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.