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I purchased this s10 prior to covid so not much got done at all. Most everything done is cosmetic.
I purchased the s10 from a guy selling it for his daughter, it was advertised as a 2003 ended up being a 2000 my bad for NOT checking.


The night it was towed home, 2.2 blown headgasket, GM 4l60e new from chevy, truck is wet in pic
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Removed the center console and separated the seats and added a floor shifter and console.
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I found a Cervini hood locally at a good price
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Since I have 3 sets of C5 wagon wheels I decided to put them on as well.
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I went to my favorite salvage yard to pick up an 8.8 but was lured into the s10 section only to find the 8.5 big 10 bolt complete well come on guys you know I got busy with a quickness!
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Got it home for a bath
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Then some semi gloss black paint
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Then rolled it out to the s10 for the instal
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Of course the rotors and pads were shot so I had to put on some slotted and drilled rotors yes I forgot to put a few new studs in.....
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It is time for a little body work since the bed has the damage hardest to repair (for me) that is....
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Bumper pulled off.
I tried to use a stud welder but the crease was just not working with me so I did 3 spots and let it set for almost a year lol
 

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Today I got some courage to work on 1 of the 2 dents in the bed corner. The crease is almost gone now. Tools were, small dolly, block of wood and a hammer oh and a propane torch.
This is not by any means a show truck build of any kind I just want a clean looking s10 to thrash on the track. If I continue to work with the metal I should be able to minimize the amount of filler.
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More to come, I have never been one to take photos of work in progress but I am learning.
 

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I bought a pair of doors from a clean Jimmy and the guy tossed in both fenders and of course this s10 has one aftermarket fender on the passenger side and a bent fender on the driver's side so that worked out great
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It started off as a turbo Ls project but I have changed my mind a bit 😏
 

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Good luck with it. What color red is that? it looks a little darker then mine which is victory red.

Just a heads up, you may want to check those jack stands for a recall. I know not long ago Harbor Freight was recalling jack stands due to collapsing. Not sure how old those are they look fairly new so probably not in the recall but better to be safe.
 

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Not sure of the actual color it looks red but its more of a burgundy color.
Those Jack stands were returned to HF without incident once I found out about the recall. Scary thought
 

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Time to clean up the flower pot s10
 

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Just got back from the bone yard with my new 8.8 Explorer rear end. This 8.8 was purchased for my 2002 s10 until I saw it had 4.10 gears in it so it is now going into the flower pot and the 8.5 will go into 2002 since it has 3.42s WIN WIN situation.
Freshly pulled 8.8
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Degreeser and pressure wash, works like a champ.
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17x8 C5 front wheels getting ready to get widened to 17x11
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Today started off as another trip to the boneyard in search of spare parts for both trucks. After a little hunting I came across a clean little Oldsmobile Bravada that still had the bumper cover and driving lights intact. I think it will look sweet on this truck once it gets a small modification to allow the s10 grille to fit🤫
Now I have to get new lights, the old ones are not worth polishing out.
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Well, I 110% forgot my issue with this truck. Prior to me the front had taken a hit and the replacement core support is an aftermarket POS and the holes for the pinch tabs are way off I need to pick up another core support from my local boneyard.
 
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8.8 4.10 gears all painted and ready to be installed. I do have new stainless brake lines on the way
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If you want to test fit it first, I know of a vehicle....
 
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BTW, I don't know if you noticed, the 8.8 passenger side axle and tube is 3 1/16" longer than the driver side...
 

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BTW, I don't know if you noticed, the 8.8 passenger side axle and tube is 3 1/16" longer than the driver side...
Yes, I sure do. My first 8.8 instal was around 1999/2000 I use corvette wheels 95% of the time either I redrill the pattern or I put 1.25" spacers on it that use ford to chevy pattern.
All is well🤙🤙🤙🤙🤙
 
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No not at all, just have a lot of years under my 52 year old belt.
 

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Years = Knowledge!

You learn how to use a wrench so you don't bust your knuckles...
 

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8.8 is in and now I have to order a few parts from Thorbros.com since the 8.8 is much different from the 8.5.
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