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Chevy S-10 Xtreme - Sizzlin' S-10 - Mini Truckin' Section

Burnt For All The Right Reasons

Dan Ward
Aug 1, 2004
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/2   |   chevy S10 Xtreme rear View
For the naive truck owner, purchasing a truck like the S-10 Xtreme is as wild and custom as they know a custom truck to be - lowered, 16-inch wheels, body kit, and best of all, monochromatic paint with decals. Slap on a set of clear corners, tint the windows, and enter it in a truck show - it's just that easy for some truck owners. However, there is obviously a huge dilemma with this mindset. Whereas the Xtreme does provide a better handling package, that is where the performance advantages stop. The interior has issues, and with one around every corner, it quickly loses its custom feel. There are those truck owners, and then there are truck owners, such as Brandon McCullough of Acworth, Georgia, who think an Xtreme is the perfect platform for actual modifications. In Brandon's case, one thing led to another, and after 3-1/2 years, one sizzlin' S-10 became the end result.
It didn't take Brandon and his dad very long to begin the search-and-modify mission on the Victory Red Bow Tie. The truck was delivered to D&J Customs of Canton, Georgia, where Brandon wanted a smooth exterior with custom touches throughout. Starting with the body, the team at D&J shaved the door handles, tailgate handle, rear steps, molded the tailgate to the body, and created a one-off all-steel roll pan for the rear of the Stepside. Wanting more than the typical shave job, Brandon ordered a set of suicide hinges for his custom S-10, and while at D&J, the hinges were welded on and operating flawlessly. Frenched into the freshly molded tailgate is a diagonally mounted license plate, and where the once-boring taillights resided, flame covers molded into the rear bodywork now take center stage. Up front, a Street Scene Gen II valance cleans up the front bumper, a Keystone dual-scoop hood adds muscle, and billet inserts add class to the grille.
Rounding out the body mods, an electric sunroof was installed, a wiper cowl was added, a Leer lid was set in place, and plenty of body filler was applied in preparation for paint. Tribal flames were the cure for mundane Xtreme syndrome, and while at D&J, purple flames were sprayed all over the front and sides of the S-10. Separating his truck from the rest of the pack, a beautiful stars and stripes mural with a kneeling, praying patriot following 9/11/2001 was applied to the rear of the customized Chevrolet, giving his truck instant recognition.
Moving to the inside, Brandon wanted a loud system with plenty of paint and tweed surrounding him. With the paint barely dried, the truck was ushered over to Marietta Auto Trim in Marietta, Georgia, where the seats were re-covered in raspberry and gray tweed, along with the carpet and headliner. Auto Formz of Woodstock was the next stop for Brandon, where the entire dash was removed and a mold made of fiberglass. Housing a 5.4-inch monitor in the center of the dash, the word extreme is oddly synonymous with this custom touch. Source Car Audio in Marietta is responsible for adding the kickin' audio system that includes an Alpine head unit, two Memphis Audio amps, a bevy of Momo-Polk Audio components, and two 10-inch subs in a fiberglass box. Watching movies is as easy as popping a DVD in the Blaupunkt DVD player, and the perfect drum to beat on while jammin' out is the Colorado Customs Flame steering wheel. Now it was time to address the suspension.
Impressed with the quality of work from the crew at D&J Customs, Brandon brought the truck back for a full air suspension. After bolting on the DJM 3-inch drop spindles, a set of Firestone 2600 airbags went into place in the front and rear, which helps the S-10 lay out. Rolling stock consists of 18x9-inch Mondera Crystal chrome wheels with Falken rubber keeping the truck to the pavement. Continuing with the custom theme, the 2.2L four-banger was dressed up with a fiberglass engine cover, complete with red and purple wire loom.
Now it was time to sit back and enjoy a truly custom truck, not just another cookie-cutter factory truck with a body kit. Nothing beats knowing all of your wild ideas went into a truck you love, and that others will appreciate as well. When it comes to the Sizzlin' S-10, this Chevrolet is burnt for all the right reasons.
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