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.
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.
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.
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.