View Full Version : S10 Xtreme L33 swap!

04-28-2012, 12:40 AM
So getting ready to start my first LS swap and figured I would start a project thread. So here's the patient...

And here's a link to my other build thread in the member's projects section on S10 forum if people want to see what has been done to the truck so far:

And here's what came in today :D

L33 with 29k miles and a 4L60e with 40k miles on it

Other part's on the way:
- 98-99 F-Body manifolds
- Superior aluminum S10 V8 swap radiator
- Dorman 300-201 power steering pump pulley

And some other part's I've pulled so far from the junkyard...

- Blazer auto console
- Cable driven throttle body
- engine cover
- 4.3 throttle cable

05-06-2012, 12:47 AM
Well, I'm home for summer now, thank god! Unwrapped the engine to check it out, some pics...

799 Heads

Anyone know what this is? Looks to be broken off...

Superior Performance swap radiator...

Dorman PS pump pulley...

05-06-2012, 01:53 AM

dont worry about the broken part, it's a super easy to replace - if you're using a hydroboost setup on your s10 just buy a new plug for it if this one isn't sealing - if you're using a traditional brake boost you will need to run your vacuum line to this location(i personally used a plug that i drilled through and epoxied a 90degree barb to - then pushed the vacuum hose onto that)

to remove the broken plug, push back the red part with your nail, hold it back and just slip out the plug (water coolers and some refrigerators use this same type connectors for their waterlines)

05-06-2012, 08:16 AM
looks good so far!

05-06-2012, 08:34 AM
I will be following this one. I am planning a similar swap for my 2000 S10. It will be a daily driver 4.8 4L60E.

05-06-2012, 11:17 PM
i did one of these swaps a few years ago in my 03 xtreme. I must say, for a DD, it was super fun to drive!

05-07-2012, 01:18 PM
looking good so far,will be a fun dd when done

05-07-2012, 08:09 PM

Some progress made today, got the engine onto an engine stand and pulled the wiring, exhaust manifolds, and some other junk off.

pulled the DBW throttle body off and cleaned up the DBC cable I pulled at the junkyard and went to put it one where I ran into my first issue...

Can that vacuum connection on the intake manifold be removed and replaced with some sort of plug or do I need a different throttle body? Or a different intake manifold?

Any one need a wiring harness and PCM for a DBW swap? I'll be posting it in the classifieds here soon.

05-08-2012, 10:07 PM
fixed the throttle body issue...

Pulled the valve covers off to clean them up today, motor looks clean on the inside!

Anybody wanna guess what this 4L60e is out of? Cause I don't know...

Motor all cleaned up...

Shattered my new PS pump pulley putting it on :bang:

New one on the way already, was my own stupid fault. Was using a bolt and a socket to pull the pulley onto the shaft of the pump, had the socket resting on the plastic part of the pulley rather than the metal part, impact gun caused it to shatter. Live and learn.

Ordered my wiring harness and ECM/programming from CPW today! :D Also thinking about smoothing the truck intake, any thoughts on that?

05-09-2012, 02:36 AM
Did some digging, the code on the sticker on the trans is 9LHD which turns out to be a 1999 GMC VAN G2500 5.7 Cyl 4L60E

Correct me if I'm wrong but that's a non LS motor, will this still bolt up to my L33 properly?

05-09-2012, 03:07 PM
yes it will bolt up but IIRC you will need the spacer for the Torque Converter spud.
The electronics might be different too. Not sure. I think S&P has a writeup on how to make it work.

05-09-2012, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the reply, guess I'll have to do some digging unless someone else wants to chime in on the issue.

05-24-2012, 01:14 PM
Sold off the auto trans in search of a T56, had a lead on one but it was bought out from under me, so the hunt continues. Not much going on in terms of progress, waiting on my wiring harness. Motor mounts are on the way, may hit the junkyard later today, I'll be sure to post up with any scores!

05-24-2012, 08:46 PM
Nice truck. I will be subscribing to this post. I have an S10 with a 4.3 that I'd like to do a swap in. I really like that radiator.

BTW, I have the same blazer style console and shifter as you have in the pics. Plan on installing that over the holiday weekend. Already have blazer seats in the truck.

05-24-2012, 09:11 PM
You should check the throttle body to manifold mating surfaces. I found I had to fill the back of the TB with silicone for the vent tubes. It would have caused a serious vaccuum leak. I put a DBW TB on a 99 LS1 intake. The vent on the truck intake goed through a small hole in the TB and gets air before the TB blade. Cable TH gets vent through the port you plugged. Just some info for you to double check.

05-24-2012, 11:53 PM
I hadn't thought of that, I'll have to double check that, thanks!

Nice truck. I will be subscribing to this post. I have an S10 with a 4.3 that I'd like to do a swap in. I really like that radiator.

BTW, I have the same blazer style console and shifter as you have in the pics. Plan on installing that over the holiday weekend. Already have blazer seats in the truck.

Nice! The radiator is a pretty slick deal, and a good alternative to the $500 CPW radiator that doesn't have a built in trans cooler. It's a direct fit for the first gens, and will fit in second generation S10's core supports with some trimming in the corners on the core support.

05-26-2012, 11:01 PM
Small update...went to the junkyard the other day and grabbed some small stuff, couple bolts, radiator cap, upper radiator hose from a 5.3 silverado (for test fitting), and the brake booster nipple that was broken on my intake. Also pulled some threaded inserts out of an intake for my intake manifold since the L33's came DBW and I'm going DBC.

Pressed them in...

Got my 98-99 F-Body manifolds I bought off of blackphantom (excellent seller by the way, very fast shipping!)

Chris Thompson
05-30-2012, 06:46 AM
What do you want for the harness and ecm for the dbw?

05-31-2012, 01:09 AM
What do you want for the harness and ecm for the dbw?


small progress, pulled the intake back off to seal the knock sensors with silicone...

Then my CPW motor mounts came in...

Bumpin' Yota
05-31-2012, 07:43 AM
Why did you put silicone around the knock sensor seals?

05-31-2012, 09:41 AM
Why did you put silicone around the knock sensor seals?

that's to keep water out. if it gets in there it rots the sensors and harness. good practice whenever they are exposed for service.

05-31-2012, 09:48 AM
The engine I got had a knock sensor that was rotted badly because of water intrusion. Was a bitch to get out, but luckily no permanent damage to any of the motor. Just had a little corrosion to clean up and a new sensor to buy.


05-31-2012, 12:07 PM
^ bingo.

06-01-2012, 07:05 PM

Bumpin' Yota
06-06-2012, 09:51 AM

06-06-2012, 10:03 AM
Small update...went to the junkyard the other day and grabbed some small stuff, couple bolts, radiator cap, upper radiator hose from a 5.3 silverado (for test fitting), and the brake booster nipple that was broken on my intake. Also pulled some threaded inserts out of an intake for my intake manifold since the L33's came DBW and I'm going DBC.

