The big thing about California emissions regulations is that all of the emission components that came with the truck and the engine need to be fully operational. You can swap engines, but the engine must be the same year of manufacture as the truck or newer. You can't put an older, carbureted engine in a fuel-injected S-10. The engine-year law can affect whether you choose a first-generation or second-generation S-10. The Jags That Run site has lots of information about California emissions laws since the company is located in California. The website suggests buying a copy of the "California Smog Check Inspection Manual." You should be able to get this book from a local Bureau of Automotive Repair office.

An S-10 V-8 swap is a job for more advanced mechanics, but it can be done at home. It's a relatively involved swap, but the many kits make it as easy as possible. The results should give you a very strong performer with considerably better fuel economy than your old 454 SS.

WTF?
I purchased a copy of the Aug. '08 issue of your magazine at Wal-Mart in Yorktown, Virginia. When I went to read it today, the whole magazine looked off-print and is missing some of the text. It looks as if it was not cut properly. I just wanted to let you know that I was extremely disappointed about this. It was not possible for me to return it to Wal-Mart.
William Kranz
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A new copy is in the mail, William. Sorry for the hassle, but the printer sometimes screws up just like the rest of us.

Big-Block Sale
All this panic about rising fuel prices has me thinking that this would be a good time to stock up on big-block trucks. What do you think?
Gary Moss
via email

We agree with you. In any market downturn, whether it be stocks, houses, or automobiles/trucks, there are always excellent opportunities for savvy buyers. The time to buy is when prices are down. The trick is to time the bottom of the cycle and buy just before the turnaround.

We think big-block pickups and SUVs still have a ways to drop. The trucks to buy are the best of the bunch-the best-equipped, best colors, and lowest mileage. People aren't going to quit towing or engaging in recreational pursuits, so if the marketplace turns to gutless but economical mini-trucks there could be a strong future market for good ol' muscle trucks.

Thanks For The Info
I just picked up my first issue of Sport Truck, and I found a letter printed in it about replica Suburbans ("Sub Sub," Sep. '08). I did a search and found the site of the guys who make them. It's in Japanese, but after browsing around a little bit I found they have some nice stuff and figured I would drop you a link: www.blow-net.co.jp.
Don Ament
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