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2001 Chevy S10 - Total Loss

Making The Most Of Misfortune

John Mata Jr
Sep 1, 2010
Photographers: Henry De Kuyper
Owner: Sean Hendricks
Ride: 2001 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Club: Damage, Inc.
Photo 2/7   |   2001 Chevy S10 front Left View
Pretend for a minute that you've just checked your truck, which is about 85-percent complete, into the shop for a few exterior mods and a fresh color dip that will finally push it past its ever looming "almost there" status.
Life couldn't get any better, right? Well, before you go booking a room and planning its maiden truck run, you'd better sit down and pay close attention to one unfortunate minitrucker's account of just how quickly a joyous occasion can get shot to hell.
Meet Sean Hendricks. He's an average working-class guy from Benbrook, Texas. He found himself in the aforementioned scenario, and instead of receiving a phone call notifying him that his prized pickup was finally ready to take home in pristine condition, he was told a tale of true horror. Apparently, Sean's truck, the first automobile that he inked a deal on and paid off, was illegally lifted from the shop's premises and taken on a joy ride where it met its premature, cataclysmic demise. Crash! Boom! Smash! Totaled! Reduced to nothing more than a steaming metal carcass, Sean's S-10 was deemed unrepairable and was facing its fate to be cast away to some desolate junkyard deep in the heart of nowheresville. When the insurance company finally coughed up a check for the damages, Sean knew exactly what his next vehicle purchase would be, and he didn't need to go through the hassle of poring through classified papers or clicking on "for sale" posts online to find it. Sean bought back his now twisted pile of junk without hesitation and kick-started its reinvention in genuine minitruckin' style.
Photo 3/7   |   2001 Chevy S10 custom Interior
The first phase of the rebuild consisted of completely tearing down what was left of what used to be a clean, well-maintained ride. Funny enough, Sean was given a nice head-start due to the fact that his mini was already helpfully mangled. All-new crossmembers had to be constructed, and a full suspension system needed to be designed and fabricated due to the truck's impromptu introduction to a curb at 45 mph. In hindsight, Sean admits that his S-10 is in better condition now than it was before it was rocketed toward oblivion, and for that he'd like to thank the half-wit responsible for the wreck. The truck now features one-off control arms and a two-link setup courtesy of Nfamus Air Suspension. Sean even did a little hacking of his own and bodydropped his miniature Bow Tie 3 inches. Of course, the long-awaited paint scheme was finally laid and sprayed, which concluded the complete reincarnation that seemed almost impossible and unheard of from the get-go. Being a proud member of the club Damage Inc. seems fitting.
Photo 4/7   |   2001 Chevy S10 tire
For more information on Sean's reconditioned, radical S-10, scope out the Lowdown.
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Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8.5 and 22x9 Center Line Archer II
Tires: Hankook Ventus V4
Photo 5/7   |   2001 Chevy S10 truck Bed
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Belltech drop spindles and Slam Specialties RE-7s
Suspension (rear): Nfamus two-link with track bar and RE-7s
Control Arms: Nfamus control arms
Shocks: Nissan Hardbody front and rear
Compressor: Airlift EDC with custom bracket
Frame Mods: Custom transmission and carrier-bearing crossmembers
Brakes: Stock
Performed By: Owner and Nfamous Air Suspension
Body Modifications
Shaved: Handles, antenna, hood pissers, third brakelight, taillights, and tailgate handle
Bodydrop: 3-inch traditional
Body Mods: Sheetmetal bedfloor
Misc.: Line-X bedliner
Performed By: Owner
Photo 6/7   |   2001 Chevy S10 graphics
Brand & Colors: House of Kolor Black and Orion Silver with green candy pinstripe
Performed By: Izzy Espinoza at Picasso's Automotive
Seats: Cavalier seats wrapped in black leather
Dash: Factory dyed black
Gauges: Stock
Performed By: Herman's Upholstery and Auto Trim
Head Unit: Alpine IDA-X001
Mids & Highs: JL Audio XR650-CSI
Subwoofers: Two JL Audio 10W1
Amplifiers: JL Audio 300/4 and 300/2
Misc.: Stinger wiring and RCAs
Performed By: Owner
Photo 7/7   |   2001 Chevy S10 left Side View
Engine: 4.3L V-6
Intake: Spectre aluminum intake
Header/Exhaust: Flowmaster
Misc.: MSD Ignition
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"I would really like to thank my wife and son, my parents, Damage Inc., Keith Sawyer, Izzy Espinoza, Mike Redd, the World Famous Allen Miller, DFWminis, Mini Truckin' magazine, and everyone else who has helped to keep me motivated along the way."


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