LS1 V8 Power: 2003 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer Xtreme

The second generation Chevrolet Blazer/GMC Jimmy/Opel Blazer was based on the popular S-10 truck chassis and was now midsized to match the growing wasteband of ‘Murica.  The biggest engine available from the factory was a 4.3 liter Vortec V6 that produced up to 200 horsepower, so if you wanted the relive the lunacy of the Typhoon era, you’d have to swap in something with more thrust, like an LS1 V8.  Find this 2003 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer Extreme with LS1 swap offered for $7,000 in Woodstock, CT.  Tip from Art.

The Blazer was a simple mid-sized SUV that offered a 2-door family experience for folks who lived in inclement climates or wanted a high-up seating position.  The Blazer was a precursor to the modern crossover SUV, but was still truck based and could climb if needed.  If you didn’t need the offroad capability, the 2WD version offered a better road experience with less weight and complexity.  

This Blazer started life as a V6 powered Xtreme package (the successor the the SS) but it is now powered by a 5.7 liter LS1 V8 from a 1998 Pontiac Trans-Am.  The seller claims 304 horsepower at the ground, so it should make for an extreme SUV experience.  For the price of the engine swap (if you paid someone else for labor) this seems like a great deal.  It even passes the local CT emissions test.

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