I agree here
My 1st car was an '86 like that- and it was a rust bucket 15 years ago. There are lots of nice things you can do. 4.3s are cool. I would probably stick with the motor group though and drop in a 3.4 long block for a camaro. Keep the tires to 235's. Add a trans cooler and remove the main radiator pass-through. Might be a nice little rig for a small pop-up camper.
We have a 94 Bravada, same platform as your S-10 Truck, ours is the 4.3 with an auto trans, AWD and a G80 in the rear, running 235-75-15 AT's
It's used to explore the Mojave and the Owens Valley, finding old mining sites and such.
The truck has no problems running 95% of the trails out there, although I wish it had the 4low you have, for the last section up to the mines.
The only things I'd change would be to do a small suspension lift maybe 2" just to add a little more clearance and swap in a 4wd transfercase.
The truck is small enough for the narrow places, but still comfortable on the drive to and from the trail.
I'm glad to see you decided to keep the truck. I say get it running, then decide what to change after driving it for a time.
If it was my truck I'd go 3.4 swap, as this is the same engine family as the 2.8 so no smog problems if you stay with the carb. and it's bolt in.
a good set of 235-75-15 AT's
2" suspension lift to gain a little additional ground clearance under the frame, but still keep it highway friendly
NO Body lift, 235's fit fine without any type of lift ( Body lift only gains you tire clearance, not ground clearance)
look for a G-80 rear if it didn't come with one it was an option, or if funds allow a selectabel locker like an ARB
If you're into camping add a shell like a flip-pac / wildernest.
or you could tow a pop up trailer, drop it at camp and go explore.
Last edited by Heading Out; 07-08-2012 at 08:08 PM.
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