And you can order it with a supercharged V8.
Roadster Shop (RS) has become the go-to destination for custom restomod builds. In recent months, it provided the chassis for the Ford Eluminator Concept, and the Ringbrothers used its services for a couple of its amazing SEMA 2022 builds.
The famous shop also provides thousands of ready-made chassis for the most popular project cars in the USA. It has now added a new Legend Series chassis to its product range, built specifically for the 1969-1980 Chevrolet Blazer and 1973 to 1980 C/K-10 trucks. This SEMA debut is great news for ICE enthusiasts who don't like the all-new EV Blazer and would rather spend the money building a brand-new classic Blazer.
According to RS, it is the firm's "most complete, full rolling chassis with modern comfort and drivability for classic trucks with the durability and serviceability of modern OEM components."
The best bit is the Legend Chassis taking all of the guesswork out of a build. If you have one of the bodies mentioned above, it will bolt in perfectly. Just bolt a body with a bit of patina on top, and you have a ratty old car rolling on a brand-new chassis with several modern features.
It retails for $29,995, which seems like a lot, especially considering a complete 2022 Silverado 1500 RWD Work Truck is less than $5,000 more. But you get so much more than just a 2×6 frame design with integral cross members. RS also includes roughly 70% of what you need, including GM factory independent front suspension and GM front differential and axle shafts, Fox 2.5 Factory Series adjustable front coil-overs, power rack-and-pinion steering, a sway bar, 13-inch front disc brakes and 12-inch rear disc brakes from a Silverado, Deaver rear leaf springs with Fox 2.0 Performance Series shocks, a brake line package, and a GM 12-bolt rear axle with 3.42 ratio.
You can also powder coat the chassis or add Legend Series 17-inch Billet Wheels for $6,000. The mechanical and spare tire kit options aren't available yet, but you can order a drivetrain while you're at it. The LT1-8L90 retails for $44,848, while the LT4-8L90 costs $54,348. The former is a Chevy's famous 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. The latter served as the heart of the C7 Corvette Z06. This supercharged 6.2-liter V8 produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
So if you have a classic Blazer body and a spare $85k lying around, you can quickly build a 650-hp classic with modern underpinnings, theoretically anyway. If SEMA teaches us anything each year, it's that many builds take a lot more time and effort than expected.