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Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398469 Tue Feb 23 2021 12:14 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,732
A suggestion from one that's been in the restoration/street rod business for 47 years. On ANY shop you contact ask them to give at least three previous customers names and phone numbers so you can get references as to the quality of work, whether done in a timely matter, and if any "surprise" additional costs popped up. If they won't---run don't walk. Schedule a payment plan in advance and NEVER, NEVER make a deposit. If he has to operate day to day on YOUR money find the doorway. We have a 2 to 2.5 year waiting list to get in the door but REMEMBER THIS ABOVE ALL ELSE; all you have is his WORD while he has YOUR valuable truck which he can slap a mechanics lien on for outrageous payment. As to cost with you already having the engine and transmission I would think in the 3k range. Figure major parts at $250 for rear end, $200 for good STEEL spacers to widen S10 rear, $200 for driveshaft, $200 for engine/trans mounts, and I don't know what a water pump relocation kit costs but $300 for Cooling Solutions ONLY electric fan. Another $150 for aluminum radiator if old one is iffy.

Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398487 Tue Feb 23 2021 02:10 PM
Joined: Jun 2011
Posts: 4,002
He needs to do some homework first:

T-5’s come with several OD ratios, need to see what ratio he has, then pick an appropriate diff. ratio that would be appropriate considering tire size, normal trips, loads, etc.

S-10 rear axles come wider if from a 4wd truck, if that would be a consideration?


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
'55 GMC 370 w/270, 420 4 speed, grain, dump bed truck from ND. Works OK.
Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398505 Tue Feb 23 2021 04:27 PM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 622
When I have had bigger projects that take a while done by a shop I agree with coilover and never give a deposit. Also check their insurance and yours. Most of the stuff my engine builder does for me is so weird that it has to be time and material. I pay him weekly or monthly whatever he wants. It keeps money coming in for him and I don't end up with an unexpected bill at the end.

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Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398514 Tue Feb 23 2021 05:14 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,826
Progress payments can be negotiated at the start of the project. They can be based on actual costs of labor and materials or an agreed to percentage of completion. This keeps both parties engaged and the project doesn't go to the back burner. It also gives you the opportunity to evaluate the job and make changes if required. As Mick53 stated it works for both.

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Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398567 Wed Feb 24 2021 01:51 AM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 2,062
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Evan's been there and done that many times. I'd heed his advice. The only other option would be if your friend can find another vintage vehicle enthusiast that has the space and time to help him out.


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Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398577 Wed Feb 24 2021 02:52 AM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 2,732
Even the 4wd S10 rears are too narrow but wheels with custom offset can fix the problem of tires contacting the bed side or long studs with a 1/2" spacer will let stock wheels work.

Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398597 Wed Feb 24 2021 05:07 AM
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 4,096
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I just had a 1955 chrysler 331 cleaned and machined. Bored out .125" (Now its a 354), crank turned .010, heads completely rebuilt with hardened valves (I supplied all the parts, except the valve seats), and cam bearings and cam installed. it cost me a bit over $1400 for the labor.

Another quality post.

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Re: Cost ?
CayoRV #1398652 Wed Feb 24 2021 06:55 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,186
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