Sometimes in the custom truck world, we get caught up in getting our trucks ready for shows and we make sacrifices when it comes to building them. Unfortunately, this happened to Steve Ortega, of Fresno, California. He originally owned this 1971 K5 Blazer back in 2009. He showed it at the West Coast Nationals as an under construction truck. Then, as with just about every SEMA vehicle, it was rushed to be ready for the week-long show in Vegas. With only two months to finish the truck, the work done to it was rushed and even though it looked good, as is the case with many SEMA trucks, it didn’t run great, or stop very well for that matter, the suspension was unfinished, and the interior wasn’t completely dialed in. After SEMA, Steve wasn’t interested in the truck anymore and sold it to Rich Schreiner of Sacramento, California. Rich had always wanted to build a K5 Blazer, and now had the perfect starting point. Anyone who knows Rich will tell you that he is a full-blown custom truck fanatic. Pulling up to his house, you first see his lifted ’06 Silverado on 37s with custom audio and next to that, sits his silver ’67 ‘bagged C10 under a car cover. Inside his street sign emblazoned-garage sits this immaculate K5 next to a body-dropped and Caddy-clipped ’88-’98 Chevy. As you can see, this wasn’t Rich’s first rodeo.

Being such a hardcore enthusiast, when Rich bought this truck from Steve, it didn’t take him long to start tearing into it. He took the truck to The Mob Shop also in Sacramento, where they ripped out the unfinished suspension and built a one-off airbagged suspension. Starting with a boxed frame, the team at the Mob Shop installed a set of CPP 2-inch drop spindles and shocks, Firestone ‘bags, and CPP disc brakes with 14-inch rotors. Over the massive rotors sits a set of Raceline 22x8½-inch Phat Jaded wheels with 255/35R22 Fullrun rubber. Out back, a KP Components C-notch was welded in place along with a KP four-link for a ground-hugging stance. After that, CPP shocks along with Slam Specialties ‘bags were installed for a smooth, adjustable ride. With a matching set of CPP disc brakes, Raceline 22x10-inch wheels and Fullrun tires in the rear, the suspension was now complete.

Grant Kustoms, in Oroville, California, had completed all the bodywork prior to Rich buying the truck. The first thing the guys at Grant did was remove the top and cap the doors to make it an ultra-clean roadster. Then, the pillars were chopped down and raked back and it was body-dropped a total of three inches for a low, streamlined appearance. The factory bumper was removed and a sheetmetal bumper was molded in place. Above the bumper sits a one-off billet grille. With that done, the body was shaved of all the unnecessary components and the bodylines were smoothed, a set of taillights from a ’65 Oldsmobile were molded into the rear skin, and the body was prepped to be sprayed with several coats of PPG Maserati Orange paint by R.T. Auto Body in Gridley, California.