When it comes time for us to line up a photo shoot to bring our readers some of the best trucks to ever drag the planet, things don't always work out as planned. Normally it's the weather that keeps us from being able to get the shoot done, but sometimes it's other delays. We first heard about Eric Tate's '89 S-10 Blazer in its early stages of the build and knew that if it turned out half as good as other vehicles in the same shop, it would be worthy of some camera time. Of course, just like 90 percent of the builds out there, once construction starts, there always seem to be little snags that keep it in the shop longer than first planned. (We know firsthand.) This Blazer is no exception.

Every time we talked to anyone who was associated with Eric's truck, the first thing out of our mouths was, "When will the truck be ready?" Finally, it was our time to see this now-mythical truck in person at Layd' Out at the Park in eastern Tennessee, but the buildup gremlins struck again. The truck was done, but the glass never arrived. We didn't give up, though. We just played the waiting game a little more. About a month later, we got about three phone calls that informed us that Eric was on his way to the show we were covering and this time it was finally done. About the time we almost gave up and started lining up other features to shoot, we caught a glimpse of something candy apple red and silver rolling through the show, so we made a mad dash across the show to verify what we were seeing. Being that it was already that time of day for shooting features, we had Eric unload it off the trailer straight into the line of sight for the camera, so before anyone at the show even got a chance to see it, we took it away. But don't worry. After we got done with it we let him take it back to the show on Sunday for everyone to drool over. Check out the Lowdown to see exactly what all went into the amazing buildup of this rear-independent, suicided, body-dropped Blazer.

The Lowdown


ROLLING ATTIRE
Wheels: 20x8 Centerline Daggers
Backspace: 4-1/2-inch
Tires: 245/40R20 Falken.


CHASSIS MODIFICATIONS
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: Drop spindles, Barnyard control arms
Rear suspension: Corvette IRS with cantilever
Airbag type and size: Front: 2,500-pound Firestone; Rear: 2,600-pound Contitechs
Valves: Eight 3/8-inch SMC
Compressor(s): Two Viair 450s
Air line: 1/2-inch
Air/hydro accessories: Four Easystreet air gauges
Frame mods: Custom-built back half to house '90 Corvette IRS
Frame material: Back half consists of 2x3x1/4-inch
Gas tank: Custom-built 22-gallon fuel cell by Sean at Seriously Insane AutoConcepts
Brakes: Factory front, 12-inch Corvette discs in the rear
Detail work: All suspension and brake parts painted to match exterior
Performed by: Sean Thorp at Seriously Insane Auto Concepts
City/state: Knoxville, Tennessee


BODY MODIFICATIONS
Shaved: Door handles, cowl, full tailgate skin, taillights, gas door, partialbodyline, body seams, antenna
Body-dropped: 4-1/2-inch
Front end: Chrome front bumper, full phantom grille
Back end: Full tailgate skin molded in
Taillights: 11-1/2-inch Lambert Enterprises flush-mounted LEDs in C-pillars
Suicide doors: AutoLoc kit
Exterior bolt-ons: Street Scene mirrors
Performed by: Sean Thorp at Seriously Insane Auto Concepts
City/state: Knoxville, Tennessee


PAINT
Brand and colors: RM Carizzma Candy Apple Red and Silver
Style: Two-tone
Pinstriping: Trim panel
Airbrushing: Custom airbrushed trim inside and out
Misc: Two-tone goes inside and out and even under the hood
Performed by: Donnie Schreiner
City/state: Knoxville, Tennessee


INTERIOR
Seats: Cavalier bucket seats
Material: Red, gray, and charcoal suede
Dash: Custom sheetmetal dash with Lokar billet dash insert
Door panels: Custom sheetmetal with Lokar billet oval door handles
Center console: Custom sheetmetal with Lokar shifter and shift boot
Flooring: Gray carpet in the front, and full painted sheetmetal in the rear
Headliner: Gray suede
Gauges: Mooneyes and Easystreet air gauges
Misc: Billet Specialties steering column and full billet V-Tec steering wheel
Performed by: Sean Thorp at Seriously Insane Auto Concepts and David Corn ofPro Stitch Auto Upholstery
City/state: Knoxville, Tennessee


ENGINE/PERFORMANCE
Displacement: 350 ci Model/year: GM Crate
# of cylinders: 8
Transmission: 700R4 with Lokar Transmission dipstick
Intake: Edelbrock
Header/exhaust: Patriot ceramic-coated headers, Flowmasters
Driveshaft: Shortened and hybrid U-joint
Rearend type: 1990 Corvette IRS
Battery: Optima Red Top
Location: Behind rear wheel
Detail work: Painted motor, transmission, and engine components
Misc: Pete Jackson geardrive, billet valve covers painted to match, Lokar throttlecable and mounting bracket, Lokar hood release
Performed by: Sean Thorp at Seriously Insane Auto Concepts
City/state: Knoxville, Tennessee


SPECIAL THANKS
Mom and Dad, fiance Sarah, Sean Thorp at Seriously Insane Auto Concepts,Donnie at Maxx Muscle Custom Painting, Jason and Jeff Fox, LokarPerformance Products, Adam Moretz and Boneyard Customs, Adam Hicks, JeffLewis, Nick Ingle, and everyone involved in the build.

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