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Old 06-12-2019, 01:53 PM
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Some of you know that my son and I are G-body wagon guys. We also like S10s, and as we're building our wagons to be more than daily drivers we both picked up an S10 to putt around town in. Mine is an 88 Blazer, click here for a couple pics. My son picked up a beater '84 pickup that will be his first ground up build, doing almost all the mechanical, body and paint work himself.

The set up is: Engine is a 355 with Scat rods KB 10.5:1 pistons, a .540" roller cam and Engine Quest circle track heads topped by an air gap dual plane and 750 Holley. Trans is a T-56 6 speed from an LT Camaro. Suspension is DJM drop spindles, 700# drop springs, Belltech shocks, Belltech 3" drop leafs and 4" blocks. C5 Corvette 13" brakes on UMI brake adapter brackets are wrapped by 18x9 XXR wheels and 275-35 Nitto NT555s all the way around. Coming soon is a disc 8.8" Ford rear axle swap and more UMI suspension upgrades for better handling. 👍

Here's a few pics of where he's at with it. More coming soon!

1. I did a rendering for him when we started the project to give him some guidance and motivation. He'll be using late model Toyota truck tan and the hood louver is from a late model Camaro.



2 & 3. Mocking up for hood mods.





4. The truck should be somewhere around 3000-3200 lbs so the 13" "budget" C5 brakes should help it stop real well.

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This will be awesome! What better way to bond between father and son.
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Pretty sure G body tubular control arms bolt right on to an s10 if I remember right.
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Thanks Roscoe, and yeah it is.

You are correct AJ, aside from the steering linkage because the S10 is narrower G-body front suspension is a direct bolt in for S10s.
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Lower arm bolts on S10's are 1/2", I believe, and G-bodies are 12MM, so you have to make sure you have the correct inner sleeve. I haven't changed my lower arms on my truck to aftermarket, never bothered to check the size and just used a die grinder to slot the holes when I relocated the rear mounting point for more caster and to center the wheel in the fender better. These are really neat projects, Ben and Roman!

Ben, did you know that Speedway Motors, Lincoln , NE, offers a G-body centerlink that's supposed to help with the inherent bumpsteer problem with these cars? The inner tie rod end mounting points have been moved. I haven't investigated it as it fits nothing I own, but the theory is solid and probably is safer than welding new mounting points onto an existing center link.
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Thanks for the input!
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Some of you know that my son and I are G-body wagon guys. We also like S10s, and as we're building our wagons to be more than daily drivers we both picked up an S10 to putt around town in. Mine is an 88 Blazer, click here for a couple pics. My son picked up a beater '84 pickup that will be his first ground up build, doing almost all the mechanical, body and paint work himself.

The set up is: Engine is a 355 with Scat rods KB 10.5:1 pistons, a .540" roller cam and Engine Quest circle track heads topped by an air gap dual plane and 750 Holley. Trans is a T-56 6 speed from an LT Camaro. Suspension is DJM drop spindles, 700# drop springs, Belltech shocks, Belltech 3" drop leafs and 4" blocks. C5 Corvette 13" brakes on UMI brake adapter brackets are wrapped by 18x9 XXR wheels and 275-35 Nitto NT555s all the way around. Coming soon is a disc 8.8" Ford rear axle swap and more UMI suspension upgrades for better handling.
This should be a cool project as it's hard not to like a square S10.
Where did you source the 700# drop springs? How much was the 'advertised' drop?
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Thanks Scot, he's getting pretty close to having it running now, hopefully by the end of the month. We ordered a set of Moog 5662 Coil springs from Summit, listed on Moog's website as 748 lb. spring rate. He cut off 1.5 coils which is what the average that most S10 guys were doing. That theoretically will increase rate even more but we just say 700 lb. to keep it simple. Right now the truck is maybe 1/2-1" higher than what we're after but we need to drive it a bit to let things settle and then we'll asses how we like the ride height again.

BTW these same springs work in a G-Body, I have them in one of our cars with 3/4 coil cut off to yield about 2 1/2" drop.
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For those that may be interested in meeting Roman and the truck he's got a Youtube channel with some build videos. He's got another long awaited update video that should be uploaded soon. Click Here to check them out. Be sure to subscribe to follow along.
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We mostly went with Engine Quest because they're widely used in circle track as a legal stock type classes iron head that flows better than a Vortec, and the price is way better than most aftermarket heads. Many racers have good luck with them. Not sure how ours got so whacked out, if it was from the factory or the engine builder that sold them to us but either way it looks like they'll work out. With the retro roller cam we have it should be a solid 425-450 hp and about 480 ft lbs, pretty typical for this complete set up. Agreed with the LS swap, Roman has a 6.0L LS for his Cutlass wagon's future rebuild.
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