No matter what brand of truck you wheel, the goal for most builders is to make sure that their rig of choice is, when all is said and done, reliable. This often means putting function before form and investing time and energy into parts of the vehicle that others may never notice. This utilitarian mentality is part of what makes the off-road hobby so great and keeps wheelers like Doug Kerr on the trail.
After spending a little over a year working on his ’92 Chevy 1⁄2-ton in his home garage, Doug shaped his regular cab Bow Tie into a formidable wheeling machine using predominately readily available aftermarket parts. His Chevy is proof that there is still excellent support for the fullsize truck community.
Though the flaking white paint and small patches of primer may make some look past the aging fullsize, the well-placed 1-ton axle swap immediately drew our attention. Used for wheeling the deep bogs and wooded trails of the southeast, Doug’s Chevy is packed with all of the elements needed for a dependable wheeler. And while he says that there is more in the solid-axle Chevy’s future, we’re big fans of the no-frills pickup just the way it is.
1992 Chevy 1500 Z71
Transfer case: NP241 with a slip-yoke eliminator
Front Axle: High-pinion Dana 60, Power-Lok limited slip, 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Full-float 14-bolt, Detroit Locker, 4.88 gears
Springs & Such: Off-Road Direct solid-axle conversion with 4-inch springs in front, 5-inch springs with Offroad Design shackle flip kit in rear, Off-Road Direct shock mount, Rough Country shocks
Tires & Wheels: 315/75/16 BFG M-Ts on 16x8 Pro Comp wheels
Steering: Custom high steer
Other Stuff: Transfer case brake, Optima YellowTop battery, Offroad Design rear disc conversion, High Angle drivelines, Superlift Tru-Speed, 117-inch wheelbase
Under the hood rests an ultraclean engine bay fitted with a 5.7L V-8. Freshened up a bit i
To upgrade the factory transfer case, the NP241 was fitted with a slip-yoke eliminator and
To get a more reliable frontend, Doug scavenged a tried and true high-pinion Dana 60 axle
Hanging from the 5-inch springs and Offroad Design shackle flip is a massive 14-bolt rear
With vinyl floors, a classic bench seat, and a mechanical floor shifter, the inside of the