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Crazyfast79TA

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Still Waiting And Saving Up!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

It's been over a month since I cashed in on my CD account I was saving up to build this truck into a nice little hot-rod. Instead of all the money going to my truck I helped my step-daughter get her own Sport-Trac like Michelle has. It's a little older but still in great shape. But that's part of the reason my S-10 is waiting. It's been waiting for years, what's a couple more months? I'll keep tinkering as I can. I did get the new radiator support, tailgate, cab repair panels and bumper end cap. I just need a new air compressor to do the bodywork and paint-job. I still need more money to get the cooling fans, fuel pressure regulator, headers and dual exhaust to do the mechanical portion of this project. I'm still a few hundred short of the needed dollars to do this.

It's Back In The Garage!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I got off work early (again!) today (Wed). The weather forecast is calling for more snow tonight thru tomorrow. Today was beautiful! Must've been close to 40 or more. Was a perfect day to clear the snow and move the S-10 into the garage. My step-daughter and her friend Luke helped me move the S-10 and clear the snow off the drive-way. I was trying to pull the S-10 out with our big blue Chevy (POS). Wasn't happening. Luke hooked his truck up and tugged it right out with ease! We had to work hard to push the S-10 into the garage, but we did it! I started clearing the snow out of the place where the S-10 was so I could park the T/A there. While I was doing that Luke and Jessica started clearing the drive of the packed down snow. They were chopping the ice and shoveling it to the side. I knew Michelle was going to be coming home soon so I helped them finish off. They had to leave so I thanked both of them tremendously! I got the T/A moved into it's new spot until spring. Now the S-10 is back inside and ready to be worked on. I'll do what I can when I can. I want to have this one done for spring. Money's tight so there are corners that will have to be cut. It may not get the rust repairs and paint-job that I wanted, but it will get the mechanicals taken care of. We'll see how it goes!

Started My Wheel Clean-up Project.

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I knew it wasn't going to be an easy or quick job so I didn't wait until the truck was ready for them. They had been neglected for too many years just sitting there half buried in the dirt with the 2 front tires flat. The dirt washed off but the corrosion had to be scuffed off. I started out with a red scotch brite pad. That cleaned them up pretty good. I then went on to using a green scotch brite pad like we use to scrub the stubborn cooked on stuff in our pots and pans. The green pads smoothed out the catches from the red pads. Now they have to be polished out. I'm not sure what to use to polish them. I don't know why they were flat so that will have to be checked out. I know one wheel has water (ice) in it, so that one for sure has to be dismounted. I hope the other just has dirt in the bead that can be cleaned out and re-inflated. If they are out-of-round from sitting flat, I will have to get new ones. That's a bridge I'll burn when I get to it. I'm ready to pull the Trans Am out of the garage and drag the S-10 in and start back to work on it. I don't know where I'd park the T/A unless I'd dig out more of the snow bank the S-10 is buried in now. There's a lot to do and winter is too long to wait. I've got more wood for heating in the wood stove so I'm ready. I still need a new air compressor. There's also some outlets I want to wire in, but that's unrelated to the S-10. The way things are going at work I have plenty of time off to work on my stuff, but that makes money short. Double-edge sword, huh? Story of my life! When I have time, I don't have money. When I have money, I don't have time! God will provide enough of each for me to get my projects completed. Makes me wonder if I should kick my shop start-up plan in soon!

After doing a bit of checking, I found out these wheels are now discontinued by American Racing. At least the polished version is. They are still available chromed. I found out when they were available they cost $173 each, and that was lowest price I found. I got mine with tires mounted as a trade for a set of Chevelle rims and tires. I kicked myself for a while afterwards but I'm okay with it now.

Pricing Out Parts Needed To Complete The Truck

By Crazyfast79TA

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

Well, I've been shopping around online and found most of the parts I'll need to finish my S-10. I'm talking about the parts to install and operate the 350 AND the parts needed to fix the body. I don't have the money right now and I'm not charging anything else on my credit card, but I do have an investment coming due in April that should provide the finances needed. I know there's going to be other smaller items needed to complete the job, but this is for the big ones I checked out.

The Mechanical Parts List:
Headers $155.97
Cooling Fans $209.97
Fan Controller $46.97
Fuel Press. Reg. $72.95
Electric Choke Kit $54.95
Mini Starter $115.97
Limited Slip Dif. $399.97

Parts Total $1056.75
Free shipping on orders over $99

Auto Body Parts List (not including shop supplies)

Left & Right Power Mirrors $25.94 each
Radiator Support $58.05
Tail Gate $62.99
Right Bumper Cap $23.47
Left & Right Cab Corners $50.64 each

Subtotal $297.67
Shipping $140.85
Grand Total $438.52

So for about $1500 I can have my truck running strong and the parts to fix the body! I figure to add at least $500 for body shop supplies and paint & materials. A few weeks work and I'll have me one strong running, good looking little truck! Howwaboutthat!!!

