Busted Knuckles - 1982 Chevy K5 Blazer
The Chevy K5 Blazer is making a huge comeback in recent months. We featured a K5 roadster on the cover of Truckin’ back in June of this year. This Blazer belongs to Andrew Adams of Schriever, Louisiana. He has been building it for only six months and has already come about half way to achieving his goal. Prior to this project, Andrew built a 2002 Dodge Dakota and a 1992 Chevy S-10, so he is very familiar to the custom vehicle scene.
After finishing his previous project, Andrew needed something to keep him busy, so he picked up this little beauty. Starting off by taking the truck to Dent Works, in Houma, Louisiana, Andrew had them pull the body off the frame and cut 3 1/2 inches out of the frame for a stock-floor body drop. Kevin and Gary then fabricated a C-notch into the rear framerails for the rearend to fit when aired out. Moving to the suspension, the factory spindles were ditched in favor of a set of Belltech 2 1/2-inch drop spindles. Firestone 2600 ’bags fed by ½-inch air line wrap up the front. Out back, a one-off four-link brings the rear down to a much lower elevation, while matching Firestones and DJM shocks provide for a smooth ride. For cruising around, a set of 22-inch KMC Nova wheels were wrapped in Yokohama rubber. With the suspension handled, work on the body could commence.
Aside from the custom "camouflage" paint, the body is fairly unchanged. A polished grille was installed with a cowl-induction hood above it. While out back, the taillights received the euro treatment. Since the body needed to tuck the 22-inch wheels, the front and rear fenders were tubbed. Under the new hood sits a rebuilt 350ci engine that has been cleaned up with the help of billet valve covers and a massive polished aluminum shotgun intake scoop on top of the four-barrel Holley carburetor. This burly powerplant is fed by a 12-gallon fuel cell that resides behind the rear axle. Helping the engine exhale is a set of stainless Gibson block-hugger headers that lead out to a Flowmaster muffler. Behind the engine sits a Turbo 350 transmission and custom shortened driveshaft. This should provide enough horsepower and torque to get Andrew and his passengers around town and from show to show with ease.
Scrapin’ the Coast was Andrew’s first show with his latest project and plans on taking it to many more. Still to come is a full interior, more engine accessories, paint, and a full sound system. Andrew wanted to thank Kevin and Gary at Dent Works, Barry Guidry, Jason Robichaux, Darren and Bryan Bourgeois, and his friends and family for all of their help so far. Keep an eye out for the full feature on Andrew’s Blazer in future issues of Truckin'.