Ive had a few (relatively)popular build threads on VWvortex and other places. None of which transcended class enough to be TCL worthy, even with their collective 1 million+ views . Hopefully this one bucks that trend and doesnt get banished to the 4x4 and Offroading forum. I started my search for a K5 Blazer with a Four Wheel Camper almost exactly five years ago when I first came across them and wound up with a Four Wheel Campers "Hawk" that went into my Dodge Ram 2500 Here. Since then I have remodeled three campers(2018 Tacoma with 1986 Four Wheel Campers Fleet total gut job) two motorcycles, a house, made a major career change and moved to Phoenix somewhere in between. These Blazers are not rare, these Blazer campers from Four Wheel Campers are incredibly rare. A year ago I drove from Phoenix to San Francisco and nearly bought a non-running K5 with a camper that was in shambles, Im glad I waited.
It has patina, it has a little rust, it has a crapload of character and without further ado(edit thanks to @tvrbob), we have my newly acquired (4/9/2020) 1978 Chevrolet K5 Blazer + Four Wheel Camper Blazer.
Cheyenne trim level, 4x4, 5.7, auto. 350/TH350/NP203/10 bolt/12 Bolt for those detail oriented folks. Arizona truck its whole life. Picked it up Thursday 4/9/2020, drove it home from Tucson with no issues other than a little float in the steering. Cleaned it up and tested all the systems Friday (everything works!). Managed to kill the battery because I forgot to turn the camper lights off when I went to bed. Woke up Saturday morning, finagled my Tacoma out of the garage to jump the Blazer that was blocking it in and promptly drove straight to the Tonto National Forest for a quick "test run" with a good friend who takes great pictures and makes great videos. He's talking about moving to Austin and selfishly I want him to stay in AZ and document this build in a much better way than I ever could.
Technically it has had "two owners" but in reality it is a one owner vehicle. It came with a plethora of paperwork including the original order card for the Blazer, the original order sheets for the camper(same guy!) and lots of maintenance records of years past. As far as I can tell its completely original and stock, except for maybe the wheels. They at least seem to be period correct.
At the moment Im researching until my brain explodes every night. This is really helping quarantine but not my pocket book. I unloaded the second of my two motorcycles today in anticipation of this truck taking up all my free time and disposable income. My plan last year was to go crazy with a modern camper renovation, LS swap, long leafs, 40s etc. but this one is so nice and so original I dont know if I can bring myself to do that, at least not to the camper... For now the plan is to fix up the interior of the cab for creature comforts on long drives. Make the stock drivetrain as bullet proof as possible for long drives and start building some axles outside of the truck while I learn the ins and outs of the K5 platform. I camp 25+ nights a year and plan to do even more in this rig.
Thanks for reading.