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    1. #1
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      Sep 2006
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      First-Gen S10 Corner Carver

      Hi, my name is Jerome and my project is a 1982 Chevy S10. I've posted some questions about it on here, and it's about time that I made a project thread.

      I bought it summer of 2006 for $200 with the intention of pulling the knocking 2.8L and slapping in a V8.


      That went out the window as I just kept digging deeper and deeper during teardown, and within a couple months, there was nothing bolted to the frame



      The frame was sent out to be powdercoated

      Just some background, I'm a mechanical engineering student at college away from home in WA. So this project is going to take forever, as I can only work on it over school breaks.

      Engine:
      383 small block chevy
      stock 400 crank
      2-peice rear main 350 block .030 over
      4 bolt mains
      stock rods w/ ARP rod bolts
      forged TRW 11:1 pistons
      AFR 195 heads 75cc
      Comp Cams retrofit hydraulic roller 12-433-8
      Holley HP 750 double pumper
      Edelbrock Performer RPM intake
      Milodon oiling
      Shooting for 450-500 flywheel HP

      Drivetrain:
      sixspeedsinc.com rebuilt LS1 T56
      Mcleod flywheel, single disk clutch, pressure plate
      stock hydraulic throwout bearing
      Ford 8.8 rearend from Explorer, stock with 4.10's, traction lok posi, disk brakes
      rebuilt with carbon posi clutches

      Front Suspension:


      ATS tall spindles and steering arms
      C5 brakes
      stock lower control arms w/ Del-A-Lum bushings
      SPC upper control arms
      Howe ball joints
      700lb springs and hidden adjusters from Speedway Motors
      Bilstein S10 shocks

      Rear Suspension:
      offset 3-link w/ panhard bar designed by me: converging lower links and driver link offset to passenger side. panhard from driver's side frame to passenger side rearend.
      johnny joints for links
      heims for panhard
      varishock coilovers

      Wheels/Tires:

      C5 Corvette wheels 17x8.5 front and 18x9.5 rear
      Sumitomo HTRZ 245/45/17 front and 275/40/18 rear
      2.25" wheel adapters for front

      Exterior:
      still can't decide between silver, metallic blue, copper, white, or black paint.

      How it sits now:


      Just got my rearend back from the welder, he did a great job. If you are in the Pacific NW and need welding, Bill Scribner is your man. Search for Scribner Welding.




      Driver's side front looking backwards


      Driver's side looking forwards




      Jerome


    2. #2
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      Dec 2004
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      That is going to be one neat truck Jerome. An S10 is on my list of to do's. My son has a 92 that would be a great starting point.
      Keep us posted on your progress.
      Mike Holleman

    3. #3
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      Jan 2006
      Location
      Snohomish, Washington
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      nice truck looks like its coming alone nicely.

      Hi from another washington member.
      Matt

    4. #4
      Join Date
      Apr 2005
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      Chicago
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      Man I'm feeling the love for trucks.

      Especially us mini-truckers
      marty-mj
      GarageScene.net High Speed Welding KDHotrods RecoveryRoomInteriors WegnerAutomotive Autometer Ride-Tech

    5. #5
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      Nov 2006
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      Washington, MO
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      Cool project Jerome! Look forward to the progress.

    6. #6
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      Aug 2007
      Location
      Windsor, CO
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      Looks real nice! Can't wait to see more!
      Brandon Pursley,

    7. #7
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      Dec 2006
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      summerville,sc
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      i am gettin close to gettin done with my 97 s10.

    8. #8
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      yours is looking good so far

    9. #9
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      Albemarle, NC
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      this is scary. i was thinking of doing almost the exact same thing as a new DD and track toy. ill have to watch your progress, as well as a few others for planning the build.
      did you box the rear section of the frame while you were at it?
      more pictures please. help all us researchers out a little.

      michael
      Michael Crawford

      1970 plymouth Duster back under construction:
      https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...uring-makeover

      1987 GMC S15 https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ct-drivabeater

    10. #10
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      Dec 2004
      Location
      North Jersey
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      Very cool project! Sounds very well sorted out, and looks like it's coming along great! Personally, I think a copper exterior (like Bad Penny) would look badass. Are you going to leave the grill and bumpers chrome, or do them body color?
      Steve Ragusa - North Jersey
      2006 Infiniti G35x
      Former Build - 1988 Monte Carlo SS - ZZ4-cammed TPI 355, F-body serpentine conversion, World-Class 5-speed, Eibachs/Bilsteins, Howe tall LBJs, 34mm hollow front swaybar, 3/4" straight rear bar, 17" Coys C55s, 12" front discs, and more. Sold on 2/28/11.

    11. #11
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      I didn't box the frame, looking back that is one of things I regret. I was in a rush to tear it down and get the frame powdercoated. I really should have built all the suspension, and then had it powdercoated. The rear suspension crossmembers will force me to box portions of it. Really hurts to grind off new powdercoat, but it's what has to be done. I'll probably end up painting over the fresh sections.

      Does anybody know if existing powdercoat can be rebaked so that new powder can be cured?

