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Autotrader Find: Crazy Sleeper Chevy S-10 Drag Racer

This is one of the coolest cars for sale on Autotrader: A 2000 Chevy S-10 short cab pickup that looks just like every other S-10 — which is to say, rather dull and uninteresting — until you look closely. That’s when you see the fat rear tires and the custom wheels, and it’s when you hear the big exhaust. This is no regular S-10.

Indeed, this is very different from your standard S-10. It’s a 2000 Chevy S-10 with a 5.3-liter V8 swap (in place of the standard 4.3-liter V6) — and not just that, but the ad says the 5.3-liter V8 is putting out 783 wheel horsepower and 609 wheel torque at “low boost.” In other words, this S-10 is probably making something like 900 engine hp. In a 2000 Chevy S-10.

And not really just any 2000 Chevy S-10, but a gold, short cab model that looks like the kind of thing a low-budget plumber might drive. I love the fact that the owner of this truck has resisted the urge to put on any decals or other modifications that give away the fact that it’s faster than most supercars. Instead, outward modifications are limited to the tires and wheels, which are necessary for traction at the drag strip. That’s it. Otherwise, you get up next to this S-10 in traffic, and it looks like every other S-10.

If that’s appealing, and it should be, this truck is listed by a private seller in the Dallas area for $47,000. That’s big money, but the ad goes through a comprehensive list of upgrades done to the truck — and I strongly suspect it’d take a lot more money than that to build up an S-10 like this one.

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  1. This was fairly common using the old 5.7. It basically bolted right in. A long time ago me and fiends built a budget Typhoon using an 4×4 s10 as a base. 

    The engine bolted right up to the transmission (that blew up) And yes it would do four wheel burnouts (right before the transfer case blew up) 
    It was a fun, if fragile vehicle.  

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