WATCH! 1997 CHEVY TAHOE VLOGROCKET GETS PREPPED FOR VINYL – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 697

1997 CHEVY TAHOE VLOGROCKET GETS PREPPED FOR VINYL – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 697 – Fireball, Ken and Kathie prep Fireball’s latest Project VLOGROCKET by removing rust, removing old vinyl and cleaning it up. Next step… new Vinyl and more.

The new GMC Yukon was introduced in 1991 for the 1992 model year, while GM had continued to produce the Chevrolet K5 Blazer until 1994.

All were 2-door models through 1994. The Chevrolet K5 Blazer was discontinued after the 1994 model year.

The Chevrolet Tahoe was introduced in 1995 for the 1995 model year with the addition of an all-new 4-door version.

The Tahoe was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year for 1996.

It is named from Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border in the United States.

The Tahoe/Yukon were shorter than the Suburban on which they were based, but shared that vehicle’s GMT400 platform.

This was a true truck chassis, and was based on that used in the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck.

Both two-door and four-door models were produced in rear- and four-wheel drive.

The two-door weighs roughly 4,500 lb (2,041 kg) while the four-door weighs approximately 5,500 lb (2,495 kg).

“AutoTrac” full-time all-wheel drive and a programmable Homelink transmitter were added for 1998.

The upscale Denali trim line to the Yukon was introduced in 1999 as these vehicles became popular with wealthy families.

What’s it like to drive the 1997 CHEVY KING TAHOE?

OK, I have a slight bias on this one as Kathie is my best friend and significant other. Being that, she has a lot to live up to in having a car guy next to her all the time, but her track record with cars has been pretty astounding.

Back in the day, Chevys seemed to gravitate towards this cute Malibooty, starting with a ‘58 Vette named “Leroy,” to a ‘63 in black with flames, to a red hot cross-fire injected ‘84. Some of you may remember her pulling up to Surfrider with her leopard print 9’ Becker surfboard poking out of the t-top. And Kathie’s love for Chevys hasn’t stopped there — she now drives, along with me, this 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe dubbed “King Tahoe” because of its 500-horsepower 5.7 liter Vortec that’s been tweaked, tworted and kablameed, thanks to yours truly (couldn’t help myself).

The Tahoe has a number of bolt-on items including a K&N intake, Magnaflow exhaust and ECU upgrade, but also a hi-performance cam and re-ported heads. All that in a 3M carbon fiber body, as it was a show truck for SEMA several years ago. It’s the perfect Malibu ride and about to get redone again.

Kathie’s history here in the Bu is far greater than any car, having surfed Malibu since 1965 and officially moving to the Bu in 1980. And although some will say that she’s just like Gidget because of her love for surf culture, Kathie’s surf heritage has taken her to incredible surf spots like Costa Rica and many other places.

“Malibu is more than a place of beauty for me,” said the Bride of Fireball. “It transcends beauty and becomes a haven for all things good and I love every part of it, including the traffic. It only means that others want to experience the joy that we as Malibuites get to have every single day. For that, I’m grateful.”

As a costume designer and sculptor, Kathie’s career started at Sid and Marty Kroffts’s in 1970, sanding puppets and working on H.R. Puff N’ Stuff. Yes, that H.R. 

But back then, she’d do anything having to do with costumes and loved it. Her mascot company now (KCL Productions @ www.kclproductions.com), handles small clients like The White House, Ellen DeGeneres, the Nintendo characters, Harlem Globetrotters and the Super Bowl. She’s currently starting a project for Honda.

But her resume reads like a list of chocolate items being gathered by Santa for next year. Seriously. But wait, let’s get back to cars.

“Although I know the world is changing rapidly with electric vehicles and how important that is, the feeling I get in an SUV keeps me safe and secure. The power that this Tahoe has allows me to get to the gym but can deliver my costumes to the studios also. They’re really big sometimes. I look forward to Chevy creating an electric Tahoe soon!”

You heard it here first, Chevy guys. If you make it, then Kathie wants one. 

Chevy only made these two-door LT Tahoes for a few years and they are now starting to get popular like the Broncos. If you can find one, better do it soon. And if you happen to see Kathie or myself driving through town in King Tahoe, wave or smile. We may just have one of those chocolate items from Santa. 

Wait a tick… King Tahoe handing out Chocolate? Does the Malibu Life get any better than that?