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1988 Custom Chevy S10 Pickup - A Long Time Coming

Built, Not Bought

Brandan Gillogly
Dec 6, 2006
Photographers: Dan Ward, Harley Camilleri
Photo 2/10   |   Matt Coulthurst Took His Time When He Built His Shaved, Dropped S-10. The Results Speak For Themselves. This Was No Rush Job.
Auto body repair is Matt's thing, so sculpting metal is no problem for the 24-year-old Menasha, Wisconsin, native. The '88 S-10 you're looking at has been Matt's for over five years, and represents two years of work and dedication. The truck came into Matt's possession 100-percent stock, but if you work in a body shop it's only a matter of time before your daily driver goes under the knife.
Matt did a great job of removing anything that disrupted the flow of the truck, like the passenger-side mirror and door handles. Matt also shaved the body line all around the truck and filled in the rear side windows. To clean up the front, an updated grille with shaved turn signals was painted to match, and a 4-inch Harwood 'glass cowl-induction hood adds a little attitude. Out back, the bed's been treated to the same shave as the cab and features a roll pan, LED lights to replace the shaved factory pieces, and cut-outs to show off the truck's suspension.
Photo 3/10   |   The interior is also a testament to Matt's auto body skills, except now the medium is fiberglass. The factory dash was used as a buck to create a one-piece dash. He also built the center console. Auto Meter gauges display critical info.
To get the right stance, Matt ditched the factory spindles and chose Chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles, Firestone 'bags, and KYB shocks. To make room for the suspension and still give the truck the right attitude, the frame was notched and an Alter Images triangulated four-link was bolted in to keep the 7-inch Posi rear end where it's supposed to be. A 3/4hp compressor, 9 gallons total of air tanks, and 3/8-inch Parker air lines supply the Firestone 'bags, which Matt controls with MIC valves and the switch cluster mounted in his center console.
Inside, the factory dash was cut, stretched, and reassembled to serve as the buck for a fiberglass mold. The gauge area was peaked and enlarged to hold 5-inch Auto Meter gauges. The result is a one-piece dash that is clean, smooth, and functional. A Kenwood headunit resides in the dash, near the factory location, and directs the power to Clarion speakers in the kick panels and Kenwood subwoofers in the back via a JBL 1200-watt amp. Upholstery isn't exactly Matt's thing, and he knows when to delegate responsibility, so he called on Red's Upholstery to wrap the factory seats, custom door panels, Street Beats sliding ragtop, and headliner in tan tweed that matches the leather-wrapped Billet Specialties steering wheel.
Powering Matt's Chevy is a 300hp, 350ci V-8 bored .030 over sporting Vortec heads and a Mallory Unilite ignition. Nothing too fancy; just a well-detailed, reliable engine with stainless fuel and tranny lines and painted ARP bolts. Backing up the engine is a Turbo 350 wearing matching paint and a B&M shift kit to firm things up.
Matt wants to thank his friends and family, especially his parents and his brothers, for helping him get this truck to where it is today. It was a lot of work, but by taking his time Matt got it right the first time.


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