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why get a Blazer?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by anatomiczero, Oct 27, 2001.

  1. anatomiczero

    anatomiczero 1/2 ton status

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    I'm 16 and I'm saving for a car, I've been set on getting a Blazer for a long time. The I see cars like Camaros pretty cheap then think about gas prices etc. What are the main reasons to get a Blazer?

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  2. wakedog

    wakedog 1/2 ton status

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    Im 16 to and i got a jimmy, they are tight, they are solid axle, you can put 1 ton running gear in them easily and they look tight as hell when they are lifted.

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.bigredjimmy.iwarp.com>http://www.bigredjimmy.iwarp.com</a>
     
  3. POWERMAD

    POWERMAD 1/2 ton status

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    Go and take a look at the members rides section.
    There are over 100 reasons there as to why ya oughta have a K5.
    [​IMG]

    <font color=green> Too bad ignorance isn't painful </font color=green>
     
  4. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    well...if i were you just stay away from Furd's and Heeps. K5's will be easy and cheap to upgrade compared to other 4x's and camaro's are camaro's[​IMG] IMHO you can never go wrong with GM.

    -Zakk
    '77 K5 SB 400 TH350 NP203 p/t 6" Lift D60 14BFF 4.10's 36"Wrangler II's

    [​IMG] CK5's MOAB 2002 OR BUST!! [​IMG]
     
  5. FatBoyBlazer

    FatBoyBlazer 1/2 ton status

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    i'm 16, my blazer was given to me so i wasn't compaining about it, the thing is that it is like a covertable truck

    high
     
  6. 90K5

    90K5 1/2 ton status

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    chicks dig Blazers!!!!!!

    90K5
     
  7. FatBoyBlazer

    FatBoyBlazer 1/2 ton status

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    i've got to second that

    high
     
  8. Mudfreak

    Mudfreak 1/2 ton status

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    Chix do dig it!
    More room to roll around in at the drive in movies. he he !

    88 K5... work in progress
     
  9. riz

    riz 3/4 ton status

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    <font color=purple> Ours isn't to ask why, but rather WHY NOT !!!!

    L8r,
    . Riz . <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/rizmonkey>www.geocities.com/rizmonkey</a>

    <font color=purple> BOW CHICKA BOW WOW !
     
  10. anatomiczero

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    Good to know, I'll get a Blazer!

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  11. shaggyk5

    shaggyk5 1/2 ton status

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    looks cool
    4wheel drive
    cheap to fix
    cheap to upgrade
    looks cool
    Convertable
    room for 5
    you can sleep 2 people very comfotably in the back if you pull out the rear seat
    looks cool
    Chevy smallblock v8
    big aftermarket
    safety factor (big truck vs small car, who's gonna win...)
    did i mention they look cool?

    Thigs to watch out for: RUST (our main enemy) bad motors/trans/tcase

    Good luck and hope to see you here in the future.

    --matt
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  12. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I went to a Blazer for several reasons, most notably were:

    1) My family has owned several, and I know they are reliable
    2) 350
    3) Needed a backseat
    4) Short Wheelbase/relatively light weight
    5) Slightly larger than a Bronco
    6) GM interchangability
    7) Removable top
    8) 85-up have a killer electrical system (WeatherPak connectors)
    9) 10 bolt axles available anywhere for little of nothing
    10) Why not?

    Of the 5 toughest dogs in the neighborhood, my cat's ranked #3
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  13. Triaged

    Triaged 1/2 ton status

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    I have to agree w/ what everyone has said but "relatively light weight"!?!

    LOL

    I don't know what makes you think that : )
    What is it lighter than? A BUS?

    BTY:
    Chicks dig the 1st gens more!

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  14. ChevyCaGal

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    Cuz I said you need to buy one... there's yer reason! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] They are simply sweet. Solid axles.. easy to upgrade. Cheap parts. Looks cool (I am partial to the 86 since it's what I have!) You have a ton of room and a back seat for more friends. I could go on more but I think you get the basic idea! [​IMG]

    &lt;&gt;&lt;<a target="_blank" href=http://www.chevycagal.homestead.com/steph.html>Steph's Webpage</a>&gt;&lt;&gt;
    Suck Fumes Ford Boy
    I keep trying to lose weight, but it always finds me!
     
  15. CaptCrunch

    CaptCrunch 1/2 ton status

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    The reason to get a Blazer? Easy... then you can become a member of CK5 and get your membership card, dicounts, etc. and not to mention be as cool as all of us in orange [​IMG] LOL [​IMG]

    -Mikey
    1987 Chevy K5 Blazer- 350 TBI
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  16. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    For their size Blazers are light - especially as OEM equipped. Several pounds lighter than a comparable Bronco or Ramcharger.

    Of the 5 toughest dogs in the neighborhood, my cat's ranked #3
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  17. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    Well, it does anything! And it looks cool doing it!

    Peace and stuff [​IMG],

    Muddin

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/muddin4fun79blazer>www.geocities.com/muddin4fun79blazer</a>
     
  18. Triaged

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    I never realized that. Still I don't think light would be on my top 10 reasons to buy a K5.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  19. ArrowheadK5

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    I just turned 18, and my first vehicle was a K5. Here are some more pluses:

    They turn SHARP, into any parking spot
    better looks than a bronco
    higher than a camaro, you will come to appreciate being able to see well
    Girls actually DO, honestly, like them, especially with the top off! (truck, not girl [​IMG])
    4x4, obviously
    Curbs are a no-brainer, she'll go over easily
    Light (compared to a pickup) to have enough kick to put a smile on your face
    Great to work on, parts are everywhere
    It's a real truck.

    Good luck, and I hope you make a wise choice!

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    --Thomas Jefferson
     
  20. TwoCrowsDesign

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    Well, gas prices definitely aren't a reason! I think about the best mileage you can reasonably expect out of a K5 is 15-16 MPG.

    But if you really want to do your homework before you buy, read through the old posts and familiarize yourself with the types of problems we have with our rigs. They run the gamut from rust to electrical, but by and large Blazers are highly reliable, repairable and driveable.

    When you go out looking to purchase, probably the number one thing to look out for, after powerplant and drivetrain, is rust. Check the tailpan and floorpans closely. They can be fixed, but its just not a very exciting job to do. I'd rather have spent my time and money on suspension goodies.

    If you're planning on rock crawling you may want to target a fuel injected model (87 and up) since they spray no matter what position you get yourself into, but a lot of folks on here crawl with carbs so that isn't an absolute requirement.

    You can pick up an old beater Blazer for cheap money, I regularly see them for under $2K, and actually picked up an '88 for $350, then drove it home. Of course neither of the tailgate hinges were attached to anything and after I broke of the sawzall and finished cutting, well... Let's just say, its sitting in my driveway with a newly constructed tailpan patiently waiting for me to put the floor back in it!

    But by far the biggest problem with owning a Blazer is this website. You'll read the posts on this d*mn board and get all these great ideas. Before you know it you'll have a project list as long as your arm and an empty wallet. Let's see, there's the shackle flip, custom bumpers, rock sliders, more lift, less sheet metal, bigger tires, rollbar, the elusive search for the cheap d60, crossover steering, full convertible conversion...

    So good luck and have fun looking.

    John
     

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