Hole-y Blazes: 1972 Chevrolet Blazer 4×4

In the 1960s, International Harvester, Ford, and Jeep were competing fiercely for the customer’s wallet in the Sports Utility space. Chevrolet, watching the larger Bronco and Scout take market share from the smaller Jeep, decided to enter the space with an SUV on a shortened truck chassis, called the Blazer. The first Blazer rolled off the line in 1969 as a strictly four-wheel drive vehicle, but by 1970, the customer could opt for two-wheel drive as well. Until 1975, the Blazer could be had with a removable fiberglass top (most popular by far), a convertible top, or no top. Here on craigslist is an unrestored 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4×4, with an asking price of $20,500. The truck is located in San Ramon, California. Thanks to BarnFinder T.J. for the tip!

This Blazer is powered by the top-of-the-line engine, a 350 cu. in. V8 rated at 175 bhp, coupled with a four-speed floor-shift manual. Amazingly, the engine bay on this truck looks cleaner than the rest of the vehicle – usually, it’s the opposite. The seller notes that the Blazer has new oil, new plugs and wires, a new battery, and new tires. It runs and drives and mileage is noted at 88,000.

The seats look ok, but the dash is severely sun damaged. The stock steering wheel and the console do come with the vehicle. The seller notes that the rear seat is missing, so put that on the shopping list. And then there’s the floor. I can see clearly now! – through the floor. Plan on patch panels – fortunately, those are nearly ubiquitous. I found multiple sellers with one try at a search.

The grille and front bumper are gently dented here and there, but oh, that hood! I guess that goes on the list too. The rear is festooned with a heavy-duty towing bumper and tow hitch. If you want to replace that, it will cost about $214 plus shipping. Speaking of replacing things, there’s more rust, as you can see from the profile photo above, but also here. Yikes! I haven’t actually seen an entire sill missing from a truck – usually, the metal is thick enough to resist that kind of insult. So while the truck has its original orange-red paint, I don’t know if you can fix all that damage without rendering a new paint job at some point. With some effort, this Blazer could do a Cinderella like this. As a reward for all that work, restored versions of early Blazers are easily topping $50,000 these days. Does that make this one worth the price?


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Michelle… As a former owner of a ’72 four wheel drive Blazer who experienced the rust fight first hand I will answer you last question with a big “no”.

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  2. Big Bear 🇺🇸

    And it gone from the listing!! That was quick. 🐻🇺🇸

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  3. 8banger 8banger Member

    LOVE the dangling ignition switch – no fire hazard there…

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  4. local_sheriff

    Well, surprise surprise, this K5 has rust in all the typical places for this gen. What’s a lot more of a surprise is that it appears to be gone already…!

    As I bought my K5 out of Mo 22years ago rust was expected and boy did I find out where these trucks can rust. And this one is supposed to be a Cali car…? What I can say for sure is that this new owner won’t have any problems figuring out how to kill spare time in the future. Expect to become very familiar with the staff at LMC before a repaint should even be considered. With that said a 1st gen K5 is indeed an extremely fun vehicle once the top goes down but expect to drop a lot more than just the top to reach that point. What this one needs is…well, a new Blazer…

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  5. Pleease

    $20.5k sounds like a quote from one of those “I know what I’ve got” memes. What’s the commodity price of rust per pound?

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  6. Karl

    Hard to believe it sold that fast when it’s a total rust bucket and looks in need of EVERYTHING!

  7. George Birth

    If this individual wants that kind of money for that much rust, His Jack Daniels bottle must be almost empty. First thing he needs to do is either fix the rust or lower the price. With the amount of rust through holes this one would be a gamble at $5k.

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