1985 Chevy S-10 Blazer- BlazeR Rod
When Hot Rod meets Blazer
If we told our loyal readers at the age of 15 you could have a custom Chevy Blazer, you probably wouldn’t believe us. But for Cory Schiller of Bridgman, Michigan, that’s part of the story. When Cory was a kid, his grandfather bought and sold muscle cars and that provided the fuel for him to follow in the same pattern. When his older brother Chad opened a shop in Michigan, Cory asked if he could help him. At 13 years old, Cory started learning the intricacies, all while maintaining his love for hot-rods.
At 15, Cory wanted to put his firsthand knowledge to work on something of his own. “I looked all over for a street-rod,” Cory says. “I just couldn’t find something like an old classic with muscle for the money I had.” His brother mentioned a 1985 Chevy Blazer that his buddy was selling. It seemed to be the closest thing to a hot-rod he could find, so he purchased the truck without even being old enough to have a valid driver’s license.
Luckily during the next few years, Cory was able to transform the Chevy into a hybrid hot-rod-Blazer combination with help from his brother’s shop. Of course, as a gearhead he added the motor first, giving muscle to the mini in the form of a warmed over Chevy 350. The next step was all trial and error. Cory shaved everything he could on the truck to give it a smooth appearance. Cory and his brother Chad gave the Blazer a complete paint makeover to make it stand out.
The Chevy was already lowered a bit but that didn’t satisfy Cory. He stripped the truck back down and gave it a bodydrop and air suspension. “I didn’t want to repaint it, “Cory says. “So I had to be super careful.” From that moment, Cory knew he was going in the right direction. The next stop was Ace Custom Upholstery where Ace Eckleberry built a full-custom interior with a hot-rod style, complete with a devil’s head gearshift.
The journey was worth every year once you see how he was able to combine his mixed passions. He wishes to thank his brother for helping him throughout the process and allowing the space to build in his shop. A special thanks goes to Ace Eckleberry for creating a masterpiece in the cabin, as well as all the friends and family who helped motivate him along the way. The last thank you goes to his loving wife who has been patient and understanding during those late nights throughout the many years. BlazeRRod took more than a few laps to be completed but definitely crossed the finish line as a winner.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1985 Chevy S10 Blazer
Owner and City/State: Cory Schiller; Bridgman, Michigan
Front Suspension: Thorbecke Brothers tubular control arms, Airlift D2600 ’bags, disc brakes front and rear, Wilwood master cylinder and pedal assembly, aluminum fuel cell, all-new brake lines, braided fuel lines
Rear Suspension: Airlift D2600 ’bags, Thorbecke Brothers square tube lift bars, round tube link bars and wishbone, handmade 2-by-3-inch boxed tube frame, smoothed and painted from control arms back, dual Viair 480s, stainless-steel lines
Engine: SBC 350, handmade headers, Flowmaster mufflers, Holley Carburetor, March performance billet pulley system, billet air cleaner, billet valve covers, engine painted, billet overflow catch, electric fans, aluminum radiator, hidden wiring
Transmission: 700R4 trans, transmission painted, transmission cooler
Rearend: Rebuilt and painted 10-bolt rearend with Detroit locker
Body/Paint: Shaved handles, locks, emblems, antenna, wipers, body seams, firewall, smoothed core support, new sheet-metal floor from front to rear, smoothed firewall with engine bay cover and wheeltubs, seam sealed and undercoated underside, billet grille, painted sport mirrors, Grant Customs rollpan, SEM Mint Green Candy over Pro-Spray custom-mixed Silver, SPI Clear, SEM Orange Candy over Pro-Spray custom-mixed Silver, and custom-mixed Gold, Green and Purple pin striping, House of Kolor Galaxy Gray frame, dash and under hood, House of Kolor Galaxy Gray with flat clear coat by Cory Schiller and Chad Sperry of Auto Rod Technologies
Interior: Full-custom handmade interior, custom door and hatch panels, seats chopped and wrapped, custom headliner, custom filler panels throughout, new carpet, handmade sheet-metal dash and center console with gauges frenched into dash, all new wiring, Viper key fob for door poppers, billet steering wheel, painted ididit tilting steering column, switches hidden under seat
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x8.5; Billet Raceline
Tires: 255/25R20; Nitto Neo Gen