Got my 98-99 F-Body manifolds I bought off of blackphantom (excellent seller by the way, very fast shipping!)

I have some exhaust manifolds off my 2001 that don't have the goofy looking egr port sticking up I would have given to ya lol:cheers:

06-06-2012, 01:58 PM
Needed the 98-99 style manifold to cut the flange off and weld a tube on since the flange would hit the frame rail, and the 00-02 style are cast iron I believe, makes them harder to weld to supposedly. Thanks though! Up in winterport huh? I'll probably try and make it to winterport dragway when I head back up that way in the fall for school if it's still open.

No more updates as of yet. New AC compressor is in the mail since the one that came with the pullout was damaged. I've also done some rationalizing and realized I can afford a T56 just yet, so I picked up another 4L60e. Will post pics of that later tonight I suppose, nothing special. Stock 4L60e out of an 04 5.3 Silverado with 30k on it. Corvetter servo is also in the mail. Wiring harness is 6 weeks out, and I start work in a week here so the money will start pouring in as will the parts! :cheers:

06-06-2012, 10:58 PM
New trans, gotta clean up some of the corrosion off the case.

Corvette servo came in...

06-13-2012, 12:48 PM
Keep up the good work, my s10 has come to a halt since im taking summer classes to catch up.

06-26-2012, 11:35 AM
So I snagged this banner when I went to the Goodguys Northeast show, even though I don't own anything from them...

...but now I do...:rolleyes:

06-27-2012, 08:26 PM
No one picked up on that apparently.

This morning I turned this...

Into this...

M12 out of an 04 GTO with 45k miles on it, complete with an f-body hurst shifter, flywheel, clutch, all hydraulics, and starter. Thank god I don't have to run an auto haha

06-27-2012, 09:03 PM
You may want to try a 99-02 truck intake, they were cable driven TB and my work with your TB.

06-27-2012, 09:58 PM
I checked out the two throttle bodies and the intake manifold and I can't see where a vacuum leak might occur, so I think it should be fine as is...



Intake and two TB's:

Am I missing something? I don't see where a vacuum leak would occur.

06-28-2012, 05:57 AM
I checked out the two throttle bodies and the intake manifold and I can't see where a vacuum leak might occur, so I think it should be fine as is...



Intake and two TB's:

Am I missing something? I don't see where a vacuum leak would occur.

I did the opposite, put a DBW on an LS1 intake and the ports are a little different. Your set up doesn't look like you will have that problem.

07-01-2012, 11:52 AM

I'm over in the UK and considering the same swap, so this thread is great :)

07-01-2012, 12:58 PM
I had a 99 xtreme. I really like that little truck. This looks like a great swap.

07-01-2012, 05:20 PM
Its coming along, the worst part about the stage your (and me) at is having to look at all these cool parts you bought and not being able to put them in. Looks good, you"ll have to check out my swap thread too.

07-01-2012, 11:32 PM
It really is though haha, I may or may have not been sitting on the floor of the shop the other day pretending I was driving it while shifting the T56.

I'm only 20...20 year olds still play imaginary race car right?...right? :burn:

Either way, I'm glad other's find my thread useful. Paying off some loans, parts should start flying through the door in a few weeks first of which my oil pan so i can pull the 2.2 and get this L33 fitted in the truck. I'll have to pick up some steel for my notches.

07-02-2012, 12:07 AM
Cool looking build man, you keeping all the creature comforts, a/c, and heat? I'll be lurking, good luck!


07-02-2012, 10:08 AM
Yup, keeping both AC and heat! She's my daily so both are pretty necessary.

07-02-2012, 12:50 PM
Yup, keeping both AC and heat! She's my daily so both are pretty necessary.

Good choice, I'm sub'in for updates. Keep em' coming!


07-10-2012, 04:12 AM
5.3 Were made for these trucks.

07-17-2012, 11:30 PM
Alright, so got some parts in.
Holley Oil pan...

Parts from Summit; Fuel line, AN fittings, oil filter, oil pan gasket, dipstick, dipstick tube, and clutch alignment tool. Also got my bronze pilot bushing in.

Part numbers for fuel fitting for 2.2 flex fuel truck (need two of the straight hose ends)...

Flywheel resurfaced and spacer for it...

And then hit a road block, pulled the pan off and fitted the pickup tube, windage tray only needed some small filing for the pickup bracket to clear. And then I was looking around and I noticed this...

Crack in the block where the starter mounts, pretty upset about it. Calling up my machinist tomorrow to see when I can get it to him to weld up. Truck starts coming apart this weekend.

07-17-2012, 11:45 PM
Nice crack :P

I will be watching cus l33 seems to be rare on this forum, yours is a lot lower miles then mine though, wanna trade?

07-19-2012, 12:18 AM
I've seen a lot more L33 builds starting to surface lately. No trade, this puppy is all mine :) I hunted for a while to find a good low mileage pull out.

Engine is loaded up in the back of the truck, heading to the welder in the AM to get the crack fixed. On another note, I've ordered my air intake, mufflers, and my wiring harness should be coming in any day :hump:

07-19-2012, 12:54 AM
Prices seem to be coming down on the l33. in reality I think they were far overpriced, unless your really cutting pounds they arent much better then any other 5.3. whats 150 lbs in a 3000 lb 350 horse set up?

Cept, its jsut cool to have one :P

07-19-2012, 02:45 AM
Damn that crack sucks.

07-22-2012, 12:11 AM
Some updated from the past few days, things are starting to get rolling here.
Crack has been welded up...

Replaced the rear main seal gaskets since they were in such close proximity to the welding.

Got my Holley oil pan bolted up...

Then I threw the truck on stands, and the fun begins. :D

And here's how she sits at the end of the day.

Doesn't look like much but the exhaust is off, driveshaft is out, whole front faschia is off, fluids drained. Hoping to get the engine pulled out before next weekend.

07-22-2012, 12:16 AM
Love progress.

07-22-2012, 11:21 AM
Great build, what A/C compressor are you using?

07-22-2012, 07:02 PM
You can sort of see it in the picture of the oil pan on the engine. It's a Denso compressor from the Silverado it was pulled out from. The fittings attach a little more forward then like an fbody compressor, which helps them clear the control arm, the f-body ones tend to interfere with the control arm. If you want me to get a better picture of it or part numbers for you I can, just let me know.

07-23-2012, 09:20 PM
You can sort of see it in the picture of the oil pan on the engine. It's a Denso compressor from the Silverado it was pulled out from. The fittings attach a little more forward then like an fbody compressor, which helps them clear the control arm, the f-body ones tend to interfere with the control arm. If you want me to get a better picture of it or part numbers for you I can, just let me know.

The part number would be great, i would like to mount the compressor up top but i have the alternator there so im going to have to pull the engine back out to notch the frame.

