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1994 Chevy Blazer - Santa Cruz Homegrown

Posted in Project Vehicles on August 1, 2005
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When you were growing up, didn't you want a big-ass Chevy on some giant Swampers? Yeah, we all did, but not all of us went through with it like Matt Harmon did. Matt's no stranger to big mudder trucks, as his lastride was a '73 Chevy on 44s as well, and once you go big, you can't go back.

So what does a kid just a year or two out of high school do with some dreams and a little free time between work, school, and parties? Why, spend it with family, of course! And so what if it's a coincidence that Grandpa knows how to weld and machine metal? We're sure Matt'd still be making time for family anyway. But as long as Grandpa had a torch and was willing to lend a hand...maybe a little project could be punched out during the bonding time. You know, something that Matt, his grandpa, and his friends could all be proud of, something that they built themselves, and something that was homegrown right in the beautiful farmland near Santa Cruz, California.

What Matt, Grandpa, and friends put together was more than just a big red Chevy on ginormous rubber that anyone could have paid for. They constructed the truck entirely by themselves, with no off-the-shelf axle or steering kits, no professional who had done this 20 times before, and no bottomless budget that would afford race-truck four-links or $10,000 motors. No, the truck they built was much cooler than all that, because they built it themselves. And as much as we love the high-zoot stuff put out by the pros, it's just never quite as impressive as a couple of friends with an idea, a welder, and a backyard to build a homegrown truck in.

Tech Specs'94 Chevy BlazerEngine: 350 TBITransmission: 4L60E with B&M shift kitTransfer Case: NP243Front Axle: Dana 44 high-pinion, crossover steering, 4.10 gearsRear Axle: Dana 60, Auburn Posi differential, 4.10 gearsTires & Wheels: 44-inch Swampers on 16.5x12 Rockcrawler wheelsSuspension: Super Duty spring hangers with 8-inch Softride leaves in front 8-inch Softride leaves and 4-inch blocks rear

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