Justin Middleton's Competiton Orange Bowtie
Justin Middleton showed up to Top Truck Challenge this year in his 1978 Chevy K5 Blazer ready to tackle the week long torture test in his competition orange K5 Blazer. Justin’s Blazer took on Top Truck Challenge with what looks to be a fairly simple set up. Upon closer inspection we realized that the unassuming competition orange Blazer is powered by a big healthy 6.0-liter LS2.
Justin was not only competing against all the other competitors but also against his brother who was competing at Top Truck Challenge in a ’79 Ford Bronco. Yep, you heard that right, a good old fashioned Chevy vs. Ford sibling rivalry! Justin was the last competitor to make the run up the Tank Trap and had to winch a few times and got his '78 Blazer submerged pretty deep in the fifth water hole. Time was running out so Justin told his spotter to drop the cable and said he was going to go for it. With less than 20 seconds left, Justin hoped into the submerged Blazer and fastened his seatbelt with only 10 seconds left he held it wide open in a Hail Mary attempt to make it all the way to the crevasse where his brother finished. Once the run was officially over, Justin and his spotter elected to finish the Tank Trap not for points but for pure glory.
Truck: 1978 Chevy Blazer
Engine: 6.0-liter LS2 V8
Drivetrain: 1-Ton Dana 60 Front differential, Dana 70 rear differential
Suspension: 12-inch Superlift Springs, Tuff Country Shocks
Wheels & Tires: 17-inch B.A.D. wheels wrapped in 44x19.5R17 Super Swamper Boggers