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Active Duty: 1986 Chevy Blazer HD CUCV

Posted in Project Vehicles on November 1, 2010 Comment (0)
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Heading off-road for many outdoor enthusiasts is often just as much about wilderness exploration and quality family time as it is obstacle conquering and limit defying. While we all have our own preferred level of trail difficulty, almost every wheeler wants a reliable off-road vehicle. For Scott Milne of Los Angeles, that picture of reliability started with an '86 Chevy Blazer CUCV (commercial utility cargo vehicle).

Originally spotting the ex-military K-5 at a used car dealership, Scott snatched it up for a song and set out on his journey of creating a vehicle capable of handling his long-distance hunting and wheeling expeditions. Beyond his immediate needs of seating for four and substantial cargo capacity, Scott wanted a rig that had a bit of an Armageddon-ready appearance and more flair than your run-of-the-mill Jeep Wrangler.

Occupant shade and protection come by way of a custom soft top and rollcage made of 1 3/4x0.120-wall DOM tubing. Keeping his gear safe is a lockable storage box that absorbs much of the rear cargo area.

To achieve this bombproof Chevy vision, Scott enlisted the help of SMP-Fabworks in Sylmar, California. Though many wheelers may have gone straight for a tall lift and big tires, that's simply not what Scott needed. Instead of a monster stance, the classic CUCV received a heavy-duty bumper set along with a custom rollcage and 1-ton axles. While Scott admits the Blazer is still a work in progress, for now it works great for all of his on- and off-road needs.

Tech Specs
1986 Chevy Blazer CUCV
Engine: 6.2L with Banks Power turbo kit
Transmission: TH400
Transfer case: NP208
Front Axle: Dana 60, E-locker, 3.73 gears
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, Detroit Locker, 3.73 gears

Springs & Such: Custom Atlas springs, Fox shocks
Tires & Wheels: 285/75/16 BGF A-Ts on 16-inch Pro Comp wheels
Steering: Stock
Other Stuff: Custom SMP-Fabworks bumpers, cage, and sliders; front and rear Warn winches; fiberglass dash; Corbeau seats; Vision X lights

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