07-24-2012, 01:18 AM
The part number would be great, i would like to mount the compressor up top but i have the alternator there so im going to have to pull the engine back out to notch the frame.

15244321, that number is on the front of the pulley and what I used to search for an AC compressor on ebay. My pullout came with the same one but it was mangled. Here's a shot of some other part numbers...

And time for an update.
Who likes progress?

I know I do...

Finally after 3 hours we wrestled that pile of scrap metal GM calls an engine out. Next thing to do is give the engine bay a cleaning and work on cutting my AC notch.

Part's will be flying through the door all week for this. Got some new stuff now though. eBay Silverado intake, saw someone else use it so I figured I'd give it a go.

Catalytic converters...

but not really :D

07-24-2012, 06:08 PM
i appreciate the part number and picture!

07-26-2012, 12:47 AM
Not a problem!

Wiring harness came in...

07-26-2012, 11:33 PM
Got some stuff done between work shifts this week. Pulled it outside and hit the engine compartment with a tonnnn of foaming degreaser haha...

Looks a lot cleaner now.

Started pulling the interior out, will finish that up tomorrow AM.

And my magnaflow mufflers and T56 speed bleeder came in. Went for two 18" case magnaflows, the speed bleeder is from Speedway USA, was half the price of the tick performance unit, doesn't have the check valve though so I'll have to bleed it like you would brakes, but it makes it a hell of a lot easier to reach haha and I couldn't justify $60 for a speed bleeder I'll probably use only a handful of times. I'll save the money and just get a friend to help me lol

07-30-2012, 10:23 PM
Small update. Got some parts in...

LPW Girdle, and some stainless v-band's with mild steel flanges for my modifying my manifolds.

Test fitted the motor, k-member does need to be notched with the holley pan, started that notch and need to start my AC notch, no pictures of that progress as of yet though.

08-04-2012, 09:53 PM
Got some more parts in! Two e-fans, and a battery relocate kit to put the battery in the bed.

Picture of my notch cut k-member.

Spent the day cutting up the plate, man do I need a bansaw. Welded it up, thought I did damn well for first time actually welding up a frame! Need to still cut the side pieces out and weld those in, going to do that tomorrow and start cutting the AC notch.

Fitted the engine to check oil pan clearance and mark for my ac notch. Oil pan has much more room now, I'll take pictures and post some of the pan clearance when I get the motor back in to test fit the AC notch clearance.

Finished pulling my interior out to, gonna work on a cover panel for the old shifter location tomorrow. Clutch and flywheel are on the engine now and the trans will be bolted up next time it goes in as well so I can cut the new shifter location.

08-04-2012, 10:06 PM
Nice, should be a fun truck. What part of Maine? I've live all over that state except far north.

08-04-2012, 11:08 PM
Falmouth right now, up in Orono when I'm at college.

08-09-2012, 11:17 PM
Progress has been slow last few days. Finished my oil pan notch...

And started cutting and test fitting for the AC notch.

Money is starting to run real low on this project, and I'm starting to think about putting the 4 cylinder back in to run it until I come home for winter break from school. It would give me more time and money to buy the things I want like tubular uppers, BRP longtubes, Blazer gas tank, and get my Posi unit installed (bought a zexel torsen, no pics as of right now but may sell to get an auburn instead). I've got just about everything I need to get this in and running, but I'm not crazy about the f-body manifolds and I still need to throw $500-800 at it to get an exhaust built and another $100-150 for the driveshaft modifications to at least get it driving. To what, then swap out the exhaust manifolds and need to re-work my exhaust and have to put a new exhaust on it because of the blazer tank swap. Just seems much more logical to me to just get all my notches done and the motor fit, and then put the 2.2 back in until winter break so I can bank some and get more parts and then do it right.

08-11-2012, 06:33 PM
I got some work done today, my trans corss member came in yesterday. So I bolted up the T56 to the engine and fitted the engine. For those wondering, I couldn't get the engine and trans in together, I left the bell housing attached to the block and seperated the transmission, installed the engine and then bolted the trans back up. I also had to pound the lip around the trans tunnel for clearance to get it to fit. If I had done that before hand I may have been able to get the whole package in as one.

Bought it from a member on S10Forum, it really fit well, only had to elongate the trans mount hole for some wiggle room.

New placement of shifter, have to make a plate to cover up old one and cut the new one.

Test fitted driveshaft, just barely doesn't fit. So I'll have to get that cut.

Worked on the AC notch some more and fitting.

Need to angle the notch a bit more to clear the pulley some more. it's tight.

Then modified the idler arm for extra clearance, I need to replace it so this was a mockup one, but I took a bolt and put it on the lathe and rounded the head, drilled a new hole and welded in the bolt and then ground it flush. Also cut it shorter, it came out really good.

08-11-2012, 09:47 PM

08-20-2012, 08:31 PM
Here's some pictures of my oil pan clearance with the notch for anyone who wants to reference. CPW poly mounts with the engine all the way forward. Much better, don't know how anyone would be able to run this pan without a notch or some heavy firewall work.

Started working on the core support, trimmed the corners and the upper lip to fit radiator inside, welded back up and ground down. Two plates welded on bottom for mounting points on radiator.

List of crap to do!

Core support painted up, and condensor fit, I put foam on both sides of the condensor and didn't use the stock rubber mounts.

Painted radiator...

Andddd core support all done, condensor, radiator, and e-fans mounted. Looking at it now I probably didn't save any room over a stock 4.3 rad but this radiator is a hell of a lot beefier haha, shouldn't have any cooling problems. I'm really enjoying learning and working on my fabrication skills as well, definitely need to do more of it.

Trimmed up the stock fan shroud to make it look a little cleaner, still has the 2.2 sticker on it lol

Dropped my driveshaft off to get shortened today, taking 1.5" out of it. Measured 51.5" center to center.

08-20-2012, 09:17 PM
I would pin that idler arm or something. With as much force that gets put against it when you turn, with only one bolt its probably going to rotate. Keep up the good work.

08-20-2012, 09:39 PM
Take another look at it...two bolts. Well, one stud and one bolt technically. ;)

08-20-2012, 11:04 PM
Well crap I didn't see the pic above it. :doh:

Carry on. :)

08-20-2012, 11:30 PM
I would test fit the speedway bleeder right now as it did not work on my LS7 Slave going in my V, but it might work for an earlier model T56.

08-21-2012, 02:49 AM
I would test fit the speedway bleeder right now as it did not work on my LS7 Slave going in my V, but it might work for an earlier model T56.

It's already on, no problems. Thanks for the heads up though.

08-21-2012, 08:45 PM

Kory 88Iroc Lt1
08-22-2012, 11:19 PM
I probably missed this, where was the radiator from. How much was it? Nice build btw.

08-23-2012, 12:17 AM
Do yourself a favor and measure your radiator core and see if you can find a OE fan setup from a front wheel drive car. Aftermarket fans suck and just dont last.