Winter Time Blues

By Crazyfast79TA

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

Boy how things can change like the weather. This truck was on the back burner for years because of other automotive dilemmas. Then I lost my job and had to move the S-10 home. I started a new job and decided to V8 the S-10. I got the engine set down in the frame and started configuring everything to make everything work. Then our big Chevy started showing it's age with brake lines blowing out and the transfer case gives out. I know it's in the case and nowhere else. The front axel actuator kicks and the transfer case shifter motor switches from 4 high to 4 low and also 2 wheel drive. The heater fan is stuck on "high" only and controls won't change from defroster to heater or anything but defroster. The power steering that I thought was fixed is also giving me troubles. I pulled my S-10 out and pull the big pig in to work on. I'm so sick of that truck! I'm so sick of winter, too. Now I'm rethinking the S-10 V8 project. That 350 was out of my previous V8 projects (my Monza and my '87 S-10) and was intended to go in my Nova next. I don't want to give up on the V8 S-10 but I've got the Big Chevy 4x4 to worry about and no money to work with. No money to pay the bills either. So now I'm facing the facts for the time being. I just have to put this on the back burner for an indefinite period. I'm still going to do it, just a matter of timing. I do have an investment coming due in April that should fund this project and maybe have some left for other projects.

I've Been Thinking Even When I Can't Be Working On It

By Crazyfast79TA

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

It's been so dang cold (they cancelled school for 2 days here in Minnesota) that I couldn't/wouldn't get out in the garage and work. Besides, the S-10 in buried in a snow bank beside the garage and the four wheel drive if out in the P.O.S. Chevy so the S-10 will stay there until I can replace the transfer case. But anyway, I've been thinking and watching videos on You-Tube of other V8 S-10s. Some of them are pretty lame compared to my '87 I used to have. Some are real role models for the one I'm building. Only the LS powered or super/turbo charged ones are quicker than mine was. I'm using the same engine in my '94 that I had in the '87. There's just a bunch more wires to contend with and a little less under-hood room. But this time I buying the headers and doing the frame mounts like the kits. The serpentine pulley system from the 4.3 bolted right to the 350. The tach is the only thing that's got me concerned so far. I'm going to have to check with someone that knows more about conversions like this. I've been planning for the bodywork also. I'm not going to do anything really wild right away, just fix the rust and dings and paint it black (like the Stones said it) and call it good. I've got Mighty Mouse stickers to place in the rear cab windows. I hope spring comes early like winter did so I can get cranking on this thing!

Work has been held off on account of cold weather

By Crazyfast79TA

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

Sad to say, yes, I've decided to hold off work until it warms up a bit. Winter in Minnesota is bitter cold and lasts forever. Not like it was in Ohio! There is was cold (but not as cold) for only 3 months or so then it warmed up again. This just gives me more time to plan everything out and save up the money to fund it all. I know once it does warm up I'm going to kick butt on this project! I WILL have this hot-rod done for summer! I also have other plans for summer like getting things around for my own shop. I talked to a guy today that's interested in having me do some work on his dually Chevy. That's just one. There will be others too. The more I get done before summer actually hits, the better! My S-10 is just the beginning! It may bring other hot-rodders my way! I hear a knock at my door. It may be opportunity. I will make it happen! This S-10 is going to be a blast!

Update On the V-8 Installation

By Crazyfast79TA

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

There isn't much to say right now. It's been displaced, again. I had to pull it out of the garage so I can replace the rear brake system in the '97 Chevy 4x4. Now the weather has put a stumbling block in that as well as my air compressor blowing up, again. I really want to work on the '97 and have it to drive through the winter if I don't get my S-10 together..

Still Working On Installing The 350 The Right Way

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I don't know what happened, but I can't upload pictures to albums on Motortopia anymore. Advance uploader won't show up and simple uploader only loads 2 pics then no more. There won't be any albums. I'm still working on my S-10 project and taking pictures along the way. I don't know how I'm going to keep all my friends up to date on my progress without pictures but I'll try. I'm too ticked off right now and don't have the time to type it all out. I'll try to find a way to keep you posted.

Engine Swap Has Begun!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

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.

