There is bad chevies and bad Fords too. Chevy does not have the market
cornered on lemons and Ford has had more than its fair share of them,
consider yourself lucky with your Ford, not the norm.
on Wednesday 26 September 2007 08:21 pm, someone posing as Frank Gilliland
took a rock and etched into the cave:
How about a 350?
Adding a V8 to a S-10/S-15 blazer/jimmy/bravada is not that difficult.
Just a few links to get you started. I used to be on s-series.org with my
Jimmy. Lots of folks there know how this is done.
Several reasons. The SBC (like the 4.3) is too wide for the S10 and
has clearance problems. Because of this, the stock 4.3's in the S10's
had overheating issues, and 350's are even harder to keep cool. The
SBC (like the 4.3) puts the distributor in a terrible place; you have
to pound out the firewall and timing is still a PITA. Chevy blocks are
soft and the cylinders wear out too fast compared to their Dodge and
Ford counterparts -- I won't rebuild a Chevy unless I can sleeve all
the cylinders. Chevy engines are also heavier than their counterparts.
And it's been done so many times that it's almost a cliche'.
The front end can handle the weight just fine with different shocks
and a couple minor mods. The issue is the maximum practical horsepower
the truck can use. You can reach that mark from any small block V8, so
might as well go with the the lighter engines. The 302 is the lightest
of the group and would probably be my first choice.
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