I used a flexalite 210 fan setup on my 6.0 sonoma and had a fan fail on power tour effectively putting a crimp in the trip. I finally found a set for a 03 chrysler 300 that fit my particular setup and the cooling performance and reliability is day and night.

Just saw you are from maine it never gets hot there you may be ok but might still consider the above recommendation.

08-23-2012, 12:48 AM
Radiator is from Superior Radiator, I got it for $300 shipped, was cheaper then the CPW $500 radiator, but also required a lot more fabrication in terms of mounting solution. Turned out it's actually designed for a first gen S10 lol

I've been keeping my eye out at the junkyard for some e-fans, I agree though. These were mad cheap fans, like $45 a piece. They'll get me by for now, and with that big radiator in the winter, shouldn't have a problem with heating issues lol

08-23-2012, 12:56 AM
Great build man!

08-23-2012, 03:16 AM
You should definitely be covered on cooling capacity for the winter. Yeah I think I'll pass on your winter its too cold for me when it gets into the 50's here. I'll take 110 degrees any day

08-23-2012, 06:56 PM
110 degrees and I turn into a hermit next to my AC unit haha

As much as I complain about the cold during the winter, I actually enjoy it.

08-24-2012, 11:50 PM
i may have missed it but were did you get the oil pan and what was the part # on it im getting parts together to start on my 94 4.3 to a 6.0 swap im going to be following your build looks good

08-25-2012, 09:39 PM
i may have missed it but were did you get the oil pan and what was the part # on it im getting parts together to start on my 94 4.3 to a 6.0 swap im going to be following your build looks good

Best deal around, fast shipping, no problems.

Finished my AC notch, don't make fun of my welding... lol

Motor in for good hopefully.

Modified the AC compressor a little bit, front bottom bolt was real close to the frame, so I cut down the mount and used a smaller bolt. Fits mint now...

Cut the hole for the shifter...

Repainted the cross member, got my drive shaft back from being cut.

Started fitting my fuel line, turns out both my fuel rail, and fuel filter are 3/8" and I ordered 3/8 and 5/16 quick connects, so ordered another fitting to finish that up.

I really didn't like the F-Body manifolds, so I broke down and bought a set of coated sanderson headers, those should be here wednesday.

08-28-2012, 11:24 PM
Getting alot of the small stuff done past few days...
Core support back in place, power steering lines all modified and connected. I used the stock 2.2 high pressure line and just rebent the metal tube until it cleared. Started running the wiring harness and connecting things. Headers, shifter boot, plug wires, and new fuel connector show up tomorrow.

Relocated the battery to the rear, ran all the wires. The biggest pain in the ass though has been finding a way to wire the positive cable into everything together in a simple way, does anyone have suggestions?

And lastly, wtf is this connector?

It looks like its suppose to plug into this plug (not the cam position sensor but the tall one), but it doesn't fit. I'm lost. ontrol%2Bcam_crank_position_sensor.jpg

08-29-2012, 05:01 PM
oil pressure sending unit.

I put the battery in the bed on my swap inside a tool box. I used 0/0 cable and ran it to the front and used made the run from the battery to starter in one piece of solid cable. I then took it to a truck shop that makes cables for big trucks and we used a crimp shell they put around the cable before it got to the starter and essentially y'd the cable and ran a loop forward that went up to the power distribution center and put another crimp shell and y connection and made a drop to the alternator.

I ran a 0/0 ground from the battery to the frame. and then a 0/0 ground from frame to block and a 2 gauge ground from block to firewall ground, the cab to frame ground and block to core support ground.

08-30-2012, 01:28 PM
Yup, turns out I need a different sensor. On order from the dealership now.

Sandersons showed up...

08-30-2012, 08:10 PM
You'll like them. Mine have been on my sonoma bout 40K miles now and not a leak one from them. I used OE gm gaskets with locking header bolts. Then used copper gaskets and knurled aircraft lockuts on the collector.

09-03-2012, 01:06 AM
Well, its been a good weekend of work.
Correct oil pressure sensor installed...

Picture of fan to accessory clearance. Plenty of room...

Set it back on the ground, stance appears to be the same...

New shift boot...

Interior going back together...

Hood back on...

Got my headers on, real tight clearance. Definitely ordering some tubular uppers and going to have to do something about the steering shaft...

Oh and then we finished up some wiring, my fuel lines, and did this. (

09-03-2012, 08:15 PM
Man thats real nice! Cool swap.

09-04-2012, 12:42 PM
I stuck with stock uppers on mine. Pull the header back off get a bmfh and whack it till you have the clearance. I didn't have to get too crazy with a hammer on mine and they dont rub a bit.

09-04-2012, 09:25 PM
I already grinded a llot of material off and don't want to do to much more. So I said F it and ordered a set of UMI upper control arms with tall ball joints. Should be showing up in a couple weeks. Pretty pumped.

09-05-2012, 02:14 AM
How much they set you back. My poly bushings are about toast from heat so sounds like a worthwhile upgrade.

1970 LSCamaro
09-05-2012, 02:09 PM
Truck is looking good....otta run well

09-05-2012, 02:42 PM
The sale is over, I got the upper's complete with tall ball joints and new hardware for $430 shipped. Would cost you around $480 shipped now for everything. You can get just the arms without ball joints and hardware for $340 + shipping.

09-05-2012, 07:12 PM
What advantage does the tall ball joint give a better caster camber curve for cornering?

09-05-2012, 08:13 PM
Correct. Better camber curve.

09-06-2012, 01:40 PM
Subbedddddd!!!! peicing together a 5.3 swap for my 2000 S10 Xtreme will def keep checking yours

09-06-2012, 08:31 PM
Where did you get the control arms from?

09-06-2012, 11:11 PM
Right from UMI Performances website

09-06-2012, 11:16 PM
nice! im planning on running the same control arm setup. cant wait to see how they perform on your truck

UMI Performance
09-07-2012, 11:00 AM
I already grinded a llot of material off and don't want to do to much more. So I said F it and ordered a set of UMI upper control arms with tall ball joints. Should be showing up in a couple weeks. Pretty pumped.

Awesome project, I am glad I found this thread... I am subscribing to see the progress. Thanks for the order as well!


09-07-2012, 01:04 PM
Sounds awesome man. Glad to see this thing is already up and running. Definitely looking forward to seeing some real pics and vids.


09-07-2012, 01:27 PM
Thanks! If I'm impressed with these uppers you can expect another order from me in the future for a set of tubular lowers and coil overs.

09-08-2012, 12:43 AM
Well I was ready to order some upper control arms and a customer saw me driving it today. He had a million questions then finally asked if it was for sale told him 10,500 cash and he didn't blink a eye said to save it and he'll bring cash monday. Guess we will see. I really don't wanna let it go but wife n I want to buy a house so can't so no either because if I get in a spot and need to sell it I'll take a beating..:(:cry:

09-08-2012, 04:30 PM
Lol thats very rare someone actually asks and buys...

