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What to pay for a 81-91?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by koolk5s, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. koolk5s

    koolk5s Newbie

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    I am new from Ohio and am wanting either a 81-91 Chevy Blazer or GMC Jimmy.

    I have found a few nice ones around here but it seems to get a nice one they cost a little more than the same one would in the south.

    I am looking for a nice one with no major problems that would be a daily driver. I am trying to find one with a mild lift with either 33s or 35s. Am I being unrealistic when I don't want to pay for more that $4,000 or so for one?

    I am going to Florida on vacation in June and I have found a few nice ones in Florida on Autotrader.com. I plan to be driving a K5 by August.

    What are some things that I would need to look for when going to look at one?

    Thank you,

    Paul
     
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Look all over the underside for rust . Look at the condition of the interior . Make sure the truck is mostly intact , stuff like smog pumps etc , you may need which will cost you later . Look for signs of leakage on the diff covers , engine , case , trans , and engine . Drive the truck to see how it runs and stops . 4000 grand should get you a nice K5 you can drive home . . 81 -86 are carbs , 87 - 91 are injected , prices higher on later models . The more solid the truck the better . Fly in , drive out /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  3. koolk5s

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    Thanks for replying I found about 6 in the local truck trader one is about 10 miles from here. Its an 88 it says Arizona truck with, 350, 4" lift, rebuilt transmission & transfer case and what looks like 15x10 Mt Classic IIs with 35x12.50 tires. They want 6,000 for it http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=172442443&dealer_id=&car_year=1988&make=CHEV&distance=200&max_price=6000&model=BLAZER&end_year=1991&advcd_on=n&min_price=0&address=44437&search_type=used&advanced=n&start_year=1981&color=&cardist=9 too bad I dont have the money. My dad said he would go halfway on one so Im looking for one in the $4,000 range. I was told that $4,000 would go a long way in Texas.
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Go show up with 4000 grand cash , they may take it . Thats a little high though . I paid 6300 fro mine , but that was financed on a buy here pay here lot , I could of paid 4000 if I had cash in hand to go buy one back then . I wouldn't offer them more than 4000 , they may bite . It is pretty though . Just ditch the blocks and get new non saggy springs and a shackle flip /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif



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  5. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I would look for an 89-91. THey are the nicest out of all the blazers, are injected, and have the best cahnce at being in good shape. The front clip on them look really sharp too! I really like the '88 pictured above. Fly here to Cali and you might get me to sell you mine. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  6. koolk5s

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    Yea I have thought about driving to Texas for one but after thinking it over I will end up spending about a grand on food, hotel, and gas. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif my plan is that when I go on vacation to florida too look for one and then on the way home stop to look at some then if I dont buy one if that one for 6000 is still around I will offer $4,000 for it. I hope to find some nicer ones down south for a better deal. I found a very nice one autotrader in TN but I dunno If I could pay $5,995 for it. I would like to find a steal like this with a mild lift. http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=164773564&dealer_id=70822&car_year=1985&make=CHEV&distance=300&max_price=6000&model=BLAZER&advcd_on=n&end_year=1991&min_price=2000&first_record=1&address=15122&search_type=used&advanced=n&start_year=1981&=&color=&cardist=300
     
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    My brother bought another K5 a few months back and gave $2200 for ir. 87' w/fuel injected, 6" lift, 35's, and 410's w/locker in the rear. It has a good straight body and all power.

    I paid $2250 for my 84' with a 4" lift and 33's the rest stock. When I bought it, it was straight and purty with the silverado package.

    I noticed around here they are cheaper in the winter time /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif. Winter you can pick one up for around $2500-4000, in the summer it's about $4000-6000 for the same truck.

    Hell I had mine for sale awhile back for $3300 and it has a built 350, 4"lift, 36's, 1tons, 456's locked at both ends and so on. But then again that only lasted for a few days before I got back into the right frame of mind.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Yea I have thought about driving to Texas for one but after thinking it over I will end up spending about a grand on food, hotel, and gas. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif my plan is that when I go on vacation to florida too look for one and then on the way home stop to look at some then if I dont buy one if that one for 6000 is still around I will offer $4,000 for it. I hope to find some nicer ones down south for a better deal. I found a very nice one autotrader in TN but I dunno If I could pay $5,995 for it. I would like to find a steal like this with a mild lift. http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=164773564&dealer_id=70822&car_year=1985&make=CHEV&distance=300&max_price=6000&model=BLAZER&advcd_on=n&end_year=1991&min_price=2000&first_record=1&address=15122&search_type=used&advanced=n&start_year=1981&=&color=&cardist=300

    [/ QUOTE ]That is a nice K5, mine is an '85 also. If I could have done it over again I would have bought an injected K5. Better mileage and more power.
     
  9. koolk5s

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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I would jump all over the red and black K5. That is my favorite factory paint. 3800 seems faily cheap too.
     

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