Rear Mount Turbo: 2003 Chevrolet Blazer S10
The concept behind a rear-mount turbo seems silly at first look. The basic idea is that you mount the turbocharger where one of the mufflers should be — you use the stock exhaust system and then push boosted air back up to the engine via another pipe. No intercooler needed (because the compressed air pipe is long enough to cool the charge air) and you get a stealth setup. Unfortunately you also lose efficiency because the exhaust gas cools before it hits the inlet of the turbo and you add a bucket of lag in inlet-and-outlet pipe air capacity. However, it seems to work okay if you start with a large displacement engine that didn’t really need a turbo to begin with and the boost is just a little bit-o-frosting on your performance cake. Find this 2003 Chevrolet Blazer S10 offered for $7000 in Conestoga, PA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
2003 chevrolet blazer
cylinders: 6 cylinders
paint color: red
title status: clean
Beautiful 2003 Chevrolet Blazer S-10 Xtreme – Same as a jimmy or bravada
Has a mid mount turbo under the passenger seat runs on 12lbs of boost
Lots of performance parts
1/4 mine Time Slip in pics
4.3L 4l60e 3.42 posi 7 5/8
everything works even the ac is cold as ice
arp wheel studs
upgraded fuel system
Blast to drive, been my daily for awhile
i will get some underside pics of the turbo very soon
also it has zero rust
clean title in hand
I will be on vacation 7/14 thru 7/18 but will be accepting calls and texts
See a better way to drive a fast SUV? firstname.lastname@example.org
The seller is showing a 12.88 time slip. Stock is 15.93. Seems fishy to me.
You must be a fact-checker for the left.
You do realize this is turbocharged, right?
I read Daily Turismo to escape political monkey shit-throwing.
Internet warrriors on the march against the LEFTISTS! Thank him and his glock for their service!
I don’t gave a ratfuck what you guys think: this is not a place for political dumbassery.
Sure Glock, I was the owner of a 1996 Chevy Blazer for 12 years. The 4.3 litre V-6 is a total boat anchor. Even if the sellers claim of 12 pounds of boost is true, there is no way the stock bottom end is going to live very long. But if you feel that it is a good deal go for it.
The 280hp GMC Syclone/Typhoon were turbo 4.3 engines so I don’t think there is any issue with boosting the engine.
The Porsche 935 does just fine with its rear mounted turbos hanging out the back.
I remember the year that Cooper was the featured marque at the Monterey Historics they had a field that included 935s and Mini Coopers. Apparently the two groups of drivers were unfamiliar with the fact that in corners the 935s would shoot flames a few feet out the back and the Coopers would all get up on two wheels like they were on a synchronized swimming team. Afterwards the Porsche drivers were saying they thought the Coopers were going to roll over and the Cooper drivers thought that the Porsches’ engines had exploded. The first lap was pretty hysterical.
Oh wait, this has the engine in the front? What a silly idea!
Our comments indirectly or directly referencing the photo of the VW engine apparently in the back of this Blazer will seem incongruous once Vince or his crack staff realize the photographic error and correct it.
Yeah, but the turbo’s spool very quick because that’s where the motor is as well. 😛
Looks a bit too low for driving around Austin, and I hate those wheels – but it’s otherwise pretty damn cool.
I’ve always liked the style of this generation 2-door Blazer. The rear has a nice shape. I just wish the rear bumper was tucked a bit.
It’s a Turbocharged Conestoga (PA) Wagon!
Hey guys — EiC Vince here just reminding everyone to be civil. No flame wars, we are all friends here because our common enemy is the boring crappy car. And rust. Everybody hates rust. Keep calm and clutch on.