09-23-2012, 12:03 AM
UMI uppers with tall ball joints...

How everything sits right now...

I thought I had more pictures of progress but I don't. Been dealing with a lot of small time consuming stuff, re-routing a brake line, figuring out hoses, wiring, etc... Still need to figure out what to do about the steering shaft issue. Possibly going to switch to a different radiator setup, should be going to the alignment shop in a couple weeks and be back up and running. Headers came off to put the tubular uppers on and to work on the brake line. Went to the junkyard and had a successful day, got a center console, some hood bolts (dropped one into the abyss of my truck), a 4.3 alternator to help clear the hood and some other small stuff. Test fitted the console, going to machine a bracket back up at school to located the shifter slightly forward and 2 inches higher.

Will try and grab more pics tomorrow before I head back.

09-24-2012, 10:17 PM
nice build

09-24-2012, 11:12 PM
I already grinded a llot of material off and don't want to do to much more. So I said F it and ordered a set of UMI upper control arms with tall ball joints. Should be showing up in a couple weeks. Pretty pumped.

I put those on my s10 along with the UMI lowers and QA1 coil overs. by far the best thing i ever done to my s10.

09-25-2012, 06:20 PM
UMI Lowers and QA1's will be the next step in my suspension build. Won't be until next summer though, then I'll have to do something with the rear end and suspension setup, then run something like a blazer tank or fuel cell in the rear for weight distribution. Hopefully I can get all that and a cam swap done next summer.

12-04-2012, 09:17 PM
I haven't forgotten about this!

Haha, progress has been just about zero though. Been so busy now that I'm back up at school and on the swim team, traveling most weekends for meets so not able to make it home. And no money to buy parts :(

Anyways, was home for a few days for thanksgiving break and tinkered a little bit. Trying to figure out best way to work through some problems. I think I'm going to need to run a different radiator, that or find a smaller condensor that can fit in front of the core support and between the hood latch assembly. Has multiple issues, from hose routing, to interfering with intake routing, etc...

I think either way, the truck pump has got to go. Looking at switching to an LS2 style water pump with some spacers to get proper alignment. Next issue is the radiator, I may cut the filler neck on it and move it closer to the core support so it won't interfere with intake routing as much. May consider switching to a thinner radiator, this one is overkill for this engine anyways. Maybe a stock S10 4.3 radiator recessed and pick up a new core support from the junkyard to modify? Or a griffin perhaps? I want it to fit pretty flush with the condensor in front of it, so needs to be small. Would like to hear some peoples thoughts on these issues.

Some pics for your time and consideration.

Radiator isn't in on that picture...

How it's sitting right now, needed to roll it out of the shop so my dad could use it while I'm up at school.

Parts bin! haha You can see the radiator in this pic, and how far out the filler neck sticks out.

Picture for reference so you can see how far this radiator sticks out with the condensor in front of it.

12-17-2012, 07:42 PM
nice build you have going on . Why not recess the radiator and use the CPW condenser in front of the core support ? Or one the same size for cheaper of ebay or something lol

12-17-2012, 09:54 PM
Awesome build! Cant wait to see the finished results

01-03-2013, 11:43 PM
Nice build. What are the throttle and cruise cables from? Are they all stock 4.3 cables or ???

01-04-2013, 03:04 PM
Correct. Stock 4.3 cables, the bracket on the intake needs to be adjusted a little bit because just hooking everything up it pulls the throttle open just a little bit, so I had to open up the mounting holes and slide the bracket further forward.

01-04-2013, 03:12 PM
You could get a smaller condenser and recess your radiator. Would look much better IMO. Cpw sells a smaller condenser but probably fInd one cheaper with a little searching

01-05-2013, 09:10 PM
I haven't figured out what I'm doing yet with that situation. If I can find a deal on a CPW radiator and condensor setup I will do that. Otherwise I will just move the stock condensor in front of the core support and modify the hood latch assembly so it will fit, that way I can recess the radiator another 1.5" forward allowing more room for my intake routing.

Th original budget and time frame has just gone out the door with this truck. I'm going to buy another car this summer to daily drive and really do this build the way I want to. Which include a relocated fuel tank (blazer tank behind rear axle), longtube headers, built rear end, cam swap, maybe a different intake and some other odds and ends. May even just find a clean frame and have it stripped and painted.

02-27-2013, 08:59 PM
Back from the dead...big updates hopefully to come over the next 2.5 weeks, good pile of parts waiting for me to come home for spring break on Friday.

Here's how the truck has been sitting the past couple months, dormant.

Here's a question for you LS gurus. When I ordered my harness and tune from Jared, I planned to run the original truck intake with the stock injectors. I picked up an LS intake complete with injectors and fuel rail that I plan to run now (yes my accessory drive is changing). My concern is with the injectors, I know I can buy adapter for my harness, but does the tune need to be changed for the new injectors?

02-28-2013, 10:43 PM
just some food for thought... the explorer 8.8" axle from 4x4 is pretty beefy and will hold pretty much whatever you can throw at it... bolts right in... jeep grand cherokee shafts will clear the headers and bolt right up to the column and the gear box...

02-28-2013, 10:55 PM
I've got a cherokee shaft slipped in right now, need to tweak it a little bit for final fitment. I've read about the 8.8 axle swap, if anything what I'll probably end up doing is buying an 8.8 with 3.73 gear and the factory locker and get it narrowed and custom axles made with the correct bolt pattern for GM wheels. Having two different bolt patterns would annoy the living hell out of me haha

But for now, I've got an Auburn posi and an LPW girdle I'm going to throw on my stock rear and weld up the tubes to the pumpkin. It should be able to hold up fine to my little 5.3/T56 for a while, especially on street tires.

02-28-2013, 11:08 PM
no need to narrow it at all...just have the axle flange redrilled to 5x4.75 and get some wheels with a 7" backspace

03-01-2013, 11:10 AM
I would get it narrowed to fit my factory wheels.

03-02-2013, 12:27 AM
Parts parts parts!!!

Complete LS6 intake manifold that I picked up local!

Fuel rail slightly bent, going to try and straighten it out...

New S10Warehouse leaf shackles, old ones are rusting away!

LSBrackets PS pump/alternator relocate bracket...

New AC Delco L99 Water pump and tensioner

AC Delco reman PS pump for the new accessory drive setup...

And I picked up an Auburn posi out of an SLP Camaro to swap in my rear...

Work starts tomorrow!

03-02-2013, 10:12 PM
After bleeding brakes in one car, changing oil in another, and changing tires and oil on another car, I finally got the truck into the shop!

Yeeeee...L99 pump fits nice, should make running hoses a ton better!

Few issues I did run into however with swapping the intake. First issue is the throttle cable bracket. Going to have to do something with this. Truck intake bracket on left, F-Body bracket on right.

