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1969 Chevy Blazer- Topless

A DIY Project Gone Wild

Phil Gordon
Feb 9, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Economic setbacks oftentimes lead to a hands-on approach. That’s certainly how Scott Churchwell of Maud, Texas, got started on his custom-truck endeavor. “I grew up with very little,” Scott says. “It was either not have nice things or learn to make them.” As a small child, he watched his father and his uncles build hot-rod vehicles. When he reached driving age, he bought his first truck—a Dodge Rampage. He made minor alterations at the time, but the motor eventually failed.
Photo 2/12   |   1969 Blazer Top Off
At that time, his father bought a beaten-down 1969 Chevy Blazer. The ’69 model, the first year of the Blazer, featured the removable top. The Blazer won the hearts of many, including Scott and his family. Scott loved the truck and saw great potential to it. His father kept it for years, but because of fuel prices, he switched it over from a four-wheel drive to a two-wheel. Scott was rolling around in a Mustang then, and with luck, got his father to trade him the Blazer for the Ford. Scott was going to college for paint and auto body and used this opportunity to bring in the classic to be worked on.
Photo 3/12   |   1969 Blazer Engine
He tore the truck down and rebuilt every area of the SUV by himself. Scott added a full airbag suspension, as well as changing it over to an ’85 half-ton front suspension and rear axle to allow a better selection of wheels and disc brakes. In the shop, Scott sprayed the entire truck with Orange and White PPG Pearl paint with a Lime stripe for separation. He enlisted Fit Well Upholstery to cover the seats, but decided to handle the rest of the cabin himself using a unique blend of Ford and Jeep Wrangler seats. His friend Paul Slate helped him rebuild the 350 small-block with Edelbrock and Holley components to make the Blazer run better and sit in a simple but clean engine compartment.
Photo 4/12   |   1969 Blazer Interior
When you don’t have the resources to bring a vehicle to a shop for them build it, you have to learn how to improvise. To make his custom classic fit his style and budget, Scott had to learn how to do it himself. Judging by the outcome, he has made some serious headway in his craft on the very first try. He wishes to thank all the people who stood by him and supported his passion, including his father, John Churchwell, for not only finding the truck, but allowing Scott to exercise his creativity, and his mother, for believing in him and teaching him that he could do anything if he worked hard enough. He also wishes to thank Danny Proctor for all his contributions, and most importantly, to his wife Allison and his son Austin for their encouragement.
Photo 5/12   |   1969 Blazer

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1969 Chevy Blazer CST
Owner and City/State: Scott Churchwell; Maud, Texas
Club Affiliation: Intense Gravity
Chassis:
Front Suspension: 1985 Chevy heavy half-ton suspension, Dominator 2,600lb ’bags, 1/2-inch SMC valves
Rear Suspension: Two-link with Panhard bar, ’bag over axle, Dominator 2,600lb ’bags, 3/8 manifold valves, two Viair 444s, 10-gallon tank under the raised rear floor
Drivetrain:
Engine: Chevy 350, 300hp, Edelbrock intake and carburetor, ’85 Corvette valve covers
Transmission: 700r4 ’85 Corvette transmission
Rearend: 12 bolt limited slip rear end from ’85 Chevy C10 with 308 gears
Body/Paint: PPG Harley-Davidson Mandarin Orange with Gold Pearl, White Chocolate Pearl, Lime Twist pinstripe, all badges, chrome and trim removed, tailgate smoothed and welded shut, handmade rollpan, fuel door out of a ’96 Dodge Ram inverted to open facing up, HID headlamps, clear park lights and taillights
Interior: Front seats from a ’03 Jeep Wrangler cut down 6-inches, backseats from a ’93 F150, extended cab narrowed 10-inches, brown and tan vinyl throughout, billet aluminum Grant steering wheel half wrapped in leather
Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Memphis components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x9.5; Panther Juice 5 Tires: 245/45R20, 255/45R20; Velozza

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