• This K5 Blazer has been not too long ago restored with new bits and items starting from recent door seals to a very new 350-cubic-inch V-8 engine.
• Bidding is presently at $8500, and the public sale ends on July 15.
One thing circulating in my blood makes me drawn to old-school heavy Chevys. Perhaps it is a pure response to the standard blue fog of pushrod fragrance that follows most small-block V-8s. It is also getting issues muddy is the nucleus of my love for four-wheel-drive issues. Both manner, it is powerful to look away from this Florida-owned 1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Cheyenne that is presently up for public sale on Convey a Trailer—which, like Automobile and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos.
This instance was initially bought in Miami earlier than it will definitely ended up in Colombia after which later returned stateside the place it underwent some critical restoration. The whole lot that is been rotting for the reason that Nineteen Seventies has been renewed: brakes, energy steering, exhaust, instrument cluster, door seals, window felts, and even a substitute carbureted 350-cubic-inch V-8. Its three-speed computerized transmission and dual-range switch case are reported to be in working order. The metal body has been blasted and repainted in gloss black, and the hubs have been fitted with black 15-inch metal wheels wrapped in 33-inch Nitto Path Grappler mud-terrain tires.
Extra impressively, the restoration course of hasn’t gone too far. This K5 Blazer seems to be utilizing OE-style glass three-prong sealed-beam headlights up entrance and drum brakes on the rear. It is freed from obnoxious aftermarket fender flares or a dorky roof-mounted LED mild bar. Essentially the most fashionable piece of tech is a RetroSound stereo meant to imitate the chrome-knobbed fashion of the K5 Blazer’s unique radio.
This particular instance is not showroom good and is stored alive due to recent paint, new flooring panels, and slightly welding. That makes it an excellent candidate for a buy-to-drive, reasonably than a win and park.
It is simple to think about bouncing down a forest path street en path to an space that is Wi-Fi- and ad-free. Even Automobile and Driver’s personal legendary David E. Davis, Jr. referred to as the K5 Blazer a “metal and fiberglass Paul Bunyan” again in 1979. Right now, a K5 is now the nomenclature given to Kia’s household sedan, and the present Blazer is extra Paul Mitchell than ax wielder.
Bidding is presently at $8500 with 4 days left within the public sale. The K5 Blazer David E. drove had related choices together with an electrical tailgate window, a rear roll bar, and a $39 “heavy-duty Freedom battery,” for $10,478.70. Adjusted for inflation, that is barely greater than $42,000, or roughly the value of a four-door Ford Bronco Outer Banks. Final yr an analogous K5 Blazer bought for $61,111 on Convey a Trailer however was in arguably higher situation with the bigger V-8 engine. There was additionally a 1976 K5 Blazer Cheyenne painted in lovely Grecian Bronze and white two-tone that bought for $67,000 in January.
Bidding on this one ends on Friday, July 15.
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