1984 Chevrolet S-10 Durango from North America - Comments

1st Mar 2007, 21:56

The 350 in my S10 Blazer is not the stock engine. The 2.8 6's that originally came in them were really underpowered so the person who owned it before us swapped in the 5.7 and it has about 400 hp at the crank.

1st Mar 2007, 22:04

Oh I got it, the S10 PICKUP.

Well they're still based on the same chassis.

Do yourself a favor, put a 5.7 in it, that'll make it lots more fun to drive.

1st Mar 2007, 22:13

Yeah right. I think the front end of the thing would literally crumble and face plant.

1st Mar 2007, 22:35

Not if it's set up right. The 2.8 was actually really heavy to begin with. Since we added a light weight Corvette radiator, light starter, etc., it ended up being less than 100 pounds heavier in the front. The only difference was about 300 more horsepower.

1st Mar 2007, 22:40

So...what exactly is the point in doing that? I might as well buy a new truck, not upgrade a dying vehicle.

And how in the hell did you manage to fit a 350 in such a small engine compartment??

1st Mar 2007, 22:53

People 'upgrade dying vehicles' all the time. Swapping a 350 into an old S10 is a LOT cheaper then buying a new truck. A 2007 Silverado will run you $40000+.

Fitting the 350 really wasn't that hard, but we had to buy the smaller radiator and different radiator fan, but aside from that it wasn't a big deal. It really isn't that small to begin with.

2nd Mar 2007, 17:50

We had to cut part of the front crossmember out, that with the thinner aluminum radiator gave us lots more room up front. There were several parts of the transmission bellhousing that had to be cut out, and there were a lot of other minor modifications needed. We also used the Ford 9 inch rear end which can take a lot more power then even this 350 can dish out.

1st Mar 2009, 16:31

I just bought a 1984 Durango S-10 2.8 V6 with 27319 original miles on it. One owner truck, spotless, scared to drive it, don't want to smack a deer, but all in all, best $2500 ever spent...

2nd Mar 2009, 14:29

I still own this truck. The engine threw a rod about a month ago. The odometer stopped working shortly after posting the review, but I have driven it any lighter since then.

I have bought 2 new quads since then as well, and so it towed one in the bed and one on a small trailer up to the mountains all the time. It was on the last trip up that the rod came out my oil pan. It's about time...

Maybe I'll do that 350 swap...

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