OWNER: Joey Machado
RIDE: 1991 Chevy S-10 Blazer
HOMETOWN: Ocala, FL
SHOP: Deviant Designs

One of the by-products of owning custom vehicles is the excessive amount of time you spend in custom shops. This was the case for Joey Machado of Ocala, Florida.

At the age of fifteen he picked up his first vehicle and as most kids do, he looked for a way to make it better. Needless to say, he wasn't good at it and began spending money he didn't have on repairs. After watching enough mechanics repairing his vehicles however, he began to develop an interest and started tinkering. As his knowledge increased, he began looking for a project that he could build on his own.

In the parking lot of a local shopping center sat a bone stock 1991 Chevy Blazer. The truck was neglected, the paint was worn and the motor wasn't anything to brag about but the price was just right. Joey spent the next year planning out his attack for his new project and started doing side jobs for his friends, learning as he went. Finally, with enough confidence and experience under his belt, Joey picked up the Sawzall and body-dropped his Blazer. The process took him over a month of nights in the driveway, working hard to do it right the first time.

Always looking for the creative edge, Joey designed and built a one-off air suspension setup, using a 11/2-inch rollcage inside the Blazer as the air reserve. A Viair 550 compressor was mounted underneath the Chevy with SMC valves activating the Slam Specialties RE7 'bags.

Once the truck could go up and down effectively, Joey turned his attention to the body. The fading paint was completely stripped. Steel patch panels replaced the door handles, keyholes, roof rack and all the emblems. An S-10 roll pan smoothed the rear and a Chevy 1500 front bumper upgraded the front. Without intimate knowledge of paintwork, Joey turned to local airbrush artist Trish Karz in Ocala, Florida. Inspired by a combination of car and truck cultures, Trish sprayed a yellow and white base- coat along with multiple shades of Kandy and pearls. Once satisfied with the base, Trish went to work airbrushing the entire Blazer, inside and out.

The final phase was the interior and Joey called in a little help from Eric at CKC in Ocala, Florida. Eric modified a pair of stock S-10 seats, shortening them 12 inches and wrapped them in tan leather. Joey then got to work on the stereo and custom touches and fiberglassed the entire dashboard adding a 19-inch Sharp LCD to the passenger side. Once satisfied that the interior was every bit as custom as the exterior, Joey could finally call his Blazer complete.

Most custom truck owners can say they have a hand in completing their final project, but Joey was involved every step of the way. The experience was so good that he decided to open his own shop in Ocala called Deviant Designs. And, since the only talent that he hasn't quite mastered was paint, Joey teamed up with Trish and convinced her to become a partner in the business, making it a full-service shop. "Working together has its advantages," Joey tells us. "Trish and I have been happily dating since her arrival at the shop." So now that he's got a painter, and a girlfriend, Joey just has to make sure not to screw it up! For more info on the mods, check out the Lowdown.

Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x8 Centerline Stingray II
Tires: Kumho 215/35ZR18

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Type: Airbags
Suspension Front: Slam Specialties RE7 airbags, Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, tubular upper and lower control arms
Suspension Rear: Four-inch C-Notch with a custom two-link, Slam Specialties RE7 'bags on the bars, Belltech Nitro drop shocks
Frame Mods: Frame notched for steering, framerails reinforced for extended dragging and boxed factory frame
Gas Tank: Ten gallon, sixteen gauge handbuilt fuel cell using factory fuel pump and gas gauge

Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, antenna, fuel door, windshield wipers, emblems, cowl-induction hood, side mirrors
Body-dropped: Traditional 5-inch with a sheetmetal firewall.
Body Mods: Harwood fiberglass 4-inch cowl induction hood, chopped and sectioned Chevy 1500 front bumper, Sir Michaels rollpan
Performed By: Owner, Deviant Designs

Interior
Seats: Stock Chevy S-10 seats sectioned 12-inches and wrapped in tan leather
Dash: Handbuilt fiberglass painted House of Kolor Grabber orange lightened with chrome yellow, 19-inch Sharp LCD flush-mounted in passenger side
Misc: Racecar steering column, Cyberdyne digital gauges, removable billet steering wheel, 30-feet of 1.5-inch tubing formed into a roll cage and air reserve tank, custom Peanut Butter carpet
Performed By: Owner, Deviant Designs

Stereo
Head Unit: Legacy LB87 In-dash CD/DVD player
Mids & Highs: Eight 6.5-inch Pro Plus components, Four Eminence high-range components
Amplifier for Mids & Highs: Memphis 300.4
Subwoofers: Two Memphis Power Reference 12-inch subwoofers
Subwoofer for Amplifier: Memphis 1000D
Misc: Custom fiberglass sealed sub enclosure, Audiopipe four gauge wiring, Stinger 800cca battery
Performed By: Owner, Deviant Designs

Engine/Performance
Intake: Edelbrock throttle body and intake manifold
Header/Exhaust: JBA Headers with 21/2- inch exhaust and Magnaflow muffler
Misc: Motor has been lowered with single V-belt and 100-amp alternator, Corvette radiator, manual steering box, SSBC brake master cylinder, 7-inch brake booster, trailer inner fenders
Performed By: Owner, Deviant Designs

Special Thanks from Owner:
"Everybody that gave support and a helping hand along the way. My mother Octavia Oliveira and father Joey Machado Sr. who passed on before my truck was completed. Trish Karz, Performance Exhaust, truck builder Paul Flores for his motivation, Michael Salis for technical support, Mini Truckin' magazine and culture for giving me something to work for and local auto builders for giving me something to excel beyond."

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