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Old 03-02-2005, 07:00 PM
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How to go about "hotrodding" a chevy truck

I was just wondering if anyone could give some ideas for hot-rodding a 1973-1985 chevrolet short bed 2wd truck. I just sold my blazer which really wasn't a roadster anyway.
I wanted to know if the 700r4 tranny would be best or the th350. I was thinking about having a 383 built, but I dont know what to do for the rest of the truck. If anyone has any experience with these trucks, or knows how to make them run really fast, please let me know.

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I think the 700r4 or the th-350 depends on what you plan on doing. If its a daily driver and you want to put a deep rear end in it I would go with the 700r4 because of the overdrive. I think the th-350 can handle more power and torque but im not for sure on that. These trucks can be alot of fun when fixed up right and can look damn good to. Just check the one in my avatar! I know several people on here have the same stlye truck to because I just saw there names veiwing this thread. Come on guys be proud of your trucks!



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85Chevy,
I've got an '85 1/2 ton 2wd as well. I'm currently in the process of building a supercharged 383 engine for it. A 383 would be a great choice due to the torque factor of the 383, which is what you're going to need to get that truck movin'. I would also recommend a gear swap, my 85 came with 2.73's so I'm going to assume yours did as well, I went with 4.10's but that's because I run a 28" slick, if you're running only a 25" tire a swap anywhere from 3.55's to 3.73's would make an amazing difference.
I went through two rebuilds on my 700-R4 before I decided to go with the TH350, I don't like the 700r's but then again they have alot of new stuff these days to beef them up.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I bought mine for $500 when I was 16 and made somethin' out of it.
I attached a pic of my truck, but it's a really crappy scanned pic, I need to get some new ones.
I shaved the door handles, went with a rollpan, shaved the stock mirrors, and shaved all the chrome trim, I really like the way it looks now.
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ive got a 80 c10 painted flat black(ppg) gas tank doors are shaved fuel cell 4.10 in the *** end a 454 with a turbo 400 and nitrous and much more to much to list but it can be done you just have to have the money and time and i think there a fun project.
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Coulds buy a complete 6.0 LS1 and transmission out of a late model truck with low miles for less cost to build a 383. But would require a fair amount of fabrication (motor mounts, exhaust, driveshaft, wiring harness).

Then lower it 6 inches in the back and 4 up front.

Then install a 3.73 LSD.
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