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The 1985 Chevrolet Blazer continued to offer rugged off-road performance in the still-new SUV market segment. The standard engine for the four-wheel-drive version, though, was a six-cylinder, 155-horsepower powerplant. Not surprisingly, buyers of the big, tough ’85 Blazer often upgraded to a more powerful V8 mill; a range of these were available, including two V8 diesel options.

Video: 1985 Chevrolet K5 Blazer LaserDisc Promo
 

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Notable to remember this year is when they started with the color keyed and/or multiple color rear roof section.
What year did the roof become "permanent?" (Warnings against removal and hex screws.)
 

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Interesting question because I thought the the move to making it a 'half roof' in '76 and thus able to use the regular frame doors of the pickup was done to eliminate the problem of wind whistling at speed as well as water leaks.

OTOH, the 69-75 full roof did not have a seam right above your head that would leak. Guaranteed it would leak at the windshield header though.

But yeah, that was always the rub with Blazers - if you took the roof off it would never really be the same.
 

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1992 with the redesign to the GMT400 style as far as I know. I believe only the Bronco did the Warnings/bolts since they were discontinuing in a few years and didn't redesign like GM did..
Family had a '90 K5 with the "permanent" setup.
 
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Interesting question because I thought the the move to making it a 'half roof' in '76 and thus able to use the regular frame doors of the pickup was done to eliminate the problem of wind whistling at speed as well as water leaks.

OTOH, the 69-75 full roof did not have a seam right above your head that would leak. Guaranteed it would leak at the windshield header though.

But yeah, that was always the rub with Blazers - if you took the roof off it would never really be the same.

My grandfather had an 87 Jimmy 6.2L... I don`t think the roof was ever removed even once...



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If GM wanted to have a nice truck based niche product, a new K5 Blazer on a full size truck frame would be a beast.
 

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I had a '73 with the full top and an '82 6.2L with the half top. My brother always wanted to take the top off my '73 and go "convertibling" but I'd never allow it because I had heard already then that they were never the same once the top had been removed.
 

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Wouldn't a Tahoe Z71 already fill that niche?
I have thought many times they could to a blazer on the 119" RC 6.5 wheelbase but make it a double cab door setup. Have the same loading steel load floor as the Silvy. This keeps costs way down and prevents it from competing against the Tahoe.
 

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