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1994 Chevy S-10/Blazer - Deblazed

S-10 Transformation

John Mata Jr.
Feb 17, 2014
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
What does a guy who has won MT’s Truck of the Year title do once his beloved truck gradually phases away from the spotlight? Well, that all depends on the guy and truck, now doesn’t it?
Ron Perkins is the gent we speak of, and his truck was a little Nissan Frontier known as the Irregular Cab. It was called that because Nissan never made a single cab Frontier but Ron has one. He had to chop the sh*t out of a standard issue King Cab to get it, but he got what he wanted. So to stick to the tradition of making what others can’t buy, let us formally introduce you to his latest piece of custom truckery—Deblazed, the unibody S-10 (formerly a Blazer. Get it?)
If you can’t tell by now, let us inform you—Ron likes his trucks to be badass and unique in every sense of the words. What’s the best starting point for a project like this? Well, he figured, “the first thing to do was to convert the Blazer into a pickup. This would be the main focal point of the truck, and if it didn’t end up working, I could always scrap it and only be out on the $550 and the tank of gas to move it.” Luckily, the experiment worked, and that five hundo ended up only being a minuscule drop into the seemingly bottomless money pit.
Photo 2/12   |   1994 Chevy S 10 Dropstar Wheel
Thinking of trying this at home? If so, Ron has a valuable gem for ya, “a Blazer roof is actually an inch taller than a standard cab truck. I learned that the hard way. I had planned to just join the rear wall with the Blazer roof … no dice! I had to go back and buy a standard cab and cut it at the A-pillar.”
Although this “truck” has been out on the show circuit for a while now, which means plenty of eyeballs have had the opportunity to focus in on it. It’s been to SEMA, but wasn’t one of those “crunch builds”—well not because of procrastination anyway. Ron told us, “I dropped the truck off at a shop here in Portland in May, so it wasn’t a last minute deal. Long story short, the shop owner did some shady business deals and skipped town with my truck locked in the old shop. This was in September. I vented through Facebook and I got a huge response from friends here in the Northwest who were down to help get things done in those next couple months before SEMA.”
But Vegas was just a Sunday cruise for Ron. He’s pushed his truck all over the country for shows near and wide. “I started out wanting to build my ideal minitruck, but what happened was making the best of friends from coast to coast. I am truly grateful and forever in debt to everyone involved.” All sappiness aside, we’re anxious to see what Mr. Perkins whips up next for us to feature. It better be good, Ron. It better be real good.
Photo 3/12   |   1994 Chevy S 10 Rear Three Quarter
The Lowdown
1994 Chevy S-10/Blazer
Ron and Kelly Perkins • Portland, Oregon • Relaxed Atmosphere
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 22X8.5 DropStar/T.I.S. (front) / 24X10 (rear)
Tires: 255/30/22 Pirelli (front) / 275/25/24 (rear)
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Helix AB2 ’bags
Suspension (rear): Thorbecke full cantilever kit, Helix AB2 ’bags
Control Arms: Thorbecke upper and lower control arms
Shocks: Helix shocks all the way around
Compressor(s): Dual Air Zenith black OB2
Air/Hydro Accessories: Eight ½-inch Helix air valves, two hidden 5-gallon tanks, 1-gallon tank for display
Frame Mods: 2x3x1/4-inch frame from control arms back, lowered crossmember to fit small-block under stock hood, rear frame built to house RCI fuel cell and Thorbecke canti kit mounted backwards
Brakes: BAER S-10 front and rear disc conversion
Misc.: Kinetik 1200
Performed By: Owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Blazer top, door handles, taillights, wipe cowl vents, antenna, fuel door
Bodydrop: Stock-floor 4½-inches
Body Mods: Grant Kustoms combo with ’61 impala/S-10 rear body line, grafted standard cab roof, grafted and shorted S-10 bedrails, CR Lawrence discontinued “Marcus” rear window, Grant tail fillers, Grant rockers
Bolt-ons: GMC grille with billet insert, smoked clear corners, smoked H4 conversion headlights
Misc.: Grant Kustoms fullsize bumper narrowed and pinched, wood bed floor, fabbed tonneau cover
Performed By: Owner
Brand & Colors: BASF 41U Chevy Black/ Chevy Sonoma Jewel metallic
Misc.: Eight other BASF colors in chrome trim and ’61 Impala graphics
Performed By: Jason Lekvold and Chris “Billy Bob” Mull
Seats: ’91 Ford Escort ZX2 buckets recovered with carbon fiber inserts
Dash: ’85 S-10 ’glassed, smoothed, and covered in two-tone red and black with carbon-fiber insert
Gauges: Hidden
Misc.: Touch screen dash with Autoloc Ultra touch units, American Shifter double bend shifter with custom shift knob, Helix push button column with red carbon fiber hydrographiced billet wheel by Hydro Dynamics
Performed By: Ryan Craighead, Donnie, Brian Davis, Jason Ross
Head Unit: iPhone/iPod controlled
Mids & Highs: Orion CO52
Subwoofers: Orion CO104S
Amplifiers: Orion CO6004 600-watt and CO8001 400-watt
Performed By: Brian Davis and owner
Engine: 400HP GM fastburn 385
Camshaft: GM Performance Parts
Intake: GM Performance Parts
Header/Exhaust: 2½-inch exhaust with dual Flowmaster 40 series mufflers
Transmission: Chevy 700R4
Rearend Type: 10-bolt narrowed 4½ inches on each side
Detail Work: Vintage finned valve covers and air cleaner, Edlebrock 750 black carb motor two-tone painted to match
Misc.: Northern aluminum radiator, two 12-inch Zirgo fans, 15-inch billet over flow
Performed By: Mike Amborn, Jason Ross, and Scott Koster
Special Thanks From Owner
“To my wife Kelly for putting up with my shenanigans with this once (and sometimes twice) in a lifetime opportunity. I love you Bunz!! Mike Amborn for being there from start to finish, Justin Rainwater, Eric Stanton, Jason Lekvold, Paul St Cyr, Sam Burgess, Ben Gibbard, Scotty Thorp, Jeff Reed, Brad McKinnon, Brian Davis, Chris Mull, Ryan Craighead, Jason Craig”er”, JC, Dee Langacher Sr., all the companies that believed in me and what I can accomplish, T.I.S. Wheels, Pirelli, Kinetik, BASF, GM Performance Parts, Grant Kustoms, LMC Truck, Hydro Dynamics, Air Zenith, Billy Bob Customs, Juggy’s Kustom Upholstery, Orion Car Audio, NW AutoWorks, Keef’s Rod and Custom , Keg Media, Johnny Law Motors, The whole Northwest for showing we can hang with the rest of the county, My ///RA family (yes even Bobby Moore) And lastly to my boss Wes Rhodes for giving me time off to run all over the country (past and future) with my SUV/Truck.”



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