1996 Chevy S10 Blazer - Retinal Advisory Explicit Graphics
Want To Know How Many Colors Of Paint Just On The Hood? So Do We, But Stopped Counting At Ten.
It's hard to ignore a body-dropped mini-truck, but add several styles of graphics, two different wheel designs, and the rumble of a V-8 and you've definitely got our attention. This '96 S-10 Blazer is Brian Kuykendall's first custom mini, but he's no rookie. The Muskogee, Oklahoma, resident already has two custom fullsize Chevys to his credit, so he knew just who to talk to when he schemed up this two-faced mini.
Dough Boy Customs in Tulsa, Oklahoma, got their hands on the Blazer and tore into the body, getting rid of any offending trim, shaving the taillights and door handles in the process. After bolting on a cowl-induction hood, Dough Boy swapped on '99 Envoy pieces up front, including headlights, grille shell, and bumpers. New LED taillights were flush-mounted in the bumper and integrated with the House of Kolor graphics. Cole, Dough Boy's in-house graphics specialist, shot the truck with countless shades of HOK paint, using more layers and masking steps than we were able to count. At least three layers of flames, overlapping arches, pinstripes, and airbrushed faces and skulls cover the Blazer in two distinct schemes on each side that merge on the tailgate and hood to create even more visual mayhem.
Part of the reason all of these graphics look so good is that they're not on your average, run-of-the-mill lowered mini. Belltech spindles drop the front two inches, while 2500-pound Firestone 'bags front and rear handle the rest. Speaking of the rear suspension, Ike Ray of Council Hill, Oklahoma, was responsible for the rear four-link, as well as all the airbag installation and plumbing. That's the run-of-the-mill part, but obviously that wasn't all that that was necessary to drop this Blazer to its rocker-dragging height, as Ike performed the 4-3/4-inch body drop that brought the four-door all the way to the tarmac. Aside from all of the floor pan modifications, Ike also had to raise the factory gas tank to prevent a hazmat incident, and he also tubbed the rear wheelwells and doorjambs. To suit the two graphics schemes, two pairs of wheels were used on the Blazer. The driver side rides on 20-inch DOA Terminals, while the passenger side sports 20-inch Driv Dons. The result is a completely different look from either side.
Powering this rolling art gallery is a TPI 305ci V-8 from Street & Performance with all the bells and whistles. The pulleys are billet aluminum, but just about everything else on the engine has been chromed. If your eyes wander off of the engine, you'll see that the same amount of detail went into the brake booster, frame, and control arms, as each got several coats of metallic green before being capped with pearl.
Inside the Blazer things are more sedate, but no less custom, as shortened factory seats were wrapped in black-and-gray leather by Jody Young of Bill's Garage in Coweta, Oklahoma. The driver seat faces a B.A.D. Wraith billet steering wheel and a dash that was smoothed and painted by Kyle Jones. The dash houses a Kenwood head unit that orchestrates the audio after it's been boosted by six Rockford Fosgate amps: two Punch 40s for the highs, two Punch 100s for the 5-1/4-inch door speakers, and two 50Ms for the subs. The massive 15-inch RF subs are located behind the rear seats in a fiberglass enclosure built by Brian with help from Ike Ray. Video entertainment comes from a PS2 that can display DVD video or games onto two 7-inch visor-mounted monitors.