We’re partial to full size rigs around here. We’re obviously a bunch of simpletons and big stuff just has that kind of impressive presence to it that appeals to our knuckle dragging instincts. Obviously more compact rigs make sense when considering off road performance because they can turn tighter, they fit on trails better, typically have less wheelbase, and are lighter to boot. All that is fine and we respect it but we love the idea of taking a big truck and sticking it where it may or may not belong.
This Blazer is called Tetanus Shot for good reason. It looks like it was attacked by gang of sledgehammer wielding thugs at some point in its life. The lights are bashed out, there is not a straight panel on it, the fenders are barely attached, and overall it looks like it has lived the lives of 500 trucks. Like the old hot rodding phrase “chrome don’t make it go” the same can be said to the looks of a trail rig.
This truck is fully caged to protect not only the driver and passenger but also people who may be in the back seats as well, which is cool. It is leaf sprung, has some large by huge tires mounted on bead lock wheels, and it sounds like it has a small block in it. The true key to the success of this rig is the fact that it has a SM465 transmission with its granny low first, steeply geared spooled axles, and a doubler transferase setup which really helps to build on the mountain goat abilities the Blazer has.
You will see this truck squeak and climb over rocks the size of houses and do it with little drama or trouble. The guy driving certainly knows what’s up and does not over work the truck or do anything unnecessarily risky…from our view anyway.
What do you think? BangShift approved?