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    V8 Minitruck Decision help

    A friend of mine is losing his job at a dealership due to environmental hazards from a coal storage facility. He's got to move his "junk" out by Sept 1st.

    He has a 350 swapped late 80's early 90's S-10 pickup for sale. Its rough around the edges and in primer, been sitting but runs and drives, with a good brown/tan interior. Has a manual tranny and an older Corvette 350 with an edelbrock carb, and has a parts truck for swapping bodyparts/bed. I believe this parts truck runs as well.

    So I get two trucks to make one out of. The swap looks a little sloppy, the wiring needs to be cleaned up, and hoses need to be run for the heater core.

    It has Xtreme Rims with decent rubber and it looks like it is lowered.

    Now I am a Ford man and really don't care for Chevy's. The price however is too good to pass up and it would help out my friend.

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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    i have a 91 gmc sonoma... same body style as 83-93 sonoma/ s-10/ s-15
    it has the stock 2.8lt v6 in it. reg cab 2 wheel drive, reg cab. has 75,000 og miles on it.. and runs like a champ.. i love the truck....

    how mutch would you sale both trucks for... i'd buy em both...
    what body style are they?




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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    No idea what body style...It's teh boxxy one. square fenders. The parts truck is a convertible I guess... They cut the top off with a sawzall.

    The V8 truck is also an extended cab.



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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    so there both ext cab's? short bed or long??? 2 wheel drive or 4?

    the boxy styles are the sec gen like mine...




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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    id say if you want a project and a truck to work on, go for it, as from the way you described it it might not be suitable as a daily driver yet




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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    I have a daily driver in my Ford Ranger, very relaible and well kept. If that breaks down (highly unlikely), my parents have a 1991 chevy 1500 and 1992 Dodge dakota that they will lend out.

    I am just curious to see what are some common gripes about v8 swapped trucks and whether or not this seems like a good idea. It would be one hell of a project and I guess no matter how much suntan lotion I use i am still a redneck... So what the hell?



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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    The whole thing is looking pretty good, he wants my motorcycle and some cash to boot. This deal will work out slick!



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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    350 swaps are VERY common in s-10's.

    So much so that many big parts companies (jegs, summit, etc) actually carry the mounting brackets, headers, etc. to swap a smallblock into an S-10. If done properly, it will be as solid as a stock truck.

    If you don't mind me asking, what are you paying for both trucks?




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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    got any pics?




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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    Putting small blocks in s series is for fegs. http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160266 I think you know what I would say.




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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    Quote Originally Posted by tommyk90 View Post
    350 swaps are VERY common in s-10's.

    So much so that many big parts companies (jegs, summit, etc) actually carry the mounting brackets, headers, etc. to swap a smallblock into an S-10. If done properly, it will be as solid as a stock truck.

    If you don't mind me asking, what are you paying for both trucks?
    Under 2k... With 30 pack-a-Budwieser tech support if you know what I mean.

    There is alot of work to do mind you. Still has the stock S10 rear, the body is starting to rot, no system... No inner fenderwells.

    Quote Originally Posted by pickup1 View Post
    got any pics?
    Not yet. Tonight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blazin_Jason View Post
    Putting small blocks in s series is for fegs. http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=160266 I think you know what I would say.
    Oh yeah. For total fegs.

    The engine has already been hoppd up quite a bit. Holley 650, mild cam and and other doodads. possibly HEI. Needs the starter put in and it will run.

    If this project does not work out, and this is a total disaster but the engine and trans are still good I am still +1 because I need an engine and trans for a jeep cherokee project a to build with nodular Dana 44's (ALMOST a dana 60) and a boxed Intl Scout frame on 35s or 38s. it would be sad to break it up but it is a backup plan.



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    Truck: 1998 Ford Ranger SC 2.5L 4 cyl 5 spd
    Mods- 195/60R15 Cooper Cobra Tires on stock rims
    System: HU- Eclipse CD8454, 2 Dayton RS180 7" midbass, Optimus 3" Horn Tweets hotglued to the dash, 3 12" JL W6v1's downfiring sealed, PPI PCX2200 @ 4 ohms, Alpine MRV-F545 mids and highs, 2 layers of Raamat on the doors.
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    Re: V8 Minitruck Decision help

    Sorry for the double post....

    Well the deal I don't think is going to work out. I think the motorcycle I am trying to trade in the deal has serious problems, it won't run. It might be a pile of sht in the carb I am pulling that off but it will barely wind out and it sounds and feels like there is bent valve or something effed in there... Ive never gotten this bike to run right and want to get rid of it badly... Hopefully it the carb.



    I com to lern bout car awww-deeeee-ohhhhhs!
    Truck: 1998 Ford Ranger SC 2.5L 4 cyl 5 spd
    Mods- 195/60R15 Cooper Cobra Tires on stock rims
    System: HU- Eclipse CD8454, 2 Dayton RS180 7" midbass, Optimus 3" Horn Tweets hotglued to the dash, 3 12" JL W6v1's downfiring sealed, PPI PCX2200 @ 4 ohms, Alpine MRV-F545 mids and highs, 2 layers of Raamat on the doors.
    What's in Store:
    2 more Dayton RS180 7" midbass, 2 Bolender Grabender Neo planar tweets

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