      The grill and rear roll pan will probably be body color. I'm not a big fan of chrome, the wheels are enough for me. But the bumper I'm looking at getting only comes in chrome, so I may just leave it that way. Chrome looks good in moderation.

      I ordered the oem ls1 hydraulic throwout for the t56 yesterday. I had the wrong one from mcleod before. I'm going with wilwood clutch and brake pedal master assembly, gotta figure out how to brace the firewall so that it doesn't flex. Also ordered ZQ8 bumpstops for the lower control arms, they are supposed to be better than just rubber, they have softer, more progressive spring rate.

      Not sure what to do for swaybar, would love to get a splined one with bearings, but that is alot more money and effort to find an arm that works. Would be much easier to go with the stock one, get greasable poly bushings, and make adjustable heim endlinks.

      I'm also wavering back and forth as to whether I want to put in a roll bar. I really would like harnesses, but a bar just makes it less comfortable to get in and out of, and is a ton of work. I'm uncomfortable with how the current seatbelts attach to the floor, because it's just one bolt and washer. The other problem is that the seats sit too high, and the floor needs all the bumps flattened out of it for the seats to sit low enough.

      angle is kinda crappy, so you can't quite see what i'm talking about.

    12. #12
      Join Date
      Oct 2007
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      Pensacola, FL
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      To help you out in getting the seats mounted..... go to the salvage yard and remove the inner front seat mounts from a 4dr 1st gen blazer or 2dr w/ buckets. There is about 8 spotwelds per bracket (4 brackets) that will need to be drilled. Transfer them to the exact same spots in your truck and re-weld. Hope this helps some.... I did this on my 92....

    13. #13
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      Sep 2007
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      Nice progress. I drive a 03 GMC ZRX Sonoma with a Street Rider
      package as a daily driver. Can`t wait to see it done.

    14. #14
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      Nov 2004
      Location
      Seattle area
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      1st, very cool project.

      2nd, howdy from another Washingtonian. I'm in the Kent/Auburn area.

      3rd, you could possibly mount a harness bar behind the seats. I've never seen one in a p/u, but hey, why not?
      T.B.
      '80 Firebird Esprit
      It's a Pontiac, how fast can it be?

    15. #15
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      Quote Originally Posted by syborg tt
      Man I'm feeling the love for trucks.

      Especially us mini-truckers
      Once I saw the quality of work, I knew your interest would be piqued.

      Reminds me of your build, with the tear down, etc.

    16. #16
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      Mar 2006
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      Lafayette
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      project looks good.....
      Scott
      Built LTX, TKO600, 12Bolt

    17. #17
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      Quote Originally Posted by jerome
      Not sure what to do for swaybar, would love to get a splined one with bearings, but that is alot more money and effort to find an arm that works. Would be much easier to go with the stock one, get greasable poly bushings, and make adjustable heim endlinks.
      im sure you are aware the ZQ8 package from GM, might look into those sway bars for the truck....im running the front and rear ZQ8 sway bar on my truck...im happy with the way it handles...belltech also makes a really nice set of sway bars for the s-series pickups....
      Scott
      Built LTX, TKO600, 12Bolt

    18. #18
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      The ZQ8 bar is pretty beefy, and I already have slightly higher spring rate (700lb) than stock. Actually, do you know if the ZQ8 bar is hollow? That might explain why its so big. I'm not planning on putting a rear bar on, so there's a good chance that the stock bar will be adequate. It all comes down to tuning, and then adjusting bar size to make it handle and accelerate right. I already have a stock bar, so I think I'll just slap that back on and see how well it works.

      Does the rear ZQ8 bar go behind the rearend? Part of the reason I'm not planning on a rear bar is that the pinion is offset to the passenger for the ford explorer 8.8, so a S10 bar probably wouldn't work. Also I'll be running a panhard and coilovers that would make it pretty much impossible to run a bar behind the rearend. It would have to be in front of it, I think II much has a setup like that. I figure if I get the reasonable high spring rate for the back then I won't need a bar. I still don't fully understand how spring rates affect everything, so i'll need to do some reading on it.

      Anybody with an S10 and coilovers have their spring rate handy so I at least have a ballpark number to start with? syborg what did you go with, or how did you pick a spring rate?

      As for the seat track, I do have seat tracks, but I think the original owner put them in himself (possibly to get buckets instead of bench) and they are held in with 4 bolts. I need to get the seat lower than it is now, so I don't think tracks would help, I just need to cut out the humps in the floor to make it sit flat and then weld in reinforcing plates. Thanks for the tips though!

      Jerome

    19. #19
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      Quote Originally Posted by jerome
      Does anybody know if existing powdercoat can be rebaked so that new powder can be cured?
      It depends on the color. Usually darker solid colors can be rebaked without any color change. Clears and lighter colors like white tend to turn a little yellow if they are baked too long or rebaked. Do you know the manufacture and/or color name? From the pics it looks similar to Rally Wheel Silver from HotCoat.

      It's looking nice. Should be a fun truck when you're finished.

    20. #20
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