As a full time gearhead, Chris Fesler gets to live out his dream of being fully enveloped in custom cars, trucks, and hot rods. As the owner of Fesler Built, a one-stop-shop for all things custom, he gets to make a living while living his dream. So what does a gearhead living his dream drive to work every day? His dream truck, of course. When it came time to build something for himself, Chris tracked down a '69 Chevy Blazer and got to work making it more to his liking. Working on it here and there, in between customer's cars and trucks, he and his crew only have about four months total build time spent on this custom creation. Must be rough driving a wild roadster Blazer, while eating, breathing, and sleeping tricked-out rides all day, every day.
Finding a pretty straight '69 Blazer 4x4, Chris brought it back to his Fesler Built shop, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and began the teardown. Starting with the foundation and rather than trying to save the 40-year-old frame, Chris ordered a full roller chassis from Jim Myer's Racing. On went Ride Tech's full Shockwave airbag system, with stainless air lines and Viair compressors for reliable and worry-free up and down operation. An Accuair ride control system constantly keeps the suspension at its perfect height. With plans to lay the Blazer's body on the Arizona asphalt, the body mounts were relocated lower on the frame. Serving as both serious braking hardware and hot-rod eye candy, six-piston Baer brakes were bolted to both the front and rear. Receiving instant brake pedal feel is thanks to the Hydratech brake system. Mounted to each corner are Fesler FS906 wheels, sized 20x8 inches up front and sick 22x11-inch hoops tucked deep in each rear fender. BFGoodrich tires were chosen for this project and up front, 255/35ZR20 g-Force T/A KDW provide the directional input and out back, meaty 305/40ZR22 BFGs provide the power patch. A Chris Alston Fab 9 serves as the rear wheel power distributor, linked via a Driveshaft Shop driveline that connects the GM Performance 4L65E tranny. Power comes from a GM Performance LS1 equipped with a Fesler Built air intake using Airaid filters, Billet Specialties Tru Trac pulley system, and a FAST intake manifold and throttle-body. An Accel Gen 7 computer system controls the engine and Optima batteries keep the system juiced. Earl's fittings make sure there are no leaks and keeping the engine cool is an Air Mobile polished aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. Flowmaster exhaust provides the rumble, with cutouts in the frame for a clean appearance. After assembly, everything was torn back down and either painted BASF green or powdercoated black. Seeing the chassis roll around the shop in just a few short weeks, the Fesler crew couldn't wait to see the body back on the frame. This, however would take a few more weeks as one or a hundred body mods were planned for the Blazer.