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Andy Matthews added a discussion to the group XTREME 4X4

suspension lift kits for a s-10 4x4

Is there any 3.5 inch suspension lift for a s-10 4x4
Sep 18, 2014
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replica Cummins

Is there any replica 3.9 Cummins?
Sep 18, 2014
Andy Matthews commented on James's group Engine Goo Roos
"Is there any replica 3.9 Cummins?"
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Engine Goo Roos

Any engine gooroos
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Andy Matthews added a discussion to the group S-Dimes!

Frame measurements???

Can someone help me? I need to find the measurements for Body mounts on the chassis of a single cab s10 and a 4-door s10 blazer.See More
Oct 23, 2013
Andy Matthews replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Need Help!!!!!!! in the group S10,Blazers
"redid the question.  "
Sep 25, 2013
jay pimentel replied to Andy Matthews's discussion Need Help!!!!!!! in the group S10,Blazers
"I would think that the body mounts r the same bolt length my be an issue"
Sep 24, 2013
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Need Help!!!!!!!

need to find the measurements for Body mounts on the chassis of a single cab s10 and a 4-door s10 blazer.See More
Sep 24, 2013

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My name is Andy Matthews. I have a 1984 Chevy S-10 4x4 truck that I’m trying to make it onto a Diesel Dually 4x4 S-10.
The first thing I want to do is to work on the performance. I want to drop a diesel engine (a 3.9 liter Cummins or a 2.2 liter Isuzu) in and put a K&N air filter and a Flowmaster dual exhaust system on. I also want to replace and upgrade leaf springs, shocks, and sway bars. I need to upgrade the back axle and front spindles from a five lug to an eight lug, so I can put dually rims on. I want to put Bear brakes on, but I need the upgraded axle and spindles.
The second thing I want to work on is the exterior. To make the truck into a dually, I need dually fenders and rims. When I got the truck, it didn’t have much of a face. So I want to get a stylin’ grill, a front bumper with a winch, and brush guard. On the back of the truck, I want to modify the back lights, replace the back bumper so I can put a Reese hitch on and replace the tailgate with a smooth California combo with a license box. I also want to put on a blue underbody LED kit on the truck. I need to get the front fenders replace or rolled out so I can paint the truck black with blue flames coming up from the undercarriage. There are some little things I want to put on the truck as well, like smoke window visors, window glass scapes (old Dixie), an air force hood guard, chrome gas tank door cover, Herculiner bed liner, and 3-d effect letters and numbers and I am going to make the tonneau cover that is going on the bed of the truck.
The third part is a redo of the interior. The person that had the truck before me ripped out the carpet and radio. I want to rip out the old dashboard and put an upgraded dashboard (from a 2001 s-10 with a flamed dash cover), so I can get the gages I want (dancing flame) into the 1984 s-10. I also want put in the mini eagle seats, Sony xplod speakers, custom billet mirror (flamed), and a cb radio. I already have the radio that I want to put in. I also want to put a big rig air horn and a Dixie air horn on the truck.
Here are some pictures of the truck. I already have started tearing the truck apart.

Thank you,
D. Andy Matthews

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At 5:28pm on May 13, 2011, Classic Car Ron said…
That self hardening fiberglass you asked about is called HyperFiber. Here is a link to an article that Hot Rod Magazine did on it > HyperFiber article
At 11:16am on September 30, 2009, Spike said…
The sound, well, OK. I grew up with knowing Diesels were in OTR trucks.
The new ideas as diesels in cars, small trucks are different.
As far as pulling a trailer, I pull a 29' Jayco travel trailer as well asmy 20' car trailer with a 4500 lb load with a 460 F350 Ford Dually. My stepson pulls a 18' car trailer, loaded, with a 302 Ford F150.
At 7:42pm on September 29, 2009, Spike said…
if miles per gallon is the most important reason for the changeover
I'd personally' check the costs to do the change. You could get a wrecked Blazer cheap from Craigslist and it would have all the parts you would need. Diesels need expensive parts plus the initial purchase of a diesel engine and trans.
On a different note, is the old engine a 2.8 or a 4.3 Liter engine ?
At 6:16pm on September 29, 2009, Spike said…
PMGs?? I'm dumb, what are PMGs ?
At 5:48pm on September 29, 2009, Spike said…
That sucks. But keep it under a tarp until you get the bucks to get moving again. Have you sold off the original engine, trans, & rear ? Are you planning on keeping it 4x4? What do you plan on for a front axle? or rear axle? For simplicity, how about going with pre 85 Toyota solid axles or those from a full size truck. I think?? that your 4x4 is a solid mount center & independant axles. I am probably wrong. But!
As far as 'dually' fenders, how about the fenders from a step side Chevy. They unbolt and would work for the outside part. Are you going diesel because of the low end torque ? Have you considered using a 350 or 400CI SBC ? It will be easier & cheaper than going diesel. It's your truck, do it as you see fit & have the money.
At 12:19pm on September 29, 2009, Spike said…
Hey, Andy. How are things with your truck.
At 12:20am on September 1, 2009, Kevin Lee said…
I talked to my friend yesterday. He thinks your project is great. He has heard of guys putting that 3.9 in dodge Dakotas. That cummins engine is a 4cyl version of the 5.9 you find in full size trucks. He even said the internals are basically the same. He also said you can get about any part you want from Cummins to make it run real good too. He said get the CPL number off the front of the engine and contact them with that. About contacting him though, he said he is too busy right now. But I am sure there are many other guys out there that know those diesels as well as he does out there that are willing to help
At 9:06am on August 28, 2009, Boss said…
Sorry for the late reply. Was working (for months) on putting 4:88 Yukon Gears in my truck. What a nightmare that was. But thankfully I had the right mechanic to do the job. And he was great!!! All is well with my toy now. More power(thank god) and better gas mileage!!! Bonus!!!
At 11:41am on August 21, 2009, Sergio " MeatHead " said…
try this site ...... They are selling all there inventory real cheap ,, sizes from 15" to 24" the cheapest starting from
$ 35
At 11:41am on August 20, 2009, Spike said…
Try "google" ask for 17" wheels (or rims) There should be a few. As for cheap? well, it depends on what type wheels you are looking for. Have you looked at "" ? There should be someone in KY with 2 or 3. Most wheel sets get a right front that gets 'Gouged'

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