If you want to put a V-8 engine in your s-10, there are plenty of options to consider. The most important step to any engine swap is making a plan. Before you begin the actual swap, make a realistic wish list of your parts on paper. You should consult technical manuals like the Jags That Run (JTR) V-8 Engine Conversion manuals and the sources from Advanced Adapters. Most of your research-and-parts phase can be taken care of online by consulting our Online Source Guide found at the end this article.

Once you have ordered and gathered your parts and have a plan of action drawn up, it's time to map out a timeline. The average time for an engine swap can vary greatly, depending on your schedule, funds, and numerous other factors. From what we found during our research, the conversion time can take as long as two months. Some experienced shops that perform V-8 conversions, day in and day out, boast a 2-to-3-day install. If you are jumping into this project headfirst and performing the swap yourself, you will want to allow plenty of time to work out all of the bugs that can arise as the swap progresses.

Another thing you will want to keep in mind is cost. Like us, many people don't have the funds to build a $10,000 motor and swap it into their sport truck. Since the junkyard is definitely a gearhead's paradise, you will probably want to start there. Some good engines, transmissions, and most of the parts you'll need for such a big project can be easily found hiding at your local parts graveyard. Most yards offer some kind of warranty on motors and transmissions, but you should ask before you buy. If you are frugal and scrounge together all the necessary parts to do the job yourself, you can save hundreds or more. The final price of the swap can go up drastically, depending on the engine, the engine's fuel system (carbureted or fuel injected), and the transmission. If you choose to have a shop perform the swap, that can considerably change the price, as well. The average cost we've found, for a V-8 conversion and all of the parts necessary is between $3,500-7,500.

Accel Performance Products (a Mr. Gasket Company) Painless Performance
2501 Ludelle St.
Fort Worth
Te  76105
California Mini-Truck Dismantlers
4002 State St.
CA  91763
Dept. MT
Billet Specialties
500 Shawmut Ave., Dept. SC
La Grange
IL  60526
Sadistic Iron Werks
Summit Racing
P.O. Box 909
OH  44309-0909