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Birth of the Blazer

Thursday, February 11th, 2010



The debut of the famous 4×4 Chevrolet Blazer was in 1969. It had little competition and stood alone as a combination off-road and daily driver utility vehicle. Chevrolet truck dealers were taken by surprise! Waiting lines soon occurred requesting this new and unique car/truck vehicle.

By 1970, production was in full swing. GMC also entered the project this second year by replacing the Chevrolet and Blazer insignias with GMC letters and a “Jimmy” emblem. A major addition in 1970 was the introduction of the two wheel drive Blazer and Jimmy. This was partially due to commitments by the U.S. Postal Service. Fewer than 1,000 of these were produced or less than 10% of overall production. Most government orders were in six cylinders though some V-8 two wheel drive models found buyers in the private sector.

Sales of this unique vehicle spiraled. By 1972, production had increased the volume of the introduction year. It was named, Motor Trend’s “Utility Vehicle of the Year.” In the April 1970 issue of Car and Driver magazine, they said “The drivetrain pieces are well designed, rugged, and long proved by use in Chevy’s light trucks.” GM referred to it as their do anything, go anywhere vehicle.

The demand for these car/truck vehicles today is stronger than ever. Its short 107″ wheel base, ease of handling, and many parts interchanging with pickups, make it an excellent investment vehicle to drive daily or keep in storage.

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1969-1972 Blazer Tailgate

Thursday, February 11th, 2010


Are you on a hunt for a new 1969-1972 Blazer tailgate? It may not be as difficult as you think. GM saved much money by using a 1967-1972 Chevrolet Fleetside tailgate!

1969-1972 blazer tailgate

The one difference is a narrow strip of stamped sheet metal attached to the top edge. Most used Blazer tailgates, whatever their lower condition, still have this strip.

This metal strip is necessary for a good seal when the upper lift gate is lowered with its rubber strip. The tailgate strip is held in place with seven sheet metal screws.

On at least the 1971-1972 Blazer, the strip is also held in place by a long strip of double sided tape (like used to hold the decorative side trim in place). By removing the screws, cleaning rust and old paint, it can be attached to the new tailgate. Presto! You have a new Blazer tailgate.

1969-1972 blazer tailgate

1969-1972 Head Light Bezel

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Contrary to what almost all Chevrolet truck parts dealers list in their catalogs, the 1969-1972 headlight bezels were not alike. Though today all are reproduced in bright-anodized aluminum. This is actually only correct for 1971-1972.

The 1969-1970 bezels were black stamped steel even on the most deluxe models. This color is necessary to blend with the two horizontal black lines in the center grill bar.

If you don’t have the correct stamped steel bezels for your 1969-1970 Chevrolet, paint the 1971-1972 aluminum copies in satin black to match the grill stripes.

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1969-1970 on Left | 1971-1972 on Right (above)

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Tailgate Trim

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

It was during these years that General Motors began offering more style to their pickup truck line. Though most still considered a truck as a work vehicle, a growing segment of pickup buyers were being strongly influenced by trim and accessories that even rivaled many automobiles.

For the first time on GM fleetside pickups, decorative trim became available on the tailgate of their middle and upper level models. Even on the basic gate that had no trim, the stamped letters were given a contrasting color. During all of 1967-1972, the middle and more deluxe series gates carried three upper strips making one line running the width of the gate. These three strips were the only tailgate trim offered for 1967-1968. During 1969-1972, an additional horizontal strip (66 3/4′ long) was attached to the lower gate edge but only on the middle series fleetsides.

It was on the top of the line 1969-1972 pickup that Chevrolet went all out in tailgate appearance. On the 1969-70 CST and 1971-1972 Cheyenne, the lower trim strip was replaced with a very attractive wood grained horizontal band at the center. Though it covered the basic Chevrolet and GMC stamped gate letters, the band carried its own chrome die cast letters over the wood (vinyl) decal.

The following photos show both the three styles of trim on the 1967-1972 fleetsides. Note the lower narrow strip is not placed on the gate with the wood band. Tail light rings or bezels are designed to harmonize with the tailgate trim. The 1967-1968 CST light trim is different than the later design.

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1969-1972 Middle Series (above)

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1969-1972 Cheyenne (above)

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1967-1972 Chevrolet (above)

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1967-1968 Chevrolet CST (above)

1969-1970 Chevrolet Grills

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

In recent years, the 1969-1970 Chevrolet non-metal grille insert has been sold as one item. This is not the way they came!

Each of the two years used a grille insert of a different design. The 1970 style is now the one you receive when you order either year. Thus, a pure 1969 insert is becoming very difficult to locate.

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1970 (above)

1969 Chevrolet C20

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Owner: Glenn Sexton


1969 chevrolet pick up truck

I recently obtained this 69 C20 as an inheritance. The previous owner bought parts from Jim Carter Classic Truck Parts. It’s all original with a 350 and automatic. I’ll be redoing the interior as soon as I get previous projects complete. This truck still has the sticker in the glove box that describes the options.

Glenn A Sexton DM
Hayden Station

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1969 Chevrolet

Friday, February 1st, 2002

Owner: Danny Curran – St. Louis, MO

1969 chevy pick up truck

I bought my truck from a guy in Illinois. It was halfway done and I completed it. I put the tires and wheels on it, rebuilt the motor and transmission, put all new chrome bumpers on the front and rear and new mirrors. The motor is a 350 Corvette with a 280 Comp cam, Keith Black pistons , and a 750 Carter carburetor. I’ve been working on it about 4-5 years. I just put a disc brake conversion on it too. Also all new bushings, front end parts, and all new rear parts. It has a 400 turbo transmission with a 3000 stall speed converter. Its never ending, all the cool stuff you can do to these trucks. DANNY C. ST. LOUIS MO.

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