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The Dodge Li'l Red Express set a standard on how to make a great performance truck. All Dodge Li'l Red Express trucks came from the factory painted in Bright Canyon Red in 1978 and Medium Canyon Red in 1979. Every Li'l Red Express was a regular cab Adventurer with a stepside bed.
Classic vintage Chevrolet pickup trucks are receiving growing interest among car enthusiasts. The most collectible muscle cars are numbers-matching survivors; the most sought-after vintage trucks are full custom builds.
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1970 GMC JIMMY/BLAZER LOWBELLY Red over Tan1 of a Kind! Behind the Truck: Custom truck enthusiasts who are looking for a body-scraping stance know you dont get it by simply cutting some coil springs or clipping the front end of a pickup. The real way to lay metal to pavement is by using an airbag suspension, which is exactly what Mike King of Seymour, Indiana did when he decided to slam his 70 Chevy Blazer. Having been raised on pro-street cars and street rods, Mikes upbringing gave him a passionate desire to construct unique vehicles. With his heart set on building a custom roadster that would be comfortable to drive and awesome to look at, he ended up purchasing the Blazer for a mere $400. No one could envision how Mike was going to turn a truck into a roadster, but after completely taking apart the body and frame, the transformation began. Mike started by using 1/8-inch-thick, 2x4 box tubing from Art Morrison Chassis to create a new subframe for the Blazer, which included a Ford nine-inch rear outfitted with Moser axles and 3.50 gears. The rear uses a four-bar style suspension. KYB gas shocks and a set of Corvette 13-inch brake rotors to bring the large 18 front and 20 rear Foose Racing wheels to a halt. Up front, an Art Morrison Mustang II suspension was added that utilizes Corvette disc brakes and Mustang rack-and-pinion steering. Instead of using springs at all four corners of the Blazers suspension, Mike decided to use an Air Ride Technologies airbag system. The system replaces the springs with airbags that can raise or lower the ride height by a mere flip of a switch. A small air tank holds extra pressure in the system, while an electronic air pump keeps the pressure at maximum levels. The result is hydraulic-like suspension operation without the harsh ride, and the tank always has enough air to raise and lower the vehicle at any given time. Once you get over the Blazers ride height, youll be drawn to its interior. The Teas custom seats were upholstered in tan leather and accented with tan carpet, all of which was installed by Brian Barlow. The dash does not even resemble that of a factory pickup, as it came out of a 59 Chevy and features Auto Meter gauges along with Billet Specialties steering wheel and a polished steering column. The stock stereo system was replaced by a custom Alpine unit that includes Boston Acoustic speakers hidden in the molded door panels and behind the seats. The head unit fits comfortably in the fabricated center console, which also houses the Air Ride air pressure gauge and switches. If you look closely, you will notice that the console flows into the rear of the Blazers tonneau cover, separating the driver and passenger and creating the roadster effect Mike was trying to achieve. The bed cover was completely fabricated from steel and wraps around the seat backs before covering the bed and ending flush against the smoothed tailgate. The windshield was also cut two inches shorter and raked back to give the truck a more swept-back appearance. Mike created his own taillights, making them flush with the body, and also spent many hours shaving the door handles and filling all of the holes in the factory sheetmetal to create an ultra-smooth finish. Once all of the bodywork was complete, Steve Allen of Bedford, Indiana sprayed the Blazer PPG King Red. The engine compartment is as clean as the exterior, with a smoothed firewall and inner fender panels. The engine itself is a 400-cubic-inch small-block that uses a Clay Smith camshaft, Keith Black pistons, and factory heads with a 2.05 intake and 1.60 exhaust valves. A set of Street & Performance valve covers and pulleys bring some shine to the painted engine, while an Edelbrock Performance intake and Holley 650 carburetor sit on top. An MSD ignition fires the small-block and a set of HPC-coated headers directs the exhaust through a set of Flowmaster mufflers. A 700-R4 Automatic Transmission located behind the engine uses TCI components and is operated with a Lokar shifter that pops through the center console. Watching Mike cruise his Blazer down the street, youd swear he was scraping the belly of his truck, hence the name Lowbelly. Considering the current ride height of this Blazer, if it were any lower, Mike would be riding under it! Exerpt from Dan Sanchez, Classic Trucks November 1998Vehicle Highlights:406 Cubic Inch V8 Small Block700 R4 Automatic TransmissionArt Morrison ChassisMustang II Spindles and Independent Front SuspensionAir Ride Technologies Air Suspension9 Inch Ford Rear End w/ 4 Link SetupCorvette 4 Wheel Disc BrakesCustom DriveshaftCustom Molded Steel Bed CoverMetal 1960 Chevy Dash2 Inch Chopped WindshieldShaved, Chopped and Capped Doors and Tailgate18 Front and 20 Rear Foose WheelsCustom Leather Interior-We can help facilitate low cost shipping to your door.-WE TAKE TRADES!ANY QUESTIONS?Call or Text Joel at(219)-808-7997or Drew at(219)-779-4205
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