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1983 Chevy S10 Blazer - 20 Cents

Two Dimes, One Owner

Ernie Macias
May 1, 2008
Photographers: Surface DVD
Photo 2/14   |   OWNER: Michael AmbornRIDE: '83 S-10 BlazerHOMETOWN: Milwaukie, OregonCLUB: Relaxed Atmosphere
Minitruckers are a crazy bunch, we're also a broke bunch. Most of us can't finish one truck, but Michael Amborn managed to finish two at the same time. His buddy, Ron Perkins, really put it best when he said, "Most minitruckers don't have 20 cents in their pockets, but Mike Amborn has it in his garage."
The Blazer is the more modified of the two trucks and the gem of the collection. With a full frame-off build, it packs a punch. It's come a long way from being lifted on 31-inch tires with fender flares. Now, it sits flat on the ground, thanks to the 5-inch body-drop. Every aspect of this truck has been modified to make it truly outstanding. Some of the details that really stand out underneath is the attention to detail, such as the all-stainless lines. On the outside, all of the traditional stuff has been shaved and a clean paintjob was added. Michael told us that this time around the build took about two and a half years. This time referred to all of the changes the Blazer had gone through. Sometimes changes came because of thieves, and everybody hates thieves. With several brake-ins under its belt, the truck has seen its fair share of hardships.
If a really cool Blazer wasn't enough in the garage, Mike decided to add a matching square-body Dime to his collection. The Dime is his daily driver and was built in three months. Mike built these trucks with a ton of help from a bunch of friends. And to Mike, the friends he made along the way were the best experiences of both builds. This truck has been hit by a drunk driver, had a tree fall on it, and even had the bed ripped off at a construction site. Nobody said it was easy being a minitrucker, but with 20 cents in the garage, it definitely makes it cooler.
The Lowdown
(S-10 Blazer)
Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 18-inch Alba Blaze
Backspace (Front/Rear): +21 mm
Tires (Front/Rear): 215/35R18 Continental Extremes
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Modified stock, plated frame and lower arm to accept 'bags without cups
Suspension (Rear): Three-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front): Firestone 2500s (Rear): F9000 sleeve
Control arms: Chromed, modified stock
Spindles: Belltech
Shocks: KYB gr2s
Valves: Eight Parker Golds
Compressors: Two AIM DC5000s
Air line: 3/8 -inch stainless hard line
Air accessories: KP gauges
Frame mods: C-notched
Frame material: 1/4-inch plate
Gas tank: Polished, new replacement tank
Brakes: Wilwood dual-piston fronts painted to match, stock rears painted
Detail work: Frame smoothed and painted
Misc.: Full frame-off, every piece painted, powdercoated, chromed, and ceramic-coated, every bolt is chrome, all stainless brakes and air lines
Performed by: Mike Amborn
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Body Modifications
Shaved: Wipers, squirters, body seams, roof rack, body moldings, door handles, locks, antenna, emblems, and heater vents in the wiper cowl
Frenched: License-plate box in rear gate
Body-dropped: Traditional 5-inch
Front end: Updated to a '93 GMC with a billet grille
Back end: Hand-rolled roll pan, by Phil Amborn
Taillights: Stock clears
Exterior bolt-ons: '93 Blazer rear glass
Performed by: Mike Amborn, Phil Amborn, and Gary Hoops
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Brand and colors: Sherwin Williams
Style: Two-toned
Misc.: Two-tone line follows throughout all the jambs and on the firewall
Performed By: Mike Amborn and Joe Canady
City/State: Portland, Oregon
Seats: '99 Escort chopped down, headrests removed, widened, and foam added
Material: Tan leather
Dash: Fiberglass one-off
Door panels: Fiberglassed smooth with '88 Integra arm rests, smoothed, and painted
Center console: Modified '92 Bravada
Flooring: Mercedes-Benz Black long wool
Headliner: Tan leather
Gauges: None. Who needs gauges, anyway?!
Misc.: Upper half was smoothed and painted white, lower half all tan leather
Performed by: Mike Amborn, Brandon Lenzi, and Rob Couch
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Head unit: Kenwood DVD 6017
Mids and highs: Two Kicker SS8s, four Kicker SS6s, four Kicker R19 tweets
Amplifier for mids and highs: Kicker 800.4 for 6s and 1s, and Kicker 500.2 for 8s
