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Busted Knuckles, 1993 Chevy S10 Blazer, Death Trap

Death Trap

Phil Gordon
Feb 22, 2018
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Movies can often impact our lives in a creative and positive way. And that’s exactly what happened to Ryan Shippy of Kansas City, Missouri. “The movie Mad Max was just released, and I wanted to go see it,” Ryan tells Truckin. “I was fascinated with the mayhem and madness these vehicles symbolized.” Ryan had a couple of trucks at his house, but one in particular became the focus of his motivation: a ’93 Chevy Blazer S-10.
Photo 2/5   |   1993 Chevy S10 Blazer Death Trap Rear
Ryan decided to start by cutting the front fender off; when his friends got wind of his idea, they couldn’t understand his vision. “You’re trashing this truck,” one friend said. But all their opinions started to change the minute Ryan fabricated a custom snowplow. The death plow, as he calls it, consists of the hood and bumper being cut and welded together into a sharp aggressive look. The next step was busting out all the windows and giving the cage effect.
Photo 3/5   |   1993 Chevy S10 Blazer Death Trap Front
Of course, this truck needed more power if it was going to play with the big boys, so Ryan added a V-8 to the Chevy. The interior took more imagination and some time. Ryan went to the shop and grabbed some rebar from concrete and started to shape it piece by piece until it started to form the evil feel he was looking for. Rat rod–style seats were added to complete the death vibe.
Photo 4/5   |   1993 Chevy S10 Blazer Death Trap Interior
It was a long road to come up with something unique in a sea of ordinary. Ryan wishes to thank Matt Kellam at Coldharted Kustoms for building the custom three-link. A special thank you is given to D.J. Pugh for helping with all the random work and providing motivation to finish the truck even when Ryan began giving up on it. Death Trap started as something out of the box that nobody believed would come to fruition, but Ryan proved them wrong and made a Mad Max–style piece of rolling art.
Photo 5/5   |   1993 Chevy S10 Blazer Death Trap Interior Up Front

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’93 Chevy S-10 Blazer
Owner and City/State: Ryan Shippy; Kansas City, Missouri
Club Affiliation: Definite Obsessions
Front Suspension: Traditional body drop, Michigan Metalworks control arms, Michigan Metalworks notchless tie rods, Thor Bros. upper bag cups, Airlift Dominator 2,500-pound bags
Rear Suspension: Custom three-link bag on bar built by Coldharted Kustoms, dual black Viair 280 compressors, 2,600-pound Airlift Dominator bags, AVS 5-gallon black air tank, Thor Bros. 4-piece ¼-inch manual valves
Engine: 350, full upward headers, custom shotgun scoop
Transmission: TH350
Body/Paint: Factory red with black sanded down, door handles shaved and replaced with steel plating and chains, all side and rear windows replaced with expanded mesh metal, 6-foot cut sunroof, custom bobbed fenders with custom plating and dimple dyed, hand-built front death plow with full radiator flow and cooling, rollpan, license plate bracket frenched into tailgate, Eyourlife 42-inch curved lightbar
Interior: Full custom metal mad scientist interior, saw blades front to back in custom rebar console, modified Grant steering wheel with death mask, Lokar shifter, hand-built tractor seats, Rhino lining, battle axes built into doors, baseball bats with nails built into sides, chainsaw in dashboard
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 15x7; Cragar smoothies, powdercoated black with chrome spikes
Tires: P205/70R15; Firestone