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06-12-2012 12:42 PM
Rickracer If you follow the link I posted above, there are .pdf templates for the (Hooker) TransDapt 4689 motor mount adapters, which work with the regular V8 style motor mounts, and long tubes. (if you can't find it , P.M. me and I'll email them to you) The shorty (69520) header require the use of 2.8 V6 mounts and a crazy looking (adjustable???) mount adapter that isn't very strong. TransDapt also makes adapters to use the stock 4.3 mounts, which I strongly advise against, those mounts don't even hold up to v6 power very well.

My 93 shortbed S10 has a Vortec head hydraulic roller 363ci small block in it, I daily drive it, tow my Vega race car with it, and it goes 8.0s in the 1/8, on street tires. Oh yeah, it can get up to 20 mpg out on the road too, One of these days, after I swap out the stock 3.42 geared 7.5 rear for a 3.73 posi Exploder 8.8, I'm gonna put a 100 shot on it and see if it will get in the 6s.
06-12-2012 12:07 PM
geezer69 just did one last year with my buddy. the headers was the only really tight spot. you can build them mounts purdy easy. the mounts you can buy work dang good too but you want the engine back as far as you can.we used a bfh alot too. course we moved the engine back 3" more so beat and cut it was.i think your gona like that s10.this one hauls ***.we added 2 long leaf springs to each side and could still be better set up. still hops a bit at times.i think if theres any way you can build your headers youd be better off. this 383 puts out over 400 hp and the only headers we found to fit are shortys and they suck big time. way too small dia. too.we're gona have to build some.good luck and yes everthing will fit with the 60$ type mounts but it is a bit tight. this one fit but when we moved it back it was a pita.
06-12-2012 10:59 AM
Originally Posted by johnnykool6
Plan on trimming the firewall (not too bad) with that setup. I had to on my '85.....john
You DO NOT have to rim the firewall for the Hedman 69490 headers, but you DO need to trim or dent it in for the 69520 shorty headers.
06-12-2012 10:35 AM
Originally Posted by kdickenson456
This will be an unreal truck, once you drive it you will be in for a treat
Same as my VW Squareback with a 350
06-12-2012 10:10 AM
kdickenson456 This will be an unreal truck, once you drive it you will be in for a treat
01-20-2010 08:22 AM
S-10 swap

Plan on trimming the firewall (not too bad) with that setup. I had to on my '85. Heddman and a few others make the headers that piece together around the steering , so you don't have to pull the column. I think the steering will be in the way of your current headers. I made some mounts, using others as a template, but have a tig, and the metal to do it. The 'bought' mounts are worth it! I use the B&M Pro Ratchet on my setup (sb350/th400). Works GREAT! Before this motor, I had a sb 400/th400, with the Heddmans, and 4.88's with 13" racemasters slicks, and put down consistent 11.00's, with no weight in the back, nor any traction problems. I now run on the street with my new setup, and the M/T Sportsman Pros, (17" ish x 2 tires with 8lbs of air) with a spool, and can't get her to hook very well without slicks. I use Hoosier 33x16x15's, and now she HOOKS!! Good luck! Pm me with Q's, and I'll give you my phone, 'cause all the typing sucks! Got a s-load of extra parts too! OR... Just buy this one!!! john
01-18-2010 06:24 AM
Rickracer You can build your own Motor mounts: The Best Motor Mount Adapters?...
I would recommend the Hedman 69490 long tube headers. Check out , there is an incredible amount of V8 S10 swap info there, enough to keep you reading for WEEKS,
01-18-2010 02:18 AM
johnvarenda Thanks for the posting because its very nice to learn and reliable....

04-18-2009 02:00 AM
S10V8 UK i found mikes book a great help but youll still want to do things your own way im sure, i had the s10 on the road 2 years ago but stripped it to chassis since to change most things on it.
02-11-2009 04:10 PM
Originally Posted by chevy350_Camd
Hi, I bought a 1988 Chevy S10, and have a 400 horse V8 that I would Like to stuff in it. The S10 weighs 3300, and is a manual. The trannsmission that I want to use is a automatic th 350. My biggest worry is finding a way to shift, because obviously the steering column doesnt have a shifter, but I have a Monte Carlo with a floor shifter. Thats hooked to a th 350 tranny. How would I go about shoving this V8 into the truck and having a shifter ? has any one came across this problem ? if so how did you do it ?.

Questions: How to Convert a Manual Chevy S10 into a Automatic.
Could I run long tubed Holley afterburner headers ?
How Could I weight the back down to get traction ?.

Get this book "Chassis Engineering" by Herb Adams, there's more to getting traction than adding weight to the rear. Amazon or where-ever.

Get these books by Mike Knell to save having to learn by doing on S-10/15 conversions.
"Chevrolet S-10 Truck V-8 Conversion Manual" and "Chevrolet TPI & TBI
V8 Engine Swapping" at

02-11-2009 01:34 PM

just my opinion but if you can hook it up which I think you'll find is the trick, A true 400 horse smallblock s-10 combo should run 12's but again this is my opinion. with 4.10's you will definetely need traction bars and in my opinion adjustable caltracs traction bars are in my opinion some of the best. You will be happy for sure!!! good combo
02-11-2009 11:45 AM
V8 Super Beetle It you can get it to hook up decent you should be able to run 12.4 - 12.9 with a vehicle weighing 3300 lbs and pushing 400 hp.

See this ET calculator:
02-11-2009 11:38 AM
S10 Pointers

Would this engine combo run in the 13s-11s ?
02-11-2009 10:04 AM
V8 Super Beetle The thing about the S10 long tube headers is they're made to tuck inside the frame rails. Regular long tubes will just want to sit on or go where the frame is.
02-11-2009 09:11 AM

mock everything up first. bolt motor and tranny up and your motor mounts, top and bottom mount to engine and set it in see where everything sits before you weld anything, check for your headers and do a little tweaking if you have to. Make sure everything fits then weld it up
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