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the bodj

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A few people knew about my plans for my next build. I've been keeping it fairly low key due to the extreme distaste most people have for these trucks, but after searching for about a month, I finally found a candidate.

2002 GMC Sonoma, 4 door, short bed, 4x4.
4.3L, 4l60e, 152,000 miles. Purchased 5/7/2021 for $4500
It's the Mini Me, since this is my DD,
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And this is the prerunner-to-be.
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The plan is to chop the front off and replace with an explorer front end and do d35 TTBeams with d44 outers, cage, links with panhard, keep stock gas tank, single coilover all around, 35s, and take it to the desert as much as I can. Overall, it should be a fairly inexpensive to build, fun, and different.

Drove in 3.5 hours of LA traffic on Friday afternoon with my mom to pick up the truck in Santa Fe Springs. Got the truck decided to eat at a nice sit-down mexican restaurant to wait for traffic to die down. Before we left to go back home, I walked around the truck and admired how straight the body is. Really no noticeable dents or dings. Hopped in and proceeded to shoot up the 605. Everything was going great. Truck drives pretty nice (aside from a bit of alignment issues), but has good power, no weird noises, quiet inside the cab, fairly comfortable... I started zoning out on the 210 when the tread ripped off the rear driver tire, proceeding to jack up the bedside in the process. Dope. Not too bummed as I'll be replacing it with fiberglass, but I still wanted it to look nice for the time being haha. Oh well. Threw the spare on and continued on home.
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I'm beginning to gather parts for it so I'll be able to hit it hard when I get it all together. Got all my shocks (new kings, thanks to @orbot ) 2.5x12s for the front and 2.5x14s for the back. I should be getting the front coilover springs today from a friend (dual rate, I think they're 350/450 or in that ballpark), and will be buying rear coils off a different friend once I figure out what I need, since he has a solid stash of them. Picking up 35s this afternoon, too.

I need to get bedsides and figure out if I can modify 6ft bedsides to fit the mini bed, or if I'll have to cut and extend the frame and swap to a regular bed. Kinda like what Tommy did with the Long Weenie, but I want to keep the bed and factory smog junk.
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the bodj

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Self clearancing fenders. Nice!

Still kinda miss the Blazer ZR2.

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I do, too, actually. I thought about making an offer on it and buying it back, but I don't want to deal with building an SUV
 

the bodj

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On the bright side, the S10 guys have set a VERY low bar. Any half-decent build on that chassis will be a rousing success.
No kidding. There are only two other prerunner built 4 door s10s I've seen, and both are ttb (so maybe I'm not that different), but I don't care for how either was built. Going to try making this one nice and showcasing my abilities
 

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My friend Carlos was on the S&S team. They did really well back in the day with their S10/Sonoma

1994 Chevrolet S-10 4X4 - Fast Flyin' 4X4
 
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