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Nice Driver: 1980 GMC Jimmy 4×4

This Cardinal Red and white 1980 GMC Jimmy is a great-looking 4×4! It has had some work done, but most of it is original. There are a few things that the new owner can address, but it is ready to be a daily driver. It can be found here on eBay with a current bid of over $22,000. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, there isn’t a lot of information in the ad regarding the truck’s history, but it appears to be a mostly original survivor. Take a closer look for yourself.

Like the exterior, the interior is very clean. The seller says the driver’s seat upholstery is original and all the lights and gauges work. The rear seat is also clean like the front buckets are. The ad says that the driver’s side power window motor needs replaced. A new one will be included with the sale.

We see some overspray, but the seller claims that the paint is original. It could be that just select areas have been touched up. What are your thoughts?

The engine is a 350 cubic inch V8 that the seller says was rebuilt by the previous owner. You can see some aftermarket performance items along with a power brake booster, which is a nice option on a lifted 4×4.

The seller says the Jimmy has a new 2 1/2″ lift and new tires. There are a few spots of rust, but overall, it looks like a nice above-average driver. The odometer is currently showing 84k miles, which the seller believes to be accurate. Given the overall condition, the mileage seems like it could be accurate. What do you think?


  1. Big Al

    I would love this in my driveway. Nice

    Like 9
  2. Mike61

    Old men like old trucks. I’ve always been a Ford guy but anything, Ford, Chevy or Dodge, always catch the eye. I hope whoever buys this can get in front of the rust. Not an easy task….Nice Jimmy!!

    Like 6
  3. Greg B Greg B Member

    Wow, that looks nice!

    Like 4
  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like this one overall. Can’t say that I’m too fussy about the lift kit; they are high enough as it is. 1980 was the year the wide bodies started to change. Higher emission regulations stifled those engines down to the point that they could scarcely pull themselves. Of course, we knew a whole bunch of unecologically approved ways to make the engines run better. No more full-time 4×4 because that wasted gas. The 205 transfer case was phased out through the year in favor of the aluminum-cased 208. If a person wanted a square-fendered wide body this was the way to go. Now if I was looking for a Jimmy/Blazer type vehicle I sure wouldn’t turn this one down although a ‘78 or ‘79 would be preferable. However, the male enhancement device would make a quick exit. Interesting how a set of U-joints would last 100K miles in stock configuration but when you lift the truck, even just a little, you start replacing them by the 24 pack…

    Like 6
    • Terrry

      not to mention, wearing the transmission out put shaft bushing and the differential input bushing. Everything is at a wrong angle when you lift a truck.

      Like 5
    • angliagt angliagt Member

      Also,there’s room for a Viagra dispenser in there.

      Like 1
    • Ken

      Not original price is to high with rust

  5. Chad Schmitz

    I had a “78 in the early 90’s with 60 some thousand original miles. Same color scheme. Sold it to buy our first house. Man I loved that Jimmy. I’ve kicked myself ever since for selling it

    Like 3
  6. local_sheriff

    Very sweet K5 – only disappointment is I was expecting the beautiful Houndstooth cloth upholstery…! Passenger side seat cover must have been replaced, unless owner was permanently driving this K5 solo

  7. Dave

    It’s just how I remember them to be. I wonder how they would do reinvented by the big three and sold today? Back in the day many were lifted. I know of two friends who lost control of their Blazer and crashed them beyond repair.

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    • Howard A Member

      Hi Dave, not enough “power ports” for today,,,besides, that might make sense, something vehicle makers lost a long time ago,,

      Like 1
  8. Karl

    One of the nicest I have seen in a very long time. The rust will need to dealt with quickly because as we all know these had some serious potential to breed rust very quickly. Take care of the rust, bump the engine to where it can breath and enjoy!

    Like 2
  9. Howard A Member

    I know, I sing the praises of my 1980 Bronco, but in all fairness, splitting hairs here. I was a Ford truck person, bled Ford blue, I did, made my living with Ford trucks, but now that I’m a GM person( in squarebody respects only), I could have just as easily went with this then. People rip on me for stating my ex-wifes,,um, lack of vehicle sense, I’m not alone. Many times, mechanically inept spouses, ruin vehicles, not because they maliciously want to kill it, or get even with us, they just don’t understand how it works, and drive it until it stops. This would have worked just as well as the Bronco, how’s that?
    These were just the best of the best, 75 years of truck improvements led to these. Like all, they withered away in the very environment they were created for. Most of these sit behind a vacation home now with a plow and a 5 gallon bucket for a seat, still ready to go,,,just not as much there. Great find and the only ones you’ll see are ones that never saw a flake of snow.

    Like 4
  10. Stevieg Member

    I had to laugh at Howard description of what most of these look like now.
    I had one a bit newer, 1987, and it was my plow truck at my first car lot. The drivers seat fell through the floor, if it weren’t for the frame rail I would have died lol.
    I drove it like that for another winter plow season. Scary!

    Like 1

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