213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA
Lithia Springs, GA
Jeep invented the personal 4x4, Ford made it popular, and trucks like this dialed-in 1979 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Cheyenne 4x4 perfected the breed. Blending the perfect amount of go-anywhere truck durability with creature comforts and practicality, the Blazer was a mainstay of popular automotive culture for decades, and few are better suited to that legacy than this beautifully restored original 4x4.
The very attractive and vivid Blue Metallic paint job closely replicates the factory color (GM offered several shades of similar blues for their '79 K5s) and still looks great on the Blazer's squared-off body lines. There's plenty of Chevy pickup truck DNA in there, but who can argue with the result when it looks this darn good? The proportions are ideal for a big yet personal SUV, and with the removable white hardtop out back, it's fairly easy to transform it into a fun-in-the-sun machine for a day at the beach. The idea of having fun in this truck was clearly the driving force behind the restoration, since it isn't trailer queen perfect, but rather a great blend of restored and original components that ensure you won't think twice about climbing behind the wheel and putting it to use. The driver-quality repaint was done right when it was finished a few years back, much nicer than we usually see on these big brutes, and when combined with the bling of the Cheyenne body trim and white hardtop, the curb appeal is off the charts. It fits together very well, the big doors close easily, and there's no evidence that it has ever been wrecked or abused. The egg-crate grille up front is brand new and really pops with those shiny chrome outlines on the front clip, heavy-duty bumpers fore and are the perfect endcaps, and that aforementioned Cheyenne trim on the profiles and tailgate is new and bright as can be. Whether on the trail or at the car show, this Blazer turns heads.
Twin high-back bucket seats with custom white-and-blue seat covers, durable black vinyl flooring, and a new black dash pad and matching new door panels anchor a stylish and functional interior that proves how well-built and well-cared for this K5 Blazer really is. Today, we might find the inside of the Blazer absurdly spacious (especially when you consider that this is a 2-door truck), but that's the great thing about old vehicles like this, particularly when they're also practical and functional. The white vinyl with blue suede inserts upholstery is in great shape wrapped around those durable front buckets, and that beautiful matching white vinyl was continued onto the rear bench meaning this K5 is a comfortable 4-passenger vehicle (5 in a pinch) that'll truly go almost anywhere. By 1979, the Blazer was getting more luxurious, and it feels great to settle behind the big 3-spoke tilt wheel for a long cruise or a crawl down your favorite trail. A black center console splits the buckets and provides cup holders and extra storage, the black Cheyenne dash pad was finished to match, and both the column shifter for the automatic transmission and floor-shifter for the 2-speed transfer case are a short reach away. The Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit powers up from the factory dash slot and there's cool-looking black headliner up above that houses a full set of speakers, although we had trouble getting sound so they made need a little attention. Other choice options include factory A/C, power windows and locks, a tilt column, and a full set of seatbelts front and back. Roll down the rear electric window and open the tailgate to reveal all that cargo space, which can be more than doubled when the rear bench is removed. And when the removable white top is taken off, this Blazer turns into an open-air cruiser than can also double as a 4x4 pickup truck. Sweet!
The neatly detailed 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood that powers this bruiser is the perfect companion if you're going somewhere remote, or if you're just cruising around town to impress the locals. It's mostly a stock set-up, which is great for reliability, and frankly it might just be a little too clean to spend any time playing in the dirt. They resisted the urge to add a bunch of flash, opting instead for a set of subtle finned valve covers and a matching Edelbrock air cleaner as dress-up. With a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Holley performance intake atop the motor it's breathing easy, and the horsepower is kicked up a bit thanks to a set of block hugging long-tube headers at the flanks. It runs superbly, starting easily and idling with a muscular rumble from the H-pipe Flowmaster dual exhaust system below. The powerful small block is backed by a capable TH350 3-speed automatic transmission plus a 2-speed transfer case that feeds power to the heavy-duty axles at both ends (10-bolt front; 12-bolt rear). With that lifted ride height, it'll climb over big obstacles and the upgraded shocks, springs, and steering stabilizers keep
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