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Old 04-28-2013, 11:10 AM
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Building a Drag/Street Truck..NEED INFO

Hi Guys was inspired yesturday talking with my aunt from florida about building a drag/street truck. We figured we have a decent building block. She has a 1994 short bed 5 speed Isuzu truck in great shape. Our idea was to pull the motor and tranny and rear axle and modify it with bigger and better parts. She is retiring in 2 years and we want to get a head start on things...

Does anyone know how big of a motor we could fit in the Isuzu and a good tranny combo? Plus rear end axle??? Any help is much appreciated on any topic of this build.

Thanks guys for all the insight and help we appreciate it again !!!

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A smallblock with any one of the Turbo trannys will drop in.......of course you will have to fab up mounts, and crossmember, exhaust headers, etc.
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Yep, a 400 horse 383 with TH350 would be a good combo. Plenty of "crate" engines and trans around, if you don't want to build them yourself. If you want to retain the rear leafs, a mid 70's Nova/Camaro 8.5 rear axle will hold that power and may adapt easily.
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Hi Guys was inspired yesturday talking with my aunt from florida about building a drag/street truck. We figured we have a decent building block. She has a 1994 short bed 5 speed Isuzu truck in great shape. Our idea was to pull the motor and tranny and rear axle and modify it with bigger and better parts. She is retiring in 2 years and we want to get a head start on things...

Does anyone know how big of a motor we could fit in the Isuzu and a good tranny combo? Plus rear end axle??? Any help is much appreciated on any topic of this build.

Thanks guys for all the insight and help we appreciate it again !!!
Since the Chevy LUV is a Isuzu with different badges about any chevy v8 engine will fit ,they are several LUV trucks running at our local strip most are small block 400 and a couple are big block chevys ,since it has the torsion bar suspension it gives extra engine room ,and you will not need power sterring unless you want it ,the factory front end holds up fine ,you will need to replace the rear ,9" 12 bolt ,Dana ,your choice, Just a note these particular 406 sbc are turning better times than BBC ,could be how they are built,Also our track is only 1000 ft --3/4 of a full track.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:50 AM
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Hi Guys was inspired yesturday talking with my aunt from florida about building a drag/street truck. We figured we have a decent building block. She has a 1994 short bed 5 speed Isuzu truck in great shape. Our idea was to pull the motor and tranny and rear axle and modify it with bigger and better parts. She is retiring in 2 years and we want to get a head start on things...

Does anyone know how big of a motor we could fit in the Isuzu and a good tranny combo? Plus rear end axle??? Any help is much appreciated on any topic of this build.

Thanks guys for all the insight and help we appreciate it again !!!
my guess is your truck is a CHEVY S-10.. badged as an ISUSU..
order the book for jag's that run on the s-10 swap and all the vendors that amke parts to drop in a small block chevy and or lsx engine..
this is a common swap.. you said street.. check laws for street use..
good luck

fyi.. the ford 8.8 out of 2wd rangers and exployers are almost a bolt in..
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Didn't notice year ,probably is same as s10 ,that will mak e it an easy swap,,check for correct oil pan sump.
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There is to much info on builds like these to post info on so the best optiin there is to research alot. Once you find a motor and drivetrain pick two others as well for backup routes. Dont go off a whim and do a swap right away. Put together a good suspension setup that will meet all driving intentions of the truck and meet the torque specifications and forces that will be put onto it. Build that first onto the truck. It wont matter if you have a stock motor putting 200 lbs ft down or aftermarket bolt ons/motor swap putting down 500+ lbs ft. If the suspension is a good setup you can make a good lil runner. Its not necessarily about how much power your able to build its getting it to the ground and being able to use it. Not ranting just my advice is all.
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I would just add, please consider putting a roll cage in it. Depending on what year it is you can probably find a pre-bent / cut unit for it. These older trucks do really really bad in any kind of crash.
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