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Old Fart
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I always liked small pickup trucks and SUVs like the s-trucks, Tacomas, Dakotas, etc. My last 4 vehicles were all in that vein. So, I've been a transmission mechanic for 20 years and never built a hot rod because I was too busy being a musician with my free time and $. When I started a family and didn't have much time to be out playing all night anymore, I hung up the music and decided I wanted to get into the hot rod thing. I've built hundreds of them for everyone else. Race trucks, monster trucks, a ton of drag cars, resto-mods... if you can think of it, I've built a gear train for it. So naturally, I wanted to hot rod a small truck. The S10 was a perfect choice! There are countless Chevy engines and gear train components to be had, after all. I traded a junk car off to a salvage yard for a 97 S10 extended cab with a locked up trans and a blown motor. Then I built a 4L60E in trade to take anything i wanted from a wrecked 03 suburban. I LS swapped this truck with an NV3500 and a ford 8.8, tuned it, and was driving it in 60 days. It's my daily driver and it is an absolute joy to drive! A perfect hot rod vehicle. S10s can be difficult sometimes, but when you get it right they're things of beauty. I love them!
Cool and another transmission guy to help with answers to problems. 馃槈

Have you posted pics of your truck yet?
 

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Cool and another transmission guy to help with answers to problems. 馃槈

Have you posted pics of your truck yet?
I haven't posted pics... mostly because it's ugly AF. It looks like a beat up little work truck, and essentially it is. It's even registered to my shop (so I got to write off the whole project ;)). But it sure picks up parts fast! I'll get around to it soon, tho. I used this forum to build like 80% of this truck so I've been trying to pay it forward answering questions (mostly gear train and electrical related) for everyone.
 

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I haven't posted pics... mostly because it's ugly AF. It looks like a beat up little work truck, and essentially it is. It's even registered to my shop (so I got to write off the whole project ;)). But it sure picks up parts fast! I'll get around to it soon, tho. I used this forum to build like 80% of this truck so I've been trying to pay it forward answering questions (mostly gear train and electrical related) for everyone.
There is a saying here, pics or it didn't happen. 馃ぃ
 

Old Fart
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That truck looks pretty good for its age and being a shop truck. 馃槈
 

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Yup. It's WAY better than I was expecting from that description. (y)
It's nice from afar, but far from nice. The clear coat is shot and I don't think there is a piece on it that doesn't have a dent. Lol! And a freaking deer ran right into the passenger side door about 2 weeks ago and I had to pull the door panel and bang it out just so the door would open and close again. Mechanically, it's tip top, tho. I guess that's what really matters!
 

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Truck water pump and alternator. I made the alternator bracket for the high-right position. I modified the truck belt tensioner to flip upside down and put a smooth pulley on it. Truck power steering pump with the ford pulley on it to clear the steering box and I made some bosses to mount the original ac compressor where the truck alternator used to be. I added an idler pulley between the power steering and new ac location to get the belt off of the bolt head there and used a 101" belt. 2000 model ac lines and dryer were a perfect fit. I wanted to use the 4.3 stuff so bad, but the bolt pattern to the head was completely different from a 5.3.
 
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