Chevy Blazer - Sonic Boom
Breaking the Sound Barrier
Jamie Campbell set out to build a truck that would garner a lot of attention. One way to pull that off is to have a custom suspension that drops your ride to a frame-dragging level, maybe even going as far as a labor-intensive body drop. Of course you'd need the right wheels and a smooth paintjob with eye-catching graphics, but you need something that will actually draw people in, because not everyone can just sense when a custom truck is around. What to do?
For Jamie, the answer was sound, lots of sound. But first, Jamie needed to know how much room he had to work with, because the cargo area of the Blazer was about to get smaller. To get the Blazer fully laid out, Jamie called upon Jester Metalworks to perform the 4-inch body drop. Dozens of man-hours later and the two-door was missing a little headroom but blessed with a smooth floorpan. With the frame tucked under the rockers it was all up to the suspension to put the truck on the ground, so KRZ control arms and Belltech drop spindles were matched with RE-7 'bags all around and plumbed with 1/2-inch lines. A set of 22x91/2-inch Helo Felons wrapped in 255/30R22 Nitto rubber was the finishing touch on the suspension. They tuck 1/3 of the way into the rear fenderwells!
Inside the truck, '95 Tahoe seats and center console were swapped in, along with a B.A.D. billet wheel and plenty of billet trim. With the rear cargo area's shallower depth all sorted out, Jamie began filling it with fiberglass to make a new home for four 12-inch Rockford Fosgate P2 subwoofers and a Precision Power 1,800-watt amp. Jamie controls the audio from the driver seat through a Pioneer head unit mounted in the factory location.
Once the 1,800 watts of audio draw the attention, it's the paint and body that hold the onlooker's gaze. To accomplish the goal, the Blazer's roof rack was shaved, and so was the wiper cowl. Off came the stock hood and rear bumper and a cowl-induction hood and roll pan went in their place. After smoothing the interior plastics and fiberglass and giving the sheetmetal plenty of attention, Brad Stevens sprayed everything with several coats of Plymouth Prowler silver. John Moore took over from there, and let his airbrush and pinstripe brush run wild with his imagination. Checkerboards, airbrushed rivets, and yellow and green stripes break up the silver from the back of the front fender all the way to the tailgate.
Jamie's Blazer was a collaboration of a lot of talented individuals and he'd like to thank Jester Metalworks, World Wide Welding & Press, Gary Welborn, North Houston Valve and Fitting, his family, and his friends in his club, Erratic. Jamie also wanted to thank Des Holly for the much-needed transportation.