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Just picked up a new to me jalopy of a short wheelbase S10. 252,000 miles on it.



I built this Turbo Slant Six a couple of years ago but have been undecided where to plant it.



All details are up in the air at this point but I'm thinking of ending up with something similar to this one - which I have photochopped.

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Just picked up a new to me jalopy of a short wheelbase S10. 252,000 miles on it.



I built this Turbo Slant Six a couple of years ago but have been undecided where to plant it.



All details are up in the air at this point but I'm thinking of ending up with something similar to this one - which I have photochopped.

I'm intrigued, but the bed seems short (makes the proportions look odd), there was a guy on here who shortened his S-10 to a 5' bed (IIRC) and it looks great. Turbo slant 6 swap is interesting.

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I'm less concerned with looks or proportions and more concerned with getting a 'sports car' length wheelbase. My target is similar wheelbase, track and weight to a Mazda Miata. The image is just Photoshop work. There will certainly be limitations related to where things can be cut without making the fabrication too complicated.
 

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That looks like a pretty nice clean old truck to me and personally if I was going to hack up a truck I would use a long bed that nobody wants and save that one for someone that likes that body style

There is not many of those trucks left
I've been shopping for a truck for weeks. A long bed would have been just fine but first gen regular cab S10s are not exactly plentiful around here. What's more important to me is that it's not all rusted out or crashed up.
 

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I fully agree its his truck and it could be a cool project, but if he basically wants to turn an old S 10 into a Mazda Miata...

IMO it would make alot more sense to start with a mazda miata And customize that.


I have seen a lot of people over the years that start with these over the top projects then get about halfway through it and wind up getting burned out and leaving the project in shambles for years before they decide to cut their losses and either junk it out or sell it for peanuts it just to get rid of it


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I fully agree its his truck and it could be a cool project, but if he basically wants to turn an old S 10 into a Mazda Miata...

IMO it would make alot more sense to start with a mazda miata And customize that.


I have seen a lot of people over the years that start with these over the top projects then get about halfway through it and wind up getting burned out and leaving the project in shambles for years before they decide to cut their losses and either junk it out or sell it for peanuts it just to get rid of it


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Getting the S10 to feel like a Miata would be a lot of work. The 24 hours of lemons truck is basically a Fiero. With a wheelbase that short and the high seating position it'll probably feel more like a RWD Smart car. Also, that engine is going to be terrible for weight distribution... would be really hard not to have it sticking way out in front of the front wheels.

I have similar dreams, but I know they will likely never happen.
 

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Getting the S10 to feel like a Miata would be a lot of work. The 24 hours of lemons truck is basically a Fiero. With a wheelbase that short and the high seating position it'll probably feel more like a RWD Smart car. Also, that engine is going to be terrible for weight distribution... would be really hard not to have it sticking way out in front of the front wheels.
Oh yes, you aren't telling me anything I haven't already considered in depth. I do believe I can address all those potential pitfalls.
The S10 still seems to be the best choice of platform for what I want to do.
 

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Well, do share, I'd like to see your solutions!

Fuel tank and rear suspension should be fun as well. Hope you plan on becoming a frame builder, lol.
 

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Well, do share, I'd like to see your solutions!
Stay tuned!
Fuel tank and rear suspension should be fun as well. Hope you plan on becoming a frame builder, lol.
A fuel cell strapped into what will be left of the bed.
Most likely it will get a C4 Corvette rear suspension setup. Simple, light and will allow me to move the engine rearward a long way.
I'm confident I can handle all of the necessary fabrication. I'll post some pics of my shop.
 

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In other news the first round of weight loss went well. I just picked the low hanging fruit - bumpers, spare tire, inner fenders, most of the interior, tailgate, etc. It shed 220 lbs. On the truck scales this afternoon it weighed in at 2340 with barely enough gas to get me back to the shop. I can see more weight loss available but not without some fabrication.
 

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2.5L, manual steering and power brakes.
I suspect I'll want to upgrade to power steering so I can use a faster ratio steering box.
I'm MILES from being able to make that decision though.
 
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After reading through the Vette thread a bit I don't doubt your skills. Fun fact, a friend and I resto-modded a C3 Vette the same color as that one. I haven't seen a lot of them that color.
 

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If you're going through all that work I would definitely ditch any kind of gearbox. I'm sure you have the skills to install a manual Miata rack.

My personal choice would be an Escort Mk1 rack. They make them in very quick ratios, thanks to that car's legendary racing status.
 
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