Due to the austerity of these economic times we've been running across a lot of homebuilt budget 4x4s lately. However, the art of building a trail rig from scavenged and bartered parts existed long before our economy took a turn for the worse. As an extra source of income, Jason Howerton of Morgan Hill, California, was buying and selling trucks and cars for a number of years, and then one day ran across the perfect crawler combo: two Chevys.
The suspension on Jason Howerton's truck is composed of 52-inch Chevy leaf springs up fron
After making a few bucks and gathering some highly-sought-after 4x4 components in his own cash for clunkers and parts program, Jason took a '79 Blazer and a '70 Chevy pickup and started building. The '70 Chevy Truck body now sits on the '79 frame with a narrowed and tapered front clip and body sides. Then Jason boatsided the vehicle, which took a good amount of useless metal off the sides. The Frankenstein rig is now a dependable and well-built trail beater and is used for extreme trail runs on the Rubicon Trail, Hollister Hills, and Hammer trails.
1970 Chevy Truck
(on A '79 Blazer frame)
Engine: Chevy 8.1L V-8
Transfer case: NP203, NP205, Jed's Machining doubler kit
Front Axle: Dana 60, 4.56 gears, Detroit Locker, chromoly shafts
Rear Axle: 14-bolt, 4.56 gears, welded spider gears, chromoly shafts
Springs & Such: 63-inch Chevy late-model leaf springs (rear);
52-inch Chevy leaf springs (front)
Tires & Wheels: 42X15X16.5 Interco Super Swampers, 16.5x9.75 Hummer H1s, with USA6x6 centers, Custom Tribal flame rock rings
Other Stuff: Jaz 15-gallon aluminum fuel cell, stock chevy radiator with two Taurus fans, stretched wheelbase, Hedman shorty headers, Flowmaster two-chamber mufflers, custom skidplate
There's nothing better than a dependable late-model engine in old iron, and the truck now
Most folks would look at this rig's interior and say it's not fit for human habitation, bu
Now this is what we call green! Jason recycled scrap metal for things like the tie-down ra