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1972 K5 Blazer Restoration - Daily-Driven Project

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K5—the mere mention of this model designation gets the attention of Chevy truck fans everywhere. The term "K5" was first applied to the first-generation 1969-1972 Chevy Blazer, in order to differentiate this short-wheelbase 4x4 from its C10 and C20 truck brethren. Fortunately for GM, the Blazer was a huge hit, continuing production as a full-size model for more than two decades. GM truck enthusiasts, classic truck fans, and off-roaders love the platform for its simple style and rugged durability.

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This Hugger Orange 1972 K5 Blazer belongs to Yoshinobu Kato, of Torrance, California. Yoshinobu owns a vehicle export business, so he often purchases and restores classic cars for customers overseas. However, when he saw this Blazer, he decided to keep it for himself. Luckily, it makes a perfect hauler for the restoration parts he picks up for his customers' cars.

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Yoshi tells us he has owned the truck for about 5 years now, and has used it as a daily-driver for most of that time. It's also a gradual project for him—as you can see, he recently repaired some light rust on the rocker panels and doors, and will be repainting those panels in the near future.

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The Blazer is powered by a 350ci V8, which has been upgraded with a Holley carburetor, Edelbrock intake manifold, long-tube headers, and a dual exhaust system. A TH-350 automatic transmission puts power down to all four wheels.

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Yoshi always has a great time behind the wheel of his 1972 K5 Blazer, whether he's picking up parts, cruising the streets, or headed to a weekend car show. If you're looking for parts for a K5 Blazer, C10, C20, Suburban, or other classic GM truck, Classic Industries has what you need. Click the button below for a free GM truck parts catalog.

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