Subwoofers: Eight 12-inch Kicker Comp subs
Amplifier for subwoofers: Two modified 2252s for comp use
Wiring/accessories: All Kicker
Video: Four 7-inch Worldstar widescreens
Custom fabrication: One-off dash, door panels, and sub box
Misc.: More than four months in design and building of just the dash and box
Performed by: Mike Amborn and Brandon Lenzi
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Displacement:'83 Camaro 3.041 V-6
Head type: Stock, forged pistons, and balances lower end
Ported/polished: Yes
Camshaft: Com cams high lift
Transmission: '92 Firebird 100r4, all corvette internals built by Phil Amborn
Intake: Ported stock, milled off an inch for hood clearance
Header/exhaust: Ported stock
Ignition: MSD blaster
Driveshaft: Painted stock
Rearend type: Eaton Posi with 308 gears
Battery: Two Kinetik 2000s under amp rack
Detail work: Long-block painted, every parts that's bolted to the block was painted, ceramic-coated, or chromed
Misc.: Machine work by Lyons Machine in Beaverton Dynode at 305.7
Performed by: Mike Amborn
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Special Thanks By Owner:
To everyone who helped me, this was built by friends in a garage during 2-year's time, this truck has helped me find life-long friends.
The Lowdown
(S-10 Truck)
Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front/Rear): 20x8.5 inches
Backspace (Front/Rear): +15
Tires (Front/Rear): 225/35R20 Hankook
Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front): Modified with stock arms powdercoated white
Suspension (Rear): Two-link with watts link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front): Conitech 2600 (Rear): Conitech 2600
Control arms: Modified stock
Spindles/springs: Belltech
Shocks: KYB gr2s
Valves: Eight Extreme 450s
Compressors: Two Viair 380s
Air line: 1/2 inch
Air/hydro accessories: 9-gallon tank, five switches
Frame mods: Suicide doors, notchFrame material: 1/4-inch plate
Misc.: Custom-built trans crossmember and raised front crossmember
Performed by: Michael Amborn, Tom Temper, and Rom Perkins
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, locks, emblems, body seams, tailgate, and antenna
Body-dropped: 3-inches
Sectioned: The bed 3/4-inch to match bed side to cab
Front end: '93 GMC with T-Rex billet insert
Back end: Grant Kustoms Cali combo
Taillights: Stock, all reds
Exterior bolt-ons: Lexon rear window with box
Misc.: 35x35 sliding rag, Gem top flush tonneau, smoothed factory sport flairs
Performed by: Mike Amborn, Tom Temper, and Rom Perkins
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Brand and colors: Sherwin Williams Caspian Blue and Toner White
Style: Two-toned
Misc.: All jambs and firewall were painted to match
Performed by: Mike Amborn, Joe Canady
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Seats: '93 Bravada power seats
Material: Royal Blue tweed
Dash: Smoothed and painted stock, no vent dash
Door panels: Smoothed and painted, two-tone to follow outside the paint
Center console: '92 Bravada smoothed with tweed with flames
Flooring: Black, long wool
Headliner: Tweed with flames
Gauges: Stock with white face and stainless overlay
Performed by: Mike Amborn, Joe Canady, and Rob House
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Head unit: Kenwood 817 DVD
Mids and highs: Kicker SS mids and tweets
Amplifier for mids and highs: Alpine five channel
Subwoofers: 15-inch Kicker comp VRS
Amplifier for subwoofers: Alpine mono-block
Wiring/accessories: All Kicker
Video: Two 7-inch Worldstar headrests
Custom fabrication: Rear sub box panels were molded into rear walls
Displacement: 3.41
Model/year: GM crate
Number of cylinders: Six
Transmission: '88 Camaro auto built by Leadfoot racing
Intake: Milled 1-inch off intake, Holley throttle body, custom-built air cleaner
Header/exhaust: MagnaFlow muffler
Ignition: MSD coil
Driveshaft: Custom-built two piece
Rearend type: Posi 3.73 gears
Battery: Kinetik 2000
Detail work: Chrome valve covers, chrome pulleys, and chrome air cleaner
Performed by: Mike Amborn
City/state: Portland, Oregon
Special Thanks By Owner:
To everyone who touched this truck, this was built to be my driver in three months and is going very strong. The truck was hit by a drunk driver, had a tree fall on it on Halloween, and the bed was ripped off at a construction site, but it's always been repaired to better-than-old shape by the best friends I could ask for.



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