Owner: Jermie Wright
Ride: 2000 Chevy Blazer
Hometown: Southaven, MS
Club: Negative Camber
The popular saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression," and anyone who spends time customizing his ride knows there is truth to this cliché.
Jermie Wright built his '00 Chevy Blazer with extraordinarily streamlined sophistication that most tend to see as just another cool bodydropped but otherwise stock truck. Shows what they know!
Sure, Jermie's truck hasn't been shaved up or dipped in layers of flashy paint, but it does have a sleeper appeal that most people wouldn't truly appreciate unless they peeked under the hood or found out the hard way once the red stoplight changes to green. Between the front framerails lies a '95 302ci Ford Mustang engine, and moving the Pony motor to its top speed is a manual five-speed tranny. Didn't expect that, did you? Don't feel bad, because most people have been left flabbergasted when they discover the Blazer's hidden talent.
Dropping a V-8 into a stock-floored application that was built around a V-6 was tricky, but once Jermie figured out that the conversion had to be treated like the motor was being dropped into a Ford engine bay, the mystery became crystal clear. Jermie now has a mini and a Mustang in one clever package that never ceases to amaze the masses. Hurdle after hurdle was cleared, and as the Blazer's owner recounts, it wasn't a cakewalk at all: "The idea of having a big motor started giving me problems and I worked and worked on it, and just when I thought I had it all figured out, it started giving me more problems. I said 'forget it,' and that's when I decided to get a real engine put in. It was all downhill from there."
Aside from the usual bumps in the road during a modification as intense as the engine swap, Jermie pressed on and built himself exactly what he wanted-a classic minitruck with the sack of a muscle car. It's safe to say that his efforts evolved into a speedy, shiny success.
For more information on Jermie's blazing Blazer, move your eyes to the Lowdown.
Wheels: 22-inch Martin Brothers Shark
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties 2600 'bags and Belltech 2-inch drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Slam Specialties 2600 'bags
Control Arms: Thorbecke Brothers
Compressor(s): Engine driven
Air/hydro accessories: 1/2-inch hydro lines
Frame Mods: Custom frame from firewall back
Brakes: Disc brakes all around
Performed By: Owner
Shaved: Roof rack
Misc.: Smoked taillights
Performed By: Owner
Brand & Colors: Nason basecoat with Pontiac G8 Ignition Orange
Performed By: Derrick Maloe and Calvin Thomas
Seats: Four Blazer bucket seats wrapped in leather and suede. Rear seats were cut down 5 inches from the bottom to make legroom in the back
Performed By: Seats by Kenny, dash by Erick Blair, and paint and carpet by owner
Head Unit: Jensen
Mids & Highs: Memphis Audio
Subwoofers: Memphis Audio
Amplifiers: Memphis Audio
Misc.: Custom sub box and custom fabrication in the rear
Performed By: Erick Blair
Engine: '95 Ford 302ci V-8
Intake: Edlebrock Victor Jr. high-rise
Header/exhaust: BBK shorty headers and Flowmaster exhaust
Detail Work: Half fenders
Misc.: Custom driveshaft with Ford yoke
Performed By: Owner and Mike Anderson
Special Thanks From Owner
"I want to thank God for making this possible for me, and my mom, grandparents, and girlfriend for the support. The whole Negative Camber family and everyone that helped me on this build. I couldn't have done it without all of you."