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    Talking My 1984 V8 S10 Build Thread

    I know I haven't been on here hardly at all any more, but maybe after you guys see this thread you'll understand why. I bought a 1984 Chevy S-10 4x4 Durango model, standard cab long bed which I found on craigslist for $750. The reason why it was so cheap was because of the motor, it threw a rod and the transmission fluid smells like engine oil so you know what that means! I am going to order a brand new GM Goodwrench 350 turn key engine next week, along with a TCI Street Fighter 350 transmission from summit racing. I wanted to start with a brand new powertrain pretty much, and I still have yet to find a brand new transfer case so I might end up having that one rebuilt. I am totally excited about this, so I promise there will be all kinds of pictures in this thread over the next couple of months. Stay tuned for more.........Click image for larger version. 

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    Talk about clean.. I look forward to seeing the progress of the build.. Looks like it will be quite a mean little monster when it gets done.. And if you dont mind me asking why not run a 700R4 or mabey a 4L60e conversion for the overdrive Im asking for my own personal preference of OD over a 3spd?
    Are you planning on putting in a lift or leaving it to be a street sleeper?
    I wish i could find something so rust free here in MN.. Seems all the cool little trucks are rusted out beasts.
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    Sounds like fun. Body is in pretty good shape. Nice find.
    Funny thing when I first read the subject I thought you were transplanting a V8 Dodge Durango engine into the S10. I thought you were nuts. lol
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    Alright Trail Leadr your right, that title was misleading so I changed it per your post. Oh and by the way I am nuts, this will make 3 trucks that I now have in my posession!

    Murdog94 Thanks for the compliment on the truck, It is a diamond in the ruff I think. I am currently doing research about the transmission, because they say it will fit a 700r4 but the dog ears have to be trimmed off the bell housing. I never thought of the 4l60e fitting though, thanks for the idea though.............

    I actually have a really psycho idea for the truck, and I have the extra money to pull it off as well LOL! I found out that I am able to stack a 2" leveling kit, 3" body lift, and a 5" suspension lift on this particular truck AND clear 44" tires!!!!!!

    My whole reason for doing this build is actually because of my other S10 (2001), I had to put another $2,000 in costly repairs into that truck to get it running again and I am sick of it. Sick of fuel injection, electronically controlled motors, and most of all emissions testing!!!!!!!!

    Here's some more pics of the truck, if you notice in the one picture the bump stop is completely snapped off and the other side is as well. It was definately off roaded that's for sure, but that's nothing that can't be fixed. Tomorrow I am going to be taking more pics of removing the whole front end, my goal is rolling chassis and body off by next weekend.

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    Ahh doing some fixing and itll be an awsome little truck.. I wanted to get one and put a Supercharged 3.8L in one but tweaked to put out a lot more power than the stock 3.8L but that requires a lot of adapters..
    And what happened to the other S-10 anyhow? I know it used to be your sig pic.. and whats funny is i prefer EFI to a carb, but that is just me.. And i believe the 4.3L 700R4 that was in these trucks can be built and installed behind a 350. And then you know you have a tranny that belongs.. Or if your feeling really froggy you could go with a 5spd from the 4.3L and have really low range out of it.

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    Wow, look at that under carriage rust. Well, not too surprising I guess.

    You certainly do have your work cut out for you. I thought it was in better shape when I saw no rust on the rockers. Not bad though.
    Obviously it would be really great for you to keep us updated with pics. So I'll be subscribing to this thread.

    I'm curious. I know it's a while down the road in your build, but what do you plan to do with those old square glass halogen headlights? You do such a great job reworking the newer ones. I'm dying to know what you plan to do with those old ones.

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