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Tube out the S10

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by sled_dog, May 18, 2005.

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Chop and tube the front? Chop the Rear?

  1. Tube the Front, TRUGGY

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  2. Leave the front sheetmetal as much as I can.

    4 vote(s)
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  3. Chop and Tube the rear

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  4. Leave the top in the rear

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  5. Chop the rear top but just cage it.

    2 vote(s)
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  1. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    I'm too antsy, I'm going home to get a start on my S10 project. I'm going to install the front suspension before I bring it to school. I just can't wait that long :D Now should I tube the front end or leave the sheetmetal? Also, should I tube the rear or leave it enclosed? Rear mount radiator could be a pain if I leave it in, but I could go out by the tailgate with it. The body on this thing is so nice I just feel bad ripping it up. The thing came from Florida, and for being in PA, its in amazing condition compared to even newer vehicles I've owned from this state.

    Tubed, would be very very similar to this-
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    Sheetmetal-
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    No pictures of caging idea for the rear. Basically I was thinking either chop the top off like a newer K5 or do a full top chop on it. But the looks of the little s10 aren't half bad. Rear axle will be pushed back enough that it will have over a 90* departure angle, so it could look funky to still have a top...
     
  2. 86chevybanshee

    86chevybanshee 1/2 ton status

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    dont chop it up, that is way to clean, you should sell that and buy a crappy one if you want to chop it up.

    what are your plans for it?

    heres my project s10, im planning on full width d60 and 14bff, tbi 355/hydro sm465/205, gona run 52" springs up front and 56"s out back untill i get another free 63" spring.

    s10.jpg
     
  3. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    From what I've seen you post randomly, you've got big plans for that truck. If you're going to turn it into a serious wheeling machine, it's gonna get body damage, period. I say chop as much as you can and tube it. It's easier to do things right the first time, no matter how clean the truck is.
     
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    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Sell it and buy an extended cab S10 that's not real crispy. It'll give you more interior room and it'll be easier to keep "water friendly". One of my friends runs an extended cab S10 on a shortbox K10 frame. He runs it without a back window.
     
  5. sled_dog

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    more interior room than a Blazer?

    The issue with selling it is this, it doesn't run, the trans is shot, and the title we have.... well its shady at best. In the end its either use it or its going to the junkyard. I wish it were 2wd, if it were I'd drop it and tub it, but its 4x4.

    Plans:
    TPI 383
    TH350
    Doubler
    High Pinion 60 with Detroit and 5.13s
    14 bolt welded 5.13s
    44044 front springs
    4 link rear
    rear radiator
    front winch tucked in front of motor

    Thats about it.
     
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    You know what my vote is!!! :grin: :grin:


    rob
     
  7. theitalian404

    theitalian404 Registered Member

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    I hope your doing a SFA swap. I have a 1993 S-10 Blazer 4X4 4 door MINT* condition....and I HATE the ifs. The friggin ifs increases a lot of hassles....lift kits, all suspension components, can't install lockers, etc, ect... I was going to turn my S-10 into a daily driver/weekend warrior...but look into lifts...they'll empty your savings. Oh yeah, tub it out...hell why not...it'll be something a no one has...especially in a S-10 Blazer.
    -Grasso
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Ummm...this is sorta off topic but be REALLY careful about what you say to insurance. My friend's insurance company just dropped him because they found out today that we did an SFA swap on his S10.
     
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    what are 44044 springs?
     
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    one more than 44043, and one less than 44045. :D
     
  11. big83chevy4x4

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    its a rancho jeep spring, suppose to have killer flex for what they are.

    i say do the SAS and get it moving and let nature take its course. don't just cut a pretty s10 to start.
     
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    I'm gonna pull the front clip in one piece and hopefully sell it or put it back on.

    The 440044s are Wagoneer from springs. The reason I am going to run them is they are suppossed to flex well(though I doubt nearly as well as 52s, and have a good front offset, aka better approach angle than 52s. Also want to keep the tires away from the firewall.
     
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    insurance, whats that?
     

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