As some of you may remember, this is the truck I bought to drive to Montreal, but it wouldn’t die so I kept driving it, and eventually sold it to a friend when the Legacy came into the picture.
He’s had it for a couple years now, or a bit less than that, and put 15k kms on it. 8 months ago he parked it under a tree behind his garage because the starter died, and, in his words, the brakes were getting pretty bad and making noise.
A week and a half ago, he lets me know that he wants to take the Blazer on a road trip, leaving next week.....so I get a starter, oil, a filter, and pads/rotors/calipers for the front, which I’m fairly sure it needs.
Here’s how the truck looked when we got started.
So after a lot of screwing around just to get the truck into neutral and moved into a spot where I can work, I get the starter replaced. Not a fun job, but certainly not the worst thing I’ve done.
So the truck fires up for the first time in 8 months, spews out some blue and grey smoke, and proceeds to run as perfectly as ever.
I took it for a test run around the block, and find that the brake pedal goes almost to the floor before anything happens, it just barely grabs, and feels like metal on metal. Extremely sketchy, and this is how he’d been driving the poor thing before he parked it....
After limping it through the alleys to charge the battery, we learn that the battery is too far gone, since it keeps running out of electricity and stalling. Then it also ran out of gas.
On Thursday the truck went to my mechanic, who informed us that the master cylinder is done for, most of the brake lines need replaced, as do the front calipers, pads, rotors, and the rear shoes and wheel cylinders. If nothing else goes wrong, $600-$700 if I do the fronts with the parts I got, or $1300-$1500 if my mechanic does all of it. Considering how rough it is now, with 330k kms on it, needing shocks, body damage, broken fuel level sender, very noisy fuel pump, occasionally slipping transmission....this is probably it for the mighty old Blazer. It got towed to my friends parents place, where it’ll sit under another tree until further notice. Most likely getting scrapped, since there’s no real value in the truck even though it runs so well, which is a shame. I feel more sad about this than I should, but it doesn’t owe us anything. Between the two of us we got 4 years, 45k kms, and an epic road trip out of a $600 truck.