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Chevrolet S-10 Truck—
Chapter 1 from the V-8 Conversion Manual:

INTRODUCTION



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Chapter 1 Contents:

Introduction ••• 1984 S-10 2WD Truck with 1989 305 TPI/700-R4 ••• Project ZZ3—Our Quickest Truck ••• 1984 S-10 Blazer with 1985 305 TPI/700-R4 •••

Baby Thunder, 1992 S-10 4X4 Truck with 1992 Corvette LT1 Engine ••• ZZ3 Update ••• Another Update ••• 1995 Camaro LT1/4L60-E into 1988 2wd S-10 Blazer •••

V8 Alternative for 1996–2000 Trucks with the 4.3 V6 ••• Measurements ••• Typical Conversion Costs ••• Time Requirements •••

 

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Under the hood, the 1988 TBI 305 V8 looks nearly stock in the S-Truck. This is because a lot of the parts are stock. We prefer stock parts because they are readily available and are of good, consistent quality.

With 235/75-15 tires and 3.73 gears, this Blazer gets about 22 mpg on level freeway trips at 65 mph. Normal overall fuel mileage is about 15-19 mpg. 0-60 mph takes ten seconds at sea level. This truck now weighs about 3900 lbs and has every factory option. The V8 conversion added about 190 lbs to the vehicle—210 lbs on the front axle and the rear axle lost 20 lbs of weight because the front of the engine is ahead of the front axle. The weight gain was noticeable with the stock front shocks—the front end would continue to cycle up and down after bumps. Installing stiffer front shocks returned the ride to nearly stock. Adjusting the torsion bars brought the front end up to the stock ride height.

Most people who drive the V8 S-10 Blazer do not realize it is a modified vehicle because the conversion works so well. No special knowledge is required to drive the vehicle. You just turn the key to make it start, and put it in gear to go. Just like a normal truck. The only noticeable difference from stock is the sound of the engine-driven cooling fan—it is noiser than stock, but it is not obtrusive, at legal freeway speeds, when the transmission is in overdrive.

At the time of this writing, the V8 swap has been driven over 55,000 trouble-free miles.

Chapter 1 is continued on the next page.

Chapter 1 Contents:

Introduction ••• 1984 S-10 2WD Truck with 1989 305 TPI/700-R4 ••• Project ZZ3—Our Quickest Truck ••• 1984 S-10 Blazer with 1985 305 TPI/700-R4 •••

Baby Thunder, 1992 S-10 4X4 Truck with 1992 Corvette LT1 Engine ••• ZZ3 Update ••• Another Update ••• 1995 Camaro LT1/4L60-E into 1988 2wd S-10 Blazer •••

V8 Alternative for 1996–2000 Trucks with the 4.3 V6 ••• Measurements ••• Typical Conversion Costs ••• Time Requirements •••


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