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Jim Huber’s ’97 Chevy S-10
A Turn-Of-The-Century Truck

By Douglas R. Glad
Photography: Jeff Smith

After owning and racing a ’69 Chevelle for 16 years, Jim Huber decided to sell the car and build something different. Jim realized that newer, aerodynamic body styles were the way to go when it came to speed. He also liked the idea of a Pro Stock Truck—so much so that one Sunday he visited a used car dealer and bought an original ’97 Chevy S-10 with a 2.8-liter V-6 showing 117,000 miles. Monday it went in for teardown, and by Wednesday he trailered it to Stanley Budke Racing Chassis and Components in Alexandria, Kentucky, for the works.

Jim yanked out the Chevelle’s engine and sent it to BES Racing Engines in West Harrison, Indiana, for an overhaul and stroke change. The small-block was used to create a 423ci Mouse producing a staggering 920 hp on the dyno without squeeze! Jim speculates that the mill will croak out over 1,100 hp using the Nitrous Works Fogger. Included are important items like: Brodix canted-valve heads and an HV-8 intake, a steel crankshaft, aluminum rods, 15.5:1 compression, and a pair of Hooker headers with 2.5-inch primaries. When pressed about engine particulars Jim just said, “That’s top secret,” and moved on. He did, however, divulge that the Barry Grant carb is a 1050-cfm model, and the sparks are delivered by an MSD 7AL-3 ignition.

The interior retains the stock tilt wheel and the factory dashboard, but the seats were replaced with a set of racing buckets and harnesses to keep Jim glued down at speed.

Jim’s truck popped a couple of friends’ Powerglides before finding one that would hold together. The Hurst Quarter-Stick shifted, BES-built trans and API 8-inch converter now in it shouldn’t squirm under the gun.

The third member is a Ford 9-inch utilizing Moser 35-spline axles, spooled with a 4.56 ratio. This setup lies under the sheetmetal bed between tubs and 31.5x10.5 M/T bolognas mounted on Center Line Convo Pros. In fact, over 100 Dzus fasteners can be twisted to completely disassemble the sheetmetal behind the cab. Up front are a pair of pancakes coated with M/T rubber turned by a rack-and-pinion setup with coilover shocks.

The Medium Quasar Blue Metallic paint provided by PPG was laid on by Mark “The Man” Fields to duplicate the color of Jim’s motor-donor Chevelle. The stock windshield and door glass were retained, and to fit the chrome-moly rollcage, the rear window is now Lexan. The bed was cut away to accommodate the new chassis and a fiberglass cowl was laid on the hood.

Jim ran the truck at its first Fastest Street Car competition in Memphis, posting an 8.29 at 167 mph. His only complaint is that without a bed, he can’t haul wood. Don’t worry Jim, this truck hauls much more.

-Chevy High Performance











 

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wow a 97 huh
I didnt know 2.8's were available in 97 in fact I know they werent
the last S10 to be offered with a 2.8 is the 93, the last year for the square body
problem number 2
it has a 94 dash and a 94 steering column and steering wheel
95 went to the big oval shaped column and the steering wheel
had an airbag


other than that it sounds like a legit story
but if he lied about the truck being a 97 why should I believe anything else that was said
why lie about the year especially when your talkin a 94 compared to a 97
to the untrained eye they are the same
but not to my eye
 

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I would blame it on typos not lies.The article was written by someone other then the owner.

The truck is for real.There has been alot of coverage on it in many different magazines.Just look at the parts and construction of it.Who cares if it's a 94 or 97or what motor it originally had.All that matters now is it is blue and fast!
 

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MPETESS10 said:

problem number 2
it has a 94 dash and a 94 steering column and steering wheel
95 went to the big oval shaped column and the steering wheel
had an airbag
I did think that was a bit strange, as a 97 with a 94 column and steering wheel, but I didn't think they changed the dash until 98, when they changed the front end - the few 94-97s ive seen (naturally including my own) have had a similar dash - never noticed any difference until 98, and I know there's a sort of bezel over the gauges 98-up, but I wasn't looking that close, so the more intricate details probably went unnoticed (a.k.a untrained eyes)
BTW, what are the differences between a 94 and 95-97 dash?
Awesome looking truck nonetheless
 

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If you look at the bottles you'll see 2 lines going through the floor (right near the door),these are connected to the pressure blow off.If bottle pressure gets dangerously high it will open.All you need to run the bottles inside is,have the blow off routed outside.
 

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The 94 trucks were unique, as they were the first year of the new model, they shared a lot of things from the old model. The steering column was one of them. It is the skinny, round, metal steering column while the 95+ column became large, oval and plastic. So therefore the dash is shaped differently in the gauge cluster for the 94 to fit the skinny column.
 
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