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Custom 2001 Chevrolet S10 - Drag It Up!

Justin Welch Built This S-10 From The Frame Up In Three Months

Galen Armenta
Aug 1, 2007
Photographers: Galen Armenta, Kevin Aguilar
Photo 2/11   |   "I learned a lot building this truck, and the biggest lesson was... deadlines blow!" -Justin Welch
In the world of custom trucks, dragging doesn't always mean hauling ass down the quarter-mile or between stoplights. For custom-truck junkies, it also means layin' your truck on the ground, whether it be at 5 or 50 mph. That was the intent of Justin Welch when he decided to build his '01 Chevy S-10-to be able to drag it.
Instead of modifying the stock frame, Justin started out by stripping the truck all of the way down to the frame, throwing it away, and completely starting over. For the last four years, he has worked for Scott's Hot Rod in Oxnard, California, learning everything from frame building to final assembly, and this project put his knowledge to the test. He needed to build a frame to include an airbag suspension system that would allow him to raise the crossmembers and gas tank to lay rockers over a big set of wheels. He used 2x4-inch box tubing for the framerails and 1-5/8-inch round stock for the crossmember, tranny mount, and rear bridge. In the front, he built a custom front crossmember and control arms with a set Slam's HE-6 'bags to give the truck enough lift to clear the wheels. The rear got the same treatment with a four-link rear suspension with Slam 'bags that drop the S-10 frame to the ground, front and rear. Once the body was also dropped 4 inches over the frame, the S-10 could now sit on its sheetmetal. To finish off the low stance, Justin added a set of Bonspeed 20- and 22-inch wheels, wrapped by a set of Michelin tires, which tuck nicely in the S-10's wheelwells.
Photo 3/11   |   2001 Chevrolet S10 rear Passengers Side View
Now that the rolling chassis was off to be powdercoated, he could turn his attention to the outer skin of the S-10. Justin and his friend, Severy Blake, got to work shaving the cab seams, door and tailgate handles, rear cab vent, third brake light, firewall, back of the cab, inside and outside of the bed floor, along with molding in a rear roll pan. Once the body was nice and straight, Doug Friedman in Ventura, California, covered the entire truck in House of Kolor Planetary Green. The front of the truck features a smoothed, painted bumper and factory air dam, while the hood was exchanged with a forced induction unit that covers a nicely detailed, six-cylinder engine.
Photo 4/11   |   2001 Chevrolet S10 air Ride Suspension
Inside, the cab needed to look as good as the rest of the truck. So, Justin decided that a suede interior would fit right into the grand scheme of things. The stock bench was stripped down, and the headrests were removed and re-covered in forest-green suede with dark-green metallic vinyl piping. The door panels received the same treatment, while the dash was sent out and covered in paint. Also, the instrument cluster bezel was wrapped in dark-green metallic vinyl. The head unit is an Eclipse 7-inch touch-screen with DVD capabilities. In the doors is a set of Arc Audio 6.5-inch mids, with the tweeters replacing the air vents, and behind the front seats is a custom fiberglass speaker enclosure that houses two 12-inch Arc Audio subwoofers and two amplifiers.
Justin busted ass for three months straight, including nights and weekends, to get this truck done to make it to the SEMA Show. He would like to thank his parents, his patient wife, Lindsey, Justin at Scott's Hot Rod, as well as everyone who participated in the buildup.
Photo 5/11   |   2001 Chevrolet S10 front Drivers Side View
The 411

Justin Welch / Ojai, California
'01 Chevy S-10
Stock V-6 / relocated computer and fuse panel for proper clearance / custom exhaust with MagnaFlow muffler / rearend shortened 3 inches / two Optima RedTop batteries
By: Justin Welch
Front: 20x8.5-inch Bonspeed Split 5
Rear: 22x10-inch Bonspeed Split 5
Front: 225/35R20 Michelin Pilot Sport
Rear: 295/25R22 Michelin Pilot Sport
Photo 9/11   |   2001 Chevrolet S10 nitrogen Tanks
Front: Custom-bent 1-1/8-inch DOM tubing, fully adjustable upper and lower arms powdercoated to match the frame / Slam Specialties HE-6 airbags / Monroe shocks
Rear: Triangulated four-link / Slam Specialties HE-6 airbags / Monroe shocks
Accessories: Eight 1/2-inch SMC air valves / two nitrogen tanks / two Viair 380c compressors / 10-switch box
Chassis: 2x4-inch framerails with 1-5/8-inch round-tube crossmembers, bridge crossmember, gas tank, and four-link mounts / 13-inch Baer front and rear drilled and slotted rotors with polished calipers / No Limit aluminum tank / everything is powdercoated or raw finish on chassis components
By: Justin Welch / Severy Blake
Photo 10/11   |   2001 Chevrolet S10 interior Dash
Body Mods:
Shaved cab seams, door and tailgate handles, rear vent, third brake light, firewall, gas door, back of the cab, inside and outside of the bed floor / molded roll pan / 4-inch traditional body drop
By: Justin Welch / Severy Blake
Custom Paint:
House of Kolor Planetary Green
By: Doug Friedman
Photo 11/11   |   2001 Chevrolet S10 custom Interior
Cut-down stock seats, wrapped in green suede and dark-forest-green metallic vinyl piping / smoothed and painted dash / modified stock door panels wrapped in suede and vinyl / dark-forest-green vinyl headliner / Rolls-Royce green carpet
By: Justin Welch / Doug Friedman
Eclipse 7-inch touch-screen DVD head unit / Arc Audio car series 800- and 900-watt amplifiers / four 6.5-inch mids, four 1-inch tweeters, and two 12-inch subwoofers / Arc Audio equalizer / two Scosche battery caps / Sony PlayStation 2
By: Justin Welch / Severy Blake
Special Thanks:
His parents / his patient wife, Lindsey /Justin at Scott's Hot Rod / Bonspeed Wheels / ARC Audio / Michelin Tires / Scosche EFX / Steve at Auto City Glass / Baer Brakes / Pyramid Powder Coating


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