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Totally Topless 1974 Chevy Square Body 4x4 K5 Blazer With 15K Miles

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 4 days ago John Gilbert,Bring a Trailer
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I miss the days when BaT (Bring a Trailer) was all about finding basket case projects you really did have to bring a trailer to get home. That said, BaT is still a very intriguing marketplace, and you never know what kind of interesting multi-wheeled vehicle you'll find there.

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I'm subscribed via email to the Bring a Trailer Daily Mail, and this morning a 1974 Chevy Square Body Blazer with 15K original miles is up to a $40,000 bid with only four hours left before the auction closes. This particular K5 Blazer is interesting on several levels, starting with the fact that it appears to be absolutely rust-free. That in itself is a miracle. I know, own three Square Body Chevy trucks, a 1973, 1975, and a 1979. All never left the state of California, and they all have cancerous areas.

It's looking like forty-grand is going to be the winning bid, and that proves the Chevy 4x4 K5 Blazer market is hotter than a pistol right now. Hopefully the early Chevy C10 shortbed Fleetside market is right behind because I'm going to start thinning my herd.

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BaT reported the 1974 Chevy Square Body K5 4x4 Blazer with 15,000 original miles was sold new by Crossroads Chevrolet in North Hollywood, California, and then registered with a Sacramento address. It would make sense a two-wheel-drive Blazer would be called a C5, but not so. The 2WD Blazer was also a K5.

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Here's the best angle to inspect any Square Body Chevrolet C- and K-series truck or Blazer. Chevrolet dealers could barely get these trucks off the sales lot before they started to get cancerous rust. Guaranteed the side pipes would rattle one's brain into oblivious numbness.

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The SPID (Service Parts Identification) label is found inside the glovebox, and if the VIN on the SPID label matches the truck's VIN, it is proof of how a truck was factory equipped. Notice the M20 four-speed manual transmission and J55 heavy-duty brakes were factory equipment on this Blazer.

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Under the hood, as verified by the SPID, this Blazer came with an LS9 350-inch V-8 and YF5 California emissions equipment. Obvious to a C10 freak, this engine isn't stock and the smog equipment it came with is long gone. The good news is 1975 and down vehicles in California are exempt from smog testing.

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The SPID proves the E50 padded roll bar in this 1974 Chevy Blazer is factory equipment. The condition of this Blazer is absolutely stunning from its perfect condition padded dashboard to every fake wood piece of the Z84 Cheyenne trim package.

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While some stock freak purists might soil their knickers in disgust over the modifications found on this Chevy K5 Blazer, anyone from back in the day will remember shops like Pathfinder in Baldwin Park, California, that equipped many a brand-new Blazer with off-road goodies before the truck was a week old.


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