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  • 1989 Chevy S-10 Blazer is a Plan B-Lazer

1989 Chevy S-10 Blazer is a Plan B-Lazer

Sometimes the Second Time is the Charm

Phil Gordon
Aug 9, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Starting a project is always a stressful time. When your project build doesn’t satisfy you, it’s time to resort to plan B. For 35-year-old Dustin McElwee of Minden, Louisiana, that’s what he finally had to do. After building a couple dualies, he just couldn’t seem to end up with what he wanted. He decided to start on a Chevy S10, but still wasn’t satisfied with the level of build.
Searching through for-sale ads online for an alternative, McElwee came across an ’89 Chevy S10 Blazer and instantly fell in love with the truck because of the color. The bright red immediately attracted him. He purchased it and decided this would be his “Princess” build.
Photo 2/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Blazer With Custom Flame Paint Side
One of the things McElwee had always wanted was a sliding ragtop, and he got to work cutting the roof open and adding a full sliding rag. From there, McElwee went carefully step-by-step, beginning with the suspension. Up front, Silver Star Customs upper and lower control arms were used in conjunction with the company’s no-notch tie rods and Airlift 2,500lb ’bags. The rear consists of a tubular two-link ’bag-on-bar setup, along with Firestone 2,500lb ’bags. The stock rear axle was narrowed 3 inches with Moser axles and a locker making for a stout little rear end. Next step was the wheels. Although McElwee went back and forth, he decided on 20-inch Intro Rallys with brushed faces to match the side of the seats.
Of course, that was only the beginning. The SUV got a heart transplant in the form of a fully built Chevy 350 backed by a 700R4 that gets it around town in a hurry. A 4-inch traditional body drop got the pinch welds the rest of the way to the ground. After the rear floor was tubbed and the firewall shaved, just about everything around them was smoothed and shaved, too. Standout work includes the ’67 Camaro rear bumper and flush-mounted LEDs in the tailgate. The killer Hot Rod Red and flamed paint finished off the custom work perfectly. Finally, the interior is as detailed as the rest of McElwee’s ride, from the glassed and painted dash to the bomber seat. This is truly one of those builds where no stone was left unturned—every inch of it is clean and custom.
Photo 3/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Blazer With Custom Flame Paint Engine
Photo 4/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Blazer With Custom Flame Paint Wheel
“I’m very proud of the Blazer,” McElwee tells Truckin. “It wasn’t an easy road, but it was worth every second.” He wishes to thank everyone involved: Danny Roy, Carol Greene, Justin Berry, Scott Rupp, Pat Maxwell, Bo McElwee, Kyle Carter, Jake Greene, and especially, his wife Rebecca for having the patience to let him explore his creativity. McElwee showed that Plan B, even though it’s the second option, is oftentimes the best and most important.
Photo 5/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Blazer With Custom Flame Paint Interior
Photo 6/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Blazer With Custom Flame Paint Rear

Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1989 Chevy S10 Blazer
Owner and City/State: Dustin McElwee; Minden, Louisiana
Club Affiliation: Eksessiv
Chassis: 2- by 3-inch C-notch, nitrogen tank, dual Viair 380s, 5-gallon tank, 1/2-inch four-valve setup
Front Suspension: Silverstar upper and lower control arms, no-notch tie rods, Airlift 2,500lb ’bags
Rear Suspension: Tubular two-link ’bag on bar, Firestone 2,500lb ’bags, 3-inch narrowed axle with Moser axles and locker
Shocks: Monroe shocks
Engine: Chevy 350, Edelbrock intake and carburetor, Comp Baja cam, March pulley and bracket set, electric water pump, aluminum radiator, high-amp alternator, Wilwood master cylinder all built by Danny Roy
Transmission: 700r4 transmission
Body: 4-inch traditional body drop, shaved front bumper, grille, core support, tubbed firewall, wiper cowl, antenna, side mirrors, door handles, gas door, taillights, rollpan, 2-inch steel cowl hood, 37.5x68 Legacy sliding ragtop, flush-mounted LED taillights in tailgate, ’67 Camaro rear bumper, Scott Rupp completed the bodywork
Paint: PPG Mazda Red with House of Kolor traditional reverse flames, custom-matched paint to interior for motor painted by Justin Berry and Pat Maxwell
Interior: Painted fiberglass dashboard, Sunpro gauges, Eksessiv billet rearview mirror, smoothed door panels with custom handles, custom console with B&M slap shifter and switches, chrome steering column with Colorado Customs steering wheel, custom-made bench bomber seat, custom rear deck, all wrapped interior covered in buck vinyl with red diamond stitching by K&P interiors in Bossier City, Louisiana
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, VA Audio 6.5-inch custom kick panels under dash and behind seat, Planet Audio 1100 watt mono-block amplifier, two 12-inch Kicker Solobaric L5s
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8.5; Intro Rally, staggered with brushed and clear-coated faces
Tires: 235/35R20; Venezia