Plans are changing!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

Well, I got good news and bad news. Good news is I don't have to get a 4L60E put together for the truck now. The bad news is the 4.3 is locked up. If I have to get a different engine for it, it won't be another 4.3. I don't want to put my 350 in it, that's for my Nova. The 327 needs rings at least. I'd like to put newer heads on it, too. But I think that's the engine I go with unless I find a heck of a deal on something that runs already. If I find a running engine it probably will have a transmission with it. If I use the 327, I'll go through the TH350 I have from a '76 Corvette. My mind has been spinning since I tried turning the engine over with the breaker bar. I was bummed at first then the light bulb in my head lit up! Maybe I'll have another V-8 S-10 for next summer!

Work stand for transmission rebuilding.

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I've made up my mind to put together a transmission myself for my S-10 truck. I've only rebuilt one before and that was with the help of my boss. It was not successful. I'm not sure what went wrong, all I know is the trans would not shift. I'm hoping to do better on my own this time around. If it is successful, I've got a 700R4 set aside for the Nova and another TH350 for the Trans Am. I've got a TH350 from a '76 Corvette that I may do also just to have around. I haven't taken any photos of my device yet, but I included photos I found online of professional devices that I got ideas from. When I get mine completed I'll post pictures.

Back on the list

By Crazyfast79TA

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

This is getting ridiculous! First Jessica wanted this truck, but after driving our 3/4 ton Chevy, she didn't want a small truck. I put this on the back burner and forgot about it. Now it's getting down to "back-to-school" time and she needs something to drive to school and work after. Michelle wants to get a used transmission for it like we did our van. I think I ought to take the good parts from this transmission and the one we had in the van and make a good one from the pieces. I'm not sure if the engine is still good. It's sat for 4 years without being started or anything. I think I should just put a transmission together and install it, hook everything back up and try starting it. I don't know what to expect. I know I'm on a very limited budget and an even more limited schedule.

Gonna Get This One Together For Jessica

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I wanted to get this together a long time ago and drive it myself, but Jessica got her license and needs something to drive. I figured it would be easier to get this one together than to buy something else for her. It needs a transmission or fix whatever broke in this one. It shouldn't take long once the snow goes away enough to dig it out of the snowbank it's stuck in right now. So it's next on my fix-it list!

Almost Had A New Engine And Transmission Today!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I almost got a 350 and 4L60E transmission to put in this truck today! "Big Bertha" almost got wiped out by a dumb driver on my way to work thismorning. This jerk in a new Chevy pick up decided he didn't have to stop at either of the stop signs crossing the highway and median. As if that weren't enough, he wanted the lane I was is! Being observant and reacting quick, I missed him by inches! I went to work and told my boss about my close call. After work we were talking about it. Then we started talking about fixing this S-10 for my step daughter. I think I'm going to piece one together from the one I took out, the old parts left from the failed rebuild attempt for the van transmission and the failed rebuilt trans itself. I'm sure I'd be able to make something work. Wouldn't have to be perfect, just functional. I think after the Holidays are done, I'll start in on this project.

Might be moving ahead on this one

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I've had this one on hold for 4 years now. I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. I wanted to V-8 it. I wanted to just put another transmission in it and drive it. I wanted to fix it all up and give it to my son in Ohio. But my step gaughter just got her license so it may be getting a transmission (or piece together the old one with some new parts) and let her drive it. It wouldn't bother me too much either way, but I know my son would feel betrayed. That would make me feel terrible. But in reality, I never did anything wrong to my son. All I did was move to Minnesota and try to better my life. He could've come with me and changed his life too. He decided to stay in Ohio. I knew if I stayed, I would've died by now. He won't talk to me now. I know his mother has poisoned him against me. I'm not sure what she has told him, but I can only imagine. My step daughter isn't really keen on me either. She doesn't hate me or anything, but she doesn't call me "step dad". I'm "step Mike" to her. I don't know how to take that. She's the daughter I always wanted but never had. I came into her life when she was 12. Was that too late to make a difference? It made a great difference in Michelle's life. Should I fix the truck up for her and let my son think what he wants about me? I don't know what to do.

REALLY...What should I do with it?

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I got this truck to replace a Ranger that disappointed me. This S-10 ended up disappointing me to a certain point. I didn't mind that it needed some work when I got it, but when I was getting ready to move up here to Minnesota, the transmission just gave up on me. I had to drag it up here. After I got it here and got started at my job, we started to rebuild the transmission. But that's when the transmission went out in our van. We ended up using the kit in that. So that means the truck has sat there, not running for about 3 years. I've been working on everything else just to keep things running. I haven't even got to work on my Trans Am or Nova. So that's where these questions are coming from; should I get another kit for this transmission, tear into the failed rebuild for the van and take the good parts that were broken or worn out in the S-10 trans, get a used trans like I ended up doing for the van, or just say to heck with it and just V-8 the darn thing like I did my '87? Thing is I don't have the time or money to do anything with this truck. I don't really want to start on another hot rod project until I get one finished I've already started (Nova 24 years ago, Trans Am 4 years ago). Yes I miss driving this truck, but I also miss driving my T/A and I haven't driven the Nova since my friend still owned it, 25 years ago! If I don't do anything with it soon, I'll drag it home and park it behind the garage like I did the Buick when the brake line blew out and didn't feel like working on that. You know, I may have just come up with my own answer!
I've been thinking about this one, and your responses have lead me to come up with an answer; I'm just going to let it sit behind the shop until spring (or the boss tells me it has to go) and then I'll see where I'm at with my Trans Am and Nova. Maybe then I'll be more interested in this project.

