Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Looking like a paramilitary vehicle built for suburban warfare (because frankly that's what it was originally built for), this awesome 1986 Chevrolet K5 Blazer M1009 is the ideal choice for just about any adventure. With 6.2L diesel power, tough olive drab bodywork, a lifted stance, and plenty of attitude, it's going to get attention everywhere it goes.
The CUCV (Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle) was a program from the mid'80s that produced militarized versions of the civilian K5 Blazer, and in the last couple decades these predecessors to the HUMVEE (in fact, the military K5 CUCV was built by Vic Hickey, father of the HUMVEE) have found there way into the collector car world via government auctions. Most of them have beaten to an inch of their lives, or stored outdoors until Mother Nature brought them the everlasting peace they didn't find on the battlefield, but a select few like this 1986 example have been neatly preserved and repurposed. The body was recently refinished with a spray-on bedliner material dyed a military style Olive Drab, and it's the perfect complement for this warrior's chiseled bodywork. The body and the removable top got the same treatment, and this bedliner paint will practically last forever and it's impervious to just about anything you can throw at it, which means the paint itself embodies the very spirit of this truck. Off-road accessories include a color-matched brush guard up front, giant blacked-out bumpers fore and aft with bright red tow hooks attached, and a full roof rack that carries a matching spare and giant LED lightbars front and back. The blacked-out grille was typical CUCV-spec as well, but it's been filled with modern blacked-out LED headlights, along with a trio of LED light bars mounted in the brush guard. Those tow rings and the industrial tow-package under the rear bumper mean it's serious about going into the brush and tubular step plates make it easy to climb up into the tall 4x4. Fender flares were painted to match and mounted over the giant beadlock wheels, and desert stars and American flags were added to the paint scheme to give this M1009 a very unique look that we absolutely love.
With plenty of upgrades and modern materials, the interior shows quite well in this bruiser. Swapped-in leather buckets from a late-model Chevy SUV are all-day comfortable and leagues ahead of what would've come stock, and they brought the matching rear seat as well to match for some friends (or co-conspirators, depending on what you're doing with this truck). The factory gauges, steering wheel, and locking center console mean it's easy to get comfortable behind the wheel, and although the burgundy door panels and dash pad don't exactly match, they do the trick. A heavy-duty black mat was added up front and cleans up easily, while the storage area in the back still shows off the truck's original paint and demonstrates just how solid this K5 actually is. Extra switches and 12-volt plugs were added to a custom console just below the dash and most of the original switches are still clearly labeled, so you can put them to work immediately, while an upgraded Boss AM/FM/CD/USB/BT stereo is ready to bang out 'Fortunate Son' at any moment.
GM's rugged, reliable, and torquey 6.2 liter diesel V8 is a great choice in the Blazer, getting the big truck moving without a lot of effort and never getting tired when slogging through the rough stuff. Given its durability, it shouldn't be a surprise that it has never required a major rebuild, although it has been conscientiously serviced by the looks of things under the hood. You'll need to master the starting procedure since it still uses glow plugs, but you'll also discover that as long as this engine has fuel and air, it'll run, making it incredibly reliable. The M1009's unique split 24/12-volt electrical system with it's multiple batteries is still place and working as it should, and a giant radiator was added to keep the heavy-duty diesel nice and cool under all conditions. The heavy-duty TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case feed heavy-duty -ton axles and they've added dual exhaust with chambered mufflers so it has an intimidating voice. A full Rough Country lift with fresh shocks and steering stabilizers were added for the tall stance, and the suspension was tuned right because this Blazer actually drives really well, further assisted with a big sway bar and front disc brakes. Heavy-duty beadlock off-road wheels look butch and carry giant 315/70/17 all-terrain tires that will climb over boulders the size of beach balls without a scratch.
This is one bad Blazer that should satisfy anyone's urge to have an adventure. Heck, just driving it to work should make you feel like Rambo, and if you're a serious off-roader, you'll appreciate its upgraded capabilities. USA and Slava Ukraine! Call today!
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