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Old 03-30-2011, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 sonoma 1 ton build

So I'm going to start building my truck pretty soon. It's got a 4.3 and 4L60E. Going 1 ton and 40 inch MTR's with stauns. 60/14B 5.38's, welded, high steer, hydro assist, Toyota drive line flanges, discs all the way around, shaved 14B. Just going to use the stock s10 rears with an added leaf and a 3" block and use the F-150 springs in front with 2 3" lift Toyota leafs in each pack. Just looking for a few ideas since Iv'e never built one before. Any ideas and maybe a few pics would be greatly appereciate it. Ok so I plan on putting a v8 in he truck now. should I use a 5.3 or 5.7 Vortec? ive heard a lot of good about the 5.3's. Going to be converting over to a manual trans. SM465 and a NP205.

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Old 03-30-2011, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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all i need is tcases and tires to get this project up and started. any input from anyone who has done an s10 before?
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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search the words s10 in the chevy section. A handful of them. Or just look thru a couple pages of titles. There are a few of them in the first 5 pages.

edit. There is one 5 post below your right now.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As of right now, you're in over your head. After a few months of researching you may be ready.

x2 on the search for keyword "s10" in this Chevy forum.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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im starting to rebiuld a 2000 s-10 ext cab crawler/trail rig. if you need any help or have any ?s let me know this is my 8th rebiuld of this rig.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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trying to find out the best place to mount the links with out making them super long. moving the front axle between 6 and 8 inches forward and trying to leave the headlight assembly out of the way. it is going to have to be taller than i would like but oh well i guess. i want to keep a full bodied truck.
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this is what i started out with
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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after some work this is the 60 now. still need to cut off the link mounts









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14 bolt still needs work. im going to leave the truss in case i decide to link the rear some day.





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Old 03-31-2011, 01:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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2.5" 12" travel fox air shocks



and my wheels

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Old 03-31-2011, 02:01 AM   #12 (permalink)
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what tcase or tcases are you using in your truck? what axles? you have any pics?
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:42 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I like what i see so far. Should be a good build. Is your 60 cover double walled? It looks like two are welded together, I've never seen that, looks good. Also do you think your weld on 14b disk bracket should have a gusset 45* with the axle tube? Or is that not necessary?
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:40 AM   #14 (permalink)
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it may be a good idea since im already over building it for what im going to use it for but it isnt really necessary
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oh and that is 2 covers welded together until i can afford a ruff stuff cover
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Old 04-01-2011, 05:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Got some roller/mock up tires today. Maybe even wheelin tires for 1 season with alil love from the groover. Things are coming along slow but at least they are coming along.

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Anybody else notice the D ring on the front of that 60? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't using the axle or suspension as a recovery point a big no no.
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Anybody else notice the D ring on the front of that 60? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't using the axle or suspension as a recovery point a big no no.
Yes. But I'm hoping the previous owner was using that as a winch suck down point.
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Yes. But I'm hoping the previous owner was using that as a winch suck down point.
hmmm... I guess that would make sense if the axle was far enough forward.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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yes the d-ring is there to suck down the suspension. think im going to leave it there for the same purpose since it is already there.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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got 2 of the tires mounted up yesterday.



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Old 04-02-2011, 12:24 AM   #22 (permalink)
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thought they were going to be pretty small but turned out looking ok once i put them on the axle. moved the steering to the front of the axle also. now i need to make the tie rod about an inch shorter so it works.



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You're not typically going to get much input saying "I'm building a truck, give me some ideas". If you have specific questions, there are plenty of people here to help out.

Yes, the front half of a 241 will bolt to a 4L60E - its been an OEM application for years in fullsize trucks. After messing around with the 231/205 (same concept, slightly different shape case), I sold it all (taking a big loss) and went with 203/205 instead. The thin aluminum made me too nervous.

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Old 04-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #24 (permalink)
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where would be the best place to put my links on the fame? I'm going with 40 but want to again keep it as low as possible. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 04-04-2011, 11:12 AM   #25 (permalink)
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got my spring perches made and welded this morning



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