eBay Find: In 1987 This Very Trick And Largely Stock 1973 Blazer Won Its Class At The Baja 1000

eBay Find: In 1987 This Very Trick And Largely Stock 1973 Blazer Won Its Class At The Baja 1000

Some of you will immediately jump ugly at the prospect of calling a 1973 Blazer with a 500ci Cadillac engine and other modifications “largely stock” but let’s really be honest here. In comparison to virtually every other type of vehicle that competes at the Baja 1000, this thing may as well be right off the showroom floor. No big roll bar, no huge lift, insane suspension travel, humongous tires, fiberglass body, or extreme engine modifications make this truck “largely stock” to me. It was built by NorCal off road racer RC Layton to compete in the 1987 Baja 1000 and believe it or not, it won its class at that race. There are some photos to prove it below. It had to have been a slow and punishing ride for RC and his co-driver to thrash this truck over that terrain in ’87. According to the seller, the truck then went back to RC’s place and sat largely untouched. Other then periodic start ups to hear the big 500ci Cadillac mill run, it hasn’t really gone anywhere since the race.

We’re not sure why Layton went with a big Caddy motor in the truck. Obviously, massive amounts of low end torque were probably a driving factor. Layton did install a custom cam in the Cad engine, added 1-ton Chevy truck springs and shocks all around the corners, and then stuff like a navigator’s console for the race directions, lights, a huge fuel tank to cover the maximum distance possible between fill ups, etc.

The body has its fair share of dings and scars from the race but overall the truck is cool as hell and does not seem to have any rust or major league things that need fixing. We’d go through the brakes, change the fluids out of the engine, transmission, and axles, and then find some fun trails to bash with the truck. This thing was born a baja racer and it deserves to have lots more fun in the dirt and brambles before its life is over! We want this thing bad!


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7 thoughts on “eBay Find: In 1987 This Very Trick And Largely Stock 1973 Blazer Won Its Class At The Baja 1000


    Holy jeez……they even left the emissions stuff on the engine. You can see where the factory engine frame mounts were moved forwards a couple of inches.

    Real clean swap and I bet that truck is a blast. Neat time capsule!

  2. threedoor

    Id be tempted to trade my rotted out 76 Blazer for it but I think mine is nicer in the suspension category, 1tonners, yeiks! I’ll stick with my 3″ softrides, that had to be brutal

  3. RC Ruler

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