When Alyssa Lehr and John Webster head out for a weekend wheeling trip, they leave nothing to chance. Preparation for whatever potentially catastrophic failure could occur is thought through well in advance, and steps are taken to ensure that their fun will not be cut short due to some unforeseen circumstance. Having a life-long affection for desert racing, Alyssa’s husband John knows the difference between simply going out for a little light four-wheeling and racing the Baja 1000. As such, he prides himself with his ability to prepare for the worst-case scenario on any given outing. That’s why we didn’t mind if the couple and their son tagged along with us on a recent trip through the Rubicon Trail. We knew that John could handle any potential issue he encountered.
Through decades of owning and operating a custom auto body shop near their hometown of Hollister, California, John has literally seen and done it all when it comes to vehicles. His ’76 Blazer is a potent mix of tried-and-true girth with subtle race-car tricks in critical areas. Provisions such as the bombproof Atlas II transfer case mated to a TCI Turbo 350 transmission equipped with a shift kit, heavy-duty clutches and the more desirable truck case provide Alyssa and John with the confidence they need to venture out to far-off places such as the Sierra Nevada or Baja without worrying about breakdowns. Details such as 39.5-inch BFGoodrich red-label Krawlers and a heavy-duty skidplate protecting the 25-gallon fuel tank allow the couple to tackle virtually any obstacle they encounter without fear of trip-altering punctures. The rig simply works, and with all the necessities to be self-sustaining on rocks, mud, sand, or snow, we can’t help but think of the Websters as trail kings of every discipline.
The rig simply works, and with all the necessities to be self-sustaining on rocks, mud, sand, or snow, we can’t help but think of the Websters as trail kings of every discipline.
Owner/Hometown: Alyssa Lehr and John Webster/Hollister, CA Vehicle/Model: 1976 Chevy K5 Blazer
Estimated value: $25,000
Type: Chevrolet 410ci V-8
Aspiration: Holly ProJection
Output, hp/torque, lb-ft: N/A
Transmission: TCI Turbo 350
Transfer Case: Atlas II 5:1
Front: Deaver springs over axle, 12-in Fox Racing Shox
Rear: Deaver springs over axle, 14-in Fox Racing Shox
Front: Dana 60, 35-spline chromoly axleshafts, CTM U-joints, disc brakes/ARB Air Locker
Rear: Corporate 14-Bolt, 35-spline chromoly axleshafts, drum brakes/Detroit Locker
Ring And pinion: 4.88:1
Wheels: 17x9 steel Rock Crawlers
Tires: 39.5x13.50-17 BFG Krawlers (competition compound)