Desert Find Survivor: 1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

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There are some rigs you don’t mind seeing done up to look their Sunday best, and I’d wager the Chevrolet K5 Blazer is one of them. Thankfully, generous production numbers mean that you can always find one that’s a big dog-eared if you like to buy them in original condition, so you don’t have to feel bad about some fresh paint and clean upholstery on occasion. This 1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is described as being a high desert survivor that was treated to some cosmetic refreshes, and with the addition of some meatier tires, it absolutely looks the part of a classic square body in this eBay listing.

I mean…is there a better shape than this in the truck world? I would wager this is one of the best profiles in the business, if you ask me. The seller notes that the Blazer came out to North Carolina after some years in California’s high desert, and it was treated to a fresh paint job with a factory dark blue and cameo white color combination. Like so many other Blazers of this vintage, he wagers the hardtop has never been removed. While the paint may have been faded after years in the sun, it appears that rust has never been an issue on this rig, and the chrome on the wheel trim rings and front and rear bumpers also appears to be in excellent condition.

The seller adds that this K5 came from the factory with the Cheyenne package and cruise control. ’78 was a pretty big year for the Blazer, with several significant design and options changes. You could order power windows and locks for the first time, though the original buyer of this truck decided to go without. The steering wheel diameter was reduced, and high-back bucket seats were installed. The rear floor was made flat to create more rear seat leg-room, and Cheyenne models like this one also got new bright metal door trim and instrument panel inserts.

This Blazer also benefits from the top banana engine offered this model year with a stout 400 V8 under the hood. You could have lived with the base spec inline-six, muscled your way up to a 305, gotten the venerable 350, or gone with the 400 like this truck has. The seller notes that the engine benefits from a full tune-up and that it also comes equipped with the 12 bolt rear end and NP205 “rock crusher” transfer case. Throw in the cold air conditioning and some cool KC driving lamps on the front push bar and you’ve got a pretty killer truck. Find it here on eBay with bids to $16,377 and no reserve.

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  1. Jeff

    How do you folks detect sill bidding on eBay?

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    • Jeff Christianson

      I made a typo above.

      Subject: Seeking Feedback on Bidding for a Car on eBay

      Hello everyone,

      I have a question about bidding on eBay, as this is my first time attempting it. It seems like it would be easy for “shill” bidding to occur on eBay. (For those unfamiliar, shill bidding is when someone intentionally places bids on an item to increase its price.)

      Has anyone here had experience buying a car on eBay? If so, could you share any tips or advice on how to navigate the bidding process and avoid potential pitfalls like shill bidding?

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  2. Nelson C

    Good looking Blazer. Rugged stance, great colors and equipment. First year for power windows and locks but not really missing. Those high back seats are good and supportive. Great on or off roader.

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  3. David G

    This one is from my area. Was wondering why I haven’t seen it in the past few years. Power windows, power door locks, and pulse (intermittent) wipers all debuted as options on 1977 Chevrolet/GMC trucks. This Blazer does have the pulse wipers, as well as the very desirable factory tachometer option. It’s insanely clean, and the new owner will be getting a great vehicle that he or she will be very proud to call their own.

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    • Nelson C

      Correct on the power conveniences. I stand corrected.

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  4. geomechs geomechsMember

    This is a good unit overall. I could come home to my place and I wouldn’t complain one bit. However, one look that the headlight doors and I say that this is a ’79. I will also say that you couldn’t get an automatic with Part-Time 4×4 in ’78; it wasn’t offered until ’79. We sold a few trucks in ’79 so-equipped. I tried to get that with my ’79 GMC K-1500 but there was a shortage of adapters between the automatic and the 205 TC so I just re-ordered my truck with the 203. It turned out OK.

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  5. Bill West

    Nice Blazer, but outward appearances deem it to be a 79, not a 78: hood & headlamp bezels as well as the fuel tank door are the 79 design.

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