Carlos Padilla * Las Vegas, Nevada
'01 Chevy Blazer Xtreme
Having a truck glorified in a magazine is not only an honor, but also something that takes a lot of work to achieve. With the exception of vehicles built for the SEMA Show, most of the trucks that grace the pages of this magazine were not built in a miraculously short period of time. That's because not everyone has tons of time on his or her hands or loads of cash to drop on a show vehicle. Carlos Padilla, the owner of this '01 Chevy Blazer, is another one of the many people we just described. Carlos first got into custom vehicles by way of his exposure to the car stereo scene, when he added some audio components to his '89 Blazer. Once complete, he had one bangin' system in a not-so-happening truck.
Carlos eventually realized that true custom vehicles are composed of many aspects. Motivated to do something more, he looked into getting a vehicle that had a better overall appeal. Hooked on the feel of a two-door SUV, Carlos chose this Xtreme version of the Blazer because it already came with a stylish ground effects kit. From there, he worked on the truck from the inside out by first installing a beefy mobile entertainment system and reupholstering every interior component. Then, he moved onto adding an air ride suspension to get the truck low over a set over a set of 17s.
At the time, he and his wife were considering a second mortgage on their house, and Carlos planned on using the cash to finish the truck. Once the deal was set, he took his half of the money to Musso Motorsports in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the crew helped him gain full show status with his Blazer. There, Joe and Clint shaved the body, worked it straight, and prepped it for a full custom paintjob. When it came time to pick the paint scheme, Carlos had the idea of going with a violet and black two-tone. For the break in between the colors, Carlos wanted flames to give it snap, so he rolled the Blazer next door in order for Ryan Evan of Kaotic Customs to apply his artistic talents to it. Once Ryan was done masking off and painting the flames, he added his signature "Kaotic" logo cut out of an actual one hundred dollar bill. Then, the break was pinstriped and received dropped shadows before getting set in clear.
Though Carlos had already worked on the interior of the truck, it needed to be updated a bit to match the new look of the exterior. To resolve this, he had the seats reupholstered in black vinyl with purple tweed flames. Then the headliner, dash, and door panels were covered in black vinyl and purple tweed with raised flames. Next, Carlos had Steve Platt of Platinum Audio Designs create one hell of a custom ported enclosure for a 15-inch Resonant Engineering subwoofer.
Despite the fact that it was on air, it still wasn't low enough for Carlos because he was becoming more inspired by the frame-laying trucks he had seen in all the mags. Back at Musso's shop, Adam and Joe got the front suspension down with a pair of drop spindles and a complete set of control arms. For the rear, a custom two-link with a Panhard bar was fabricated, while the frame and cab floor were notched to let the rear axle have enough travel to lay the frame on the ground. Though doing heavy suspension work on an already painted vehicle is tedious, the crew got it done without scratching anything. Now that it's done, this truck is not only an ear pleaser, but a piece of eye candy that everyone can enjoy staring at.
4.3L Vortec V-6 / Spectra cold-air intake / Nevada Machine Specialist rebuilt and chromed alternator / Holley fuel pump / custom exhaust with Dynomax muffler / three Kinetik batteries / 4L60E automatic transmission / relocated and reshaped inner fenders / painted fan shroud, intake tube, battery cover, and fuse box
By: Owner / Ryan Evans of Kaotic Customs, Las Vegas, Nevada (paint work)
Front & Rear: 20x8.5 BZO Big Boss
Front & Rear: 235/35ZR20 Nexen
Front: Barnyard Customs upper and lower control arms with chrome finish / Belltech drop spindles / Slam Specialties HE-6 airbags
Rear: Custom two-link with a Panhard bar / Slam Specialties HE-6 airbags / Toxic shocks
Accessories: Two Viair 480C compressors / two polished CO2 bottles / 9 gallon air tank / 1/2-inch GC 450 valves / 1/2-inch nylon braided air line
Chassis: Front of frame notched for tie rod ends / rear step notch
By: Musso Motorports, Las Vegas, Nevada
Shaved antenna, door handles, hood squirters, fuel door, rear side skirts, third brake light, rear wiper, and rear hatch release / fuel filler relocated behind driver's side taillight / notched rear cab floor for frame step notch / T-Rex full face billet grille / projector headlights / APC euro taillights / Street Scene mirrors / custom roll pan
By: Owner / Musso Motorports, Las Vegas, Nevada
Two-tone with Matrix System Onyx black on top and custom Violet on the bottom / tribal flame break done in silver and white ice pearl flames / blue dropped shadows / House of Kolor True Blue and Money Green for pinstripe
BY: Musso Motorports, Las Vegas, Nevada / Ryan Evans, Kaotic Customs, Las Vegas, Nevada (two-tone break)
Seats reupholstered in black vinyl with tweed flame inserts / dash shaved of grab handle and covered in black vinyl / door panels shaved of pockets and covered in black vinyl and purple tweed with raised flames / factory headliner received raised flames and covered in purple tweed / Dash bezel modified to fit 7-inch monitor, smoothed, and painted / A/C controls relocated to glove box / miscellaneous plastics smoothed and painted to match exterior / Kustom Kreations one-off billet steering wheel to match design on tailgate / Nu Image stainless gauge face and chrome bezel
BY: Owner / Artistic Upholstery, Las Vegas, Nevada (seats) / Musso Motorports, Las Vegas, Nevada (paint)
Pioneer Premier 8500 head unit mounted in A/C slot on dash / Image Dynamic 6.5-inch and 4-inch coax speakers / ARC Audio 4300 Street Series amp for speakers / 15-inch Resonant Engineering MT subwoofer in custom ported enclosure / Crossfire VR2000D amp for sub mounted in tailgate / Stinger 0-gauge speaker wire / FatMat two layer sound deadening material / three Tview 7-inch monitors, two visor monitors, 7-inch rearview mirror mounted monitor, and 15.4-inch flip-down monitor / Playstation 2 mounted in dash
By: Owner / Steve Platt of Plattinum Audio Designs, Las Vegas, Nevada
Freaks of Nature
"I want to give thanks to my wife Danielle for letting this happen, my mom, my brother Chris, Brandon Anderson, Matt Hornbrook, Jeremy Vadrine, Bud Stansberry, Dion Kranz, the guys at Musso Motorsports, Ryan Evans of Kaotic customs, and all of my homies"