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News of the Blazer’s return has been scarce recently, so now is probably a good time to watch and old 1978 Chevy Blazer get restored from start to finish, a blast from the past if you will. Paradigm Automotive Restoration took an old 1978 Chevrolet Blazer Cheyenne and brought it back to its former glory, all condensed into a 3 and-a-half minute video.

Looking at what they had to work with, the old Blazer frame seems to be in amazing condition with very little visible rust. Granted there was still much to do on the exterior including sanding, filling in imperfections, repainting every panel with more than one coat, and waxing. Everything from the headlamps to the side chrome trim needed some TLC, it even sits on a set of new Goodyear Wrangler tires.

On the inside, the factory plastic pieces were repainted to match the exterior and new carpet was laid down. Though we can’t be sure, the seats look to be stock with new foam added before they were re-upholstered. Also left original is the Cheyenne’s gear shifter, deluxe instrument panel, custom steering wheel and center armrest.

Though not that impressive by today’s standard, the 5.0 L V8 powered 1978 Chevy Blazer was good for 105 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.

 

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I bet that as we start to see hybrid trucks hit the road and people really take in the fact trucks won't be the same anymore, classics like this will start to rise in price even if they were restored with unoriginal paint and parts. It can be said that these are some of the last true "trucks".
 

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Agree. This is a very crucial factor in the current market. I think a lot of companies may come up with the restoration idea of some vehicles, simply because you won't see anything similar in the future.
 

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Well kept or restored classics will usually fetch a pretty penny so long as there aren't a lot of them wandering around. This may not be the most economical solution for people who want a Blazer so Chevy needs to get on that new model before other companies scoop up eager buyers.
 

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Well kept or restored classics will usually fetch a pretty penny so long as there aren't a lot of them wandering around. This may not be the most economical solution for people who want a Blazer so Chevy needs to get on that new model before other companies scoop up eager buyers.
What I have noticed is there's a growing amount of people across the world that appreciate older american cars like the Bronco. Often these people have enough money to out bid most potential buyer, buyers in the middle east come to mind. So someone willing to sell globally can actually make some decent coin.
 

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I noticed that trend to and I think it's because automakers are bringing back old nameplates and people started to feel nostalgic for what used to be sold. Thus the restored cars like Blazer.
 

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I noticed that trend to and I think it's because automakers are bringing back old nameplates and people started to feel nostalgic for what used to be sold. Thus the restored cars like Blazer.
That's probably the case but part of it has to do with the need or more vehicles on the market and with that comes the need to pick names that hopefully have some historical value with the brand, any time a car maker can salvage something like that, they do.
 

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There are already so many models out there for the choosing so it's not from the lack of options, but perhaps an old and much loved nameplate can give the Blazer an edge.
 

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There are already so many models out there for the choosing so it's not from the lack of options, but perhaps an old and much loved nameplate can give the Blazer an edge.
It will have an edge as long as the product is good for the current state of the market most importantly. Living up to what defines a Blazer isn't so important. Thankfully the market is flush with many options for buyers that it already gives GM clear examples of how they could proceed.
 

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The market has a lot of SUVs and crossovers, but not so much utility variants of those cars and it's still relatively untapped. It's a race to the finish line for the first sales.
 

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The market has a lot of SUVs and crossovers, but not so much utility variants of those cars and it's still relatively untapped. It's a race to the finish line for the first sales.
But those are utility vehicles hence the "U" in SUV, crossovers are just a spinoff of SUV's which a re still utility vehicles. It just depends on how it ranks and what it specializes in that makes the differences from model to model.
 

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Then a more rugged and off-road variant of the SUV? It's pretty much dominated by Jeep and that niche is untapped with other automakers. Some may never take theirs off-road or push the Blazer to its full potential, but people want the possibility.
 
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