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Chevy S10 Big Bowtie Power in a Downsized Dime

Posted in Features on March 21, 2017
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When Shane Malcom bought this 2000 S10 nine years ago it already had a solid axle swap, but it didn’t look anything like the truck you see here—or perform the same, for that matter. After a year as Shane’s daily driver, the truck went under the knife for a V-8 swap. That’s when things got a little out of hand. That Z06 engine was going to make a lot of power, so it needed a drivetrain behind it.

While swapping in new axles, Shane figured he might as well link it. Don’t want any axlewrap. And so it goes. One thing lead to another, and before Shane knew it nine years had gone by. He built the truck at home though, with help and encouragement from friends like Cody Watkins and his father, Claude Malcolm.

Now that the S10 is back on the trail, Shane has a lot of lost time to make up for. He has plans to hit all the popular trails near his home in Northern California once the snow melts. Not wanting to wait that long, he was wheeling truck hard on the trails of Johnson Valley when we ran into him and shot these photos.

The LS6 engine churns out over 500 hp. It uses a Tahoe water pump and truck accessories, and a radiator from Superior Radiator keeps the engine cool. The V-8 exhales through Camaro exhaust manifolds and dual 3-inch Super 40 Flowmaster mufflers. Shane Malcom got a factory harness from the wrecking yard and made his own engine harness to run the engine with a drive-by-wire intake manifold and PCM from a 2003 Denali.

Tech Specs

2000 Chevy S10 ZR2
> Drivetrain
Engine: LS6 V-8
Transmission: TH400 3-speed automatic
Transfer Case: ORD Doubler (NP203/NP205)
Front Axle: Dana 60 with ARB Air Locker and 5.38 Sierra gears
Rear Axle: Corporate 14-bolt with ARB Air Locker and 5.38 Sierra gears
> Suspension
Springs & Such: Triangulated 4-link with 16-inch Profender air shocks and air bumps (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.50R17 Super Swamper Iroks on 17x9 Raceline steel beadlocks
Steering: PSC fully hydraulic kit with double-ended ram, orbital, and pump
Lighting: 50-inch LED light bar on roof, 12-inch LED light bar on bumper, 3x3 LED rock lights
Other Stuff: Badlands winch; ADCO drivelines; Flowmaster mufflers; Motor Machine engine tuning; Superior aluminum radiator, fans, and shroud; Winters Sidewinder shifter; WFO braided steel brake lines; RCI 20-gallon fuel cell

Visible in the back seat is the 20-gallon CO2 tank that Shane uses to actuate his ARB Air Lockers. Between the seats you can barely make out the Winters shifter that rows the TH400 transmission, which was fitted with a Mobile Transmission torque converter. The tranny is mated to an Offroad Design Doubler that mates an NP203 to an NP205. The NP205 was upgraded with 32-spline ORD output shafts and mated to ADCO drivelines with 1410 U-joints at the T-case end.
The bed was shortened 6 inches in the front and 12 in the rear for a better departure angle. The bedsides are actually removable and hide storage for parts and tools. The 20-gallon RCI fuel cell in the back feeds the rowdy engine via an Aeromotive electric pump.
Shane built his own tubular bumpers for the truck that maximize ground clearance. The front bumper is filled with a Badlands 12,000-pound winch and a 12-inch LED light bar.
The front of the S10 has ample flex thanks to the 2-inch-diameter, 16-inch-travel Profender coilover shocks fitted with 200 over 300 lb-in coil springs from 4x4 Outlet. The front links use 1 1/4-inch rod ends and frame brackets from RuffStuff Specialties, along with 2x0.250-wall DOM tubing.
The front axle is a Dana 60 out of a K30 that was set up by River City Differentials with an ARB Air Locker, 5.38 Sierra gears, and Yukon chromoly axleshafts and U-joints. It is steered by a PSC double-ended hydraulic ram that is bolted to the WFO steering arms.
The rear axle is a 14-bolt that Shane previously ran in his square-body S10 crawler. It is filled with an ARB Air Locker and 5.38 Sierra gears. The RuffStuff Specialties disc brake brackets shed a lot of weight compared to the factory drums.
The rear suspension consists of 2x0.250-wall DOM tubing fitted with 1 1/4-inch rod ends from WFO Concepts. They work in conjunction with 2-inch-diameter, 16-inch-travel Profender coilovers and air bumps from 4x4 Outlet.

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