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1980 Chevrolet Blazer K5 - Father & Son's Pride

Posted in Project Vehicles on July 1, 2004
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When we arrived at Oceano Dunes in Pismo Beach, California, we were half expecting to see another flashy paint job on a street pounder that gets babied all the time. Were we in for a surprise! We should have known that when we saw the nitrous bottle mounted in back. Josh Morris spent hours with us out in the Dunes proving that his truck had what it takes to be a duner. Josh and his father Tom started on their '80 K5 Blazer just two years ago with the intent to make Josh's dream driver. The Morrises live in San Luis Obispo, only 12 miles from Oceano Dunes, so naturally the intent was to build a truck that would not only handle trails but also big hucks by having lots of available power and lots of reinforcements.

They found their Blazer in the clutches of an old hippie who let his dog reside in the back. The old K5 had seen better days, and when they pulled the rear carpet they found that the dog whiz had left the K5 in less than desirable condition, as rust chips were about the only thing still holding the floor in place. Josh and Tom went to work cutting and welding, masking and painting until they turned the old K5 into something they could be proud of.

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