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Progression Of The Beater #4278917
12/19/16 07:12 AM
12/19/16 07:12 AM
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South Central PA
Delta Offline OP
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Back in June I decided to pick up a small truck for hauling around stuff if need to be. Found my 99 S10 on a dealer lot in a town over. I over-payed ($3,000), but it had a complete service record, along with a rebuilt front end.

Day I brought it home:





My friends Sonoma to keep it company



So, typical of the late 90's, everybody was putting those goofy racing graphics down the side. I'll take care of that, or so I thought. Apparently over the years it etched into the paint.



Ok, whatever, it's a beater. Well, after a while my OCD kicked in and I could handle it no more.

Starting the work.







Almost there. Yes, I know there is some overspray. I got in a little bit of a hurry.



Put together:



So, being the most basic truck you can buy, it had the most awful bench seat ever. Found a set of buckets from a Blazer with a blown motor. Got the seats, console, and even the factory CD player unit for $80.







This is where I'm at now. During the spring it will need some work under the hood. Valve cover gasket, TB cleaning, complete rebuild of the braking system, etc. All in all I have a bout $3700 into it.


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 10K - Edge 0w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 21K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 156K - PP 10w30
Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4278920
12/19/16 07:15 AM
12/19/16 07:15 AM
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Top of Virginia
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Great work, and I like your style. I've had a few "beaters" in my past, and I just can't seem to let them be. I always find myself fixing them up, upgrading certain things on them, etc. Most fun, perhaps, was a '97 Dakota I had a few years ago. My hack paint job, though, didn't turn out near as good as yours. Great work!

Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4278924
12/19/16 07:19 AM
12/19/16 07:19 AM
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Waterloo, ON
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Beaters are often the most loved vehicles in an owners fleet...


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1991 BMW 735iL
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Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4278934
12/19/16 07:36 AM
12/19/16 07:36 AM
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Onondaga County
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Don't know. That seems to be a nice looking truck for a beater. It doesn't have bed sides rusted through yet!


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Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Bluestream] #4278941
12/19/16 07:51 AM
12/19/16 07:51 AM
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Boston, MA
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Originally Posted By: Bluestream
Beaters are often the most loved vehicles in an owners fleet...


+1 I agree. It certainly gets the most attention and love.


2017 Chevy Traverse - 28k - Delco Dexos 1 and PF63
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Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4278987
12/19/16 08:55 AM
12/19/16 08:55 AM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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GOOD JOB!
you really know your stuff!

most of us don't even wash our beaters once a year and you, you got it to HIGH-Gloss....

GOOD JOB!


16 Golf SportWagen
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Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4279065
12/19/16 10:41 AM
12/19/16 10:41 AM
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London, ON, Canada
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London, ON, Canada
Definitely my style. I was the same way when I had my 96 Saturn. (Gone since April 2016)

Great job!


2010 Civic SI sedan 6MT
PP 5w30 | Fram TG | Pennzoil MTF
Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4279072
12/19/16 10:50 AM
12/19/16 10:50 AM
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Columbus,Nebraska
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Columbus,Nebraska
Enjoy your truck. If it is what you wanted, you didn't overpay.

Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4279132
12/19/16 12:07 PM
12/19/16 12:07 PM
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Canada
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Canada
Good job on the upgrades.

Personally I would have left the graphics on the sides.
It adds to the classic truck patina


06 Lexus IS350- Wife
88 BMW 325is- Mistress
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Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Bluestream] #4279173
12/19/16 01:09 PM
12/19/16 01:09 PM
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PA
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PA
Originally Posted By: Bluestream
Beaters are often the most loved vehicles in an owners fleet...


I 10000% agree. My '97 Tracer wagon commuter car is definitely one of the most favorite vehicles I've ever owned.

Nice work on your little S-10!

Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4279201
12/19/16 01:53 PM
12/19/16 01:53 PM
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South Central PA
Delta Offline OP
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Thanks for the kind words guys! It's always a work in process. It's a little slow, but it does the job. Eventually I plan on a 4.8 and T56 swap.


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 10K - Edge 0w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 21K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 156K - PP 10w30
Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4279248
12/19/16 03:15 PM
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Sweet truck! From PA and no major rust? Bonus! The 4.8 and T56 swap will make it a dream truck. Suspension upgrades would be cheap as well. Even with the 4.8, you'll still get over 20MPG even with 3.55 axle. Basically you will have a sharp looking truck that can outdo some sports cars. You might consider it a beater, but that's a vehicle you can be proud of.

Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Michael_P] #4279325
12/19/16 04:56 PM
12/19/16 04:56 PM
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Posts: 1,340
South Central PA
Delta Offline OP
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South Central PA
Originally Posted By: Michael_P
Sweet truck! From PA and no major rust? Bonus! The 4.8 and T56 swap will make it a dream truck. Suspension upgrades would be cheap as well. Even with the 4.8, you'll still get over 20MPG even with 3.55 axle. Basically you will have a sharp looking truck that can outdo some sports cars. You might consider it a beater, but that's a vehicle you can be proud of.


There was a hole in the rocker that I patched, the leaf shackles could use replaced, and the flex pipe flange has developed a leak from rust. But compared to most around here, it ain't bad.


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 10K - Edge 0w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 21K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 156K - PP 10w30
Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Delta] #4279423
12/19/16 06:19 PM
12/19/16 06:19 PM
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Upstate NY
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I would have done brakes before bucket seats.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Progression Of The Beater [Re: Donald] #4280332
12/20/16 04:27 PM
12/20/16 04:27 PM
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South Central PA
Delta Offline OP
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South Central PA
Originally Posted By: Donald
I would have done brakes before bucket seats.


I completely understand this statement, but it's more of preventive maintenance than anything. Have a slightly noisy wheel bearing and in these trucks they are in the rotor. Since I'm taking it all apart, might as well put new parts on it. The brakes currently are working and half about 1/2 pads left.


'17 VW GTI 2.0T - 6MT - 10K - Edge 0w40
'15 Camry SE - 2.5 - 21K - PP 0w20
'99 S10 - 2.2 5MT - 156K - PP 10w30
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