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1971 Chevy Blazer

Owner: Russell Penniston

1971 Chevy Blazer
A one family owned 4×4 Blazer bought new in 1971! George Penniston purchased it to drive to the various job site locations of his construction company. This go anywhere vehicle was necessary to reach off road job sites through mud and snow.

George bought it at Parrish Chevrolet in Liberty, MO. It lacked only one option he required which was air conditioning. George had this installed a few weeks later. The Blazer served him well for many years and nothing was changed in the appearance or mechanicals. After years in construction, George retired and so did the Blazer. It sat for years in the corner of the large construction business shop, later to be owned by his son Russell.

Russell’s hobby was always large antique trucks which he had collected and often restored to new appearance. Therefore, it was many years before he put the little Blazer in line for restoration. In fact it was when he retired that the Blazer project began. It was so untouched over the years that to complete it, Russell only had to add new trim paint, upholstery, tires, body mounts, and the usual restoration done on 35 year old vehicles. Even a pair of 1971 Missouri license plates are attached. The mechanicals were excellent, so cleaning and painting made them just like it was in 1971. Working on it for several years, it was finished about 2005. It’s now like a magnet with people at auto shows. The awards are many.

It still has the original double stripe white wall spare tire in its correct position. The rubber rear floor mat came with the Blazer when new. The under hood mechanical parts are so original that local restorers have used it as a guide to build their same year trucks.

A few items of interest to the new enthusiast of early Blazers:

The dash has no speaker slots at the top like the conventional trucks. GM knew with a removable top, there would be a chance of it being caught in the rain. This would ruin a speaker. Therefore, GM placed the speaker and a protective grille at the bottom of the dash. With Russell’s Blazer this was moved to the hump in the floor because of the aftermarket air conditioning system.

The in-cab spare tire is secured to a special floor bracket.

The bucket seats are not like those on the more Deluxe pickups of the same years. In fact, the optional right seat totally tips forward to provide access to the optional rear seat.

Without the optional console, the factory seat belt buckle is placed in a non-metal pocket attached to the inner side of the seat.

Yes, the tailgate is also used on the Fleetside pickups; however a narrow horizontal metal strip is screwed to the top to allow for a weather seal on the lift gate of the removable top.

As a non-smoking family, there was never an accessory factory cigarette lighter. Note the black original blank out beside the heater control panel. Very rare!

The first year for disc brakes. GM added a decal only this one year to advertise this feature.

Russell’s 1971 Blazer continues to be one of the most popular vehicles at local car shows. He still remembers a friendly teasing comment “If your Blazer wasn’t here so often, someone else could have a chance at an award”.

1971 Chevy Blazer
Front w/ 1971 License
1971 Chevy Blazer
350 V-8
1971 Chevy Blazer
Blazer’s are rated K/5
1971 Chevy Blazer
350 V-8 w/ after market air
1971 Chevy Blazer
Original Spare Tire & floor Mat
1971 Chevy Blazer
Tailgate w/Blazer Air Seal Strip
1971 Chevy Blazer
Lift Gate
1971 Chevy Blazer
First Year For Disc Brakes
1971 Chevy Blazer
Cigarette Lighter Plug
1971 Chevy Blazer
Unrestored Door Panel
1971 Chevy Blazer
Rear Seat w/ Some Awards

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