Throwdown Holley LS Fest 2012 - 1996 Chevy S10

6th - Up In Smoke

Patrick McCarthyMay 8, 2013
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6th Place
Ever feel like sometimes the universe is just out to get you? Returning THROWDOWN competitor Bill Alvis knows the feeling, after shredding his LS-powered S-10's axle at last year's event. This year, the bad luck returned as he blew his transmission's Third gear, but this time it was immediately after our competition instead of during it. This allowed him to claim Third Place in both autocross and drag events, and finish mid-pack in slalom and speed stop. It just goes to show the versatility of a light, V-8-powered S-10 with an experienced driver. Even after ending the weekend with a crippled truck, Bill was upbeat and determined to iron out his drivetrain issues once and for all by next year.

Year/Make/Model:
'96 Chevy S-10

Owner and City/State:
Bill Alvis - Eddyville, Kentucky
Engine
Type: 5.3L Vortec (LM7)Heads: 6.0L
Cam: LS6
Induction: NOS 250-shot nitrous kit, Edelbrock intake, Holley 750 carburetor
Exhaust: BRP MuscleRod headers, 3-inch stainless exhaust with Flowmaster 40-series mufflers and QTP cutouts
Cooling: Aluminum radiator
Fuel System: Holley HP fuel pump
Ignition: MSD
Engine Management: Heavy right foot
Output: 525 whp (on nitrous)
Built by: Bill Alvis
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Drivetrain
Transmission: Tremec TKO-600
Rearend: Ford 9-inch built by Quick Performance, 33-spline axles, Yukon locker
Chassis
Front suspension: Belltech 2-inch drop spindles, QA1 double-adjustable coilovers
Rear suspension: Competition engineering ladder bars, QA1 coilovers
Brakes: Rear disc brake conversion on Ford axle
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Centerline Dagger 17x8 front and 17x9½ rear
Tires: Nitto NT-555 235/45R17, Mickey Thompson slicks for dragstrip
AUTOCROSS TIME: 47.73 sec
QUARTER-MILE TIME: 11.92 @ 120.97 mph
SPEED STOP TIME: 9.92 sec
SLALOM TIME: 7.85 sec
SHOW & SHINE: No points earned
Special Thanks:
I would like to thank my good friend Steve Constantine from Cape Coral, Florida, for his help during the original build of this truck. Also, my wife for supporting me in everything I do.
Photo 4/13   |   One of two V-8 S-10s to compete in the THROWDOWN, Bill Alvis's black '96 returned this year better than ever. After being unable to complete last year's slalom due to a spun rear axle, Bill hit the track this year with a new built Ford 9-inch and more nitrous.

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