Six For Five
I have '97 S-10 ZR2 extended cab 4WD truck with the 4.3L Vortech V-6 and five-speed manual trans. It has 3.73 gears and I was wondering if a GM factory six-speed trans from a Camaro would fit? I was looking for some more overdrive in it for better mileage and less engine wear and tear.
Kenneth C.
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The short answer is yes that tranny will bolt up to your engine. The long answer is that depending on what car you pull the tranny out of, there quite a few other parts to go along with it and changes to make to the clutch, driveline, shifting systems. There's an excellent thread here on the Internet describing in detail what you'll need and where to get the parts: -Mike

Tilt Hood Mystery Solved
Who makes a reverse tilt hood kit for my 2004 Chevy Silverado?
Anonymous Lurker

Well, AL, Autoloc offers a universal tilt hood kit that will work on your truck without any cutting or fabrication. The part number is TILTHD and it can be ordered at If you want to be really cool, order part number TILTHDD and that adds a motorization feature that will open the hood at the touch of a button. And if you want to be the man, order TILTHDDD to add a remote control feature! -Mike

Needs Help With This Section
I've got a 1989 Chevy Silverado that's already been 'bagged and chopped three inches. I want it to be lower and was considering sectioning a few inches out of the middle of the body. What's all involved in doing that? I can't quite wrap my head around what happens to certain areas of the truck.
Darryl M.
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If there is one thing we know at Scott's Hot Rods, it's sectioning trucks and sheetmetal work. Having built famed cars such as the notorious roadster pickup Heavy Metal and the recent award-winning roadster Undisputed, our specialty since 1990 has always been sheetmetal work and fabrication. As far as sectioning your OBS Chevy truck goes, it's easy if you take your time. Figure out how much you would like to section and run tape around the whole truck. First thing you need to do is visualize where it's going to be cut, and be sure to include the inside of the body like the doors and bed.

If you are looking to go lower, though, sectioning won't help. The ride height will stay the same, only the roof will be lower. I would recommend doing a simple body drop. The bed is as easy as raising the floor, and the cab is a relatively easy also. The most difficult section is typically the firewall area, but remember that the main goal is lowering the cab over the frame; If you keep that in mind while making your decision on where to cut the floor, it'll help tremendously. A quick tip is to cut the back section of the cab rather than the floor, it's easier to finish that way.

This question was answered by Justin Padfield, award-winning owner of Scott's Hot Rods in Oxnard, California. Justin can be reached at (805) 485-0382 or by visiting

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