1986 Chevy K5 Blazer- Ta Cabron
The phrase Ta Cabron is Spanish slang for “oh well, just do it.” Eduardo Gomez decided early on that’s the approach he would take in creating a masterpiece that is way outside the box. Growing up in San Miguel el Alto, Mexico, with his two younger brothers, Eduardo relied on a strong family bond. His father and uncle both owned older-style dualie trucks, and that body style just became second nature to the impressionable youth.
When Eduardo turned 15, he and his family moved to McKinney, Texas, for a better education and more opportunities for the Gomez family. When he turned 17, one of his father’s friends gave him a Chevy Silverado to drive to and from school. Eduardo got a job at a gas station sweeping and mopping as well as stocking shelves and helped take care of his mom and brothers.
With his mind set on eventually getting back to his dualie roots, he started searching to find a nice truck that would bring back his childhood nostalgia. With no luck on Internet sites, Eduardo found something locally that piqued his interest. He saw a post for an ’86 Chevy K5 Blazer sitting as a body and frame. Although the truck had no motor or transmission, Eduardo had some intriguing plans for the Chevy.
What happens when you really want a certain type of truck but find something else? Eduardo says, “Oh, well. Let’s just make it a dualie!” He and his friend Sean Thurman got together and designed and built a dualie rear end for the K5. In order to get the custom dualie on the road, he made a trade with a friend for a 468 stroker and had Pepe Flotte install it in the Blazer. The next step was bringing the truck lower to the ground by way of an Accuair E-Level air management system. With only the interior left, He brought the K5 to DC Customs for a bomber-style aluminum seat and door panel treatment. A wood floor was added from the front back to offset the aluminum placement.
During the build, Eduardo told a few people what his plans were, and their responses weren’t positive. Many people said it wouldn’t look good or flow cohesively, but he remained steadfast and trusted his vision and used the phrase, “Oh, well. I’ll do it,” in his approach. Ta Cabron started out as a neglected piece of metal that just needed some attention, and with some masterful craftsmanship, it has turned into one of the most popular K5 Blazers around.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: ’86 Chevy K5 Blazer
Owner and City/State: Eduardo Gomez; Gainesville, Texas
Club Affiliation: Forbidden Fantasy
Chassis: Frame built by Suspension Dimension
Front Suspension: Custom control arms, Air Lift 2,600-pound airbags
Rear Suspension: Two-link, Air Lift 2,600-pound airbags, Accuair E-Level air management, two Viair 444 compressors
Engine: 468 stroker, Big Mutha’ Thumpr cam, Edelbrock intake, Holley carburetor Gibson headers, MSD ignition, Billet Specialties pulleys
Transmission: Built turbo 400, Lokar floor shifter
Rearend: Narrowed Chevy 1-ton dualie 3500 axle
Body/Paint: House of Kolor Deep Black and House of Kolor Metallic Charcoal Gray custom two-tone classic design; airbrushed chrome trim; painted by Daniel’s Auto Body of Dallas, Texas; one-piece windows from One Piece Products; Kleinn air horns; custom cowl hood; phantom grille; gas filler behind taillight; all LED lighting; shaved tailgate, handle, and side mirrors; bumpers moved in
Interior: DC Customs aluminum bomber seats and door panels, Billet Specialties steering column and steering wheel, custom hardwood floor from firewall back done by Pauline Fareies
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 26×7; one-off Aztec Custom Wheels
Tires: 255/30R26; Aderenza ADZA88
Special Thanks: My Forbidden Fantasy family for helping get the truck done, Accuair, Viair, Aztec Custom Wheels, DC Customs, Gibson Exhaust, EPC Powder Coating, Philbuilt Designs, Kleinn Air Horns, Installs To Go, Sonny from One Off Wheels, Kinetik, John Davies for help on the motor, Jay Baker for wiring, Sean and Dean Therman, Fernando Moreno, Ray Garcia, Oscar Gomez, Alejandro Gomez, Hugo Flotte, Isaac Cruz, and my mother and family for their support
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