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The General's 4.3L V-6 is an extremely popular powerplant. Basically a small-block V-8 minus two barrels, the Vortec V-6 pumps out as much as 200 hp in stock trim. Eric Hardin figured that a speedy Open Mini Truck should be based around this venerable V-6, so he chose a GMC Sonoma that came with the sought-after powerplant from the factory. His Vortec motor, Deaver springs, and Bilstein shocks took him to Second in the Open Mini Truck class.

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