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Posted September 13, 2012 - 06:58 AM

This 1984 S-15 conversion was a father and son project. My son Kyle and I fabricated the parts to put the 350 small block in the truck. The engine is a four bolt main, aluminum heads, Comp "Thumper" cam and 650 carb, and TCI Turbo 350 trans. It is a lot of fun to drive. My son takes it to lots of car shows in the Summer. I put a photo of Kyle at the bottom to recognize his efforts to this project.Posted Image
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Edited by RI LANDLORD 2012, September 14, 2012 - 11:15 AM.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 07:10 AM

Thanks for the pics. That's a whole lotta engine in there and a beautiful truck overall. Normally these are so rusted out around here, there aren't many left on the road. Good save.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 07:52 AM

Wow, that's in great shape for its age! 87-89? Somewhere in that range? Did you have to do any body restoration?

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 07:57 AM

Sweet job on the S-15 mods. Very nice looking truck. Does she have a Detroit locker installed? Bet it doesn't take an awful lot of peddle to roast the tires on the rear. As Al said they are a rare bird up here in NY also. The rust sure takes it's toll on them. Any of them s10/s15"s of that vintage you see up here are held together with safety wire and baling twine.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:10 AM

:thumbs: looks real nice


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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:52 AM

The truck was purchased at the local Chevy dealer here in Wakefield in 1984 by an older gentleman who's wife would not let him drive it in Winter, hence it was garaged for most of its life. He later donated it to the local high school auto shop teacher who kept it inside the shop for a few years. My son took auto shop and, the first time he saw it, made up his mind that he just HAD to have it.. On the last day of school in his junior year, we struck a deal with the shop teacher and brought it home where it's still being garaged!!

Cat385B: We did not have to do any body work to the truck. The paint is original, just waxed the heck out of it. The interior needs a little updating though.
Kyocum: It has a stock rear end with no Posi-Traction. The rear is at its limit as far as horsepower is concerned (It has about 400 horsepower). We don't try to shock the drive line real hard for fear of spitting the axle right out of the truck!!

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:56 AM

Beautiful truck. You've got to love the ol' square body S-trucks. There is an old farmer down the road from me with one that looks to be in as good a shape as yours. I've told the wife that it will be mine and I should just stop in and ask him when he plans to sell it to me. Pick up an early bronco 9" rear end and throw a detroit in it so the boy can have some real fun!

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Really nice looking truck, great father/son project!! Not many left around here, time and rust from road salt have put most in the scrap yards.

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Posted September 13, 2012 - 04:04 PM

Great looking truck!
I had an S10 with a small block in it years back, man that thing was a blast


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Posted September 13, 2012 - 05:09 PM

Bet you can burn off 10,000 miles from the tires in a minute!