I have a '96 S-10 with 2.2L/5 speed manual. Engine and trans are in great shape but the body is pretty worn out. Looking for a better truck body that will bolt in this engine/trans combination. Which S-10 model years am I looking for?
My '96 is not for sale. By the time I pull the engine/trans and everything else I'll want to save it'll pretty much be a carcass headed for the junk yard. What I need to know is which S-10 year models the '96 2.2 and 5-speed manual will bolt in to with no mods, then I'll know what I'm looking for.
95-97 are all pretty much the same. 94 is half 1st gen and 98 up are a lot different.
I'd avoid a 95 as the wiring in them was a mess because they weren't OBD 1 or 2.
Sometimes referred to as OBD 1.5, but I think cluster flock would better describe the 95's.
That leaves 96 and 97, but the ABS and HVAC were controlled differently each of those two years.
Or with a 95 or 97 you could remove every wire in the truck and replace it all with the electrical system from your 96 including dash and steering column.
Best bet would be another 96. Preferably one that was a 2.2 5 speed. In the same body model.