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Old 09-30-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

Specs are..

NOT RUNNING(at this moment.)

Year ; 1988
Package ; Tahoe
Stock engine size ; 2.8L
Current engine size ; 4.3L(HP, well over stock, and more than the 2006 Sierra. Like, a lot more. Maybe around 400 ball-parking it. Probably closer to 300 - 350HP. Will have to dyno it.)

Specs on engine ;
Hooker Headers(long tube)
Edlebrock 450cfm 4-barrel vacuum secondary square bore carburator
Edlebrock performance square bore, dual port intake manifold
Fully rebuilt less than 2,000kms on engine.
Full MSD ignition, coil, box, distributor, wires
e3 Spark Plugs
Stock oil pan
Normal clutch fan
Long style waterpump
New radiator
Fuel regulator(5psi{current} down from the stock number)
K&N washable air-cleaner.
Some other misc. items here and there.
Camshaft is new, crank is new, pistons new, rings new, everything internally is new. Again, will have to get it dyno'd for a more accurate HP rating and not an estimate.

Specs on the truck itself ;
Ext. Cab
Stock colour
1991 Core Support and grille
2" cowl hood(too come off the '89 when this one is running)
Stock bumper
Roll pan
Tahoe Package(chrome items)
New gauges for water, oil, and volt.
Deck
Speakers
Surius Satelite.
Etc.

Onto pictures.
















Header clearance is a giant f--k you. Hedman claims it is meant for the 1982 - 1996 4.3L apparently it works for all vehicles without having to modify the header and steering.

Well, didn't work. I think the headers are actually built for a 1989 - 1993 S10 with a 4.3L in it factory.

Headers did get modified on the passenger side to clear both frame rail and firewall/floorboard. Steering is being modified to clear the header.
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

NIce. I miss my first gen like crazy.
Old 10-01-2011, 12:14 AM   #3
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

Tomorrow will be doing the upper fan shroud modding. Got a bracket, just a piece of steel. Will paint it black, going to pop-rivet it onto the plastic shroud, and the bolt it down to the core support. Then the shroud is done. Connect the trans. lines, replace the TV cable, and throttle cable, raise the transmission 1/2" to level it out with the front. Was at 1/4" now has 1/4" spacer plates on the motor mounts. Also got the much needed u-joint for the steering. Still need the intermediate shaft...

Once this puppy is out I'll be making a wall to go around the truck, and the '89 will be in there being stripped right down.(Project thread will infact be bombarded with updates pretty much every weekend when there is something to be done. Aweh yeah.)

Seats need to be replaced in the '88 after it's all said and done, of course.
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

Well............ Bad news bears.

Oil sender is finished. Attempted to pre-lube and was turning the shaft, but no oil came through the rockers. Have 5L of oil in the engine at this moment. Thought there wasn't enough, but.. There is plenty. Nothing is blocking the screen...

Time to pull the pig out again. Guess with it sitting for too long, the shaft must have been stuck and with using the drill to pre-lube the engine it must have broke off or something... This truck, is not going to be out next weekend.

Which then leaves me to just do this..
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where you turning the motor over while priming it
Old 10-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #6
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By hand, yes. Gotta pull her and replace the oil sender.
Old 10-11-2011, 10:47 AM   #7
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

I hate to sound like an ass, but you'll be lucky to see anything above 230 hp on a dyno with that setup. The only real power adders that you listed were the headers and the carb swap. Making 300 hp with one of these would require a lot of money and machine work and it doesn't even look like it has vortec heads =(
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Quote: Originally Posted by suicide_star
I hate to sound like an ass, but you'll be lucky to see anything above 230 hp on a dyno with that setup. The only real power adders that you listed were the headers and the carb swap. Making 300 hp with one of these would require a lot of money and machine work and it doesn't even look like it has vortec heads =(
My thoughts also when i read through the list.
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Hey, tom, I noticed that you didnt mention your new carb injectors like you said on the other forum I know you from.... Is that a different carb? Btw, I need some stylistic ideas, and got banned from XMS, can you post pictures of those "Rally inspired" towhooks? I also noticed you forgot a major detail for these guys that explains those massive power numbers... you totally neglected your racing plugwires.... Dude, people will think you are trolling if you mention that much power, and forget all your upgrades. I will have to scrounge up that link and post it for you so these guys can catch up on your progress
Old 10-20-2011, 11:14 PM   #10
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Quote: Originally Posted by mr.hotrod
Hey, tom, I noticed that you didnt mention your new carb injectors like you said on the other forum I know you from.... Is that a different carb? Btw, I need some stylistic ideas, and got banned from XMS, can you post pictures of those "Rally inspired" towhooks? I also noticed you forgot a major detail for these guys that explains those massive power numbers... you totally neglected your racing plugwires.... Dude, people will think you are trolling if you mention that much power, and forget all your upgrades. I will have to scrounge up that link and post it for you so these guys can catch up on your progress
Evan, I believe you are thinking of Blake over those "racing plugwires". XMF dude, XMF. Those towhooks are on the Camry, they are white, yellow, rubberized undercoat, black, grey, red, and oil coloured now. No injectors, that's for EFI. They are called jets. If I had those on the truck, I'd be well over 1000hp.

