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Old 03-14-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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I'm looking to buy an old Chevy Blazer that will be a project vehicle for my son and I. What year/years are worth looking at?
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1994 Chevy K5 Blazer. 2 doors, 350TBI V8, awesome project vehicles, fairly rare.

I have one that I will be keeping forever. It will eventually be powered by a 6.2L from the newer Escalades, but that is a few years down the road. Interior, rust fixes, paint, wheels, and suspension come first.

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Older for sure. The new ones are squeaky *** rattletraps.
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Older for sure. The new ones are squeaky *** rattletraps.
How old? I found an 87 and 78. Which year is better?
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I would say the 78 for the solid axle but the 87 for the EFI. Buy them both!
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nice truck, i always liked that body style.
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Good luck with any of them. Huge POS in my book. Between $350 fuel pumps, half shafts, and everything else, you couldnt melt me down and pour me in a blazer.
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Good luck with any of them. Huge POS in my book. Between $350 fuel pumps, half shafts, and everything else, you couldnt melt me down and pour me in a blazer.
This. Granted, mine was a 2001, but I could not keep it running. Fuel pumps, rattles, ball joints, etc. Sucked.
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nice truck, i always liked that body style.
Thanks. I love this body style. Very roomy being a 2-door Tahoe (they were renamed Tahoe starting with 1995s), and they are pretty rare on the roads anymore. That's the main reason I want to resto-mod mine.

Long-term plans include OEM 20" wheels (on the new Silverados), body and paint work (rust is getting bad on it), refresh the interior, and drop in either a 6.0 or a 6.2, depending on what I get the best deal on. I like the look of it, so I don't want to change much inside or out, but I want a modern engine in it for more power and better fuel economy. My 350 TBI with 209K on it gets me about 14mpg in mixed driving. Even the 6.2L can beat that...
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Good luck with any of them. Huge POS in my book. Between $350 fuel pumps, half shafts, and everything else, you couldnt melt me down and pour me in a blazer.
We need to differentiate here on what type of Blazer we're talking about

1. S-10 Blazer, midsize POS suv IMO. Not worth the $$$ to fix up

2. K-5 Blazer, full size Chevy truck frame, v8, and definitely a cool truck when fixed up right.

Personally if you're looking for a project Blazer, I really like the full convertible 69-72 Blazer. They tend to be huge rust buckets though, so finding one from Texas, CA, New Mexico, etc its paramount.
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I say an early 90's K5 blazer is my pick. All the durability, reliability, and cheap parts of a silverado in an suv...**** an s10 blazer. Every year every style all total crap.
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My brother is trying to sell his. Its a 93 z71 blazer with 3" lift and 32 pro comp muds
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Buy that ^ perfect year and combo
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1972 K5 hands f'n down. They are built on a full size truck frame. Solid front axle. Small block Chevy th400. Put some good suspension parts on and they ride decent. Best looking Chevy truck front end ever made IMO. Plus when you take the top off only the windshield is left. Full convertible is much cooler than the later years where they still look like a truck after the top is off.
My neighbor sold one when I was 16 that was super clean and he only wanted 7000 for it. I kick myself to this day for not buying it. I WILL have one someday.
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K5 in whatever body style (1994 looks good though). New ones look like ****.
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78 was the last year of the Dana 44 front axle, in 79 they went to the 10 bolt. In 1981 I think they dropped the 12 bolt rear for the 8.5 10 bolt. Up until 75 you could still get a full removable roof, from 76 to 91 you only got a half cab. 73 was the start of front disk brakes, bigger body. 87 to 95 had the tbi 350. All 73-79 autos got the th350 and chain driven full time 4x4 np203, sticks got the bulletproof gear driven np205. 1980 the only choice was the 205. In 1981 it switched to the part time chain driven aluminum case np208. 92-94 (and 95) had the ifs and the nbs. My bother has a 95 2 door that's been in the family since new, pulled a 5000lb boat pretty much all of it's first 90k miles, never had a hiccup and has 150k on it now. I vote 73-75 with a 350 sm465 trans and 205 case for the awesomeness of the full convertible and the durability of the best drivetrain gm ever put in a truck.
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We need to differentiate here on what type of Blazer we're talking about

1. S-10 Blazer, midsize POS suv IMO. Not worth the $$$ to fix up

2. K-5 Blazer, full size Chevy truck frame, v8, and definitely a cool truck when fixed up right.

Personally if you're looking for a project Blazer, I really like the full convertible 69-72 Blazer. They tend to be huge rust buckets though, so finding one from Texas, CA, New Mexico, etc its paramount.
Well I have no experience with the old large ones. The s10 is the one im ragging about. 3/4 of every single one ive seen is either a total pos or well on its way there.
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78 was the last year of the Dana 44 front axle, in 79 they went to the 10 bolt. In 1981 I think they dropped the 12 bolt rear for the 8.5 10 bolt. Up until 75 you could still get a full removable roof, from 76 to 91 you only got a half cab. 73 was the start of front disk brakes, bigger body. 87 to 95 had the tbi 350. All 73-79 autos got the th350 and chain driven full time 4x4 np203, sticks got the bulletproof gear driven np205. 1980 the only choice was the 205. In 1981 it switched to the part time chain driven aluminum case np208. 92-94 (and 95) had the ifs and the nbs. My bother has a 95 2 door that's been in the family since new, pulled a 5000lb boat pretty much all of it's first 90k miles, never had a hiccup and has 150k on it now. I vote 73-75 with a 350 sm465 trans and 205 case for the awesomeness of the full convertible and the durability of the best drivetrain gm ever put in a truck.
At least this guy knows what hes talking about.
My personal choice would be a 87-91 K5 or a rare NBS K5/Tahoe with the 6.5 Diesel.
But any 73-91 K5 would be a good choice IMO.
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73-75 is my favorites. I had a 74 GMC Jimmy 2wd lowered. Used to cruise that thing all the time with the top off.
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The 6.5 diesel?!!!YUK!

The turbo was about as big as you balling up two fists. The injectors pumps used to tear themselves up and create a big *** repair bill. It wasn't intercooled. It had about as much power a Mercedes diesel. Other than that the engine ran fine it was just all the crap around it.
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