Owner: Greg King
Ride: 1996 Chevy Blazer
Hometown: Maiden, NC
There are very few times that a truck owner submits his story to us in his own words. We figure the best way to get the story across sometimes is to have the hands that pieced the truck together type out the document of the occasion as well. Without further delay, we’ll let Greg King lead you the rest of the way. Mr. King, the stage is yours.
"When my wife Amanda and I decided to have a baby, we knew that our current minitruck project wasn’t going to keep up with our future needs. I had sold my old Toyota that was a feature in Truckin’ back in 2006, and I traded a couple trucks around to get my hands on a past cover truck, Isabella. While a full rebuild was in the works for Isabella, I ran across a previously featured Blazer that had room to seat four—the exact family-mobile we was looking for."
"After I finally got my hands on the Blazer, it already sat flat on the ground due to a previous stock-floor bodydrop and a killer 'bag setup. The guys over at Ground Worx had built a full frame from 2x3 box tubing from the control arms back. They also added Air Lift ’bags and Ride Tech control arms to help out with adjusting ride height in front, and added a one-off two-link with the ’bags on bars at the rear. The rear setup had to be fit perfectly to keep the rear seat, which is rare on a two-door model. To finish up the suspension, I searched around and finally settled on Rocket Racing Wheels for the perfect set of 20s that fit the look I was going for. I think they are simple yet stylish."
"When it came time to worry about paint and bodywork, I just knew it had to be perfect, and I had just the shop in mind: Classic Auto Body in Granite Falls, North Carolina. Before the truck was dropped off in the hands of painter and fabricator Justin Hass, I went ahead and bolted on an entire late-model Blazer front end, along with a handmade front bumper from Travis Montgomery. Classic Auto Body smoothed the entire truck, grafted on a Grant Kustoms roll pan, and created a custom hood out of a 2000 Ford F-250 hood. Odds and ends were then shaved before Justin sprayed the custom mix of PPG colors. It came out way better than I had imagined."
"With the exterior now in finished fashion, I started to work on all the finishing pieces. The interior was gutted and everything was either wrapped in leather or suede or smoothed and painted to match the exterior. I built the lower parts of the dash in sheetmetal to extend the dash to the firewall. After cleaning up the inside of the engine compartment, I was able to call this build done."
"My wife and I plan on hitting every show in the North Carolina area this year, and next year the Blazer will be outfitted with a custom car seat for our son, Zachary. If you see the Blazer all aired out at a show, come introduce yourself and hang out with the rest of the Sculptured crew. We always have a blast wherever we go."
Wheels: 20-inch Rocket Racing Wheels Booster
Tires: 245/35/R20 Hankook
Suspension (front): 2-inch drop spindles, 2,600lb Air Lift ’bags
Suspension (rear): Two-link with 2,600lb Air Lift ’bags on bars
Control Arms: Ride Tech lowers
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480C
Frame Mods: 2x3 box tubing from firewall back, painted black
Performed By: Ground Worx
Shaved: Antenna, hood squirters, rear wiper, tailgate, rear bumper, stock roof-rack holes
Body Mods: One-off bumper, custom hood, Grant Kustoms roll pan, roof rack extended 12 inches
Bolt-ons: '98-up front end swap, tinted tails
Performed By: Owner and Justin Hass at Custom Auto Body
Brand & Colors: Custom mix of PPG Black, Candy Green, Charcoal, and Silver
Misc.: Fully jambed, doors, tailgate, and hood
Performed By: Classic Auto Body
Seats: Stock seats wrapped in Katzkin gray and silver leather covers, chopped headrests
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Gauges: Billet gauge panel with factory cluster
Misc.: Billet steering wheel and shifter, ’98-up panels, suede headliner, custom lower dash
Performed By: Owner and Justin Hass
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: MB Quart 6-1/2-inch
Subwoofers: Two Kicker 12-inch
Misc.: Complete rear speaker deck wrapped in black suede
Performed By: Owner
Engine: 4.3L Vortec
Intake: Cut and bent to clear stock hood
Header/exhaust: Flowmaster muffler, custom Y-pipe
Rearend Type: Stock
Detail Work: Compartment has been smoothed and painted black, wires on engine wrapped in Techflex hose coverings
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"First, thanks to God, my wife, Amanda for her love and support, Rocket Racing Wheels, Justin Hass, Classic Auto Body, Mom and Dad, Wayne Moore, Childers Auto Repair, Action Engineering, Techflex, NotStock Photography, my Sculptured family, and everyone who has lent a hand on the truck during the build.”