S10 V8 Engine Swap, Part 2
From the crew at StreetTrucks.com
Motor swaps into any truck take a basic game plan that will ensure everything goes smoothly. First things first, we checked the inventory list from Stylin’ Trucks to make sure that everything was in order. Their customer service is second to none, making the entire process that much easier.
The game plan that we’ve set while swapping out the 2.2L factory motor in our ’97 Chevy S-10 project is as follows: pull off the front clip for easy access; drain all fluids from the block, power steering reservoir and clutch master to avoid a massive mess. Since we’ll be replacing the stock wiring harness with a Painless Wiring harness we’ll remove the computer and residual wiring, but keep a few connections like the fuel sending unit so we can tap back into it.
Once the fluids and wiring are gone we can begin extracting the old 2.2L and manual transmission. We will be pairing the new small-block with a TCI 700R4 transmission, which will create a few things to contend with later like filling the shifter hole in the floorboard as well as making some room in the tranny tunnel for the larger bellhousing. Both of those issues will be dealt with in the next installment. Follow along as we get the S-10 ready for a better powerplant.
Stay tuned for future stories as the crew at StreetTrucks Magazine begin customizing the S10 for the new 5.7L V-8 and additional components.
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