The chevy S-10 is in one way to the 80′s and early 90′s, what hot rods were decades ago. A cheap platform in which people customize in multiple ways. As with all custom vehicles first there needs to be a large aftermarket parts following. This could not have be any better as people today still have multiple options. Alot of younger people would purchase these trucks for cheap. They would then put fiberglass ground effects and other body kits on them to give them a sporty look.
The S-10 came with three engines from the factory the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine. The “iron duke” as it was called, made 105 horsepower and was not generally modified. The 2.8 liter 6 cylinder engine was the higher performance option of the earlier years. It was also not often built up but had moderate power. Unlike the 2.5 liter it did have a few performance options. In later years chevy realized that it’s customers wanted a higher power option. The increased power came in the 4.3 liter 6 cylinder engine. The 4.3 liter has quite a few engine performance options such as headers and other serious bolt on parts. Although the 4.3 liter could reach over 200 hp, many performance owners started a new trend. Many people wanted more power and installed a chevy 350 smallblock v-8. Many companies seen the opportunity and produced engine mounts, headers, and full exhausts. There was actually one other factory option called the syclone. It had a turbocharged 4.3 liter engine similar to the Buick GN, but was also very costly. By using a chevy 350, average people could have as much power as they wanted. With a chevy v-8 the average person could now have a 300 horsepower engine in a light vehicle. A S-10 weighs less than 3000 pounds and could accelerate very well with a chevy 350. The four cylinder trucks came with a 3.73 rear end gear ratio while the others came with a 3.42 ratio. The rear end won’t hold up to a lot of power for long, but does alright at lower traction and power levels. Other body options were multiple fiberglass hoods such as cowl induction. Cowl induction hoods allowed a tall intake manifold to be used on the engine. Dropping the S-10 down a few inches, which also benefited traction was cheap with some blocks and drop spindles. Others go with hydraulics for control of height or for show. Many kitcar owners and manufacturers have also decided to use the S-10 chassis. The options are limitless for the S-10 and this certainly has made it a new age hot rod.