You could make that argument about most projects really, and for Jeremy Harting, the truck that would eventually grace these pages started off as more of a dead end than a new beginning. At least he knew what he wanted: a simple ’bag setup and a basic paintjob swirled around in his head. But as happens to most of us, a year or two later we’re explaining to the entire neighborhood that yes, the truck does still work even though the rockers are on the ground. Stupid neighbors.

The Blazer went something like that for Jeremy, and the first time he built it, the end result was pretty cool—enough that he was taking home trophies here and there. But that still wasn’t enough. The Blazer needed something else, he just didn’t know what quite yet, but he decided to pull it all apart and build it again.

One could say that Jeremy is a bit indecisive at times when it comes to this truck. Although he had a general idea of what he was going for, the plans kept changing along the way. The graphics went down, but he changed his mind and had the truck painted again. And right in the middle of things, just when he was starting to get really into the build, his wife drops some good news: Kid #1 was on its way. Congrats, Dad… now put down the wrenches and start building a crib.

Although he was excited to be a new father, he also knew that with great power comes great responsibility—or maybe that was someone else. He was betting that once the kid came, his life was going to change for the better, and his free time would go right out the window. That was all good with him, but it put the pressure on to get the truck done ASAP. He set a goal for TexMex 2011, and started putting in work.

There were a lot of late nights in the garage in those days before the show, but like most minitruckers, it was spent with lots of friends, all lending a hand. Everyone wanted to see the second version of the square-body Blazer completed before the two big events, so with beers at the ready and the shop lights running, they burned the midnight oil and cranked it out. Jeremy met his goal and took the truck to TexMex right before his child was born, making his new family proud in the process.

It took two times, a rug rat, and the help of a lot of good friends to get the Blazer as perfect as it looks today, but it was well worth the time and effort. Today, the Blazer is a full show truck, but it most importantly serves as a driver because Jeremy just isn’t a fan of trailer queens. Expect to see a lot of this Chevy in the coming months at shows and events across the Midwest… well, when he finds the free time to drive it, that is.


Owner: Jeremy Harting
Ride: 1989 Chevrolet Blazer
Hometown: Houston, TX

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8.5 Intro V-Rod
Tires: 225/35/20 Nankang

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Air Lift 2,500lb ’bags
Suspension (rear): Air Lift 2,500lb ’bags, tubular two-link
Control Arms: Silver Star uppers and lowers
Shocks: Stock
Compressor(s): Viair 450
Air/hydro Accessories: Nitrogen tank
Frame Mods: Tubular rear frame section
Performed By: Owner and friends

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, cowl, taillights, body seams, gas door, front bumper, smoothed firewall
Bodydrop: 4-inch traditional
Body Mods: Molded roll pan, flush-mount LED taillights in the top of the tailgate
Misc.: Custom grille
Performed By: Owner and friends

Paint
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Blue Blood Red
Misc.: Brushed aluminum paint effect stripe down the side with splatter paint flare
Performed By: Joe Mendoza at Pistoleros Artwork

Interior
Seats: '89 Chevrolet Camaro buckets wrapped in leather with suede inserts
Dash: Fiberglass dashboard built by owner
Gauges: Auto Meter
Misc.: Fiberglass speaker box and rear deck built by owner
Performed By: Arjona’s Upholstery

Stereo
Head Unit: Panasonic
Mids & Highs: VA Audio
Subwoofers: Kicker Solo-Baric L7
Amplifiers: 1,100-watt Planet Audio amplifier
Misc.: Two Kinetik batteries, custom-molded A-pillars with integrated tweeters
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance
Engine: Chevrolet 350ci V-8
Camshaft: 268 Comp Cams
Intake: Bowtie intake
Header/exhaust: Custom 3-inch exhaust, dual Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission: GM 700R4 auto
Rearend Type: Narrowed stock axle 3 inches, Moser axles, posi differential
Detail Work: Wire tuck, aftermarket brake booster, aluminum radiator
Misc.: Tubbed firewall, custom sheetmetal inner fenders
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my wife, all my minitruckin’ friends who helped me work on my truck, and thanks to my great painter."