My 1970 K5 Blazer

My 1970 K5 Blazer

I have wanted a 69-72 K5 Blazer for about 4 years and have always kept my eyes open. In January of 2004, I saw a 1970 K5 Blazer for sale in Dallas, TX. It was a non-running K5 but sure looked like it had potentional. Headed down to Irving, Texas one February morning at 4 a.m., picked up Larry (Barn9) in Winfield and made good time arriving in Irving, Texas at about 10:30. The Blazer was better than I could ever have hoped. Owner confirmed it was a Texas truck, he was the second owner if you don't count the car lot he bought it from. Very little rust. Both rockers need to be replaced but that is really all I have been able to find. The floor needs some minor repairs. It has carpet in, but it is not in too good of shape. There are some dents and some visible old bondo under a couple areas but that is no biggie. Top appears to be in very good shape, no visible cracks. The rear hatch opens and stays up. It has a tire carrier on the outside of the rear of the truck. Both bumpers are in good shape, the front one is in excellent shape. The grill is in better shape than the grill I bought to put on my 69 K20. I would say the grill is in just about new condition. Only one of the black plastic inner grill pieces is broken. It did have the Dana 20 which was damaged. The owner didn't have it, it was at a friends but I didn't want him to ship it to me as I will just go with an NP205. Rather than a three speed, it has the 4 speed manual which is great as that is what I would have put in the truck. Engine is definitely a 400 sb and I really think it will just need an oil change, new plugs, wires, distributor work and a fuel pump to get it going. I recently put in some penetrant and later turned the engine over. There is a small 2 barrel carb on it right now, but I picked up a Jet Stage II carb to replace it. Tires were definitely trash, they lost air very quickly. They don't have a height size but can't be any bigger than 31's or 33's. The rear has a lift block that appears to be about 4" so I think he was wrong on it having a 6" lift. No problem, I won't stay that way anyway. It does have a raised steering arm. Brakes aren't working and the power steering puked some fluid when we were dragging the Blazer out of the guys back yard. It has a few years worth of trash in the rear of the Blazer which I am eager to get out. Haven't been able to really inspect the interior yet. Has all three seats but is missing a center console. Body mounts were about nonexistent. All in all I am very pleased and think I got an extreme bargain. The body alone is in such good shape that it is worth more than $600 in my opinion. As for my plans, I want to get a transfer case back in it, rebuild the driveshafts and get the truck running. I have depleted my project funds pretty much with my 69 K20 so this one can just stay as is for a while. I have some 16" mud tires that I can put on this Blazer and I have purchased a 1978 3/4 ton truck for axles. Will be nice to have disc brakes up front and a 14 bolt rear axle. Future plans will be for a soft top. I don't think I will worry about paint for a few years - makes them more difficult to enjoy is you get a nice paint job. I was able to get a guy to make bikini tops for the 69-72 K5's so I have one awaiting the Blazer running. It was a great adventure for Barn9 and me to pick up the Blazer. Was nice to have someone to talk with on the drive and sure needed the help with the trip. Barn9 is a great story teller and has been on stage with Ted Nugent I have learned. Introduced Barn9 to some new music - I think he has a liking for Kid Rock now. Really seemed to enjoy track two on Kid Rock's cd, Stereo. Having a blowout on I-35 was a bit much, Barn9 could have done without that. Ended up not driving into the ice storm - by the time I got home the temp had risen and melted the streets. Only found ice when I turned off onto a dirt road to my house and it was pretty icy there.

Been working a little on the Blazer recently. May be in the position to fire the engine in a few weeks. Maybe road worthy in the next three or four months.