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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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This is the engine compartment of a Federal (non-California) 1984 2WD longbed S-Truck which originally had a 2.8 V6 and 5-speed transmission. The engine is a 1984 305 V8 from a light duty truck, and the original 5-speed was originally used. After the original 5-speed failed with nearly catastrophic results, it was replaced with a transmission designed for a V8. The engine is in the "forward position" and the driveshaft is unmodified.

Because this is a Federal (non-California) truck, it does not require a computer or oxygen sensor to be smog legal. It does have an AIR pump, EGR valve, PCV valve, EFE valve, thermostatic air, and fuel filler restrictor (unleaded fuel only). This is typical of what will be required in the non-California states that will soon be adopting California-type smog inspection laws.

A non-computer controlled V8 can be installed in the 1986 and older federal S-Trucks and still be smog legal in California because 1986 and older federal light-duty GM Trucks with V-8's did not use computer controls. If you do not want to install a fuel-injected V8 into your non-California truck, and your state has smog laws adopted from the California BAR 90 laws (Bureau of Automotive Repair, 1990), this conversion is a good example of what needs to be done to remain "smog legal".

This truck is not equipped with air conditioning, which makes the engine compartment look less cluttered than the other conversions shown. The radiator is in the "forward" position (which is explained in chapter 10). The weight gain from this V8 conversion is about 190 lbs: 210 lbs on the front wheels, and 20 lbs off the rear wheels.

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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