Rich Tillema – 1961 Chevy Blazer Concept
Scott Laitinen of Lake Havasu’s Sic Chops is known for going big. Over the last sixteen years, he has turned out long and low classics and cruisers including “Mae” – a 1956 Continental Mark II which captured Goodguys 2015 Custom of the Year. His latest creation exhibits his depth and scope as a builder. Laitinen and his team took a rusted hulk of a 1961 Chevy Suburban and made it into a Blazer concept custom. To get there, they removed a whopping 22 inches of the center of the ‘Burban then chopped the roof two and a half inches along with a one-inch pancake. The tailgate was then cut to fit, blending the Blazer together as though it came from GM designers.
After refining the metal mods, it was painted a one-off silver and white, adorned with chrome tucked bumpers and trim. It was then laid onto a Roadster Shop chassis featuring the latest air suspension from AccuAir allowing the rockers to rest mere millimeters off the ground. Rolling on polished Colorado Custom 22-inch wheels, this sensational SUV appeals to all generations of gear heads. Ron Mangus stitched the leather interior while Don Hardy Race Cars handled the horses, installing the 840 horsepower GM LSA V8. Sic indeed!