This 1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4×4 Silverado has the stance and style to look a bit meaner
So when you lift the hood, you’ll love to see that it also has an upgraded Vortec V8 under the hood for added muscle, too. But with a feature-filled interior and overdrive transmission, you begin to see that the fuel-injected upgrade was really all part of making this a well-rounded classic SUV.
There’s a little extra boldness with this K5. The cowl induction hood with LSX callout, beefy side steps, lifted suspension, big/bright exhaust tips, and 15-inch polished Eagle Alloy wheels are all part of an upgrade in attitude. It’s not overly intimidating, but just enough to really let it stand out (and above) in a crowd. It’s the kind of Blazer you want to drive, and so that’s why the full package was made to be driven. The bright red paint is from a respray later in life. It has a nice gloss to show off the good body lines, but the overall finish will never make you nervous about taking this 4×4 on the trail. It even has wide towing mirrors and a proper trailer hitch to let you take the fun along with you.
These full-size Blazers are all about offering plenty of space and comfort inside. So there’s adult size legroom in the second row, and behind that is still plenty of cargo room for everyone’s gear. And when it comes to headroom, the removable hardtop means it’s unlimited! Up front is a good driver’s setup with high-back bucket seats and a center console in-between. It’s an easy reach to all the features, like the power windows (including rear one,) power locks, and the upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo w/aux input. The upgraded steering wheel is on a tilt column, so you get a good view of the full wraparound dash.
Under the hood is a terrific upgrade. The 5.3-liter Vortec V8 was given a professional installation to make it look like it belonged here from day one. This fuel-injected powerhouse starts up eagerly, idles smoothly, and has one of the best powerbands you’ll ever experience. And while we don’t know if the odometer reflects the body’s actual mileage, the motor upgrade certainly makes it feel like quite a younger machine. Plus, the right smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission was paired with this Vortec. Not only do you have overdrive, but also more comfortable driving features, like power steering, power brakes, and front discs. And when it’s time to go off-road, the two-speed 4×4 transfer case combines with the lifted stance and Falken Wildpeak tires for true go-anywhere ability.
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