After our V-8 conversion guide and the buildup of the 350-cid crate motor at Joe Sherman Racing, we figured it was time to stop teasing you, put the finishing touches on our small-block, and swap it into an S-10. We used a mock-up motor (and transmission donor) to test-fit clearance, build the motor mounts, figure out the header and exhaust clearance, and get some of the main fabrication work out of the way without harming the new motor. We then moved to the next level by installing the new engine and adding some accessories. We bolted on a full Billet Specialties arsenal, including an air cleaner, water pump pulley, crankshaft pulley, alternator bracket, and valve covers. We outfitted the engine with some of the finest street-rod engine accessories to really make it gleam whenever the hood is popped.

With the motor mounts built, we placed the engine between the framerails and installed a pair of Advanced Adapters Slick Fit headers and Accel Extreme 9,000 plug wires to see what space issues we needed to address. Our S-10 is not the norm because a previous shop needlessly cut out the entire firewall. Since we wanted a completely smooth firewall, and 22-inch rims already posed enough problems of their own, Bobby from Sadistic Ironwerks was able to accommodate our specifications by building a new firewall. This is not necessary, however, with a general engine swap. Depending on the engine placement, you may only need minor firewall modifications. We also picked up a sturdier rearend with disc brakes from our local junkyard, California Mini-Truck Dismantlers, to help us get the most out of our new motor.

After the exhaust, firewall, rearend, and final engine assembly were taken care of, we installed an aluminum radiator and dual fans from Summit Racing to make sure our S-10 would run cool. With the radiator in place and the motor ready to see some street mileage, the final step was to wire it up using the Painless Performance wiring kit and feed fuel to the power-hungry engine. For more information, contact the companies listed in the source box.

Accel Performance Products
(Accel Extreme 9,000 plug wires)
Dept. MT
10601 Memphis Ave., Ste. 12
Cleveland, OH 44144
(216) 688-8300
www.mrgasket.com

Billet Specialties
(complete billet hot-rod engine dress-up, alternator bracket, and pulleys)
Dept. MT
500 Shawmut Ave.
La Grange, IL 60526
(800) 245-5382
www.billetspecialties.com

California Mini-Truck Dismantlers
(rearend)
Dept. MT
4002 State St.
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 622-1381
www.calminitruck.com

Caps Brite Hot Coatings
(header and exhaust coating)
Dept. MT
4460 S. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA 93725
(559) 233-1461
www.capsbhc.com

Comp Cams
(hydraulic roller camshaft, Magnum roller rockers, conical springs)
Dept. MT
3406 Democrat Rd.
Memphis, TN 38118
(901) 795-2400
www.compcams.com

Joe Sherman Racing
(engine build and dyno)
Dept. MT
2302 W. Second St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
(714) 542-0515
www.joeshermanracing.com

Painless Performance
(18-circuit universal harness)
Dept. MT
9505 Santa Paula Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76116
(800) 423-9696
www.painlessperformance.com

Professional Products
(Cyclone intake manifold and 8-inch harmonic balancer)
Dept. MT
12705 S. Van Ness Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(323) 779-2020
www.professional-products.com

Quick Fuel Technology
(650-cfm carburetor)
Dept. MT
2352 Russellville Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 793-0900
www.quickfueltechnology.com

Sadistic Iron Werks
(installation and fabrication)
Dept. MT
15058 Birch St.
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 403-5159
www.sadisticiron.com

Shaver Racing Heads
(Pro Topline 906 cylinder heads)
Dept. MT
25950 Belle Porte Ave., Ste. 1
Harbor City, CA 90710
(310) 856-4615
www.shaverracingheads.com

Specialty Auto Parts U.S.A. Inc.
(Alternator, starter, and HEI distributor)
Dept. MT
P.O. Box 306
Roseville, MI 48066
(586) 774-2500
www.proformparts.com

Summit Racing
(Radiator assembly and engine parts)
Dept. MT
P.O. Box 909
Akron, OH 44309
(800) 230-3030
www.summitracing.com