There are many
customizers out there that have creative and interesting ideas. They can be
simple and clean modifications or wildly transforming changes to completely
change the style of a vehicle. This 2002 Chevrolet S-10 owned by Ray Hernandez
from San Pedro, California is somewhere in-between. The factory exterior look
remains mostly intact and very clean. On the inside, the truck has taken cues
from another generation of automotive styling. This S-10's unique mix makes it a
cool little cruiser with a paint scheme that calmly whispers, check me out!
The frame-laying truck
suspension was built by Christian at The Shop in Lomita, California. The airbags
are Firestone and use 1/2-inch valves for adjustability. The front has a custom
set of A-arms while the rear received a custom built 4-link and step notch. The
truck was then set up for a set of one-off set of wheels. The front 20x8 and
rear 20x10 Intro rt5 wheels were wrapped in Nitto tires.
Part of creating a cool
style is starting with a no-frills truck and adding or subtracting the items you
want it to contain. The body was freed of it's door handles, antenna, hood cowl,
taillights, and rear bumper. A smooth roll pan was installed as well as the
addition of Cadillac taillights. The front grille received a billet insert. The
bed was then built out of sheet metal and fiberglass with all of the edges
rounded smooth. The truck was ready for it's House of Kolor Kandy Apple Red base
and pearl white bed. The paint was sprayed by Extreme Kustoms in Gardena,
Turning this truck into
something special was mostly and idea for the cab of the truck. The truck was
stripped down on the inside and the dashboard has been replaced with one out of
a 1962 Chevrolet Impala. The steering wheel and bench seat were also replaced
with 1962 Impala parts which made for a much different look to the cab of a
truck built by Chevrolet 40 years later. The dash was painted white and
pinstriping designs were laid down by Malex. The bench seat was re-covered in
white vinyl with red piping along with the door panels by Chuy's Upholstery in
Carson, California. The factory carpet was replaced with red carpet to
match the truck and the headliner was covered in white as well. The audio system
consists of a full Alpine setup including a head unit, component speakers, two
12-inch subwoofers, and two amplifiers to keep the cruising tunes playing.
Ray would like to thank
his club Relaxed Atmosphere and everyone involved in helping with the truck.
Thank you to Ed for the amazing metal work as well as a thank you to Josh for
spraying the crazy Kandy paint.