Ta Cabron

An ’85 Chevy K5 Blazer that said “What the Hell”


The phrase Ta Cabron is Span­ish slang for “oh well, just do it.” Ed­uardo Gomez de­cided early on that’s the ap­proach he would take in cre­at­ing a mas­ter­piece that is way out­side the box. Grow­ing up in San Miguel el Alto, Mex­ico, with his two younger broth­ers, Ed­uardo re­lied on a strong fam­ily bond. His fa­ther and un­cle both owned older-style du­alie trucks, and that body style just be­came sec­ond na­ture to the im­pres­sion­able youth.

When Ed­uardo turned 15, he and his fam­ily moved to McKin­ney, Texas, for a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Gomez fam­ily. When he turned 17, one of his fa­ther’s friends gave him a Chevy Sil­ver­ado to drive to and from school. Ed­uardo got a job at a gas sta­tion sweep­ing and mop­ping as well as stock­ing shelves and helped take care of his mom and broth­ers.

With his mind set on even­tu­ally get­ting back to his du­alie roots, he started search­ing to find a nice truck that would bring back his child­hood nos­tal­gia. With no luck on In­ter­net sites, Ed­uardo found some­thing lo­cally that piqued his in­ter­est. He saw a post for an ’86 Chevy K5 Blazer sit­ting as a body and frame. Although the truck had no mo­tor or trans­mis­sion, Ed­uardo had some in­trigu­ing plans for the Chevy.

What hap­pens when you re­ally want a cer­tain type of truck but find some­thing else? Ed­uardo says, “Oh, well. Let’s just make it a du­alie!” He and his friend Sean Thurman got to­gether and de­signed and built a du­alie rear end for the K5. In or­der to get the cus­tom du­alie on the road, he made a trade with a friend for a 468 stro­ker and had Pepe Flotte in­stall it in the Blazer. The next step was bring­ing the truck lower to the ground by way of an Ac­cuair E-Level air man­age­ment sys­tem. With only the in­te­rior left, he brought the K5 to DC Cus­toms for a bomber-style alu­minum seat and door panel treat­ment. A wood floor was added from the front back to off­set the alu­minum place­ment.

Dur­ing the build, Ed­uardo told a few peo­ple what his plans were, and their re­sponses weren’t pos­i­tive. Many peo­ple said it wouldn’t look good or flow co­he­sively, but he re­mained stead­fast and trusted his vi­sion and used the phrase, “Oh, well. I’ll do it,” in his ap­proach. Ta Cabron started out as a ne­glected piece of metal that just needed some at­ten­tion, and with some mas­ter­ful crafts­man­ship, it has turned into one of the most pop­u­lar K5 Blaz­ers around.


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