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1989 Chevy S10 Convertible - Rodster

A Convertible Recreated

Dan Ward
Jan 1, 2008
Photographers: Dan Ward
Photo 2/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Convertible left Front
Brotherly love is a bond that can never be broken. It's a bond melded together by experiences, laughter, sadness, and the inevitable getting into trouble together. Brothers always have each other's backs. Love and customizing trucks brought these two brothers together to create one awesome '89 S-10 convertible. Four years after the build began, younger brother Chris thanks elder brother Matt for all of his hard work and effort in completing a truck that bears the Horsley family name: Horse.
Photo 3/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Convertible right Side View
Back in 2002 when the truck's build was started, elder brother Matt had a vision for a cool and clean square body S-10 that could be a canvas for some of his talents. The suspension shows off some of this mechanical skill and consists of Belltech drop spindles, Air Ride Technologies tubular strong arms, and airbags up front. Out back, an Air Ride Tech Roadgrater three-link with 'bags puts the frame on the ground. Stuffed under each fender are the finest billet wheels from Billet Specialties, called the Fuelie, with 18x7-inch wheels in the front and 20x8-1/2-inch hoops wrapped in Sumitomo rubber out back. Special attention to detail was paid by painting the frame and the shocks orange to match the body.
Photo 4/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Convertible seats
Under the hood lies a 2.5L Iron Duke four-cylinder that was dressed to the nines with chrome, billet, and several painted pieces. For a little more pep, an electric fan was added to the custom radiator, a Pacesetter header was bolted on, and a Flowmaster exhaust ran behind the header. Detail is a good word to use for the body of this S-10, as well.
Photo 5/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Convertible steering Wheel
Matt began the bodywork by hacking off the top, then smoothing the A-pillar caps, B-pillars posts, and reworking the windshield. A roll bar was built and installed for added strength. In the rear, a roll pan was welded into place and the tailgate handle was shaved. Matt then filled his spray gun with House of Kolor Bittersweet Pearl and Gold Ice and covered the smooth body with endless coats of color. Finishing touches included adding a billet insert in the grille, smoothing the front bumper bolts, adding APC clear headlights and turn signals, and sport mirrors. The end result is an unmistakable look that screams custom.
Photo 6/12   |   1989 Chevy S10 Convertible front View
Opening the shaved doors reveals an interior that oozes street rod. Classic tan leather covers the all-wood dash, custom door panels, and reworked Integra seats. Camel carpet looks up at the billet steering wheel and old-skool gauges. Cutters Custom Stitchin' in Dillshore, Indiana, performed the immaculate work inside the S-10, including the custom chrome trim, mesh speaker grilles, and an awesome center console. Billet accessories round out the impressive confines of the truck. An Alpine CD player sends signals to Alpine speakers, which were hidden in each door. An Alpine amp is stealthily hidden behind the seat in a leather enclosure, while the mesh located in the back of the center console covers the audible, yet not visible, MTX subwoofer.


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