And the Map sensor is different than the truck one, do people just chop the clips off on one side of the sensor and run it? Cause as of right now, that's what I'm planning to do.

03-04-2013, 09:23 PM
Update. Worked on the truck a little bit more today. Here's my bracket from LSBrackets, I took it to a friends house and sand blasted it and cleared it. Looks tons better than the aluminum stock finish it comes with.

Fitted on the motor...

Recessed the radiator all the way forward. Going to modify my hood latch mechanism and fit the stock condenser in front of the core support.

Test fitting an intake tube, I think this is how it's going to be run.

Fuel rail and some EV1 pigtails are on the way. Going to pick up PS pump pulley, an idler pulley and radiator hoses tomorrow.

03-06-2013, 11:14 PM
Picking away at small stuff, trucks starting to come together. Relocated my electric fans, got my radiator hoses in, started pulling my harness apart to swap the EV1 pig tails on as soon as they come in.

Lower rad hose.

Upper rad hose, after trying 7 different belts, I found one that fit haha

03-07-2013, 09:17 PM
Got some parts on the way, shorter K&N filter for my air intake setup, some fittings and power steering hose to make a new high pressure line that will fit better than the factory one I have on their that's like 2 miles too long haha.

Got a bouquet of EV1 connectors from the USPS man!

Set to work swapping the old mini delphi style connectors over to the EV1 connectors fro the LS6 injectors...

Dat soldering.

One side all finished and taped back up!

LS6 intake makes this thing look 10x better under the hood, so glad I switched haha

03-08-2013, 01:33 PM
Excellent use of a mouse trap - I need to remember that one.

03-08-2013, 02:28 PM
Makes soldering 10x easier haha

03-10-2013, 01:22 AM
Picked a dial indicator off ebay to setup my rear diff...

FINALLY figured out my steering shaft situation haha, went to the junkyard today and got some miscellaneous stuff for the truck and pulled a shaft from a cherokee, was much longer than the other jeep shaft I had. Brought it home...did some thinking about my steering shaft and came up with this design...

I cut down the jeep shaft to the length I needed, and then took the 1" DD shaft from the stock S10 steering shaft and welded it to the jeep shaft. With how it's setup, it has a few inches to collapse given an accident and is also easy to install and remove.

Cut and marked...

Ready for welding, drilled a couple holes for welds for more strength...

All welded up...

Painted it up...

And clearance on the truck...may not look like much but it's better than what I started with! I'm comfortable with it! I'm going to shim the steering box some to get a little more angle out of it as well.

Started to work on relocating the AC condenser and modifying the hood latch.

How I mounted it, there's foam on the back side between the core support and condenser. Can also see the cut I had to make for the lines to travel through the core support.

03-10-2013, 09:54 PM
Finished up the hood latch today. Picked up some 2" steel c-channel from home depot. Did some pie cuts to get my bends...

Welded up the pie cuts and working on smoothing welds out...

welded a piece of the c-channel on top of of itself where it mounts to the core support on the bottom. Some stitches in the corner where they were pie cut for strength.

Was pretty happy with these welds...not the ones on the inside haha

Mocked up...

And all painted up with the condenser mounted up! Had to tweak the power steering cooler lines a bit, came out pretty good though!

Kory 88Iroc Lt1
03-10-2013, 11:26 PM
Nice work. The finished product looks factory.

03-11-2013, 09:22 AM
Looks good, welds look much better lol

03-12-2013, 12:29 AM

Not much progress today. Some parts came in, hose, adapters and fittings for my new power steering line (still waiting on one fitting that got drop shipped) and a shorter K&N filter for my air intake.

Got the new fuel rail in...

Going to look at some wheels tomorrow...

03-13-2013, 12:25 AM
I didn't get much done on the truck today, went back to school to use a mill for my shifter bracket, that didn't work out the I found out that guy sold those wheels to someone else when we scheduled a time to meet so I could check them out. So I was pretty pissed today, wasted the whole day.

I did get some plug wire sleeves in, though I had some pictures of them but apparently not. After getting home pissed I busted out the sawzall and started cutting that 3/8 plate to make my shifter bracket since I didn't get anything done at school.

Picture makes it look really ugly, I'll get some better ones tomorrow when its installed. And then I got bored and fired it up for the hell of it! (

03-13-2013, 08:54 PM
Pictures of the plug wire sleeves I put on...

Swapped out my straight connector for a 45 on my fuel line for better fitment.

Shifter bracket installed...

New shifter height, it's so much better. Hand falls right onto the shift knob when your arm is on the arm rest.

Fitted the headlights and grille back on, two wires, a power steering hose, my air intake, AC lines, and some miscellaneous hardware and it's all done under the hood!!!

Cool panorama shot!

03-14-2013, 06:18 PM
Does anyone know why there are two connections on the overflow tank? Obviously one is for the overflow from the radiator filler, but what would the second one be for?

Front fascia going back together, new GM bumper since the stock one had rotted away on one corner. Leaving it black for now until I can get it painted. Also new Anzo clear corners.

03-15-2013, 01:14 AM
Buttoned up all of the wiring tonight, yay! Once my power steering line stuff, AC line parts, and air intake parts come in I'll just need to button those up and it will be all finished under the hood! Tomorrow, I'm going to pull it out (under it owns power!!!!! :D) and give it's dirty from sitting for close to a year haha

My spring break comes to an end soon so before I leave I'm going to pull it back out into the barn and drop the axle out from under the truck so I can work on that and the Nova can get some loving before summer too. Hopefully I will be able to come home next weekend though and button up the air intake, steering lines and all that stuff. Rear axle hopefully too, and then it just needs to go to a shop and get an exhaust, alignment, AC charge and sticker...


03-15-2013, 09:25 AM
Does anyone know why there are two connections on the overflow tank? Obviously one is for the overflow from the radiator filler, but what would the second one be for?

The bottom connection goes to the radiator overflow. The top one is to route the tank overflow below the truck.

03-15-2013, 12:57 PM
Got it, thanks!

Just about a years worth of dust...

Cleaned up!

03-16-2013, 02:10 AM
Threw the 3.73's from the stock diff onto my posi unit..

Pulled the stock diff out of the rear...

And now...

LOL, lots of youtube video's and reading right now. I'm so beyond lost haha

03-16-2013, 02:27 AM
Okay, Mouse trap soldering is just epic, thank you for making soldering that much easier. Why don't they market mouse traps for this!

03-16-2013, 10:19 PM
They really should!

Posi installed, took some trial and error but I finally got it all figured out!

LPW girdle installed...

For S10 guys concerned with swaybar clearance and looking for a girdle, this one has plenty of clearance!

