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1994 Chevy S-10 - Kermit The Bow Tie - Mini Truckin' Section

Making the Competition Green With Envy

Harley Camilleri
Oct 1, 2004
Photographers: Travis Noack
Photo 2/2   |   1994 Chevy S10 front View
How did your first truck buildup come out? Was it everything you thought you wanted? Could you pull trophies at the shows? Odds are you didn't quite have it together on your first attempt at building a show-winning custom.Twenty-year-old Shane Thompson of Byron, Georgia, has a different story. Shane managed to put together a rocker-wrinkling, fully shaved custom that snaps up awards at every show he attends. The feat of a well-seasoned veteran builder you say? Um, no. This green-hued baggin' and draggin' '94 S-10 is his first attempt at creating a custom truck. Go ahead and take a moment for the jealousy to set in. Topping this feat off is he did it with the help of just a couple good friends and his own two hands. Now, before you go running for the razors, keep in mind, Shane is a professional bodyman by trade and knows his way around a welder and a paint gun.
Starting with the chassis, Shane and his boys got to work by boxing and grinding the stock 'rails and welding up a step notch in the rear for axle clearance. All the joints and seams were welded tight and smoothed before Shane squirted a coating of silver on the frame. Of course, no custom truck can be suspended by stock components, so garbage-bound went the stock coils, shocks, spindles, and leaves. Replacing the said items are green-covered Chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles, an owner-fabricated four-link, a quartet of Firestone 2,600-pound airbags, and Monroe dampers. Stuffing air into this Georgia "AIRRYD" is the duty of an engine-driven compressor moving the compressed molecules into two 3-gallon air tanks. From there, AIM 3/8-inch valves move the air to the 'bags by way of neon-green 1/2-inch air line. Electric switches activate the front, back, and side-to-side movement. Making this frame a roller are 19x7-inch KMC Suicide wheels held tight by oversized Nitto NT555 rubber at P225/35R19 - front and rear. Hiding behind those high-tech wheels are cross-drilled and slotted brake rotors.
Pushing this daily driven street cruiser around is the General's 4.3L V-6 mated to a 4L60-E slushbox turning the 3.42 Posi rearend. Not wanting to diminish his fuel mileage too greatly, Shane fabricated his own 3-inch tubular intake with dual Green Filter USA filters. Fitting, isn't it? Rounding out the performance gains on this mini's motor is a Flowmaster 40-series muffler and Taylor plug wires. Surrounding the engine is detailing in the form of painted factory items with a small sprinkling of polished aftermarket accessories. A Red Top Optima battery was relocated under the cab to keep the underhood area clear. All of Shane's handiwork sits between a smoothed and painted firewall and a like-modified core support. Shane drives this S-10 everywhere, so helping to keep dirt out of the engine compartment is a set of Shane's own handmade inner fenders.
Shane's area of expertise lent him a hand exterior-wise as well. Shane pretty much started at one end and went welder crazy. Items on the welded list include front bumper signals, door handles, radio antenna, all cab seams, fuel door, tailgate handle, third brake light, and taillights. Lending a smooth appearance to the rear, the bumper was removed to make way for a roll pan holding Supra taillights in place. Keeping with the shaved theme, the tailgate was welded shut and molded to the roll pan to make the bed a one-piece affair. With legality a concern, Shane wisely frenched the license plate into the center of what used to be the tailgate, and then he used a billet license frame to round it out. Inside the bed is a smooth floor with wheeltubs and neon-green SEM coating. Covering the heavily constructed bed is a flush-fit CheckMate tonneau. Under the front bumper went a Street Scene valance featuring driving lights and a billet grille. A matching Trenz phantom billet grille is filling the void between a set of clear corners in a painted grille shell. Above the grille is a one-off fiberglass hood created by Shane's close friend, Jim Johnson. Fitted between the hood and the windshield is a Street Scene smooth cowl. Check out the sideview mirrors - can't guess? Neither could we. The mirrors were sourced from a Pontiac Grand Prix, and Shane had to extensively modify them for a factory appearance. Before finalizing for paint, Shane and his boys placed a 3-inch body drop on the S-10 and laid the rockers on terra firma. Rounding out the external modifications is the crazy DuPont Neon Green covering all the amazing bodywork.
Shane went neon-green loco inside the shaved doors as well. A '95 Camaro gave up its dash for this S-dime. Smoothed and painted, the fit is super clean. Even the stock gauge cluster is in place and fully functional. Handmade parts abound in this small cab area. Shane put together his own door panels from scratch and filled them with billet door handles and Kicker mids and highs. For good measure, he also made a set of kick panels to match where another pair of Kicker mids was placed. The center console flows through the center of the cab and meets a blow-through enclosure in the rear of the cab. In the console you can find the window switches, suspension switches, and a set of mesh cup holders. Speaking of the sub enclosure, it's another Shane-built item. A Kenwood head unit fills a Kicker 1200.1 amp with the spine-tickling low signals before they are sent to the subs to blast through the cab wall port. Standing between the cab wall and the dash are Mazda MX-3 seats with their skins re-covered in gray tweed and - what else - neon-green vinyl. All the plastic associated with the seat is DuPont-matched. Spread across the floor is Kermit-dyed carpet, and across the ceiling, a fiberglass panel is painted to match the rest of the truck. From the driver's perspective, a Grant steering wheel with a billet hub lays at hand with billet tilt and gear selector handles.
Shane would like to extend a special thanks to Frameworks' Kelly and Derrick. Also, Jim Johnson, Chaz, and his girlfriend Jessica have a spot on the list. Without their help and support, Shane wouldn't have been able to pull it off.
Since buying the truck in 1997, Shane has put together quite a performance machine for one man. Handling all aspects of the build with some minor help from friends, he has accomplished in a single bite more than most of us could with three or four attempts. This truck is regularly driven, and Shane makes a strong point for driving your show truck - he took Best of Show at Pebble Pushers. So get your toys out, dust 'em off, and let's go for a ride.
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