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Custom 1985 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer - Round Two

Father and Son Strike Again

Mike Alexander
Nov 1, 2007
Photographers: Mike Alexander
Photo 2/8   |   Owner: Chris EshelmanRide: '85 Chevy S-10 BlazerHometown: Katy, TxClub:Severed Ties
Chris and his pops Bruce teamed up a few years back to build a super-clean '79 C-10 Chevy Stepside, which spawned the beginning of the father-and-son hot-rod shop, now known as Esh's Automotive Specialties. Both Chris and Bruce use their spare time to turn people's metal dreams into reality. So, when it came time to do a full buildup all their own, Chris' '85 S-10 Blazer was the shell of choice.
Over the course of the next six years, the duo proceeded to tear the Blazer apart, piece by piece, then build one of the baddest squarebody Blazers to date. No stone was left unturned, and what started as just a 'bag and body-drop turned into a completely new back-half with all welds ground smooth, everything painted, powdercoated, or chromed underneath. And this was just the beginning.
Photo 3/8   |   1985 Chevrolet S10 Blazer custom Front End
Besides the obvious killer motor sticking through the hood, which rumbles the road with every push of the gas, the interior is really what sets this Blazer apart from the rest. The entire back is sheetmetaled and painted to perfection. Countless hours went into interior crafting a true work of art, as the interior is all metal, without even a hint fiberglass. Chris and his dad used a '65 Chevy Suburban dash, which they sectioned 8 inches, and shaved glovebox to smooth it out.
Then from there, they flowed a steel center console all the way back to meet up with the amazing metal work in the rear of the shell. From the tubs, to the floor, to the side walls, it's all metal! You really have to see it in person to appreciate the craftsmanship it took to smooth out the entire back half of the Blazer.
With such a talented father-and-son blend, there wasn't much that couldn't be done between the two of them. However, a couple friends helped out, including Lynn Walker, who installed the engine internals; as well as fellow club member Patrick Reid, who air brushed the graphics inside and out. Teamwork plays an important role even in the home garage buildups. The Eshelman's would like to thank all of those who helped out in any way. We promise, if you ever get a chance to see this thing in person, you will not be disappointed!
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 18x8-inch Boyd Coddington Harm
Wheels (Rear): 20x10-inch Boyd Coddington Harm
Tires (Front): 225/40R18 BFGoodric G-force
Tires (Rear): 285/30R20 BFGoodrich G-force
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: 'Bags
Front suspension: Tubular A-arms and 'bags
Rear suspension: Two-link
Airbag type and size: (Front): 2600Firestone (Rear): 2500 Firestone
Control arms: Tubular
Spindles/springs: Belltech 2-inch drop spindles
Shocks: Chrome
Valves: 1/2-inch GC
Compressor: Air-Zenith
Air line: 3/8-inch stainless
Air accessories: 10lb Nitrous tanks for air tanks
Frame mods: Boxed, smoothed, painted, rear section rebuilt and notched
Frame material: 2x4-inch box tubing
Gas tank: Aluminum fuel cell
Brakes: Four-wheel disc
Detail work: Frame was painted, all welds were ground smooth, everything was painted, powdercoated, or chromed
Misc.: Motor mounts were dropped 1 inch for transmission clearance
Performed by: Owner Chris and his father Bruce Eshelman
City/state: Tomball, TX
Photo 7/8   |   1985 Chevrolet S10 Blazer custom Interior
Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, key holes, body line, taillights, roof seams, antenna, and emblems
Body-dropped: 5 inches
Front end: Grille shell from '90 S-10 Blazer, billet insert
Back end: Smoothed and molded roll pan
Taillights: LED with added third-brake lights from a '97 Suburban
Exterior bolt-ons: Front bumper from a '97 Chevy 1/2-ton, smoothed, sectioned and pie cut to fit around the fenders
Performed by: Chris and Bruce Eshelman
City/state: Tomball, TX
Brand and colors: PPG Ford Lightning Silver and PPG Dodge Viper GTS Blue
Airbrushing: Chrome molding and 383 emblems on front fenders
Performed by: Base and clear by Bruce Eschlman
City/state: Tomball , TX Performed by: Graphics by Patrick Reid at Mad Concepts
City/state: San Leon, TX
Seats: '02 Chevy Cavalier
Material: Gray and charcoal leather
Dash: '65 Chevy Suburban sectioned 8 inches, Billet gauge insert, Flaming River steering column, and a shaved glovebox
Door panels: Smoothed with trim panel, Lokar door handles, and power windows
Center console: Custom, steel-molded to dash and rear panels, B&M shifter
Flooring: Carpet under seats , and rear was all sheetmetal
Headliner: Gray
Gauges: Stewart Warner wings
Misc.: All interior panels that were not upholstered are made of sheetmetal, rear cargo floor flips open to reveal battery and fuel cell. All trim panels were smoothed and painted, and a Billet Specialties steering wheel.
Performed by: Chris and Bruce Eshelman
City/state: Tomball, TX
Airbrushing: Patrick Reid at Mad Customs
City/state: San Leon, TX
Photo 8/8   |   1985 Chevrolet S10 Blazer custom Door Panel
Displacement: 383 Stroker
Number of cylinders: Eight
Head type: 202 double hump
Internals: Forged pistons, roller rocker, 400 crankshaft
Ported/polished: Yes
Deburred: Yes
Supercharger/turbo: B&M 6:71 blower
Boost: 10 lbs.
Transmission: Turbo 350, B&M 3,000 stall converter
Intake: B&M Blower
Header/exhaust: Advanced Adapters headers, 2.5-inch exhaust, and Flowmaster dual-chamber mufflers
Ignition: MSD
Driveshaft: Custom
Rearend type: Chevy 10-bolt, 8.5 ring gear, 3:73 gears , and moser axles
Battery: Optima
Detail work: Block-painted to match, all bolts were polished allen head, steel-braided spark plug wires and hoses, aluminum radiator was custom-made to fit the application, and a polished aluminum under hood
Misc.: Holley 750cfm double-pumper carb, electric fuel pump
Performed by: Engine Internals: Lynn Walker
City/state: Freeport, TX
Performed by: External and details: Chris and Bruce Eshelman
Special Thanks From Owner:
Bruce Eshelman, aka "Pops," at Esh's Automotive Specialties; Paige Eshelman, my wife, for putting up with me over the years of building; and Brault's Auto Paint and Body.


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