Rear end all tied back together

Replaced the leaf shackles as well, they were of them had a rust hole in it LOL

03-22-2013, 08:20 PM
Home for the weekend to do some more work on the truck! Parts in!
- 4" aluminum intake tube to finish my air intake
- 2.5" x-pipe
- Section of power steering hose
- black radiator hose fitting for my coolant crossover connection
- O2 bungs
- SS mirror glass, broke one pulling the truck out of the shop last weekend :rant:
- SCE copper collector gaskets
- Collector bolts with locking nuts

Freakin knuckle heads at summit sent me two different collectors, they're both 2.5" pipe and have the same part number (probably mislabeled by some knuckle head), but one has a much thicker flange and larger bolts holes.

03-23-2013, 02:07 AM
Oh! And a stang shift boot for my console...

03-24-2013, 01:32 AM
More pics!

Power steering hose, its covered in wire loom now.

The fittings used, 90 degree off the box and a straight fitting out the pump...

Intake routing...

Built a small box out of one of the metal panels that came with the silverado cold air intake kit I bought to use for parts, fit pretty well. Bolted it to the core support and then used a piece of carbon fiber I had laying around for the bottom panel. When I get some more time, I'll make it a little more air tight. For now it serves the purpose of making sure it doesn't suck up a bunch of water LOL

Intake tube painted black and all installed...

Made a bracket for my console, didn't get a picture of that. But my next big piece I'm trying to work on is the shift boot...How have other people installed their shift boots? I'm trying to figure out how to do it correctly and make it look clean. I thought of attaching it from the bottom of the console, but there isn't much to attach it to, and I could attach it to the top of the console (honestly doesn't look that bad), but I'm not real crazy about that either. I'm debating bringing the console to an upholsterer and just letting them do's some pics of the boot just laying on top of the console.

03-24-2013, 01:48 AM
Love the intake setup looks great, also the shifter boot looks great too!

03-24-2013, 01:54 PM
Agree intake looks good and think if you took your plastic radiator shroud to a machine shop and had them bend up something out of alum and polished it up itd look great. Nice swap but you cant wait to enjoy it

03-24-2013, 07:50 PM
Which p/s pump is required for that accessory bracket, and whats the part # on your shifter boot?
That bracket looks a lot cleaner then the truck one

03-24-2013, 09:17 PM
Thanks guys! I agree, I think the LS6 intake is so much better than the truck intake, can't wait to get some vette rail covers on their! Then it will look real clean!

Here's the link to the shift boot, I got it for like $40 on ebay. It's really nice, real leather. Matches the stock interior color pretty well...

The bracket uses a pump from an 88-89 chevy pickup and uses the stock LS power steering pulley, AC Delco PN 36-517091

Here's the little bracket I made for the center console...

Here's how I have the shift boot secured for now...

I want to find some flexible edge trim to wrap around the edge of the boot and cover up the screws like this...

03-24-2013, 09:25 PM
Oh, and I almost forgot. It's off to the exhaust shop next weekend and then it just needs to be registered!!!!

03-30-2013, 01:15 PM
Power steering fluid is a little low in the video, hence the power steering pump whining. Does it really need an exhaust system? (

Big red and little red! Off to the exhaust shop she goes!

04-11-2013, 08:27 PM
Some photos from the exhaust shop, should be done soon. ( ( (

04-13-2013, 04:33 PM
AC parts...ran $58 shipped for everything. (

04-14-2013, 11:16 PM
Oops... (

Bought a set of brand new take off C6 wheels. 18x8.5 front and 19x10 rear. My ABS is still setup, will I have any issues running the staggered wheels with the stock corvette tire sizes (245/40/18 and 285/35/19)?

04-21-2013, 12:51 AM
Back on the road...air damn is actually on it now and I had to put the stock spindles back on for now as well, had some rubbing issues I didn't feel like dealing with at the moment. (

Didn't get many pictures of the exhaust but here are some. Came out nice. ( (

And my dad giving it a quick rip haha (

Drove it up to school tonight. Got 24mpg at 75mph with a few hard throttle hits, I think it will improve a lot with a good tune.

05-05-2013, 12:05 AM
Small update of sorts. Installed my AC lines and blocks... ( ( (

Just need to get the AC charged now. Also popped my corvette rail covers on... ( (

Kory 88Iroc Lt1
05-05-2013, 12:21 AM
What did you use for a driveshaft? Do you know the lenght off hand? I need to have one made.
have you checked the mileage any more? I'd be happy with my truck if it can pull 24mpg when its finished.
Nice build,

05-05-2013, 12:07 PM
I haven't. I need to top it off, drove it up to school doing 70 last night. I'll be interested to see what I get from that. From the gas gauge it looked about the same, we'll see. For the drive shaft I had the stock one cut down, I don't remember what the length was. I think it's written down on the receipt from the drive shaft shop, when I head home next weekend I'll dig through my receipts and see if I can find the length for you. If I were you I would just measure it yourself though.

05-05-2013, 07:42 PM
I've got to hand it to DID invent a better mousetrap. I am going to have to try that little trick. I usually crimp and then solder, but that is pretty slick.

If you had to do it all over again, would you notch for the A/C compressor? I was thinking of doing the same thing on a Caprice wagon. Just notching a bunch out for the truck compressor, and not spending a bunch on relocation brackets.

05-06-2013, 10:37 AM
If I did it again, I would do vette accessories and use one of the Holley Cast AC compressor brackets that relocates the compressor up on the passenger side cylinder head. Would give it a factory look and require one less notch. And I wouldn't of had to modify my idler arm which would have been another bonus. I would like to find another frame and get it blasted and powder coated and setup everything as stated above. I'll probably get into another project before that happens though, who knows.

05-13-2013, 11:55 PM
Cracked a brake line, had to tow the truck home from school... (

With the help of my dad we fixed the rear brake line and threw new wheel cylinders and shoes on the rear. Brakes are all bled and good to go for a test drive tomorrow so I can see how these work... (

Made some leaf spring clamps to try and remedy my wheel hop on the cheap until I can pick up some caltracs. (

I've heard stories of people having good luck with these and some not. For $15 and about an hour of my time, I figured I would give it a try. I've got some 1" blocks coming as well to get the stance right.

06-17-2013, 10:33 AM
Went to goodguys east coast nationals this weekend. Some cool cars there, but all I cared about was hitting up the auto cross which was by far the most fun I've had in a while. I was the first car on the track in the morning, ran all day and made the second to last run of the day. Met a lot of cool people while I was their, shot the shit with the guys for ridetech who loved the truck and even took a couple of them for a ride. It was a great weekend, I can't complain. Drove the truck 3 hours there, beat the snot out of it for 4 hours on the autocross and then drove it 3 hours home without a single hiccup. I got plenty of video, working on making a compilation! Here's some pictures of the truck on and off the track.

