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1988 Chevy Blazer - Why So Serious?

This Blazer is No Joke

John Mata Jr.
Feb 1, 2013
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
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What's the big fuss over this Blazer anyway? That's exactly what its owner, Dustin Seaman, would like to know. You'd think out of anyone out there, he'd at least have the best clue or even a gut feeling at the very least, but he swears up and down that it's nothing special. All the positive attention this thing has been attracting from the longing, lustful stares from showgoers countrywide, to the influx of "likes" from online "friends," Dustin just wasn't seeing what everyone else was.
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Now, it's not that Dustin is the type of guy who doesn't appreciate the truck for that it is. He knows a good thing when he sees it, but we chalk his underestimation of the Blazer to tunnel vision. He's been looking at it for two straight years while finishing the last details, and if anyone's eyes are going to find the smallest of flaws and blemishes it's going to be his. But whatever Dustin's exact short circuit may be, he told us that he now has a response to the overwhelming amounts of praise. "Why so serious?", is that response. "A buddy of mine and I were in joking around about all the attention and we just figured that we're so used to seeing the Blazer, its just not a big deal to us anymore," Dustin continues to tell us.
Fair enough. We'll leave him alone in the dark, and admire his truck as we see fit. This Blazer has actually been far along on the progress scale for a while now—nearly nine years ago to be exact. It was 'bagged and 'bodied on 20s by Justin Mournout back then, and actually saw some road time for a short while. For one reason or another, Justin parked it and ripped it to pieces once more, but again, for some reason, it never made it back out. "This truck was the first 'bagged truck in our area, and one that really got me into the layed out trucks. Once I heard it was for sale, I immediately sold the truck I had at the time and picked up my dream truck about 75-percent finished."
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Aside from being 'bagged and bodydropped, the Blazer came with the engine work that is still currently in place. The front end conversion was even nearing the home stretch when Dustin picked it up. Things were looking up for the truck's new owner, but the next couple years proved to be full of lessons and resulting rewards. Lesson one: "skimping on something that you think might set you back later, will." Two: "Learn patience. Every time I thought I was ready to finish a step in the process, something usually got in the way." And finally, number three: "Friendship. I couldn't have finished this truck without the help of my close friends … and several cases of beer on hand."
We'll drink to that! But try to accept all the compliments for what they are, Dustin. If you need to take some time away from your Blazer to truly appreciate it, then by all means let us know. We'll have it packed up and shipped out in a moment's notice. And you can bet that isn't a joke.
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"What's the big fuss over this Blazer anyway?"
Owner:Dustin Seaman
Hometown: Champaign, IL
Club: No Regrets
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 22x8.5 Bonspeed Sweep
Tires: 245/30/22 Hankook

Chassis Modification
Suspension (front): S-10 frontend
Suspension (rear): Triangulated four-link
Control Arms: Ridetech
Shocks: KYB
Compressor(s): Chrome Air Zenith OB2
Brakes: Wilwood under-dash master cylinders, rear disc conversion
Performed By: Justin Mournout
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Body Modifications
Shaved: Tailgate, antenna, door handles, gas door
Bodydrop: Traditional
Body Mods: Colorado front end and taillight swap
Performed By: Justin Mournout

Brand & Colors: Honda Monaco Blue Pearl
Misc.: Graphics done in Sherwin-Williams Lime Sherbet and Dark Silver
Performed By: Brandon Back and owner
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Seats: Custom wrapped
Dash: Sheetmetal
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Misc.: Suede headliner, fiberglass amp cover, dark grey floating laminate rear floor, custom door panels
Performed By: Byrd House Kustom Upholstery and owner

Head Unit: Kenwood flip out
Mids & Highs: Eclipse
Subwoofers: 12-inch Eclipse
Amplifiers: Eclipse
Misc.: Dakota Digital power antenna
Performed By: Byrd House Kustom Upholstery and owner
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Engine: 1992 lb9 tuned port
Camshaft: Stock
Intake: TPI
Header/Exhaust: Hedman Elite Hedders, Hushpower mufflers
Transmission: T5 manual
Rearend Type: GM 10-bolt Eaton g80 locker
Detail Work: Everything chromed, painted, or polished
Misc.: Billet Specialties Tru Trac pulleys
Performed By: Justin Mournout

Special Thanks From Owner
"I would like to thank Bill Byrd for the interior work, Brandon Back for running the trigger on the paint gun, Joshua Morrison and Tyler Burton for their hours of prepping to get ready for color, Ross Johns for his tips and tricks, my parents for an excellent shop to do this in, patience from my beautiful fiancé Abby McCray during the long nights away, anyone I may have forgotten—thank you, and last but not least Justin Mournout for the great opportunity to purchase this very special project."
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