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Engine Swap Has Begun!

By Crazyfast79TA

Filed under: 1994 Chevrolet S-10 (Another Black S-10)

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I got the truck in the garage Sunday. There isn't a whole lot of room to work, but I'll make do. I started taking things out. The pulley won't come off the power steering pump. The bolts don't clear the air conditioning compressor clutch. I started disconnecting wires and deciding which ones I won't need with the carbureted V-8. The radiator wasn't too bad to get loose and out. This truck has a built in oil cooler. That will come in handy with the 350! This is going to be a cleaner/neater install than the '87 I built 20 years ago. That was one of the first 5 in Findlay, Ohio back then! I've got more wires and stuff to contend with, but I also have the (bad) experiences with a first-time V-8 conversion. I didn't use a kit or have a whole lot of others to reference. Good news about this one, the truck came with a 4.3 so it's more of just a length issue than anything else. The '87 was a bare bones 4 cylinder to start with. I had to fabricate all the brackets and stuff to make it fit and work. Hopefully all the stuff with swap from the 4.3 to the 350 with minimal problems. Some things I see as problems right away are the tach and speedometer. How do you convert a factory V-6 tach to work with a V-8? The factory speedometer was electronic but the trans I'm using is mechanical (cable type). Since I'm using a 700R4 instead of a TH350, I'll be able to use everything from the 4L60 to mount it and use the same driveshaft. The radiator should be sufficient for the engine, it's what I used in the other truck. Should go fairly quick this time! Not a lot of engineering to do with minimal fabrication.

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