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Username Post: Engine looking for a home - help?        (Topic#186306)
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Age: 47
Loc: Southern Wisconsin
Reg: 04-02-08
04-02-08 07:12 PM - Post#1402808    

I just uncovered a ton of metal rot in my '87 camaro - not worth recovering. But the motor is still strong - Jasper rebuild 355 with Demon carb and Edelbrock manifolds. I'd love to drop the motor in something else, another '87 would be good. But, I'm cool going with another body. What else'll hook up nicely with a small block? S-10? Chevette? lol.
Thanks a lot, Todd


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Age: 29
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07-09-08 05:23 PM - Post#1474068    
    In response to tmt

I personaly like the sound of a s-10.just cause its light,easy to make fast,and it isnt hard to make them can take a 300 horse motor,put it into that truck,and it will run in the 12's it will still be good on gas and not give you trouble driving it.

David B.

yeah low 
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11-23-08 11:22 PM - Post#1570297    
    In response to chevy355s10

+1 to that. You can also find "bolt in kits" to drop that small block in there... This is a very popular ticket to the 12's. I saw one nicely tuned run a 5 second eighth mile. I nearly choked on my own saliva, I did trip over my own jaw. That truck was literally a blur.

Hope this helps. The chevette sounds nice too. I saw one at Lawrenceburg,TN with a big block in it. I had gravel in my mouth that day too.

Scott AKA YL

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02-08-09 11:10 PM - Post#1625737    
    In response to yeah low

s-10s dont go for much.mine is an '85 and paid $200 for it,with all the original drivetrain(the v-6 engine and all)

when putting a v-8 in,there will be some adjustmeants that need to be made.

fire wall might have to be knocked back with a hammer to clear your dizzy.mine didnt for some reason and i run an HEI....stroke of luck i guess.

you might need a driveshaft cut for your tranny,i run a th350 and didnt need it...luck again

your cross member will need to be modified a little for your transmission.i just took a drill bit and notched the mounting hole a little to get the tranny mount bolt to go through.

you might have to run electric fans,depending on what you want.mine has a long nose water pump and i used a 1" spacer for the fan.kinda close for me...

if i was you,i would run full headers. when you run regular manifolds,it will be a pian to bolt you exhaust up.there isnt much room between the floor boards and such for your hands.

when looking for an s-10,make sure you find the one that the fuel line comes up on the passenger side next to the fuel pump.other wise,you will have to fabricate more fuel line to reach you fuel pump on your v-8.

if you want a ratchet shifter,get the B&M light truck shifter,it fits perfect and you dont have to move forward to reach the shifter.

if you need any more pionters,let me know.i can always go out back and look at mine and let you know if anything else will be needed.
i was 15 when i did mine.if i can do at that age,you can do it easy!

BTW,i ran a 650 holley Double pumper on my s-10.i could drive the crap out of it for almost an hour and only use an 1/8 of a tank.

i run a 10" wide tire on mine and havent had too much of a traction problem.the only time i have a problem is when i floor it from a dead stop and that usaully includes loading on the converter before hand.

put yourself a nice posi uni in your rear end,you will need it for traction reasons.i found that out really quick.....cant you say "one tire fire!" ?

its impressive when your trying to see how much tire you can take off of one wheel.

David B.

Edited by chevy355s10 on 02-08-09 11:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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