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post #1 of 29 Old 12-01-2016, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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My '93 and '89 S10

1993 4.3 Auto with 172k miles
My dad bought this truck back in 2007 for $1100, kept it garaged for 7 years and I didn't work on it till 2014. For medical reasons he passed the truck on to me and since then I have changed the fuel pump, starter, tires, added pioneer dash speakers with a sony stereo, painted the wiper arms on both trucks and other small things here and there.

Need to fix/replace:
Leaking steering box
Leaf spring bushings
Rotors and brake pads
Body moldings
Also need to finish polishing it



1989 4.3 Auto with 139k miles
Bought this as a project truck for $900 to work on (the dual exhaust pipes sold it for me). So far I've added a mini starter, bought used American Racing Rims ($350), replaced the torn bench seat with a '92 bench seat with head rests, changed the steering wheel to a newer 4 spoke steering wheel, switched out the cluster bulbs with LED ones and other small interior changes.

Currently at a shop trying to fix high HC emissions for CA smog check.
Will need to respray or repaint as the hood and roof are completely faded
These pictures are from September not showing the bench seat or the painted wiper arms; will take new ones once I get it back from the shop.



Let me know what you guys think, all comments appreciated

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Re: My '93 and '89 S10

Both look really good for their age. Does the 89 have or use to have a tonneau cover?

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Re: My '93 and '89 S10

I don't currently have a cover for the 89 but I think the previous owner had one or either had a camper on it. Wasn't sure what those bolts on the bed were, I'm guessing they were part of a cover/camper or just for looks I don't know
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Re: My '93 and '89 S10

I have a 1993 same color. Wish my paint looked as good as yours still. I sold it and just bought it back. I don't think the guy I sold it to washed it in 5 years.
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I have a 1993 same color. Wish my paint looked as good as yours still. I sold it and just bought it back. I don't think the guy I sold it to washed it in 5 years.
Just saw it from your post, they look like twins lol but yeah I didn't take care of the paint as much as I should have either; you can see in the background behind the 89 how the roof of my 93 is peeling and also all around just very dirty. Wasn't like that when I got it.
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Re: My '93 and '89 S10

Found an unbeaten '94 Blazer at the junkyard and picked up a few things.
This great condition leather steering wheel to replace my old worn out one.



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Ordered the PowerStop K1482 brake kit from Amazon about a week ago and finally got the new rotors and pads on! A much needed swap as the old pads were greatly worn out; the truck was jerking bad when coming to a stop. I was aware that they needed to be replaced just never got around to it as its not my daily driver but starting taking her out more so decided to get it done.

Old nasty rotors/pads


Huge difference!



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Still haven't broken in the pads yet as its been raining all weekend here so I'm going to wait till Monday to break them in
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Also ordered some new LED cluster bulbs from superbrightleds. 5.95 a bulb came out to $38.53 including shipping, not too bad.

Could barely see the gauges when driving at night, also the plastic glass was filled with dust, a mechanic in the past had replaced one of the indicator bulbs and must've not cleaned it. Noticed the glass was also very scratched so going to look for a fairly better one next time I got to the junkyard.


Really liked how it turned out The voltage and temperature gauges seem a bit dim but I think that's how it just is as my '89 turned out the same when I replaced the bulbs.





Next project: finish polishing and replacing that leaking steering box
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The buttons on the bed are for an old school tonneau cover. Sweet trucks.

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The buttons on the bed are for an old school tonneau cover. Sweet trucks.
Thanks man! I've always wondered what those buttons were there for.
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Local junkyard was having a 50% off weekend so I picked up a 33mm sway bar and rear/front Bilstein shocks from a 2WD 2002 Blazer. Got the suspension mod idea thanks to user "Mad Max"

$14 for the sway bar and $4 for each shock Saw some brand new bushings from a 01 Xtreme and swapped them from the old worn out Blazer shocks. I was going to grab the Xtreme sway bar but it looked like the tires beat it up from the sides.



Old rear shocks were completely shot, front ones still had some life in em


Once I installed them I noticed a smoother ride


Sway bar was a pain to put on but managed to fit it right in

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Good deal. Better put fixing the leaky rear diff on the list.

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Nice I too have an 89 and a 93..lol

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Also ordered some new LED cluster bulbs from superbrightleds. 5.95 a bulb came out to $38.53 including shipping, not too bad.

Could barely see the gauges when driving at night, also the plastic glass was filled with dust, a mechanic in the past had replaced one of the indicator bulbs and must've not cleaned it. Noticed the glass was also very scratched so going to look for a fairly better one next time I got to the junkyard.


Really liked how it turned out The voltage and temperature gauges seem a bit dim but I think that's how it just is as my '89 turned out the same when I replaced the bulbs.





