (ORU). The folks at California-based ORU know how to make a rig look great, but more importantly, they know how to make a 4x4 perform. Some of their knowledge has been integrated into this awesome Blazer, and the result is a catalyst for major drool. It's also proof that old and new can coexist in harmony.


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Owner: Maurice Rozo, Burbank, California
Vehicle/Model: '72 Chevy K5 Blazer
Estimated Value: $45,000


Type: 454ci V-8
Aspiration: Edelbrock Performer intake manifold;
Holley 850-cfm carb; Doug Thorley
headers; Flowmaster mufflers; 2.5-inch-diameter exhaust pipes
Output @ rpm, hp/torque: 540 @ 5,700/590 lb-ft @ 3,300


Transmission: TH400 with mild shift kit, Art Carr shifter and pan
Transfer Case: NP205


Front: Custom four-link, King 14-inch-travel remote-reservoir coilover shocks, King hydraulic bumpstops
Rear: Atlas leaf springs, Bilstein shocks


Front: Dana 60, 35-spline axleshafts, ORU hydraulic assist and crossover steering/TeraFlex T-Locker
Rear: 14-bolt, ORU disc-brake conversion with 12.5-inch rotors/Detroit Locker
Ring-and-Pinion: 5.13:1


Wheels: 20x10 Pro Comp 1059
Tires: 40x13.50-20 Pro Comp Xterrain