1987 Chevy S10 Blazer - The Intimidator
'Bagged, Body Dropped & Ready for Battle
Rocking down the highway with the tunes cranked and the rocker panels gliding just inches from the asphalt is an indescribable feeling. Experiencing the thumbs-up from appreciative onlookers as the chrome or billet rollers tuck into the fenderwells and the custom paint radiates off the smooth metal releases a feeling of pride within the individual behind the wheel. Lonny Collins of Visalia, California, knows this feeling all to well; he is injected with a dose of pride every time he cranks the ignition in his '87 S-10 blazer and starts hitting the switches. Now hitting its 18th year in faithful service, Lonny's name has been on the Blazer's title since day one, when the 2.8L V-6-equipped two-door rolled off the lot. Having previously owned an '80 Datsun pickup and a '66 GMC pickup, Lonny knew that it would not be long before this Chevy mini received a serious custom makeover.
To establish the attitude for the project, Lonny and good friend Shaen began by putting this sensational S-series in the weeds. Belltech 2-inch drop spindles were bolted in up front, and the front framerails were taken to the tarmac with Slam Specialties airbags. Out back, a custom three-link setup, complete with a step notch and Slam Specialties 'bags, leveled things out. The system was plumbed with 1/2-inch airline, 1/2-inch Parker electric valves, and a Nitrogen tank for quick lift and slam characteristics. To give the Blazer the ultimate hammered stance, Lonny and Shaen busted out the Sawzall and body dropped the ride 5-inches, laying the rockers square on the pavement with 17x7-inch front and 17x8-inch rear Center Line aluminum spools filling the fenderwells. The wheels are protected by BFGoodrich P205/40ZR17 front and P215/40ZR17 rear rubber bands. With no daylight shining under The Intimidator, the stock skin would no longer suffice, so a list was made and the welder emerged to check the items off of it.
Going for a smooth, street rod-inspired skin, Lonny shaved the Blazer's wiper holes, cowl, door handles, tailgate handle, taillights, and body seams. The roof was sliced open for a 6-foot ragtop and custom 18-inch LED taillights were frenched into the molded steel roll pan. A cut-down, fullsize Chevy truck bumper was mounted to the face of this magnificent mini, and the grinder was brought in to clean up all the welds before the body was doused with a unique blend of custom color. Lonny and good friend Ruben Holquin applied the classy PPGSilver and Apple Red two-tone separated by a black tribal graphic along the belt line. After a lengthy color sanding and polishing session, focus was shifted toward the interior, where an ear-ringing audio system and an off-the-hook interior were constructed.
For increased cruising entertainment, Lonny delivered The Intimidator to Kevin Borges at Lees Stereo in Visalia for an audio ensemble sure to rattle the eardrums. Kevin delivered with an Alpine head unit that was followed up by two Interfire 900-watt amplifiers driving two 12-inch JL Audio subwoofers and four JL Audio 6-1/2-inch coaxial mids and highs dispersed throughout the cockpit. The amplifiers and woofers were mounted in a custom fiberglass enclosure behind the custom rear buckets. Brent Cote of Brent's Upholstery in Visalia hooked up the Blazer's innards with pearl-gray leather layered over the cut-down factory buckets. Lonny built a custom dash face around the factory gauge cluster and smoothed the door panels out with fiberglass. The dash was topped with silver and red to match the exterior and was highlighted with striping by Ruben Holquin to maintain a high level of hot-rod styling. Steering is done in style with a Billet Specialties Twin Spin steering wheel wrapped in red leather. Running through the center of the Blazer's cockpit is a custom center console covered in bright-red liquid.
Lonny Collins holds the keys to a stunning S-series mini that spins heads and pulls gold statues at every show it goes to. We caught up with Lonny at the '05 Resolutions show, and with one quick walk around his ride, we knew it had to make it into the pages of Truckin'. This proud mini-trucker thanks his wife, Sandy, and friends Garrett, Candice, Nick, Shaen, Jesse Sandoval, and Ruben Holquin for all of their help and support throughout the construction. It looks like this one-owner mini will remain in Lonny's garage for many years to come.