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Old 12-02-2009, 06:40 PM
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any s-10 owners on here

I am probaly going to sell my 69 F-100. I am also wanting to move up to a nicer daily driver. Right now my daily driver is a 93 4dr civic. I remember my parents had a 96 s-10 extended cab with the 4.3 and I liked it. What is your opinion of the 4.3 vortec s-10's as far as power mpg and reliability. Any advice is appreciated

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Old 12-02-2009, 09:13 PM
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personally, I'd go with A Ranger. there actully a tad bit bigger/ more weight/ towing capacity, fuel mialage is better due to a better EFI system.. but then again I own a Ranger so I might be biased
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:29 AM
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I have a 4.3 build coming up next year that should be putting out around 320 horses, I look forward to that. It`ll have 1999 Vortec heads and a larger comp roller cam. I`ll be using it in mud racing. I have one in my daily driver silverado that has TBI and junk swirl port heads. I rebuilt it 2 years back and heavy modded it with a Isky roller cam, flat top pistons, decked .010, bored .030. Had the bottom end balanced. Venom Injectors. All the TBI mods I could find. MSD Ignition coil and spiral core plug wires. Edelbrock Performer TBI. Necked down valves, minor bowl porting. dual exhaust with a turbo muffler. K&N air filter. 5 speed tranny, Ram clutch, pressure plate. 3.42 posi traction rear. The thing tachs like gangbusters. It has explosive off the line torque. The power falls off at 4500, but it`s to be expected with the awful heads. The few that have ridden with me and I don`t tell them it`s a 4.3 swear it`s a 350. The only down side is, the exhaust, it still sounds like a 6 cylinder.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:42 PM
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mileage: very poor
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power with vortec heads: mediocre
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8 cylinders is where its at.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:54 PM
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For a small truck, they suck the gas........I heard the 2.2 4 cyl was good on gas, but gutless
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:26 PM
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I like the 2wd s series trucks. Don't like the 2.5L, low power and economy, the 2.2 was a step up from the 2.5. Never owned any w/ a 4.3 but I wasn't impressed with most of my companies fleet of 4.3 s10's, a few of them would get up and move but most were slugs - prolly in the gearing.
I prefer the v8 swap, I'm on my second one of those.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:17 AM
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I highly recommend the '85 S-10 era! Mine gets great racing gas mileage (111 octane'ish), ((although I never checked it... 'cause... I don't care)). Was freakishly cheap to build (under 12 grand for the motor!) All the parts are readily available (at BDS), And she smells real good at the pipe!! Oh yeah... when you mash your foot down, it sets your b*lls in the back window!! Sorry 'bout that... I'll go back to the garage now!
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:48 AM
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I highly recommend the '85 S-10 era! Mine gets great racing gas mileage (111 octane'ish), ((although I never checked it... 'cause... I don't care)). Was freakishly cheap to build (under 12 grand for the motor!) All the parts are readily available (at BDS), And she smells real good at the pipe!! Oh yeah... when you mash your foot down, it sets your b*lls in the back window!! Sorry 'bout that... I'll go back to the garage now!
what kinda motor is in it and whats it run
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:59 PM
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I have a GMC Jimmy with the 4.3 and an XTreme with a 4.3. They will smoke the tires stock but not an over abundance of power, but still decent. Gas mileage amounts to around 16-18/gallon average. With the 4.3 you will get one of two things.........either a decent motor that you will get 150,000+ miles out of, or a motor that will blow a head gasket. If it is the latter, rebuild the complete engine instead of just putting a head gasket in. If you only replace the gasket, and even though you flush the engine, it will go out within 20-30,000 miles.
Quite a few you find will already have the engine replaced. GM sold a huge amount of the S10's / GMC's over the years, but they were built cheap. The rearends have a tendency to chew up spider gears, the turn signal switches have a tendency to go out and will need replaced. But if you want a fun vehicle that has unlimited possibilites as far as modifications, easy access to parts, and easy to work on, then go for it. I'm on my third one now and will probably end up with another.
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:27 PM
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sbc 350...artificially aspirated!! Haven't had it to the track yet, since I built it mainly for the . . . street?!?! First thing this spring we'll find out! Pic's of motor in journal
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:39 PM
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Gas mileage amounts to around 16-18/gallon average.
I was getting 18 mpg with a carbed 355. 10:1 CR, comp 292h, 700r4 w/o lockup, and 4.10 gears.
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My son has a 97 4.3... and I can tell you this...It will fry the tire's off the rim.. It is faster then some stock v8's I have rode in... The 4.3 has a 4'' bore.. The 97's have six injectors..
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Certainly the early 90`s Syclone / Typhoon were a hard act to follow and they were all 4.3`s. I used to watch them eat Corvettes and Vipers on the drag strip every week. If the Viper could have ever got traction it may have had a different outcome. I even watched the Sy/ty`s eat some drag cars on slicks.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:26 AM
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Certainly the early 90`s Syclone / Typhoon were a hard act to follow and they were all 4.3`s. I used to watch them eat Corvettes and Vipers on the drag strip every week. If the Viper could have ever got traction it may have had a different outcome. I even watched the Sy/ty`s eat some drag cars on slicks.
yeah those things were phenomenal, thats one 4.3 powered truck id accept. their power/mileage ratio is about right. it would be nice to have one of those with 2 more cylinders with that turbo.
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