Chevy introduced the S-10 Blazer in 1983, and the "baby Blazer" grew rapidly in popularity. Today, however, you just don't see that many of them on the road. So when we spotted this bright red one, we knew we wanted a closer look.
Andrew Haywood from Chandler, Arizona, owns this '93 2WD model that has seen significant changes since it rolled off the showroom floor. Andrew acquired the Blazer in early 2007 and is quick to admit that much of the custom build work, including the paint, should be credited to the hands of Jason Miller, who was the former owner.
The truck started life as a 100.5-inch-wheelbase Tahoe LT model. It's got the 195hp 4.3L CPI V-6 backed by a 4L60E auto tranny. The engine remains primarily stock, save for headers and an exhaust upgrade. The tranny received a B&M shift improver kit to make gear changes a little crisper. Also, a B&M Truck Megashifter makes snapping those cogs easier.
The truck has always served as a daily driver but was built with some performance in mind. A 7-inch Fabtech long-travel suspension kit was installed. This, along with a set of Rancho RS5000 shocks, allows the front tires 13 inches of travel movement. Out back, the stock suspension leaf packs were slightly modified to keep a fairly low stance but soak up the bumps well.
The smallish stock tires were shed and replaced with Yokohama Geolandar A/T+II tires. The 32-inch rubber was mounted on 15x8 Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels.
There was no way the stock front fenders could accommodate the new meats, so off they came. In their place went a pair of Hannemann Fiberglass race fenders. These bulge out nicely and offer plenty of space to allow the Fabtech suspension to push the tires up high.
Other modifications involve significant steel work, including front and rear bumpers, an interior spare-tire carrier, and an internal cage. The front bumper and rooftop lightbar hold halogen spot/flood lights. Interior appointments consist of three Renegade Racing seats and five-point harnesses.
The whole package results in a vehicle that turns heads on the road and provides the owner with a cool ride and reliable transport. Andrew's not sure yet if he'll make more changes to the Blazer or just enjoy it as is for a while. He deserves congrats for just graduating from high school, and he currently works for a company building NHRA superchargers as he prepares for college classes. In any case, we liked his Blazer and figured you would too.