New Lift Kit, Wheels, Tires: 1987 Chevrolet Blazer

The Chevy Blazer K5 was a full-size sport utility vehicle (before the term was commonly used) built between 1969-94. It was the smallest full-size SUV within the GM C/K family of trucks. The K5 designation disappeared after 1973, although purists still incorporate it into the name. This edition from 1987 is well-used and in decent condition though there is small rust and the interior needs TLC. It currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is on a no reserve auction here on eBay at $5,109 as of this writing.

All of GM’s full-size trucks got a redesign for 1973, a platform that would stick around for 18 years. While most Blazers sold were 4-wheel-drive, Chevy built rear-drive versions until 1982. Later Blazers used a chain-driven NP208 transfer case with front 10-bolt/rear 10-bolt axle combinations. While the SUV could come with one of several engines, throttle body injection was introduced in 1987, making the 350 cubic-inch V8 the standard powerplant, as in the seller’s Blazer.

The seller’s ’87 could be used as-is or restored, depending on what the buyer intends to use it for. We’re told it runs well and has no major mechanical issues. The mileage reported looks like a placeholder, so we don’t know how many miles this beast has seen. The 700r transmission performs as it should, and the truck has a new 6-inch Rough Country lift kit riding on new wheels and tires. The front driveshaft is not installed but comes with the truck and it will need a new exhaust and all three window motors.

Third-generation Blazers tended to rust, at least the earlier ones as my neighbor’s ’74 almost disappeared before your eyes. Presumably, this was improved over the years, but there’s some present in the seller’s Blazer in places like the back floorboard corners and around the gas tank filler. The red paint is faded but would be fine if you wanted this vehicle for a work truck. The interior must be worse than it looks as the seller describes it as “fairly rough” but some new floor coverings could go a long way. The seller indicates he has too many projects to devote the time needed to make this Blazer right. So now it’s your turn!


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  1. Tim

    Lose the lift kit and put the front driveshaft back in and it’s perfect.

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  2. Mikeh

    I had a 1990, which my wife called “Canyonero” after a giant SUV owned by Homer Simpson. After several years, you could literally watch the rust work it’s way up the body. I got in one day and pulled the seat belt up and a big chunk of the floorpan with the seat belt reel attached came flying over the seat. We had a good laugh, and a few weeks later it was replaced with a 4×4 Silverado.

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