New Tonneau bed cover for my truck.
A random small report on a BIG WIN tonight.
I bought this Chevy S10 4.3 litre V6 truck two years ago. It was a bucket list vehicle for at least 10 years before I saw the right colour and configuration advertised during Covid19 lockdown in 2020 and just before a hard lockdown was again about to be enforced, so I went to see it with my buddy PaulY as he is a hard judge to please and he gave it the thumbs up.
I agreed the price with the seller, based on a fresh MOT certificate that was issued on the afternoon of the 23rd December.
And collection was a few days later on 31 December, with neighbour Mickey driving me over to collect. After the deal was completed I filled the truck and drove it home from Essex. 27mpg @70mph felt very comforting. It was a great feeling to have a dream car, one that had only done 38k miles, been pampered and lived indoors most of its life. Everything worked, the engine was eager and the overdrive final gear was slick as anything.
So when I got back home, I stopped and filled it up into the neck again, in order to calculate the fuel consumption fairly accurately. 27mpg was a good reason to smile.
Chevrolet S-10 and GMC Sonoma
The ZQ8 option suspension package comes standard on the 1999-2003 S-10 Xtreme and 1996-1998 S-10 SS models, but was also available as a sports package on either the S-10 or GMC Sonoma. The package included a total lowered ride height of approximately 2" over stock (1.5" from suspension, ~0.5" from shorter tire diameter), thicker front sway bar (33mm), rear sway bar (23mm), quicker ratio (12:1) steering box, upgraded Decarbon or Bilstein gas shock absorbers, and a frame brace. Some ZQ8 models were also equipped with a frame to axle "anti-hop" shock.
The lowered stance was achieved using front coils with a different spring rate, and a 3-leaf rear spring pack.
Wheels and tires were also upgraded to 16" x 8" cast aluminum rim with 235/55/16 Goodyear Eagle GA tires. The Xtreme package used a different style rim than a standard truck equipped with the ZQ8 option. There are 2 versions of "ZQ8" wheels - 1996-2000 (also standard on 1996-1998 SS trucks), similar in design to 3rd generation Camaro wheels, and 2001-2003 (also used on Blazer Xtremes from 2004-2005), which bear a resemblance to an IROC Z28 wheel. Another variation among different models was in the center caps. S-10s and Sonomas used a grey center cap with the exception of the 2002-2003 S-10s, which featured a chrome center cap.