We're not suggesting that Dustin Naylor is a troublemaking ruffian from the hood or anything like that, but even if he were, this Blazer project would've yanked him right off the streets. Dustin came across this Chevy through a friend who knew it had been sitting in a garage for a little more than a year. Once he saw it, he quickly recognized the truck from a build thread on S10Forum—and it was definitely headed in the right direction already.
The Blazer's previous owner had a custom frame built for it by Barely Legal Fabrication, and there was a ton of bodywork done by Total Mayhem, but for some reason or another the truck was sold off due to lack of interest. So off it went to Indiana where we will continue the story of Dustin's first encounter with it.
Dustin knew he wanted to take the Blazer home with him and take it out of the stale condition it was in. He struck a deal with the truck's new owner, and before long, Dustin was hauling the Blazer to his garage along with multiple boxes of its parts too. "This is where my madness began. I started by separating all the parts that came with my new purchase. It was a huge chore in itself," Dustin says. The body was then taken off and the chassis was inspected and debugged of a few problem areas before the frame was completely painted. This is when Dustin first saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
"For the last 2 years, I've spent almost every waking moment after work and on the weekends working on the Blazer." And that dedication is very apparent when taking a close look at this truck. The immaculate engine bay stashing the painted and polished 350 is enough to tell the whole story. Dustin debuted his completed masterpiece at Showfest '11, where it claimed honors for best interior—another one of this Blazer's stunning facets.
With what looks like an already flawless finished product, Dustin tells us that he still has more in store for this Blazer. "Although the truck turned out how I imagined it, it's going to be redone with even more details. It has already been a challenging couple of years and a long journey, and I am proud and thankful that after all the hard work, it came out so amazing." We'll look forward to the upcoming progress in the future, but for now, we'll just have to settle on the way it currently looks. Plus, a little more time in the garage could do Dustin some good and keep him off the streets just a little while longer.
Owner: Dustin Naylor
Ride: 2002 Chevy Blazer
Hometown: Mooresville, IN
Club: Severed Ties
Wheels: 20X8.50 Lexani LSS-5 (front) / 22X10 Lexani LSS-5 (rear)
Tires: 245/35/20 Toyo Proxes (front) / 285/30/22 (rear)
Suspension (front): TR Manufacturing front cups with Air Lift Dominator 2B6 'bags, Belltech drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Four-link with Air Lift Dominator 2B6 'bags
Control Arms: Quality Air Ride
Compressor(s): Viair 480c
Frame Mods: Custom from the firewall back
Brakes: Slotted rotors, S-10 front brakes, hydroboost, Stifflers braided brake lines, rear disc brakes
Performed By: Frame by Barely Legal Fabrication
Shaved: Doors, firewall, hood squirters, third brakelight, stock taillights, rear bumper, roofrack, antenna
Body Mods: Extended firewall to meet against the outer fender
Misc.: Grant Kustoms step shavers and roll pan
Performed By: Bodydrop by Barely Legal Fabrication, bodywork by Agnew's Collision, firewall by Total Mayhem and owner
Brand & Colors: Planet Color
Performed By: Paint by Jason
Seats: Ultraleather and suede Chrysler minivan middle-row seats
Dash: Chevy Cobalt
Gauges: Stock Chevy Cobalt gauge cluster, Air Lift Autopilot digital controller
Misc.: '91 S-10 steering column, Billet Specialties steering wheel, Lokar shifter, Lokar door handles in the center console, custom overhead console for power window switches
Performed By: Jarrod from Wrapped Up Interiors and Mike Firkins, dash and overhead console by Grayson
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Kicker KS6500
Subwoofers: Kicker Comp
Misc.: Radio install kit from Mobile Concepts
Performed By: Boxes and door pods by Jarrod at Wrapped Up Interiors, install and wiring by owner
Camshaft: Lunati 460 mild cam
Intake: Edelbrock Performer EPS
Header/exhaust: Advance Adapters headers, Flowmaster 40-series muffler
Rearend Type: 3.42 Posi
Detail Work: Every hose on the truck is either braided or stainless, stainless ARP bolt kit, Billet Specialties goodies
Misc.: Engine is bored 0.30 over
Performed By: Buddies, Grayson and ALF, motor assembly by owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to Paint by Jason, Agnew's Collision and Customs, AVS, Air Lift, Stifflers, and Wrapped Up Interiors—you guys helped speed up this build greatly by being so generous. I also want to thank my good friends ALF, Grayson, Scott Agnew, Bethanie Agnew, Jamey, Jason, Chris Smith, Mark Greene, Dustin Pugh, Bangel, Robert, my dad for jumping in and helping me do the wiring, as well as my Uncle Sam. Also, Gauge-Store, Donnie and Ginger Babb, Matt at TR Manufacturing, Matt at Mobile Concepts, Big Mike, Jarrod and Mike Firkins for the Interior, Zac from Grant Kustoms, Jason at AVS, and all the guys in the club."