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1986 Chevy Blazer: Big-Block Bowtie

Posted in Project Vehicles on January 1, 1998 Comment (0)
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1986 Chevy Blazer: Big-Block Bowtie
Photographers: Ken BrubakerBen Stewart

In these days of over-the-top custom chariots, it's easy to forget that one need not go to the extreme in order to build a decent ride. This 1986 Chevy Blazer is a good example of this fact. Here we have a nice custom unit that functions as well as it needs to without costing a fortune to finish.

Under the hood is a balanced and blueprinted big-block Chevy 454 V-8 bored .060 inch over. The mill's loaded with Manley forged aluminum pistons and a Lunati roller cam; it's lubed with the help of a Moroso high-volume oil pump and 6-quart chrome pan. Rectangular-port, closed-chamber heads help provide 12.5:1 compression, and K-Motion valve springs and Crane roller rockers let the combustibles in and out of the cylinders. The engine feeds off a 750cfm Holley carb and Weiand Team-G intake manifold, while Hooker headers and dual Flowmaster mufflers expel the after-effects.

The power runs through a B&M 8-inch torque converter (2,800- to 3,200rpm stall speed) and Hays heavy-duty flexplate to the TH 350 transmission, set up with a manual valve body and heavy-duty bands. The transmission keeps it's cool under duress with dual B&M super coolers and a B&M 4-quart aluminum pan.

GM Corporate 10-bolt axles, open and using 4.88:1 gears, are fed by the transmission and an NP 205 transfer case and spin 15x12-inch Mickey Thompson wheels and 38.5x15.50/15 Dick Cepek Fun-Country Radials.

A Skyjacker 6-inch lift keeps the rubber out of the bodywork and features Superlift Superride shocks and a dual Rancho steering stabilizer setup.

The body is painted in PPG Dark Metallic Blue with PPG Indy Silver colored flames and features a smoothed front bumper and steel rollpan rear.

Inside the cab, tunes pour out of a Clarion Pro-Audio CD player and Kicker Impulse amp to Kicker Impulse speakers. The occupants sit on gray tweed upholstery and the driver grips a Grant GT steering wheel. Auto Meter gauges, speedo, tach, oil pressure, water temp., fuel pressure and level, keep tabs on the necessary functions.

SPECIFICATIONS
Vehicle 1986 Chevy Blazer
Owner Shane Valerio, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
Engine 1982 Chevy 454, bored .060 over; 12.5:1 pistons, Lunati cam; balanced and blueprinted
Aspiration 750cfm Holley carb, Weiand intake manifold, Hooker headers, Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission TH 350, B&M torque converter, manual valve body
Transfer case NP205
Axles GM Corporate 10 bolts; open
Ring and pinion 4.88:1
Suspension 6-in. Skyjacker springs, Superlift Superride shocks
Wheels 15x12 Mickey Thompsons
Tires 38.5x15.50/15 Dick Cepek F-C Radials
Custom features Auto Meter gauges, Clarion CD player,Cobra 40-channel CB
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