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1979 Chevy Blazer Wheeling

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Darren Jackson, a firefighter by trade, says that he and his wife built this ’79 Blazer in their garage. “Simple home-built rig that works,” Jackson says. It has a 350ci V-8, SM465 transmission, Offroad Design Magnum two-speed gearbox mated to a NP205 T-case, disc brake-equipped 14-bolt rear axle, Chevy Dana 60 front axle with 35-spline stub shafts, Detroit Lockers and 4.56 gears in both axles, PSC hydro-assist steering, 3-inch-lift custom Offroad Design front springs, rear 63-inch springs with homemade shackle flip, Hummer H1 double-beadlock wheels, and 37-inch-diameter Goodyear Wrangler MT tires. Jackson says he cut off the half-cab and welded on the windshield of an earlier Blazer so he could use the full convertible top and doors. He also cut off approximately 8 inches of the rocker panels and added 2x6-inch, 0.250-inch-wall tubing “for better strength.” Other mods include a full rollcage, suspension seats, five-point restraints, a homemade tire carrier, and a Warn 8274 winch with Master Pull rope.