NECK BREAKER - 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with 350 horsepower, 400 lb-ft torque
Pick Your Jaw Up from Off the Floor
This truck is absolutely off the hook. Sean Ornduff has one-upped S-10 owners across the country with his '96 Chevy S-10 that he calls Got Laid. How many minis have you seen recently at shows that sport a body drop, full graphics, detailed undercarriage, big wheels, a trick interior, and a badass small-block under the hood? Very few, we are willing to bet. Sean has certainly gone that extra mile and then some to make sure his mini is set apart from all the others.
This truck is only four years old, so what the hell was Sean thinking when he decided to yank the powerful Vortech V-6 and drop in the neck-snapping Chevy 350? The answer is unclear, but the result is not. Sean's mini now has more than 350 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque thanks to the new powerplant. Carl Rabalais from Nikkens Motorsport is the man responsible for building the potent small-block that is bored 0.030 over and uses a steel crank and forged TRW flat-top pistons. The short-block is topped with a set of ported and polished heads that is fitted with oversize 1.94-inch intake and 2.02-inch exhaust valves. Fuel is precisely metered via an Edelbrock 650-cfm carburetor mated to an Edelbrock Performer aluminum intake manifold. Exhaust duties are handled by a set of one-off headers built by Sean at his shop Phat Rides in Tomball, Texas. Bonus horsepower is scored through the use of Transdapt billet underdrive pulleys and an aluminum radiator. The whole package is accessorized by Billet Specialties, and power is transferred to the rear wheels by a GM 700-R4 tranny. An interesting side note to this story is that during the buildup process, the shop was broken into and the whole motor, including all the accessories, were stolen. Luckily for us the motor was eventually recovered, and Sean continued building his mini.
Check out all the mods on Sean's truck. Look at it four or five times and we'll bet you'll still have to go back and look again to find all the little details that make it so sick. One of the more obvious mods is the 3-1/2-inch body drop that Sean executed himself. What you might not notice are the PIAA lights that are hidden behind the phantom billet grille; they replace the stock halogen headlights. We'll bet $50 that you can't find the taillights Sean used for his S-10. They are hidden behind the graphics in the lower portion of the tailgate and are only visible when lit. Those of you who drive S-10s might also notice the '99 front bumper that has been pinched 2-1/2 inches so that it sits flat when the truck is laid out. Mini Truckin' always loves to see body mods that look cool and are completely impractical, so the molded bedcover is a favorite of ours.
Other items that were lost on the shop floor include the S-10's door handles, the tailgate handle, and the gas filler that was relocated into the doorjamb. After Sean finished all the bodywork on his S-10, he literally pushed it over to Maxed Out Paintwerx. They just happen to share the same shop space, so it was natural for Max to lay down the crazy paintjob you see here. Max mixed up a healthy dose of RM Diamont's Tangelo Orange and Statutory Grape paint, loaded up his spray gun, and went to town. The awesome flame job runs both in and out of the truck, including under the smoothed-out hood, down the shaved firewall, and inside the fenders. The detail in this paint is insane. Max made sure he left nothing untouched when he worked his magic, even continuing the graphics into obscure places such as the frame of the sliding ragtop. If you look closely, there are tons of cool airbrushed figures in the graphics, including skulls and comets.
Sean is a fabricator by trade, so naturally he decided to tackle the job of getting his S-10 laid out. He started by yanking out the factory leaf springs and replacing them with a two-link/Panhard bar rear suspension. Mounted between the framerails and his two-link is a pair of Firestone 2,500-pound airbags that provides plenty of suspension adjustment. To ensure he had enough clearance between the framerails and the axle, Sean also welded in a bridge notch. While he was working on the rear of the truck, he decided to ditch his factory fuel tank and install a custom-built, 12-gallon, aluminum fuel cell. This would quell all fears of ever dragging a hole in his gas tank while out cruising. The front suspension of the S-10 consists of Belltech drop spindles and another set of Firestone 25-C blowbags. KYB Gas-A-Just shocks were relocated front and rear to smooth out the ride. When the entire framework was completed, it was then treated to a few coats of PPG Ultra Silver paint to score bonus points. No hammered mini would be complete without a custom set of wheels, so Sean picked out a dope set of Budnik Bladerunners, 17x7-inch up front and 17x9.5-inch out back. These smooth rollers were then smothered in BFGoodrich Comp T/A rubber with a pair of 225/45R17s up front and a huge pair of 275/40R17s for rear traction. Keeping in mind that he had an overdose of horsepower on tap, Sean also decided it would be wise to update the factory braking system. So he bolted up a set of four-wheel disc brakes from Power Stop.
Not wanting his truck to shine in some areas and then fade away in others, Sean went all out when it came to the interior. Plenty of polish, paint, and leather can be found inside this mini. The factory bucket seats were cut down and wrapped in supple gray leather. The door panels were smoothed out by shaving the inside door handles and the armrests. They also feature sculpted flames and are covered in gray leather. The dash has been heavily modified by shaving the air-conditioning vents and has been airbrushed to match the exterior of the truck. Empire Motorsports polished billet accessories can be found throughout the dash and replace the stock A/C control panel and the gauge cluster. A Budnik Trilogy half-wrap steering wheel was custom airbrushed orange and mounted to an ididit chrome steering column. Sean even has a billet turn signal and billet tilt wheel levers on his steering column to go along with his billet pedals. No self-respecting mini-trucker rolls without his or her favorite tunes, so Sean installed an Alpine CD player in the dash and 5-inch Boston Acoustic component speakers in the doors. With an interior as comfortable as this one, we can't understand why Sean would ever want to get out of his truck at shows.
This is one of those rare occasions when someone can truly say they are done with his or her truck. There is not a single aspect of this S-10 that hasn't been customized in one way or another. Sean would like to thank everyone who helped out with his mini, including Phat Rides, Maxed Out Paintwerx, Power Stop, his mother and father, and his club, Severed Ties. He especially thanks his girlfriend Tonya for all her patience and support.