Some folks don't mind spending bags of cash at high-dollar shops to build the four-wheel machine of their dreams. But for the average off-road enthusiast it's the hands-on challenge of building and fabricating parts for a rig, the strict appreciation of a budget, and the pride of doing the work himself that keeps him motivated. After all, not everyone has 50 to 80 grand to pump into a high-tech 4x4-so we make due with the vehicles and parts we have.
For Tim Shigo, raising a close-knit family while building his ultimate 4x4 in the backyard is a slice of heaven. Tim purchased this '72 Chevy Blazer for just over $2,000 and started building. The Blazer may not be your idea of pretty, but it's functional and dependable and has safely transported the Shigo family over hundreds of miles of trail adventures year after year.
Some of the components used in the build weren't cheap, but they were necessary. The rewor
1972 Chevy Blazer
Engine: Chevy 350ci small-block
Transfer case: Atlas II, 5.44:1
Front Axle: Dana 44, Yukon chromoly shafts, 5.38 gears
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, Yukon chromoly shafts, 5.38 gears
Front: Leaf springs, Bilstein 7100 shocks, King air bumpstops
Rear: Custom 3/4 elliptical leaf pack, King air bumpstops
Tires & Wheels: 38.5x11.00-16 TSL Boggers on 16x9.5 steel wheels
Other Stuff: High Angle Driveline driveshafts, Optima battery, Pro Comp lights,Warn hubs, Mile Marker winch, High Angle transfer case brake, custom high-steer arms, custom rattle-can paint
The eight-lug Dana 44 front axle was fitted with 5.38 gears, Yukon chrome-moly axleshafts
The rear suspension revolves around Tim's own 3/4 elliptical leaf-spring design. He picked
Some snooty, convertible-pants-wearing, luxury SUV owners may not appreciate this old Blaz