MSD is supposed to add around 25 - 40HP. E3 Spark plugs are supposed to add 2HP per plug, 6 plugs x 2HP = 12HP.

Figured out why the engine wasn't oiling correctly. The shaft made for oiling didn't have the little cup/cuff/whatever at the bottom, so when it started to spin the sender, it turned off.

Looked at the MSD distributor and the old H.E.I. distributor shaft(what was used to turn the pump) and noticed it..

Here is some more pictures.

Seems like the filter and wires are touching...



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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

You're dreaming about the HP of that 4.3 but looks like a neat truck.
Old 10-25-2011, 09:29 PM   #12
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MSD is supposed to add around 25 - 40HP. E3 Spark plugs are supposed to add 2HP per plug, 6 plugs x 2HP = 12HP.
Funny. Its almost as ludacris as the zombie survival crap I'm watching.
Old 10-29-2011, 10:58 AM   #13
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Haters going to hate.

Anyhow, truck's been on the ground and is running. However with the snow flying soon.. Truck's not going to be driven around, until march.
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

Can I ask how you know it makes more power than a Sierra?
Old 10-31-2011, 06:05 PM   #15
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

Quote: Originally Posted by Blade.
Haters going to hate.

Anyhow, truck's been on the ground and is running. However with the snow flying soon.. Truck's not going to be driven around, until march.
No one is hating, they're just giving you the reality of things.


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Maybe around 400 ball-parking it. Probably closer to 300 - 350HP. Will have to dyno it.)
So what is it? Sounds like YOU don't even know what it'll make so you threw out some stupid numbers.
Old 11-01-2011, 04:27 PM   #16
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subscribed! I wanna see the dyno sheet. And not trying to be a "hater" but from the pics in your other thread it looked like you left a ton of surface rust in the driver side floor... did you clean that out?
Old 11-07-2011, 11:55 PM   #17
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subscribed! I wanna see the dyno sheet. And not trying to be a "hater" but from the pics in your other thread it looked like you left a ton of surface rust in the driver side floor... did you clean that out?
No, as I have not worked on the truck for a while. Getting this one moved so I can put the '89 in it's current spot. Then, I will start the real build-up on it. The body on the truck will be the last of my worries for her anyways.

You will have to wait long and hard for that dyno sheet. There isn't a single dyno around this area.
Old 11-08-2011, 12:38 AM   #18
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Re: The 1988 Chevrolet S10.

I used to have fairly good access to a dyno, and with a previous vehicle I owned, I was able to dyno every power mod I ever did with the car, individually. My overall (real-world) experience is, whatever the manufacturer says X part "can make up to XX hp", divide that in half. That's about what they are all good for.

Without some kind of bore/stroke increase, a nasty cam, and some seriously ported heads, or a blower >>>> good luck on making 300 w/ a 4.3.
Old 08-23-2012, 11:30 PM   #19
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4.3L has been scraped.

Timing was out(way too advanced), detonated and pretty much destroyed the engine. Going to be getting a crate engine now.

Anyhow, I picked up some new rims. 15" new tires, 215/60R15(front), 245/60/R15(rear) painted darn close to body colour... Really close.

Gave her a quick wash as well..

Not the best of pictures...

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...0823-00494.jpg
http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...0823-00496.jpg
http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...0823-00499.jpg

My bad also on the large horsepower rating. It felt like it had that much to me. I've never driven a vehicle with more than 150hp.
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The "crate engine" - is it a V8? If so, getting that 300+ HP will be a slam dunk. Good luck.
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Yes. The GM replacement 3 year/60,000km warranty 350 Crate Engine which produces an advertised rating of 285hp. I'm not going to bother with much power adders, just throwing a set of long-tubes on it, intake, carb, ignition, and possible pan(if I need a swap-pan also I know it is not a power adder).

It'll be roughly $2,600.00 from the GM dealership close to me, I'm going to try and bring them down lower on the price due to the GM website having the same product for $1,900.00 on their offical site.
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Well good luck Tom. The fun is just beginning.
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Thanks man! I'm going to try and have the truck out next year, if it doesn't happen... Oh well haha
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http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...0826-00517.jpg

Shined up. Better picture of the rims.
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You could throw a cam, intake and a cheap set of World Products heads on that motor and be at 300+.
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