Well, As with many projects, I found one that fit all my needs, but just outside of my planned budget, but still within reason. It was also much further along than the rest of the ones i was looking at, which were restoreable candidates.
So here is the new project:
1970 Chevy Blazer. This is the Full Convertible model with the top coming off at the windshield frame. It was originally a 6 cyl, but was swapped to a 350 at some point. The 350 had been recently rebuilt, but has not been run more than 5 hours total. The truck has the 4 speed with granny gear, and a brand new clutch. There is a NP205 transfer case there for the 4x4 as well. It has all new braking system on it, including lines, drums, rotors, pads, master cyl, booster, etc. Front disk, rear drum. The rear is a 12 bolt, but unsure of the gearing. The truck was optioned with Heavy duty clutch, suspension, power steering, passenger seat, and top.
Now, it looks like a piece, but the metal work is done already, and really straight. The tail gate could use to be replaced or re-finished. There is no bondo in it. The previous owner replaced the rockers, rocker boxes, floors, and quarters. The Windshield frame looks good, just a little surface rust to remove and then paint.
The truck runs and drives under it'* own power, with a little help. There is no gas tank or key ignition installed, so it runs off a timing switch and gas can, but it drives and sounds nice.
The things that I know it needs right now are as follows:
Gas tank kit ($250 shipped)
Shocks ($100 at Advance)
Rear hatch ($300 includes full top and spare blazer [need to talk about this bill])
Rims and tires
rear seat (Not that important. see rear hatch)
It included a box of new replacement parts with an invoice of $500, as well as a bunch of other spare parts, and original parts to replace them.
All in all it'* a good start, especially since it'll keep me busy doing stuff without having to spend tons of money on it. Hoping that I can get it on the road before NEBF.
I am contemplating on trying to use some of the spare bonneville parts I have to do the interior, and I need to figure out something for the stereo, but those shouldn't be too bad. Might need to try my hand at fiberglassing some speaker mounts at NEBF.
All in all I am very excired and feel I got a good deal. Carlisle Spring Swap Meet is later this month, and I am going that friday with my list of needs in hand.
1970 Blazer Apalachin - a set on Flickr