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Old 05-20-2014, 10:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New Ride: 1980 blazer

After a long search and internal debates on what kind of "classic" car I wanted, I finally settled on either a Blazer or Bronco. A dealer a couple hours from me happened to have both.



I went with the Blazer. Mostly stock with upgrade American Racing rims, running boards, and trailer hitch. 79k miles, no rust, and very clean red interior. It needs the transfer case tail shaft seal replaced, otherwise it's all good under the hood. After that, the fun begins:

Removing the hard top and adding a convertible soft top
Nice little sound system
Lift kit, 2-3 inches up
Off to the cruises and backwoods!

It's been in the driveway for a couple days and my neighbors think I'm nuts!
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice looking Blazer! I gotta admit I'm a bit jealous, I had an '84 K5 and I miss it terribly.
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I see a gas hoggin' V8 but I like it. Those bodies are just beautiful. Gas hog or not, I have the firm belief you need to love what you drive regardless of make of model and what others think.
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This isn't a daily driver. It'll be my tailgating and weekend cruiser. Im sure a 350 small block gets crappy gas mileage, but its fun to drive!
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NOY ALL SMALL BLOCKS GET ****TY MILEAGE. I get 22-23 out of my vette on the highway but its a hell of a lot lighter then that blazer. If it were my blazer though I would switch it to efi or upgrade the efi. Holley makes a self tuning system that is just install and forget
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That is a clean Blazer. Congrats!
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This era of Chevy trucks are the best. I have a C10 and a K20 and love them I need to get my C10 going soon it needs to be driven. These blazers were known to rust near where the rear passengers put their feet, you may be good but check that area out well its tricky to see unless you get right up under it. The rear transfer case seal will be easy to change and should be under $10. Its probably an NP 208.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I see a gas hoggin' V8 but I like it. Those bodies are just beautiful. Gas hog or not, I have the firm belief you need to love what you drive regardless of make of model and what others think.
I bet its mileage is comparable to something brand new and the same size. My 85 K20 gets the same or better mileage than a brand new 2500hd and its an "old carbureted gas hog" to some, just because its old. I bet his blazer will get 15-16mpg or better, I had an 87 R15 that had the throttle body injection and it got 18-20 but it was a 305 but they aren't much better on gas than a good 350.
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Good lookin' ride! I like them Chevy's.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Not to sound rude, but unless you really like the running boards I would ditch them, especially if you want to do some wheeling with it. They get smashed really easily and I think they look terrible really, they do go well on your blazer being so clean with the wheels, and the solid white. On most trucks they look awful IMO and have that "old man" truck look. If you have a hard time climbing in and out of it they are actually pretty nice for that tho. I dog the truck tho, I have never owned a K5 but have driven several, I almost bought a 2wd 82 K5 but the guy didn't have the title when I went to pay for it so it was a no go. Sucks because they are rare and look so good lowered with some nice wheels and suspension.
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