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Jeep invented the personal 4x4, Ford made it popular, and trucks
like this 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer perfected the breed. Blending
just the right amounts of go-anywhere truck durability with
creature comforts and practicality, the Blazer was a mainstay of
popular automotive culture for decades, and few are better suited
to that legacy than this nicely restored 4x4.
The handsome Medium Olive paint was applied just a few years ago
and still looks good on the Blazer's squared-off body lines.
There's plenty of Chevy pickup truck DNA in there, but who can
argue with the result when it looks this good? The proportions are
ideal for a big yet personal SUV, and with the removable white
fiberglass hardtop, it's fairly easy to transform it into a
fun-in-the-sun machine for a day at the beach. The idea of having
fun in this truck was clearly the driving force behind the
freshening, since it isn't trailer queen perfect, but rather a nice
blend of restored and original components that ensure you won't
think twice about climbing behind the wheel and putting it to use.
It fits together quite well, the doors close easily, and that big
hood doesn't need a massive slam, and there's no evidence that it
has ever been wrecked or abused. The simple chrome grille and front
bumper, a few modest badges, and a shiny rear bumper, a
rear-mounted spare, and a jerrycan all make this truck feel at home
anywhere it goes.
Twin bucket seats with correct Saddle-colored seat covers, matching
carpets, and nice-looking door panels anchor a stylish and
functional interior. Today, we might find the inside of the Blazer
absurdly spacious, but that's the great thing about old vehicles
like this, particularly when they're also practical and functional.
There's a matching Saddle cover on the rear bench, too, making this
a comfortable 5-passenger vehicle that'll truly go almost anywhere.
Original gauges are some of the best designs you'll find in a
vintage truck and they're framed by a two-spoke steering wheel
that's beefy enough to look right in the full-sized Blazer. A
modern stereo radio fits in the dash like it was born there, so
your music can come with you, and it's hard to imagine a better
vehicle for playing outside. Open the tailgate and even with the
back seat in place there's still plenty of cargo space for just
about anything you'll need.
The 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood is the perfect companion if
you're going somewhere remote. With a 4-barrel carburetor and a
very OEM look, it works well in a Camaro, but it works just as well
in this big 4x4 as well. It runs superbly, starting easily and
idling with a muscular rumble from the custom dual exhaust system.
The engine bay is dominated by the big air cleaner, but if you look
carefully you'll see a Chevy Orange block underneath, factory
exhaust manifolds, and a giant radiator that's ideal for
slow-going. It's backed by a freshly rebuilt TH350 3-speed
automatic transmission plus a 2-speed transfer case that feeds
power to the axles at both ends. With a slight lift, it'll climb
over big obstacles and upgraded shocks keep it from being too rough
a ride. Classic Rally wheels look awesome and are fitted with
massive 31x10.50-15 BFGoodrich off-road radials that complete to
the go-anywhere look.
Big Blazers are big fun, and with this southern truck that's ready
to hit the trails, you can combine work and play without changing a
thing. Call today!
Location:Lithia Springs, Georgia
- Interior Color:Brown
- Stock Number:4580-ATL