1986 Chevrolet Blazer K5
1986 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
- LS 6.0L V8
- Texas Truck
- Orange & White Paint
- Lifted 4x4
- LED Lights
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“With the K5 Blazer, GM created a 4×4 that joined, but also changed, the SUV segment itself.” –Motor Trend, December 2020
Highlighting the Blazer's historic launch as “full-sized,” a slap at the then-smaller Ford Bronco, Chevrolet's period promotional brochure put it this way: “The Full-Size Blazer has quite a heritage—one which began in 1969 when Blazer emerged as America's original full-size sport utility vehicle. Many model years later, it is still the ideal vehicle for the adventurer who really wants to go off into the horizon.” Hold that thought.
Offered here is a well-maintained, properly upgraded, and expertly modified “Heartbeat of America” lifted '86 Chevy Blazer. The truck wears a stunning, custom, professional repaint in orange and white. Its odometer shows 5,200 miles (since the full restoration).
The truck's exterior custom paint is evenly applied and uniformly glossy; the colors separated and highlighted by thin, black striping. The paint was professionally applied (including proper application to the door jambs), and the two colors together are an impressive sight making the most of the truck's horizontal design lines. Body panels are straight and properly aligned. There are no dings, dents, or other body damage. With the exception of the added high-rise hood, the truck's body has not been modified. Auxiliary, front-bumper-mounted LED lights have been added for improved off-road nighttime driving, and the center bar in the front grille has been painted orange. Stock sideview mirrors are mounted, and chrome step-bars have been added for easy cabin entry. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses are clear and uncracked. Gloss-black-painted, 3-piece MotoTrail® wheels are mounted with Nitto Extreme Terrain® off-road tires.
Inside, the light gray cloth upholstery has been well-maintained, although slightly discolored in places. There are no signs of abuse or excessive wear, and no rips or tears. The matching stock door trim (featuring power-window controls) is in similar condition. The black dashboard, framed by the added chrome sport steering wheel, includes the standard array of instruments and engine-monitoring gauges, set in a brushed-metal surround. That trim continues on the passenger side where a “Silverado” emblem is mounted in the factory-correct position. Stock air conditioning and heating controls are slide-lever-operated. A lockable storage compartment is located between the front seats; the rear seat is a foldable bench with armrests. An AutoGage® tachometer with programmable shift-light has been added to the right-center of the dash, and a cluster of three auxiliary engine-monitoring gauges have been located below the dash. A Pioneer® audio head unit replaces the factory radio. The truck's automatic-transmission shift lever is mounted on the steering column, while the four-wheel-drive transfer-case selector is floor mounted. Cabin carpeting is black and has been maintained in very good condition; the same carpeting fully covers the cargo-area floor. Textured steel protective plating has been added to the cargo-area walls, and stereo speakers and RockfordFosgate® audio components are mounted there.
Under the hood, the 6.0-liter V8 fuel-injected engine has received modest cosmetic upgrades including a chrome, low-resistance air-cleaner assembly. The engine compartment is clean with all components and “plumbing” properly installed/routed. Underneath the truck, there is no evidence of abuse or too-aggressive off-road driving; no obvious dents or bent components. The impressive, lifted suspension components are properly installed.
While the more than 135 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '86 Blazer in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
As truck aficionados know well, the latest editions of the Blazer are built on an automobile platform, no longer true to the “full-size-truck” K5 heritage. In part, this GM management decision accounts for the dramatic increase in demand for the original Blazer. These are real trucks and, as this beautiful orange-and-white, lifted 4x4 shows, they are the perfect platform for custom treatments and off-roading upgrades.