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Big Block Custom 1996 Chevy S10 - One-Man Show

A Man, A Truck, And A Dream

Matt Hodgson
Dec 1, 2008
Photographers: Matt Hodgson
Photo 2/13   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 side View
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Billy Lerner * Edgewater, Maryland'96 Chevrolet S-10

After spending almost 10 years dreaming up ideas for the perfect truck, Billy Lerner had a master plan when he finally acquired this '96 S-10. Combining his love of fast cars and low trucks, he was determined to build his dream to not only pull trophies but hold his own on the quarter-mile as well. Over the course of the three-and-a-half-year build, the truck did not leave Billy's garage. This isn't the product of shops and sponsors-it's the result of one man's blood, sweat, and tears.
Knowing that he wanted a serious powerplant in his truck, Billy decided that a 350 swap wasn't going to cut it. So, he decided to go with a 582 Dart motor, but even that wasn't enough. Billy went about upgrading everything he could to squeeze more power from his machine, from the Quick Fuel Technology carburetor to the MSD ignition. However, after every component of the motor had been modified he still wasn't happy. Sitting on 782 hp would be more than enough for most guys, but before Billy could be satisfied he installed a custom NOS Race Fogger system to complete the package. Not only does the truck put out almost 800 hp, it is also legally tagged and runs on pump gas.
When Billy was pleased with the motor, he knew he would need a frame that could withstand the power that he had planned for his truck. He also knew it was essential that it be lowered to a ground-hugging stance. So, Billy set off with some 1-5/8-inch round tube and built a double-rail chassis that incorporates a dual Funny Car rollcage. A custom cantilever suspension setup made from polished, 1-inch by 0.083-wall chrome-moly tubing was used in both the front and the back to allow for more lift with airbags. The custom wishbone and four-link setup was built for the rear to enable the truck to untuck the massive 33x22.5 Hoosier tires. To keep the system looking as stealth as possible, the air tanks for the suspension are actually two of the four nitrous tanks located in the bed.
Photo 9/13   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 owner
Billy continued on to the exterior of the truck and ended up performing more body modifications than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. He started by shaving the truck and swinging the doors in suicide fashion. The aggressive look of the S-10 comes from the cowl-eliminating steel hood that Billy fabricated. A custom hood had to be made after extending the front fenders 8 inches to allow the massive engine to fit into the truck. Although the bed appears to be factory, it was also stretched vertically 2.5 inches in the front and 3.5 inches in the rear to allow for proper tire clearance. The rear window was shortened, and the cab corners were raised to match the new height of the bed. The back end of the truck was cleaned up with a pair of Cadillac taillights and a frenched and angled license plate. After Billy finished all of the bodywork, he laid down his first ever paintjob: a flawless House of Kolor Tangelo base and Kameleon Purple-to-Orange flames.
Inside the S-10's bed is a maze of stainless tube work, paint, and carbon-fiber, all under a custom glass and aluminum tonneau cover that Billy fabricated. The bright work comes from the polished cantilever bars and two 3-inch stainless exhaust pipes that run over the rear axle, under the fuel cell, and exit through the roll pan. The bed floor, walls, and wheeltubs are all made of carbon-fiber to keep the weight down and complete the race look.
Photo 10/13   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 NOS Race Fogger System
From the smoothed '55 Chevy dash to the fiberglass center console, the interior of Billy's S-10 is just as flawless as the rest of the truck. A B&M Street Bandit shifter was thrown in to get through the gears, while a pair of Jegs high-back racing seats were installed to keep Billy held in tight. A Billet Specialties steering wheel and tilt column complement the paint, and Ultraleather covers the rest of the interior. Despite the five-point harnesses and painted rollcage, the S-10 is not all business. A Jensen DVD head unit, Pioneer component speakers, and a 12-inch Kicker Solo-Baric subwoofer allow Billy to kick out the jams when taking his truck out for a cruise, which he does regularly.

Billy's S-10 is a dream come true. "I've wanted to do an S-10 for about 10 years now, and I was finally able to put all of my ideas into one truck. Everything from Pro Street to mini-trucks to drag racing-all into one perfect truck."
After our photoshoot, Billy's S-10 went on to win handily in the Sport Truck Challenge. If there is such a thing as a perfect truck, then this is the closest we've seen yet.
Photo 11/13   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 hoosier Rear Tires
The 411

'90 Dart 582-cid big-block Chevy / Isky camshaft / Oliver rods / Venolia pistons / custom-made radiator / Quick Fuel Technology carburetor / 500+ shot NOS Race Fogger system / custom-built headers and intake / custom exhaust (4.5-inch pipes to muffler, 3-inch pipes over rear, 5-inch tips, all stainless) / Turbo 400 trans / B&M Street Bandit shifter / A-1 torque converter / Hipster reverse valvebody and trans brake / 63-inch carbon-fiber one-piece driveshaft / custom Ford 9-inch rearend / Moser axles / three electric fans / everything painted or polished
By: Owner
15x3.5 Weld Racing Alumastar
Rear: 15x15 Weld Racing Alumastar Double Bead Lock (sanded and polished to remove gold finish on beadlock)
Mickey Thompson 26x7.5
Rear: Hoosier 22.5x33
Photo 12/13   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 chrome Tubing
Chassisworks A-arms and spindles / cantilever made from 1-inch by 0.083-wall chrome-moly tubing / VariShock ShockWave 'bags
Rear: Custom double-wishbone / cantilever made from 1-inch by 0.083-wall chrome-moly tubing / four-link / VariShock ShockWave 'bags
Accessories: 3/8-inch Master Image Customs valves / two 2.5-gallon NOS bottles as air tanks
Chassis: 1-5/8-inch double-framerail round-tube chassis / dual Funny Car rollcage / wheelbase lengthened 8 inches
By: Owner
Body Mods:
Shaved door handles, gas door, taillights, antenna, and third brake light / tailgate skin with frenched license plate / Cadillac taillights and LED third brake light / bed welded to cab / suicide doors / eliminated cowl / custom-built, forward-tilting, all-steel hood stretched to windshield / metal-formed radiator support cover and fan shroud / web gussets in engine compartment / front fender stretched 8 inches behind wheelwell / top of bed raised 2.5 inches in front and 3.5 inches in back / cab corner body line raised to match bed / rear window shortened / carbon-fiber wheeltubs, bedwalls, and bed floor / 1,500 stainless steel #6 bolts and nuts / handbuilt polished aluminum and glass tonneau cover with Maltese cross design
By: Owner
Custom Paint:
House of Kolor Tangelo Orange with Kameleon Purple-to-Orange flames
By: Owner
Photo 13/13   |   1996 Chevrolet S10 web
Jegs GS-1 high-back sport seats covered in ultra leather / G-Force five-point harnesses / door panels covered in Ultraleather to match seats / '55 Chevy dash / fiberglass center console / Auto Meter carbon-fiber gauges / Billet Specialties steering wheel and tilt column / painted rollcage / pull-activated fire-bottle system
BY: Owner
7-inch Jensen DVD head unit / Pioneer 4x6-inch plate speakers and 6-inch component speakers / 12-inch Kicker Solo-Baric / 700-watt Bazooka amp / custom fiberglass box
By: Owner
Special Thanks:
His wife Adele and daughter Alexis for their support, his dad for giving him rainy days off, his father in-law, Dave, for all of the chrome, and Doug Greenwell



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