Part 4: Blazer Bliss
It was about 10:30 when I left the shop Friday night in my big-block blue Blazer. I was supposed to be in Boise, Idaho, by noon, with a truck that no one had ever seen before, had ever driven before, and on top of that had certainly never been off-road before. What Fabworx Off Road had done in just under seven weeks was unbelievable. They basically took a totaled-out '74 K5 Blazer and brought it back to life. In less than two months, Fabworx was able to produce a (basically) turnkey truck from scratch. In fact, less than scratch. The repairs they had to do just to get a decent platform were horrendous.
In the last two days, more progress was made than in the last two weeks. The entire team buckled down to get out what was to be one sweet K5; that is, if it left the shop under its own power.
We had most of the truck together up to the last 48 hours, but it's those last little pieces that eat up so much precious time. The interior had really not been started save for the rollcage, and the power steering had been left until the last minute as well. By the time this K5 would leave the shop Friday night, most of the team had already sacrificed dinner, and I think Bryan McCully was ready to strangle me. It came down to Dave Williams and myself, at 10 p.m., with Williams trying to talk me off of a ledge after I realized there was a chance I might not actually pull this off. We had been up for 24 hours, and I still had to drive up the west side of the country in less than 14 hours if I wanted to keep my job.