Maybe coming back! Again!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

This march will make it 3 years since I took my truck to where I work. My boss and I were going to try to rebuild the transmission. We got it all torn apart and ordered a kit, but plans changed when the trans went out in our GMC Rally Van. The kit was used in that trans instead. We must've done something wr..wro...ahem, wrong. OK, said it done! We did something wrong. It went back together okay, but only had reverse and low gear. That van sat in the lot at work for 2 years until I broke down and got a trans from a salvage yard. But the S-10 still sits behind the shop. I've still got the trans torn apart and boxed up in the back of the cab and I've been kicking around the idea of taking some of the parts from the failed rebuild from the van trans and using them to put this one back together. The sprag was blown apart and another part with springs was all twisted and mangled. The steels and clutches looked decent. I guess it all comes back to whether or not the 4.3 is still good. I should try to get it running before I get too carried away with any transmission plans. So I was talking it over with my wife on the way home from grocery shopping, and she thought we were just going to get a used trans. I don't want to spend any money until I know if the engine is still good. I said if this worked, I would tear into the 700r4 that was is my V-8 S-10 and put that trans in my Nova when I built that car. It's getting that engine, so why not the trans too? It would still be a 4 speed trans, but it wouldn't be a stick. She liked that idea because she prefers not to drive stick. Time will tell! and so will the winter bills!

Happy to be "Back In Black"!

By Crazyfast79TA

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

Okay, this truck wasn't the greatest when I got it, but it was definately worth getting. The springs needed changed and it needed all the brakes worked on. The wipers were a "hit and miss" opperation but they now work. I got the exhaust patched up until I can get a chance to replace everything from the "Y" pipe back. Give me a chance to put a few more miles on it and I may trust it to go accross the USA! And the good thing about having this truck over the Ranger; it shares the same bolt pattern on the wheels as the T/A and Nova so I can play "switch hitters" with the wheels!

Changed the springs

By Crazyfast79TA

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

I got it done! I changed the springs back to stock and added these American Racing wheels to it this week-end! I left the lowering blocks and spindles in it so it's still got a 2" drop. I installed new shocks and sway-bar links on the front. I didn't get to do the rear brakes this week-end, but when I do them, I'm putting new shocks on the rear too. I fixed the exhaust (sort-of) so it doesn't sound like a derby car now. This is going to be a fine ride as I do more with it. I always was an S-10 man (over Rangers) and now I've got another "Black Truck" to play with!

3 Days Of Ownership

By Crazyfast79TA

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

It's amazing what's happened in 3 days! Day "One" I brought it home and washed it and removed the crappy seat covers to find leather seats. Inside the door jamb there's a label for some after market company that did the "dress-up" on it. Day "Two" I had a belt break in one of the goofy tiny tires. I went to the barn and grabbed 2 of the old S-10 wheels and tires I had and threw them in the bed. Day "Three" I took off the bad tire and checked the front brakes. E-Gads! Metal on metal and rotors ruined! The rear was worn out but not down to rivets yet. Saturday is going to be a BUSY day on this truck! Changing the springs, fixing the exhaust, and doing a brake-job! I think the buff and wax will have to wait for Sunday! LOL! So far I've put over 175 miles on it and still have more than half a tank of gas! May not sound surprising to you, but I'm amazed because my P.O.S. Ranger went through a lot more gas than that. But that truck was JUNK! Granted I've always been a Chevy (or at least GM) guy, but the Ford part had nothing to do with it being junk. This truck was nothing like the other Ranger I used to drive. The "Red Ranger" couldn't be killed! I beat that little bugger to death but couldn't kill it! I'm just glad the P.O.S. is gone and I'm "Back In Black"!

New Toy At Home

By Crazyfast79TA

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

Made the deal Friday, sealed the deal Saturday, Brought the "Low-Rider" home today. The goofy wheels and tiny tires are so wobbly I'm glad I'm changing them this week-end after I change the springs. While it's up on the hoist, I'm going to fix the exhaust where it got torn up from sitting too low. This is going to be a fine little truck when I get done with it! I've already got plans rolling thru my mind! I'll keep y'all updated as I get things rolling!
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