Washing up for the track! (

waiting to get teched, talking with some of the other drivers. ( ( ( (

Brought the truck over to the ridetech booth to get it weighed in, some guys from the GM Performance booth came over to take a look at the truck and were digging it! Guys from ridetech were awesome, they were at the same hotel we were staying at and we shot the shit with them the whole time. Good guys. (

Weight distribution, 56% front 44% rear. Half tank of gas no driver. Not bad distribution!! I though it would be lighter though, but it does have the tonneau cover on it and the sub box which would take a couple hundred off. ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

Cooling down after the last run (

Mustang owner upset because he got beat by a pickup truck, HA! Had AFR heads as far as I could see on the motor mods and had apparently just spent a few grand on the rear suspension and axle. Made me happy haha (

First run in the 50's...

And my last run of the day, also my fastest at 50.212! If I had a few more passes I'm sure I could of gone sub 50

06-19-2013, 12:25 AM
Autocross results... (

First place was a GT500, second was a ZL1, and third was a built camaro on wide sticky tires. Fourth was my pickup truck haha, the kill list includes a pair of challengers, a Camaro SS, a couple mustangs including a new 5.0, a few chargers, a C5 Z06 Vette and some others.

I f**king love this truck haha. Can't wait to take it further.

10-24-2013, 12:35 AM
I can't afford this thing anymore, I'd like to pay off some loans I have rather than driving this truck right now. It's a great driver as it sits, but for where I want to go with it my pockets just aren't that deep at the moment. And I'd rather be debt free with some cash in my pocket right now.

SO...if anyone is seriously interested in the truck or knows anyone interested in it send me a PM me and we can talk price. I'll be working up an add to post on a few other forums over the next few days on top of posting it for sale locally. I've got plenty of parts to roll along with the truck as well (new front valance that needs paint, new bumper on the truck that also needs paint, lots of stock parts, etc...)

Quick overview...
L33 Engine (37k miles)
LS6 intake manifold
Holley LSx pan
T56 M12 from a GTO (50k miles)
CPW Harness
CPW mounts
Sanderson coated 1 5/8" headers
2.5" true dual exhaust w/ x-pipe and two 18" case magnaflow mufflers
Superior Perforance aluminum radiator
Alternator, water pump and PS pump all new w/ swap (5k miles)
LSBrackets Accessory drive bracket
Stock 3.73 rear with Auburn Posi and LPW girdle
Caltrac 3701 low profile (only 600 miles on these)
UMI tubular uppers with tall ball joints

truck has 78,xxx miles on it currently with 5k miles under its belt with the swap so all the kinks are worked out. Gets 26 MPG on the highway doing 75 in 6th, there's a lot left in the tune. One of the AC hoses wasn't crimped well and all the refrigerant leaked out, I have the new connections and hose to make a new line just haven't gotten to it, will need that line made and then the system charged to work. Worked great while it was charged. (

03-06-2014, 04:18 PM
did the truck ever sell? This is my second time going through this front to back. Great documentation on the build.

04-23-2014, 04:33 PM
Nope truck hasn't sold yet. Just pulled it from winter storage and swapped a fresh griffin radiator into it and have an AEM UEGO wideband setup to put in this weekend as well. (

05-04-2014, 01:40 PM
Small update of sorts. Truck's back on the road for the summer, got my wideband gauge and new radiator install completed. (

Turns out they don't make gauge pods for 03 S10's and the pillar covers are actually different, so I had bought one for a 94-02 S10 and figured that out the hardway. Little heat and persuasion and she fits mint! ( (

Radiator install... ( (

05-04-2014, 11:15 PM
Love the CAI!

05-04-2014, 11:41 PM
Love the CAI!

You mean CKI. Cold Keg Intake.

05-04-2014, 11:47 PM
You mean CKI. Cold Keg Intake.


05-06-2014, 05:54 PM
Very clean build man! Do those two fans do a good job of keeping it cool?

05-08-2014, 07:20 AM
lol thanks for the comments on my intake guys. The fans do a great job of keeping the truck cool both on the street and at track events, they've worked well for how cheap they were haha.

06-10-2014, 10:16 PM
Why did you have to change out the radiator? Was it leaking? If so was it from voltage in the coolant?

06-11-2014, 04:16 PM
No, electrolysis wasn't an issue. It was how I mounted the radiator, solid to the core support so it was flexing with the chassis and cracked a tube. Live and learn. I went with the Griffin unit because I didn't have a great experience with Superior Radiator.

Small update wheels (

17x8 SLP ZR1's. Super hard to find now that they aren't made anymore. Been looking for a set for years, finally found them locally on Craigslist for $450 with practically new tires.

06-11-2014, 06:37 PM
Truck looks killer man, always liked these.

06-12-2014, 04:46 AM
Amazing build!!!

I think my third time Reading thru.

I'm doing the same as we speak just bought a l33 and got a ls2 intake so far that's all I'm doing to the engine I can't wait!!!!

Also loving the t56 I really want one but just can't afford it yet

06-12-2014, 04:48 AM
Almost forgot have you not done a big brake upgrade?

And are you using the 2.2 Springs up front I haven't seen you mention it

06-12-2014, 10:46 AM
L33 is really a great motor, I want to do heads/cam next but money's non existent. I had a set of the two piston blazer brakes and spindles on it but its running factory S10 brakes right now. Just some blank rotors from napa and hawk pads have worked great for me for daily driving and autocross duty. Definitely notice some brake fade on some of the larger and faster autocross courses but they do the job. And brake parts are cheap. The springs in the front are DJM 3" drop springs, DJM doesn't specify for 4/6 cyl like belltech does so no clue what the spring rate might be.

06-16-2014, 03:57 PM
Great weekend racing at the goodguys show. Truck did really well and had no problems, over 400 miles of driving and 2 hard days of autocross racing without a hiccup. And I averaged 24 MPG! Weather sucked on Friday as rain poured down and the course was closed, but Saturday and Sunday were beautiful. ps4fff2387.jpg ( ps4fff2387.jpg.html) ps8d309be3.jpg ( ps8d309be3.jpg.html) ps54518e12.jpg ( ps54518e12.jpg.html)

I ended up taking home 1st place in the truck class, here I am lining up for a photo next to the banner... ps5c0e9a97.jpg ( ps5c0e9a97.jpg.html) ps24f5a3ad.jpg ( ps24f5a3ad.jpg.html)

In the winner circle waiting for the awards ceremony... psfc1df624.jpg ( psfc1df624.jpg.html)

I've got some video from the weekend to work on that will be posted once I get a chance to do some editing.

06-18-2014, 08:29 PM
The truck sounds great. I saw your last run on Sunday. Didn't see you near the truck later on or I would have introduced myself.

06-22-2014, 05:59 PM
Thanks man! Yeah I was pretty busy after that last run filling out paper work and had to line up for the photo and get the truck over to the winners circle.

12-13-2014, 07:55 AM
Still trying to sell this beauty? If so feel free to email some prices. You've got a great build

01-17-2015, 06:25 AM
awesome truck