Next project: finish polishing and replacing that leaking steering box
Those gauges look great!

You just gave me a great idea of what to do with the lighting for my gauges, one of the bulbs is loose and it will be time soon to replace them.
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Nice I too have an 89 and a 93..lol
Just saw them on the WDYDTYFG thread lol. Really liking that 93 with those newer style side mirrors and that digi dash looks good on the 89.

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Those gauges look great!

You just gave me a great idea of what to do with the lighting for my gauges, one of the bulbs is loose and it will be time soon to replace them.
Thanks man, it's a real simple mod that definitely makes any s10 cluster look good.
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Finally got around to polishing my '93 and what a difference it made

Before pics, took this last year to see how those wheels looked on her. Severe oxidation :



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I still need to fix a few minor things like get new side moldings, remove those stains on the windshield rubber, get new tint for the rear slider but overall really happy with how it turned out
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Update
Finally fixed that leaking steering gearbox on my 93, grabbed a quick ratio ZQ8 box from an 01 Xtreme s10 at the yard. No more leaks! Shorter lock to lock turns, so far no problems at all.

Picked up two rear sway bars from 2nd gen blazers and rear sway bar brackets from ZQ8 trucks to install on both trucks. Just need to rent a right angle drill for the holes

Also, today I found myself a leather steering wheel at the picknpull taken from a 94 Blazer. Cleaned it real good and installed it on the 89. Now I need to replace those ugly mats and get a new carpet


Andd I know this is not really the place but got myself a new car
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Nice trucks man! Both are super clean.

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Both trucks look great. Nice looking Prelude too. I love those cars.
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I have one of those steering wheels too and love it. As for a right angle drill, I got the dewalt right angle drill attachment at Lowes for $20 with a coupon. Works great, and would fit in the needed space no problem. I've used it a lot since then and it has held up well.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWARA1.../dp/B00C0VSNKQ



I have done all the mods you show in your thread--steering box, front and back sway bars (those were the most effective), great steering wheel. I also ditched my rag joint with the Jeep shaft mod. I still have a tach cluster in the attic waiting to get installed. But these trucks are really great, and even these few simple mods make them fun to drive.

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I have one of those steering wheels too and love it. As for a right angle drill, I got the dewalt right angle drill attachment at Lowes for $20 with a coupon. Works great, and would fit in the needed space no problem. I've used it a lot since then and it has held up well.

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWARA1.../dp/B00C0VSNKQ



I have done all the mods you show in your thread--steering box, front and back sway bars (those were the most effective), great steering wheel. I also ditched my rag joint with the Jeep shaft mod. I still have a tach cluster in the attic waiting to get installed. But these trucks are really great, and even these few simple mods make them fun to drive.
Wow cool, thanks for the tip. I was actually thinking of renting a right angle drill for around the same price; I didn't really pay attention to drill attachments but seeing this now I'm just going to go to my local Ace and get it. Thanks man!

At the moment I only have the thicker bars for the front, still need to get the rears on and see how it drives. I've also been holding off the Jeep shaft mod as I don't have a torch to collapse the shaft or a dremel to trim the column but hopefully soon I can get these mods done.

Those tach clusters look cool man, they're rare. I don't think I've ever seen one at the yards. I imagine you need to modify the wiring for it to work?
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Keep em on the road bud, first gens are disappearing everyday

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Keep em on the road bud, first gens are disappearing everyday
I know what you mean man, its sad to see some good trucks end up trashed in the yards
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I know what you mean man, its sad to see some good trucks end up trashed in the yards
Yeah even at car shows there are very few S10s now and even less first gens, I just went to Lone Star Throw Down here in south Texas and only counted 3 first gen S10 trucks

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Both trucks look killer dude!

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Those tach clusters look cool man, they're rare. I don't think I've ever seen one at the yards. I imagine you need to modify the wiring for it to work?
You have to repin the main cluster plug but it is not hard. Label each wire, unpin them from the plug, reinsert them in the correct pattern, that's about it. You would need the gauge senders for oil and water to replace the dummy light senders. And since your trucks are 89 and 93, you would need electric speedos instead of cable-driven (though that can be switched too). All the info you need is on this forum.

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You have to repin the main cluster plug but it is not hard. Label each wire, unpin them from the plug, reinsert them in the correct pattern, that's about it. You would need the gauge senders for oil and water to replace the dummy light senders. And since your trucks are 89 and 93, you would need electric speedos instead of cable-driven (though that can be switched too). All the info you need is on this forum.
I'll be on the lookout for one of those clusters, looks like a nice mod and seems reasonable to do. Thanks man
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