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Old September 18th, 2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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85 S10 Blazer Conversion

I am looking on doing a solid front axle swap with a 350. I was told if I do the axle swap first I will not need to get the special oil pan. Also I am going to be putting Ford axles under it so I will need the newer trans and transfer case am I right? For the motor mounts can I just weld the 350 mounts to the frame and use those? Right now it has a 2.8L. I would like to do this without having to buy all the extra special adapters.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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i am in the early stages of the same conversion myself on a 91. i have put a 350 into a 95 s-10 4x4 before and they fit almost like factory with little modifications to the chassis and body. first thing i would do is the solid axle swap, and if your going leaf springs it makes it that much easier. i bought the kit from sky offroad http://www.sky-manufacturing.com/new...uct.php?id=197 which includes the front cross member and rear shackle mounts. as for swapping the engine in, it is made very easy by purchasing conversion mounts from here http://jagsthatrun.com/S-10_Order.html. since you already have a 2.8 those mounts will drop on the factory 2.8 mounting pads and allows you to have a rubber engine mount. i know you said you don't wanna buy adapters and stuff but the stuff i recommended makes the install way cleaner and much more simple then half assing it.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 01:28 PM   #3
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My buddy told me for the leaf springs in the front. He welded a peice of square stock from frame rail to frame rail then welded brackets. He told me it was really easy. Wouldn't it be easier to weld in 350 mounts instead of putting the adapters in?
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Old September 18th, 2011, 02:00 PM   #4
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check out Offroaddirect.com they have a conversion kit for that truck at a great price. mine is on the way. i am also putting ford axles under mine. as far as the 350 swap leave the stock trans and t case. the 350 should more then likely bolt right in. for the springs up front they use 73-87 chevy front springs. it seams harder then what it really is. good luck on the build.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 03:05 PM   #5
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the 2.8 trans wont fit a 350, however the 4.3 trans will. the stock transfer case is fine.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 04:56 PM   #6
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I am getting a 92 chevy truck for scrap price has a good 350 in it with a 350 turbo and transfer case. Was planning on putting the whole set in together. The leaf springs i am hoping to fit 35" tires. What kind of leafs should I look for that is going to give me plenty of clearance for those tires?
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #7
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Anyone know if stock leafs will give me enough room for 35's or should I look for leafs out of something else?
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