Chevy S10 Hauls Ass Instead of Lumber for $2,500!

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Nice Price Or No DiceIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

What kind of toad does one have to lick to see the empty bed of a beat-up Chevy S10 and envision a home for a 500-HP Eldorado drivetrain? Nice Price or Crack Pipe doesn't know, but damn, baby got back.

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Suffering a a fate worse than the 1906 earthquake, yesterday's custom '75 caprice convertible fell to a 78% Crack Pipe vote. Its pristine restoration was overcome by its questionable presentation, something today's candidate doesn't suffer from.

The Chevy S10 pickup truck- workhorse of gardeners nationwide- would not be the first choice of many for hot-rodding. While the engine bay is roomy enough for a pony-packing motor, the light rear end means putting the power down requires sandbags or a sextet of drunken frat boys in the bed to keep it from hopping around like a horny rabbit. But all that changes when you shift the center of mass to be more rear-weighted. That's the thinking (and apparently a lot of beers) that went into this 1987 S10 with a Cadillac 500-cid engine in the back. Looking at the pictures, you can see that not much thought has been given to practicality, but that's okay, this is more of a "watch this" than "help me with this" kind of truck.

The seller doesn't say, but we assume the original S10 motor and transmission have been yanked, which will change the driving dynamics from pickup truck oversteer to why won't it turn, doesn't it see that tree! understeer. But you get the impression that this truck was intended only to be turning at the end of a quarter mile run. The ad claims 500-bhp, and makes the recommendation of wheelie bars. Whether that's pure hyperbole or not, it's fun to imagine lighting it up and popping that nose in the air.

While it looks like a redneck special, and the seller's grasp of spelling and grammar indicates an unfamiliarity with anything higher than 6th grade, that's not to say it hasn't been well done, and possibly wouldn't try and kill you the first chance it gets. And Dr. Papstinstein is only asking $2,500 for his creation, which he says is crasy crasy

Would you also be crasy crasy to plunk down $2,500 for the opportunity to bed this pickup? Or, does that price make you pop a wheelie in your pants?

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You decide!

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DISCUSSION

Yay, vote button! Bringin' it back when it really counts.

So let's assume for a moment that the original engine is very safely ensconced - which means somewhere not under the hood of this homebrew deathmobile. It's in a big box somewhere in the garage, awaiting the fateful day when it is called back into service, but it won't fit until the new radiator support is welded in, and some of the big wrinkles in the hood get hammered out.

Lessee here. I can't whistle up the powers of engineerd's WOPR-like supercomputer but I can make a few talented guesses. A 500ci Caddy engine is worth a fair chunk of change no matter how you bake it. I'd say buy-in on a bare block is around $1200, get one with all the spinny bits still bolted on probably blows past $1750. Actually screwed into a chassis and providing motive effort? $2500? Sure, that's a Nice Price.

But you'd have to be crazy cracked to drive it. This is where the big booty has its revenge. What starts out as Newtonian understeer transitions, as the road continues its own way out from under you, into Darwinian oversteer. Congratulations! You have now experienced 1970's-era Porsche handling. America, fuck yeah!

Will you die? Maybe. It depends on why you're buying this truck. There are two ways to look at it:

1) 500 cubic inches! Why the hell else would I buy it? And that lightweight S10 means it's gonna go like STINK.

2) I have slightly ironic Ferrari Testarossa replica I've been building in my kitchen, and this is both the perfect engine to put in it, and a convenient way to get it home.

If you answered "1," then more power to you! Go with God, and tell Him I said "hi" when you see Him - I imagine that's gonna be soon.

If you answered "2," then more power to you, as soon as you get the gigantic mill out of the Chevy and onto that lovely tumbled marble tile the wife had installed in the kitchen two summers ago. Put down some papers or something. And if she sees what crazy-ass new thing you've dragged into the house, you're gonna die. Say "hi" to the Almighty for me. #