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Bovey, Minnesota
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Drop Back And Regroup!

By Crazyfast79TA

After reviewing my whole project plan I've decided to drop back and regroup. I'm accepting delay now and the real possibility that I won't have my S-10 done for this summer. It's a bummer for sure but not the end of this project. It just refuels my desire to do it better than my '87. My '87 was done in stages. The first one out of necessity when I broke the transmission and couldn't afford to replace it with a junk-yard unit. I was working as a pizza delivery driver and couldn't afford to have a downed vehicle. I had the 350 and TH350 from my Monza sitting in my garage. It was 1992 and not many guys in my hometown were V-8ing their S-10s yet. I was the 5th and knew I couldn't do it like the other four did with kits. I had to improvise and be creative and cheap. I had a buddy that had a scrap yard behind his shop that allowed me to dig for the parts I needed. I got it together in less than a week for a total cost about $40. Maybe it wasn't done right but it worked. Thunder Truck was born. It had a growing reputation and plenty of challenges. I didn't lose many but I ended up breaking the transmission case. I replaced it with a 700R4 from an '83 Trans Am GTA. Now it was fast with overdrive. It deserved a paint-job now. So I painted it red. I got a new IROC hood that they were throwing in the scrap bin at work because it was damaged and couldn't be sold as new or sent back to GM. I couldn't sell it so I cut it up and grafted the IROC louver section into an S-10 hood and added Buick Park Ave hinges for a custom flip forward hood. When I went through hard times and was losing my Cameo that I rebuilt after a terrible crash. Instead of getting a used stock box I got a Choo-Choo Customs Wild-side box. I wasn't letting that box go with a re-poed truck so I pulled it and put on my '87. Time for another paint-job! Red and yellow with a silver lightning bolt. After I married my first wife she had a Ranger she bought just before we started dating and we talked about having 2 trucks and no car. The Ranger was newer and had a stock box for hauling, so I decided to sell my S-10. I didn't let my 350 and TH700R4 go with it. I kept them since 2001 waiting to get my Nova done but that hasn't happened. Then divorce happened in 2004 and everything fell apart in my life. I had my Trans Am as my only vehicle when she left and took her Ranger. I got my own Ranger that turned into a P.O.S. I traded it off to get my '94 S-10. I didn't have plans to V-8 it until I broke something inside the transmission and I'm having trouble finding a replacement. My 350 is still here but the 700R4 still has something broken in it. 700R4s are easier to find here in Minnesota than a 4L60E 2 wheel drive transmission. I figured out the motor mount situation and V-8 S-10 headers don't cost much more than standard Chevy headers now. This truck already has an electric fuel pump with a return line. I just need a pressure regulator to cut pressure down for my Holley. I'll have to get electric fans for cooling. It all costs money and takes time to save up that money. Summit will save me some money by having free shipping on orders over $99. I can order the parts one by one as I get the money. I may have "lost" the $700 I already had saved up, but I'm still working so I still have money coming in. I just have to be more selective on my spending habits until the S-10 is done. I can build it in stages but won't be years between each stage. Weeks or months but not years. It will be done and done right on the first try!

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