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1996 Chevy S10 V8 - Mutation

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John Mata Jr
Sep 1, 2010
Photographers: Johnny O
Owner: Brad Haber
Ride: 1996 Chevy S-10 Ex-Cab
Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
Photo 2/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab left Side View
Everyone is familiar with the whole "built not bought" sentiment that is attached to owning and showing a custom vehicle, but it is especially important in the realm of custom trucks.
Minitruckers strive to be different and we don't flinch when it comes to completely tearing down our rides to start from scratch, and in our opinion, that makes us the craziest of the crazy.
Brad Haber may just be one of the craziest of the bunch, as he ripped apart this S-10 he had purchased because there was already some pre-existing fab work done to the truck. Some buyers may have embraced the modifications if they were well done, which they were in this case, but Brad needed to be behind the wheel of something that he hand-built from start to finish. He gutted the IF Customs-built two-link setup, tore off the bed and cab, and reworked the entire truck to his stringent standards. It may seem a bit extreme to hack up a truck that was built with sound workmanship, but when it comes down to it a custom truck should reflect its builder/owner. When asked, Brad confirmed our assessment: "I couldn't have a truck that someone else did and call it my own."
Photo 3/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab amp And Subs
Now that we know just what type of guy we're dealing with here, it's no surprise to see what he planted underneath the hood-a V-8 small-block that Brad has uses to blow away Camaros and Fox Body Mustangs with ease. In fact, smoking those gearheads in his full-custom S-10 gives him the most pride about totally reconstructing his already redesigned ride.
For an in-depth double-take of Brad's S-10, check out the Lowdown.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 20x8.5 Bonspeed Intense (front) / 22x10 (rear)
Tires: Continental Conti 2 255/35ZR20 (front) / 295/30ZR22 (rear)
Photo 7/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab batteries
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Airlift Dominator 2600 'bags and mounts
Suspension (rear): Airlift Dominator 2500 'bags hung with an Intense Kustum two-link with Panhard bar
Control Arms: Reworked stocks to clear the steering shaft
Air Accessories: Three 5-gallon tanks mounted inside bed
Frame Mods: Entire frame painted satin black and all arms and suspension parts powdercoated silver and black by Astro Powdercoat and Chrome
Brakes: Rear converted to discs with slotted/crossdrilled rotors
Performed By: Owner and Intense Kustums
Body Modifications
Shaved: The usual suspects
Custom Mods: Hitech 13-inch third brakelight flushed into the cab top and back window dropped down 1 inch to make window line match better
Hood: Custom-made cowl-induction hood made of three stock hoods by Cary and Fonze at IF
Back End: Cut off and reworked to fit the factory curve of the Cadillac taillights that are flushed and turned upside on the opposite sides; entire bed welded shut and a trunk compartment made out of the back area, accessed by a 14-inch actuator
Bodydrop: 2.75 inches
Bolt-ons: GMC Envoy front end, M3-style mirrors, HID high and low beams
Performed By: Brad at Intense Kustums, and Cary and Fonze at IF
Photo 8/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab custom Hood
Brand & Colors: Base color is House of Kolor Kandy Brandywine with custom-mixed Bone Kolor Kandy and House of Kolor Silver Gangster metalflake
Misc.: Over 500 hours of taping, painting, layering, airbrushing, and striping spent before two gallons of Glasurit euro clear was applied
Performed By: Jerry Kransler of Jerk Designs
Photo 9/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab tire
Seats: Cut down and reshaped stock S-10 seats
Dash: Painted pieces, dash, and door trim painted by Jerry Kransler of Jerk Designs
Gauges: Auto Meter Phantom series
Misc.: Fiberglass enclosure and amp rack painted, entire truck coated in Scosche Accumat, dash and rear panels shaved of all ducts and grilles, everything wrapped in bone-colored vinyl and accented with brandywine suede and vinyl throughout
Carpet: Bone-color Mercedes wool carpet
Performed By: Intense Kustums and Ramon Vasquez of The Upholstery Zone
Gear: Planet Audio amps and subs
Misc.: Entire extended cab turned into fiberglass enclosure
Performed By: Owner and Intense Kustums
Photo 10/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab steering Wheel
Engine: Tuned Port Injection V-8 puts out 430 hp
Header/Exhaust: Hedman headers JetHot-coated, custom 3-inch stainless exhaust with stainless MagnaFlow muffler
Transmission: 700R4 with manual valve body and Corvette servos
Rearend Type: 1996 fullsize Chevy 1500 12-bolt narrowed 5 inches and filled with an Auburn Posi unit and 3.90 gears
Detail Work: Block painted with custom-mixed Brandywine high-heat paint, everything else polished chromed, or powdercoated; Billet Specialties valve covers and wire holders and custom stainless intake by Jaime (Fabtech); Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine system, Powermaster alternator rewound to 185 amps
Radiator: Custom aluminum two-core radiator
Performed By: Steve Morrow and Intense Kustums, Fast Intentions, and Hoopers Rear Ends
Special Thanks From Owner
"My girlfriend Mary for putting up with my car/truck addictions, Jerry Kransler for his wild paint ideas, Steve Morrow for my wild motor, Ramon Vazquez, Jesse-Astro, Jeff Betencourt at Planet Audio, Johnny O for letting me borrow his wheels for much longer than needed, Continental Tires, Cary Iacinno, and Fonze at IF."
Photo 11/11   |   1996 Chevy S10 Extra Cab engine



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