Yep, Another Army Truck Done Right
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.
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.
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