Custom 1986 Chevrolet Blazer - Switz's 4x4?

From Mud Boggin' To Asphalt Surfing

Ernie Macias
Oct 1, 2009
Photographers: Phil Fowler
Photo 2/8   |   OWNER: Tom SwitzRIDE: '86 Chevy BlazerHOMETOWN: Waterbury, Connecticut
When Tom Switz's '86 Blazer rolled out of the Chevy assembly plant, it started its life as a 4x4. Luckily for this Blazer, it would meet up with a young Tom back in '93 while he was still in high school. Tom purchased this Blazer with big plans for it. Tom, who's 30 today, was a young buck back then and was really into trucks. When his buddy told him he had a pretty beat-up two-wheel-drive Blazer for sale, Tom took advantage of the opportunity to pick up a new frame for his 4x4 beast.
So now, Tom had a great two-wheel-drive chassis from a Blazer, with a beat-up body, and a smooth-looking 4x4 Blazer. What he did next was plunge into a 10-year project. Tom began by doing the frame swap. All the 4x4 scrap was junked in order to bring his Blazer closer to Mother Earth. Once this was accomplished, Tom figured more power was a necessity, so what was better for this than a TPI motor? Once the Blazer was lower and had some get up and go, it was a fun cruiser for a while that would make most people proud. At one point, Tom decided to 'bag half of his Blazer, while he was still in high school, but this was for the birds. So, a full airbag system would soon be in order, with a full-triangulated four-link. Now he was really cruising and getting all of the looks in town.
Eventually, some Mercedes-Benz Green paint made its way into Tom's hands, which he generously applied onto his smooth Blazer. Most people wait until they know they've finished a ride to paint it, but Tom wanted to see his old 4x4 looking fresh. In order to get to the next level and really look good, Tom, with the help of Eric from the Ground Scrapers in Maine, cut up the Blazer's body once more for a whopping 4-3/4-inch body-drop. The look Tom wanted was finally achieved. A few more additions, such as interior and a Kicker explosion inside the Blazer, and here we are today. If we can learn anything from Tom, it's that anything is possible with some determination-even slamming an old 4x4.
Photo 6/8   |   1986 Chevrolet Blazer rear Passengers Side View

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 18x7 KMC Units
Wheels (Rear): 20x9 KMC Units
Tires (Front): 225/40R18 Nitto
Tires (Rear): 235/35R20 Nitto
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: Tubular A-arms by Air Ride Technology
Rear suspension: Triangulated four-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: SlamSpecialties 2600
Spindles/springs: 2-inch drop spindles
Valves: SMC
Compressor: Viair
Air line: 3/8-inch DOT
Frame mods: Monster notch
Brakes: Four-wheel disc brakes
Performed by: Eric from Ground Scrapers
State: Maine
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles
Body-dropped: 4-3/4 inches
Front end: Clear corners and a billet grille
Back end: Bolt-on roll pan
Taillights: Altezza style
Performed by: Eric from Ground Scrapers
State: Maine
Brand and colors: '04 Mercedes-Benz Green
Style: Single color
Performed by: Owner Tom Switz and Alplex Auto Body
City/state: Watertown, CT
Seats: Integra GSR
Material: Leather
Dash: Custom fiberglass dash
Door panels: Wrapped in leather
Center console: Custom-made
Gauges: Auto Meter
Misc.: In-dash TV
Performed by: Owner Tom Switz
City/state: Waterbury, CT
Photo 7/8   |   1986 Chevrolet Blazer sound System
Head unit: Kenwood
Mids and highs: Kicker Comp, 6.5-inch in front and 5.25-inch in the back
Amplifier for mids and highs: Kicker
Subwoofers: Two 12-inch Kicker Comp subs
Wiring/accessories: Stinger wires and Monster Cable
Video: 7-inch in-dash monitor
Custom fabrication: Custom center console
Performed by: Mike
City/state: Waterbury, CT
Photo 8/8   |   1986 Chevrolet Blazer engine Compartment
Displacement: V-8
Model/year: '87
Number of cylinders: Eight
Head type: Tuned Port TPI
Transmission: 700R4
Header/exhaust: Flowmaster
Ignition: MSD
Rear-end type: 12-bolt Posi
Battery: Optima
Performed by: Eric from Ground Scrapers
State: Maine
Special Thanks From Owner:
To all of my friends and family, the guys at work, and Eric from Ground Scrapers.



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