A Blazer Build Is Born
The year of 1966 was the year Chevy realized they needed to start building something to compete with the Ford Bronco, and for the next three years they tinkered with the C/K platform to create the 1969 Chevrolet Blazer. The first generation Blazer was larger than the Bronco, which ended up limiting its off-road potential, but that didn’t stop Brian Jacobson’s vision of a first generation Blazer that can handle the dirt. Fast forward to 2018, when Brian gets his hands on a ’69 Blazer, and transforms it into an off-roaders dream.
Brian knew from the get go that he wanted to build the Blazer to be able to take his family to the beach, mountains, desert, and even the grocery store. It wouldn’t necessarily be a daily driver, but it was going to absolutely be driven.
Putting The Power Down
To begin, the Blazer was stripped down to bare frame; every inch of this beast got an overhaul. Brian dropped in a Chevy Performance LS3 with an attached 4L80 transmission from Hughes Performance. Custom tuned by CBM Motorsports in Rialto, CA, that LS3 puts out an impressive 495 hp. To get that power to the axles, he incorporated an NP205 transfer case built by Offroad Design with JB custom twin sticks.
The Blazer sports an Offroad Design 4 link and coilover setup with King 2.5 coilovers and bump stops. For extra braking power, a Wilwood Hydro Boost brake system was incorporated.
No stone was left unturned with this ride. Every aspect of the interior, just like the exterior and engine bay, was upgraded. The whole of the interior is protected by an N8Z Fab roll cage, including the seats, harnesses, and steering wheel, all of which are PRP.
There’s also a Vintage Air heating and a/c system, stereo system by Audio Extreme, sPOD with touchscreen, B&M sport shifter, and more. If there’s an interior you’ll feel comfortable in while wheeling, its definitely inside this ’69 Blazer.
A True Off-Roader
This ’69 Chevy Blazer truly does have all the power and impressive looks, but what lies under it is what makes it a true off-roading king. The Blazer is fully built with a Dana 60 Kingpin front axle and 14 bolt full floater rear axle, while power is transferred through a custom Adams drive shaft.
The front and rear are fitted with ARB lockers, with a Currie Antirock sway bar attached to the rear as well.
Brian also went the extra mile with lighting, attaching KC Highlights Pro 6 front bumper leds and KC rock lights. He’ll soon be adding a full bar up top, too. Brian didn’t miss one beat on anything for his build, making it a superior off-roading machine.
Other touches Brian fitted to the Chevy Blazer were Chassis Unlimited front and rear bumpers, an ARB on board twin compressor, and a Boyd Tanks aluminum fuel tank. The final touch was the Cavalry Blue paint job that is sure to catch your attention. All in all, Brian and the builders at Rock Bottom Off Road did a killer job on this build, from planning to execution, nailing a ride that is sure to perform as good as it looks!