No Reserve K5: 1972 Chevrolet Blazer

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This 1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is a desirable California survivor, free from the rust and body damage many of these have suffered in the snow belt and at the hands of off-roaders. It’s an incomplete project bust seemingly a great starting point, with a very nice body wearing original Ochre paint. The seller notes that only the outer rockers have been replaced and the rest of the truck remains stock. Find it here on eBay with bidding over $6K and no reserve.

The seller says the tailgate is “cherry,” and from this vantage point, I’m inclined to agree. The body overall looks quite sound and the colors are a great look for a a Blazer of this vintage. Bumpers and glass look tidy, as do the shut-lines going up and down the sides. Power disc brakes, power steering, and air conditioning are some examples of the factory equipment the Blazer retains to this day.

The consistency of the paint is impressive, but it almost appears too consistent. Is this a repaint or original as the seller claims? The interior features sport bucket seats and a rear bench, and the A/C option is one we don’t see often. The truck is an automatic, which really isn’t the first choice of enthusiasts, but doesn’t seem to be deterring bidders at the moment. No mention of the door panels is made.

The listing states that the 350 V8 with its four-barrel carb are “complete,” but not running. So there’s another strike against this desirable K5 Blazer, but not a significant one. I’m sure it won’t take much to get the old 350 to fire, and certainly replacements are cheap if this one is DOA. The honesty of this Blazer is refreshing, and part of a increasingly small pool of unrestored trucks.

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  1. Mr. Bond

    Would be good to know more about the drivetrain condition. And that top has sure seen better days. Body looks really good. I like the ochre color though.

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  2. Stevieg

    I believe the claim of original paint. The rockers look shinier than the rest of the truck & the door jambs show no sign of overstay or masking. This should be a pretty straight forward and easy restoration. I wish I could take it on!

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  3. Jeff

    Whaaat? There’s overspray everywhere, look at the passenger seat for example. On the driverside the whole seatbeltbottom is sprayed! I would say the whole outside of the body has got new paint. There is even some paper/tape still on the grill (pic one).
    But nice colour dough.

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    • Stillrunners

      Cherry 2000…..

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  4. Jim in FL

    My 72 was yellow, but a more pale yellow. Could be lighting or just a respray. Either way, this will go for nutty money. I’m sorry it’s on the wrong coast or I would throw my hat in. This would be the Mark II version of my old surf buggy, plus it has AC. Seems like a simple restoration as well.

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  5. Darren

    I love this truck !!

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  6. Alex

    I’ve owned 8 of these trucks over the years. This is the base model, not the CST trim package which means it has the double wall roof that is really heavy if you want to take it off. Almost all the parts needed to restore this are available from LMC truck. A/C is not common on these Blazers so it looks good if you can get it cheap enough.

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