I've thought about the sport Trac as well, that would be a sweet one.I was looking at the Ford Explorer Sport Tracs too. Still would have a sedan interior with a little truck bed. They also came with 4x4 4.0 V6 and the 2000-2001 had a 5speed manual 4x4 so you could use the same adapter bluetdiranger has. The adapter Northwest Fabworks makes will acommodate the Ford manual or automatic although I would probably opt to beef up the automatic if I went that route. Jeep has copied that Ford design too. Pretty cool setup and still only around 4000 lbs.
I wouldn't use the sport-trac trans, I'd do a 5 speed, most likely.The sport tracks had a reputation for a weak trans.
My parents have 2 of them, one with the v8. My grandparents have another.
The 4 door s10 with the 4.3 would likely be an easier swap vs all the ford electronics. I've always found chevy parts cheaper and chevy upgrades more affordable
Just not quite as common.