Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, Texas
We sell a lot of C- and K-series Chevy pickups, but not so many K5 Blazers like this 1987 example. Why? Perhaps it's because they made a fraction as many of these as they did pickup trucks. Maybe a lot of them were just used as intended and just got used up along the way. Or maybe it's just because their owners love them so much they're unwilling to let them go.
Whatever the reason, it's easy to see why these trucks remain perennial favorites for off-road fans. The chiseled good looks are obviously based on the pickup trucks, but there's so much more to a Blazer than just a pickup with a cap. The proportions are exactly right and it's a big, high-visibility piece of 4x4 hardware that looks tough enough to climb a mountain. It appears that this one is wearing its original paint, which looks quite authentic and doesn't detract from the truck's purposeful look. It's in good shape for being 30 years old, and while the color isn't exciting, the exciting thing is that there are no secrets hiding under original paint. It's clean! There's not a lot of adornment on the sides of the body, so it looks sleek, and the matching top gives it a unified look, unlike the usual white top that can be jarring to look at. The billet front grille looks aggressive and is framed by bright stainless trim, a heavy-duty chrome bumper, and a set of clear lenses on the headlights and parking lights. It's definitely got the right look.
The tan interior looks straight out of the 1980s, and that's not a bad thing. We believe those are replacement seat covers, so they match the original material and patterns and work well with the factory door panels. It's got a few signs of use, but overall this truck continues to impress us with its preservation. The gauges still offer bright markings, the back seat looks almost completely unused, and even the cargo area shows well thanks to tough rubber flooring used throughout the cab. Features include a tilt wheel, cruise control, and, since this was 1987, a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, so it's surprisingly comfortable on long hauls. The top is indeed removable and there's something special about a topless blazer on a sunny day, making it easy to imagine taking this truck to the beach or to your favorite remote spot. There's a brand new full-sized spare on board, too, so you never have to worry about getting stranded with a flat.
The engine is a fresh GM crate 350 cubic inch V8 with with only 7,500 miles on it and with throttle body fuel injection (TBI). It's mostly stock, although an Edelbrock intake manifold and air cleaner have been added, along with a set of long-tube headers to help build torque. Thanks to OEM fuel injection, it starts easily and runs smoothly with good torque that moves the big truck without ever feeling like it's working hard. Backed by a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, this big 4x4 actually does pretty well on the highway and with a 2-speed transfer case and heavy-duty axles, it also has the hardware to crawl through some pretty rough terrain. The suspension features a 2-inch Rough Country lift that includes new springs, so it's ready to rock. Thanks to a new Flowmaster dual exhaust system it has a pleasant V8 sound that's muted enough to make this a favorite long-distance cruiser and it sits right on shiny Mickey Thompson aluminum wheels with big 305/70/16 Toyo all-terrain radials that fill the wheel wells perfectly.
Look for these trucks to become a lot more popular in coming years as values on early Broncos skyrocket. And that's not even taking into account just how much fun these are to drive. Call today!
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