I had a friend that put a small block chevy in a s-10...that thing halled ***,no tracktion,but fun to drive!...the fan was like 1 inch from the radiater...
Sounds like a lot of weight coming down on that little front axle.I had a 4 banger Isuzu diesel in a '81 Chevette once--got 50-55 MPG! Something lite like that might be the way to go.mattofferdahl9;1554386; said:Hi my buddy has an 80 something standard cab short box S 10 that he did a frame off restoration on, its a rolling chassis right now with a lot of custom body work but no motor and he's thinkin about selling it to me for like a 1000 bucks. I am wondering if any one know if it is all posible to cram a duramax in there. I know there would be quite a bit of modification especially to the steering and front end and to accomidate the tranny but has it been done? I would love to try it but if any one has some tips or warnings I would sure appreciate it. I think it would be awesome to have and would get killer fuel milage. He said go gas but I dont want some noisy gas guzzeling pig thats a trailer queen.
Axles - including the rear axle, because if even the HD gasser rear axle can't deal with the torque from a Dmax, imagine what it'd do to a little S-10 semi floating rear axle. So you'd probably need a rearend from a Dmax truck. And modded to fit the narrower S-10, it'd probably be all differential and not much axleMGlickLBZ;1554685; said:An S10 is smaller than a Dakota but if Banks could put a fully built Cummins in a Dakota you should be able shoe horn in a Duramax. You will probably need to drop the motor, new axles and springs, extend the engine bay and probably do something to the cab. If time and some money were no object, you could do it. How about a rear engine S10?
Or why not mount 2 duramax in the 4x4 s-10. One under the hood for the front wheel and the other in the bed for the rear wheel. This way you will have a twin engine duramax s-10You could get a four wheel drive S-10 and mount the DMAX in the bed.