Shon Reece is a member of Relaxed Atmosphere, an avid auto enthusiast for 18 of his 32 years, and runs Diverse Customs, a body shop in Easley, South Carolina. Luckier than some, Shon is able to combine his work with his hobby. He has owned more than two dozen vehicles, some of which you may recall seeing. His door-dragging S-10, called Jaw Breaker, was featured in Mini Truckin' magazine, while his '87 Blazer, called Neck Breaker, made the cover.

This '84 S-10 Blazer is the latest in a long line of trophy-winning cover trucks. Shon found it in Dayton, Ohio, partially complete, and his first approach was to gut it completely and bring it back to factory specs. The customizing process began with a traditional body-drop of 5-3/4-inches, suicide doors, shaving the body lines, door handles, tailgate, and roof rack, then adding a '93 grille. A good portion of the customizing process was devoted to getting the huge 22-inch Star wheels to fit inside the fenders. Then, a fresh V-6 replaced the tired original four-cylinder, ensuring this custom goes as good as it looks. Shon's first Neck Breaker Blazer was a purchased truck that he had rebuilt. This time around, for the Seven Deadly Sins Blazer, he wanted to show that he had what it takes to build an entire truck from the ground up. So that is exactly what he did.

Moving inside, the Blazer is now a two-seater with an elaborate fiberglass dash and center console, which flows between the reupholstered Miata seats to the intricately designed fiberglass enclosure in the rear hatch. The combination amp rack and sub enclosure holds four Audiobahn subs, two of which were reversed to show the custom baskets. The Audiobahn amps send approximately 4,000 watts to the subs for some window-rattling bass. The mids and highs up front are powered by the Panasonic CD/DVD player, which was mounted in the center console next to the skull shifter. The dash boasts a full complement of instruments, along with component sets that were angled toward the driver and passenger for increased fidelity.

The radical paintjob, done by Shon's good friend, Jason Miles, sports an unusual theme of the seven deadly sins. Beginning with the hood, it shows greed, then moves around the truck to envy, sloth, lust, gluttony, pride, and wrath. As the perfect subtle addition, there is a cool close-up shot of the Mini Truckin' magazine cover that commemorates Shon's previous custom.

So, what else could the future hold? Shon is already thinking about additional paint tricks, a V-8 swap, and even more custom touches to the interior. After that, who knows? Like most talented artists, the fun for Shon is the creative process. He tires soon after completing one of his masterpieces and either sells it or trades it for something new. For us, that means we could be seeing something even more elaborate very soon!

The Low Down
Rolling Attire
Wheels:
22x8-inch Stars
Tires: Toyo 225/35R22

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type:
Air
Front suspension: Slam Specialties 'bags, FBI tubular control arms
Rear suspension: Four-link, back-half
Airbag: Slam Specialties 'bags 2600
Control arms: FBI arms for the 22s
Spindles: Belltech 2-inch drop spindles
Valves: 250 Xtreme valves
Compressor: York belt driving compressor from an 18-wheelerAir line: 1/2-inch
Frame material: 2x4-inch metal tubing
Gas tank: Raised the factory tank for clearance
Detail work: Painted steering parts on the frame to match the outside
Performed by: Owner Shon Reece at his shop Diverse Customs
City/state: Easley, South Carolina

Body Modifications
Shaved:
Everything was shaved; door handles eliminated, gate welded shut, and body lines smoothed.
Frenched: Tag box
Body-dropped: 5-inch traditional
Taillights: Round aftermarket billets adapted from an old Chevy truck
Suicide doors: Yes
Performed by: Owner Shon Reece at his shop Diverse Customs
City/state: Easley, South Carolina

Paint
Brand and colors:
PPG and House of Kolor Bright Green, Yellow, Silver, Black, Tangerine, and Orange.
Style: Wild graphics all over with the seven deadly sins theme all around in the paint.
Airbrushing: Lots, with some bio-mechanical and skulls.
Performed by: Owner Shon Reece and Jason Miles , Diverse Customs
City/state: Easley South Carolina

Interior
Seats:
Mazda Miata
Material: Green vinyl
Dash: Custom-built from wood and fiberglass
Door panels: Built from fiberglass and covered with vinyl.
Center console: Built out of wood and fiberglass.
Flooring: Sheetmetal covered in tan carpet
Headliner: Tan tweed
Gauges: Four 2-inch gauges, mounted in the dash; gas, water, oil, and amps.
Performed by: Owner Shon Reece and Jason Miles

Stereo
Head unit:
Panasonic DVD CD player
Mids and highs: Two sets of Audiobahn 5-1/4-inch components
Subwoofers: Four 12-inch Audiobahn
Amplifier for subs: Two mono A8000V Audiobahn amps
Wiring/accessories: Stinger wiring kit
Custom fabrication: Fiberglass speaker box and amp rack, fiberglass rack for the pair of chrome 3-gallon air tanks behind the seats, also covered in vinyl
Performed by: Owner Shon Reece and Jason Miles at Diverse Customs.
City/state: Easley, South Carolina

Engine/Performance
Motor:
4.3 Vortech
Intake: Edelbrock painted silver
Header/exhaust: Custom-built headers
Ignition: Accel 8mm plug wires, yellow
Battery: Optima
Location: Under the hood
Detail work: Painted block green to match the outside
Performed by: Don and his son at their shop in Kentucky

Special Thanks From Owner:
To my wonderful wife Talia and my kids Sebastian, Zasia, Storm, and Raven. Yes, that's right, I have four wonderful kids. Also, I would like to thank them all for letting me be away from home to get it done. Jason Miles, once again, for the awesome work on the graphics and all the other work he helped me on with the build, and to Justin Spence for all his help. Also, to Andres for the help and Don and his son for the motor work in Kentucky.

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