1978 Blazer FWC

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PIcked this up in Denver last month. I saw the ad on Craigslist. It was exactly what I was after, and the price was right. The logistics were going to be difficult, as the Blazer was in Denver, and I was in South Texas. But, the seller said there was no reason for it not to make it to Texas under it's own power, so I bought a one way ticket to Denver.

The seller was more than cool. He had the camper popped up and ready, so after getting to his house at about 1:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning, I just climbed in the back of the camper and racked out. He knocked at the door to the camper around six, I handed him the cash, he handed me the title and the keys, and off I went.

The Blazer ran great! ZERO issues in 1200 miles. I can't wait to get this thing to the mountains. Here's some pictures of the trip. FB_IMG_1523846817748.jpg FB_IMG_1523846823470.jpg FB_IMG_1523846843632.jpg FB_IMG_1523846827704.jpg FB_IMG_1523846835504.jpg FB_IMG_1523846858729.jpg
 
#3
Can you actually get into the camper from the cab given it's a blazer or do you still have to get out?

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To Infinity and Beyond!
#4
Yours is a much better rig than the numerous Blazer Chalet's I have owned.

No rear overhang like a Chalet and a LOT less weight on the back of the Blazer should make for a very capable truck!
 
#6
Yours is a much better rig than the numerous Blazer Chalet's I have owned.

No rear overhang like a Chalet and a LOT less weight on the back of the Blazer should make for a very capable truck!
Thank you. I looked at a Chalet several years ago, but ended up passing for exactly those reasons.
 
#7
A couple more pics. 20180320_190108.jpg
Changing out the seats for some power, leather ones out of a newer Tahoe.
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My wife and I had to go to Waco, so we ended up stopping in Buda on the way and camped in the Cabelas parking lot. It's the closest one to us, so I take the opportunity when it presents itself!
 
#8
I really am interested in this project. So did FWC build the pass through or a previous owner? What sort of suspension mods had to be done?
 
#9
Looks like a blast! Always nice dealing with a seller that is up front with you. I look forward to seeing your work on the camper and blazer. I've had a couple FWC grandby's and really enjoyed them. Lots of fun to upgrade them and make them your own.
 
#10
I really am interested in this project. So did FWC build the pass through or a previous owner? What sort of suspension mods had to be done?
FWC built it that way. They built pop up campers for Blazers, Broncos, Scouts, and Ramchargers in the 70's and 80's. As for suspension work, I think one of the previous owners (there are three that I know of) put a 2 inch spring lift all around (I have receipts) back in the late 90's. The rear sags a little, but not too bad.

Looks like a blast! Always nice dealing with a seller that is up front with you. I look forward to seeing your work on the camper and blazer. I've had a couple FWC grandby's and really enjoyed them. Lots of fun to upgrade them and make them your own.
Thanks, I look forward to using it! I've been wanting one of these for a long time (ask my wife). So much so that's it's slightly wierd to not be on the internet surfing Craigslist looking for one. It's almost like I don't know what to do with all this free time!

The seller was seriously cool. He thought I was crazy for flying in and driving it back untested. But I felt confident that what he told me was accurate, and I took a bunch of tools with me, figuring that parts for this truck would be the easiest to find in any parts store if I needed them. The seller is a mechanic for a living, and hooked me up with a new starter and batteries at his cost, and didn't charge me for installing them himself. All I had to do was literally get in it and go. One of the most fun trips I've taken.

I think this is going to be a pretty slow build. I have a serpentine belt setup for it that I pulled from a junkyard. I just got a new radiator, water pump, 140 amp alternator, and a few other little things that I'll be putting on in the near future. Otherwise, I just plan to use it. Oh, and I will have to fix the rust issues. Strangely, the underside of this thing is super solid. The only rust on it is on every visible panel. So that will slowly get addressed. I may also replace the wiring harness with an aftermarket one as finances allow. I've installed a few Painless harnesses, and may try a more economical one on this. But I definitely want to upgrade the wiring.