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Project 1974 Chevy K5 Blazer - Exterior Build - Building A Premudder

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Project 1974 Chevy K5 Blazer - Exterior Build - Building A Premudder
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We were down to the wire. It was now just days before the start of the Ultimate Adventure, and the K5 Blazer's progress was still far behind schedule. What Fabworx Off Road had done so far was nothing short of a miracle. It wasn't exciting, it wasn't fun, it was painful. This was supposed to be a nice, easy collaboration of Fabworx and 4-Wheel & Off-Road's resources to craft a premudder that could drive nonstop across the country, wheel the hardest trails, climb the biggest sand dunes, and wallow in the biggest mudholes. But it turned out to be a thrashfest to make it be everything it needed to be without adding any of the extras. That meant no stereo for me on the drive out there (only 450 hp to listen to for hours on end), no speedometer (that's OK, I had a V1 radar detector), and no Specialty Top Co. top (now this one was going to hurt in the thunderstorms).

We had made some good progress since we left off in last month's issue. The engine was back from the engine shop and assembled, the four-link was finished, and the front axle was slung in place. We'd have a rolling chassis as soon as we assembled the Center Line bead locks and mounted the BFGs. All that was left was to build the entire rollcage, the '88-'98 Chevy front clip update, mount the rear coilovers, add all the Auto Meter gauges and the rest of the interior, hook up the radiator, and...oh yeah, make sure it all works before we race for Idaho. No problem!

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Sources

Energy Suspension
San Clemente, 92673
888-913-6374
http://www.energysuspension.com
Flex-A-Lite
Fife, WA 98424
253-922-2700
http://www.flex-a-lite.com
Dynatrac
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-596-4461
www.dynatrac.com
Light Racing
Longmont, CO 80504
800-525-6505
www.lightracing.com
Center Line Wheels
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
800-345-8671
www.centerlinewheels.com
Glassworks Unlimited
www.glassworksunlimited.com
Fabworx Off-Road
www.fabworxoffroad.com
Russell
800-416-8628
www.russellperformance.com

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