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#1 petercscherer

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 05:58 AM

I stumbled across someone else's project for sale in one of those infamous Craigslist deals: "You gotta get here with cash before the next guy does". Anyways, happened to be free that moment and the price was really sweet. 

 

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It's a 1990 Chevrolet S10 Blazer 2 Door 2 Wheel Drive. Has the stock 4.3 TBI V6 with the 4L60E 4-speed auto. Had lived a pretty ragged life in the DFW area before migrating out here to west Texas. 

 

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That whole Passenger rear quarter is bondo-sculpted. I guess according to Carfax it got side-swiped in 2013 which prompted the Maaco-style respray. I'll live with it for now, but just might redo the bodywork down the road. 

 

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Interior isn't bad, no weird smells, just worn out. I have plans for recovered seats, door panels, carpet, headliner, etc...

 

 

The bad news: Pretty severe rod-knock. That, coupled with non-existent oil pressure is what's prompting an engine swap. 

 

 

But guess what? I'm not doing what you'd expect! I'm going to be getting a rebuilt 4.3 from Summit Racing, and just swapping it back in to replace the trashed one! 

I figure there's enough V8 S10s out there, and I really don't want to deal with the hassle of a V8 swap and try to get that reliable when this truck just needs a new long block and some TLC. 

 

 

Of course, I'll lower it, change wheels, replace broken bits, and clean up the look. Just want a daily driver with 4 seats, A/C, decent ride, and some hauling capacity for roadtrips.

 

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#2 captain720

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:38 AM

Nice man! 4.3s really arn't that bad, now if you had a 2.8 the you would have to V8 swap to make it move under it's own power.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:07 AM

I don’t remember if 1990 is a vortech year, if not, a head swap will get a nice boost in power. That square body was about as good as the s10 got in my book, looks wise.
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#4 petercscherer

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:33 AM

1990 just has the intake mounted TBI. A pretty foolproof design, and easy to problem solve. I'll probably just run a CAI, Electric fan, and better exhaust. Should be plenty of power for me.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:47 AM

Owned a few over the years. Easy to work on, all kinds of parts out there. Should be real easy to replace the dented parts. Overall in good shape for age.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:52 AM

I drove a 4.3 powered AWD Astro Van all through high school and part of college. Plenty of power, even towed with it small trailers and such. Been wanting a 1st Gen blazer for awhile, so it's nice to accomplish an item from the bucket list.