No Time to Enjoy: 1980 Chevy K5 Blazer

This 1980 Chevrolet K5 Blazer shows average mileage but remains in above average condition, and remains nearly completely stock, according to the seller. The Blazer is listed with no reserve at the moment, and bidding is right around $7K. The seller notes lack of time and the desire to start a business as reasons for the sale. Find the Blazer here on eBay and located near Arlington, Texas.

Thanks to Barn Finds reader local_sherrif for the find. The Blazer sports a handsome combo of brown over white paint, with a matching hard top and rear spoiler. The chrome roof rack looks sharp, and the other chrome bits present well. The Rallye-style wheels are OEM-correct and look straight and true. All glass appears to be haze-free.

The interior is a real high point, with minty original fabrics and stain-free carpet. Despite being in Texas, there are no obvious signs of sun damage. The dash isn’t cracked and there doesn’t appear to be any warping of the door panels. The seller notes the A/C was recently updated with a modern retrofit, which I’m assuming means it was converted to R134A.

The 5.7L V8 presents nicely, but no details are provided about any recent upkeep. All power functions are said to work as intended, and the seller notes there are no modifications from stock. It’s difficult to find Blazers in that sweet spot of being unmodifed, but not so nice you’re afraid to drive it. This clean example occupies that sweet spot – bid away!

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Comments

  1. Miguel

    I really miss driving one of these square bodied trucks.

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  2. Camaro Joe

    Miguel,

    I restored an 84 Chevy K-10 short bed that I inherited from my Dad about 13 years ago. It was owned by my Uncle for most of its’ life before Dad got it. My family thought I should do it. I figured it was a money loser, but that was way before the prices took off. I’ll still lose money on it because it’s family and all I can do is will it to my cousins.

    I use it once in a while, but the ride is terrible. It rides like a truck, but that’s because it is an old truck. Here in Northwest PA (the snow belt between Buffalo NY and Cleveland OH) we have potholes that destroy Toyotas and KIAs. My last trip through Ohio broke the belts in both front tires of my Toyota daily driver. The truck isn’t hurt by stuff like that, but I have to get my dentist to check for loose fillings after I drive the truck.

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  3. local_sheriff

    Simply LOVE those homely houndstooth seats!!! Anyone know of a source to locate reproductions of these?

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    • Ralph

      There is a company that advertises in Hemmings that has discontinued auto upholstery, the Chevy and GMC trucks of this vintage had some wild upholstery in the high end versions. there were other years it was plaid patterned.

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  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    1980 was the year things started to change with GM. Gone was Full-Time 4×4 and gone was the NP205. It was the aluminum-cased NP208 with the chain that was considerably smaller than the one in the 203. You couldn’t get anything larger than a 350 in a 1/2 ton, and even that was anemic, due to retarded valve timing, advance curve and leaner (yet) mixtures. The HD suspension package was down to less than 6000 GVW in order to enforce the new regulations. We worked a lot of them over so they could almost pull a limp noodle out of a pail of lard. No more 3.73 gears; they wanted you to keep up with the Interceptors. They also introduced the lockup torque converter which had problems of its own. The trucks and Blazer/Jimmy’s were still well made. But you could still see the shape of things to come. While I would much rather have a’79 I still wouldn’t turn down an ‘80. It was the last of the TRUE Square Bodies…

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  5. Brandon Carroll

    Do you know exact gun paint colors on this vehicle. Trying to restore one just like this but need the paint colors.

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