CK5 Network
Become a member of the largest online community for Chevy K5 Blazer, Suburban and C/K series truck owners!

Restomod ‘87 K5 - Back in Black


So finally back in a K5. This one is an ‘87, and is all stock with the exception of a 350 crate motor. I had it shipped from Oregon, where its been its entire life, prior to being picked up on April 10th. I believe I am technically the 4th owner, but it was in the same family from new to 2015 (first two owners), when it was purchased by the gentleman I bought it from. Whats also cool is that the Oregon plates that I now have, are the original plates that were issued when the truck was purchased new in ‘87. I want to keep this blazer’s story, so thats definitely cool; will find a way to incorporate into the man cave for sure. He also gave me a stack of receipts for maintenance and other things.

The previous owner said all of the interior is original (no reproduction), which is pretty remarkable, because its a carpet kit and seat belts away from being near perfect, in my opinion. Also a testament to this truck being well cared for its entire life. It does have an aftermarket tach down near the tcase shifter, which actually doesnt bother me for now. I will eventually address that with new gauges down the line.

It was all black exterior from the factory, but was recently repainted and the seller added the silver for two-tone. Black/silver two-tone is my favorite two-tone combo on squares, so I’m glad this truck now has that. The paint is not perfect but pretty darn close; if it was perfect I would never drive it for fear of rock chips. My biggest concerns were straight, rust free body and frame, and this truck checks those boxes for sure. I believe the underside has the factory undercoating; certainly does not look like the underside of a 34 year old truck.

Its got some sort of 350 crate motor from summit racing, that has about 3k miles on it.

Its been years since I’ve driven a square with stock steering, but this has no slop and drives straight, much better than I remember. Its got 31’s and RPO says 3.73’s with gov-bomb.

I’m sure many remember my previous k5, which had 60/70HD, 12 bolt H1’s 42” iroks, 52’s/64’s etc. This truck will be very different. Goal is to keep it clean and have a cool/unique daily driver worthy truck on sunny days, and that looks “stock” to the untrained eye. Nowadays many trucks come with 33-35’s so I think thats achievable.

I owned my previous blazer for 12 years, and only put about 10k miles on it; I was always wrenching on it. While I love wrenching, I just dont have the time these days, and really want to get in and enjoy this truck.

Prior to actually finding this K5, my ultimate vision was:

-Full convertible conversion

-LS3/6L90E or other trans

-driver drop 241 with super short sye

-HP60/narrowed 70HD for strength

-2-3” leafs in front, 2.5” shackle flip and zero-rate

-33-35” on 17’s

Now that I have this truck and its so clean and original, I would feel guilty cutting the roof off, so feel like that has to be removed off the list. Also given its got a new motor, I cant justify a motor swap any time soon, though I would still like to eventually do modern powertrain at some point.

So for now, I’m thinking near-term:


-carpet kit and new seatbelts

-2” springs front/rear (i already have 2.5” shackle flip, but would sell)

-upgraded rear axle as I dont trust 10b’s and certainly not with a crate motor and a gov-bomb (still not sure what path to go on this, will have some discussion about this, whether to stay 6 lug with 14b sf (or go custom?) or go newer full floater w/ disc)

-33’s, ideally on 17’s but the stock rally’s are growing on me, wish I could find a similar looking wheel reasonably priced. Of course 6 lug vs 8 lug consideration as well.

-considering cross-over steering (ORD’s kit can work with I believe 2” lift, with high clearance cross-member). Though this is the best driving square body I’ve driven, so not high priority, and not “necessary”.

-spare-tire carrier while retaining stock rear bumper (similar to whats available for early broncos)

-new gauges

I do have a drw d60 that I cant seem to sell, so if I ended up going 8 lug, that would be an option; do a complete rebuild, convert to srw, etc.

How could I forget. First order of business is changing the dual exhaust from straight out the back to be 90* out the sides in stockish location. I always use to drive with the rear window down and dont want the fumes getting sucked in.

Was in a rush so bare with the handful of pictures. Will get more pics next week.


Trim Level
350 crate motor
Transfer Case
Stock 3.73 with gov-loc
15” rallys
Black/silver two-tone

Item information

Added by
Last update

More in K5 Blazer | Jimmy

Top Bottom