“Uh, this 4.3 liter engine isn’t stock for 1982. This engine was stock from 1988 on, though.” Those were the somewhat dismaying words that I heard from the local O’Reilly auto parts guy. Yesterday, as I was calling various car parts stores to see if they had an A/C belt for a 1982 Chevrolet S10 with the 4.3 liter V6, everybody said that it wasn’t a stock engine (’82 engines were a 1.9 liter four cylinder and a 2.8 liter V6). After trying to convince the Pepboys people that the 4.3 liter WAS a stock engine for almost five minutes, I hung up with an exasperated “Thank You.” I then sent a text to my dad. When I got back that evening, we checked the VIN of My Baby, and we found out that My Baby was actually manufactured in July of 1989! Oops! So, she DOES have a stock engine (sorry O’Reilly, you were right!).
My Baby is a stock 1989 Chevrolet S10 with the high-performance 4.3 liter engine pumping out 180 horsepower and about 220 lb-ft of torque. She has air conditioning, a four-speed automatic transmission, a short bed, rear-wheel-drive, a cloth interior, and the optional sliding rear window. Stay tuned as I go about repairing ‘My Baby’! If you haven’t read my first post about My Baby, enjoy. https://unmuffled.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/391/