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1997 Chevy S10 - Tradition

Mike Alexander
Oct 1, 2009
Contributors: Phil Gordon
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Photo 2/7   |   Owner: James Coffey1997 Chevy S-10Hometown: Orlando, Fl
Throughout high school he constantly talked about one day owning a custom truck that would earn respect on the streets. His dream began back-in 1997 when he finally gathered enough money to purchase the bone-stock Chevrolet from an Orlando, Florida, dealership. After two years on the road, using the truck for local trips and work, James began adding his own custom touches. As an avid reader of Mini Truckin' magazine, he had plenty of motivation to do things the right way. His first alteration addressed the factory high-standing profile of the S-10, solving it with a set of Firestone airbags and fully adjustable air suspension at all four corners tucking the 18-inch Gara chrome deep in the wheelwells.
Over the next five years, James managed to find the rest of the perfect ingredients to fulfill his dream of having a fully custom Chevy S-10. With the help of Rhodes Auto Works in Sanford, Florida, the body was shaved smooth and a cowl-induction hood was installed to bump up the intimidation factor of this S-10. James decided to go for the gold and had the team bodydrop the truck 3 inches. Some added touches include the silver suede and gray tweed seats and carpet along with fiberglass additions to the dash, painted to match the exterior. Once all the mods were complete, he chose House of Kolor Grasshopper Green paint with white and blue pearl accents.
Photo 3/7   |   1997 Chevy S10 left Side View
After five long years of perfecting his mini, James is finally happy to see his dream of being featured in these very pages come to fruition. Now that the truck is complete, James has become a regular in the minitruckin' culture, attending shows throughout Florida. His 15-year-old son Kegan plans to continue the family minitruckin' tradition as he is very hopeful that his first vehicle will be his father's one-of-a-kind Chevy S-10. Not a bad start for young Kegan; and if he's anything like his pops, we're sure we'll be seeing more of him very soon.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x8.5 Gara Splits
Tires: Dunlop 225/40ZR18
Chassis Modifications
Suspension Type: Airbags
Suspension Front: Belltech 2-inch drop spindles and Firestone 2,500-pound 'bags
Suspension Rear: C-Notched rear frame, Firestone 2,500-pound 'bags
Control Arms: Air Ride Technologies lower arms
Misc: Dual five-gallon air tanks, 1/2-inch lines, Mac valves, eight switch box
Performed By: Rhodes Auto Works in Sanford, Florida
Photo 4/7   |   1997 Chevy S10 left View
Body Modifications
Shaved:Handles, antenna, third brake, taillights, tailgate handle
Body-dropped: 3 inches
Body Mods: Frenched license plate, cowl-induction hood, 12-inch LED rear lights, 40x40 sliding ragtop
Performed By: Rhodes Auto Works in Sanford, Florida
Brand and Colors: House of Kolor Grasshoper Green with white and blue pearl
Misc: Airbrushed murals and ghost patterns. Two-tone paint with pearl flames.
Performed By: Rhodes Auto Works in Sanford, Florida
Seats: Chopped headrests, covered with silver suede and gray tweed
Dash: Billet accessories, fiberglassed and painted to match
Misc: B.A.D. Toxic Billet steering wheel
Head Unit: Pioneer DEH-P735
Mids & Highs: Two sets of MB Quart 6.5-inch components
Amplifier for Mids & Highs: Rockford Fosgate 400x4
Performed By: Rhodes Auto Works in Sanford, Florida
Intake: K & N cold-air intake
Header/Exhaust: JBA chrome headers, Flowmaster muffler, custom 2 1/2-inch exhaust
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my family, my loving wife Dawn and son Kegen. Thank you for your patience through the years. Also a huge thanks to Rhodes Auto Works for guiding me and making my dream come true."


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