LS1 2000 Chevy S-10 - Never Last

A Dime With A Hot Step

Josh Fleetwood
Mar 1, 2011
Photographers: Josh Fleetwood
Owner: Mike Logan
Ride: 2000 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Blue Springs, MO
Photo 2/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 front Right View
As soon as Mike Logan from Blue Springs, Missouri, picked up his truck, he had big plans for his Dime but had no idea that it would end up the way it did. Whoever would have thought that the truck you see here started out life as a four-banger-equipped Xtreme model?
Unlike most other enthusiasts who have had their trucks grace the pages of this magazine, this truck is Mike's very first attempt at customizing any type of vehicle. Not too shabby, huh?
So you want to know what got Mike craving to take a cruise on the low road? One of his friends had a lowered S-10, and it was cool enough to inspire him to park his new truck in the garage and begin the mod process by conducting a mild static drop. Of course, the appeal of driving around even lower was nagging at Mike, so he introduced the Chevy's frontend to a set of 'bags, and three months later the rear was also 'bagged. With a legitimately low mini on his hands, Mike took it out for a hard night of dragging around town. Mike had so much fun that he ended up dragging through the gas tank-good thing for him AAA makes service calls. That incident just gave him a good excuse to take the truck back into the two-car garage and tear it apart completely. So he started out by making the rockers rest on the earth, worked on the sheetmetal in the bed, cleaned up the interior, primered it, and drove it around for a year or so in that condition. Taking a hint from his previous driving behavior, Mike also moved the gas tank up a little higher.
Photo 3/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 left Side View
With the bulk of the customizing taken care of, Mike then took his truck to Jeremy Foy and Tyler Smith in Kansas City, Missouri, to get some color. When Mike got it back from the body shop, it marked five weeks before his wedding date. However, he wanted to ditch the Dime's gutless 2.2L and put in the LS1 and six-speed manual transmission that were both salvaged from a wrecked Z28 Camaro. Two weeks before the big day, Mike and his now wife were out at dinner and he told her that if he could get the truck running in time they would be driving it to their wedding. After only a few hours spent wiring, hooking up some plumbing, and some other minor details, the S-10 fired on the first try. Needless to say, the happy couple didn't need a stinking limo to take them to the chapel.
Photo 4/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 suspension
Now if you ask Mike if he would have done anything differently, he says "Heck no." But the only bad thing about the whole build for him was the time the S-10 was down-he loves getting out and driving the wheels off his truck.
Photo 5/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 seats
Check out the Lowdown to see what all was done to the LS1 before it was dropped in. Let's just say that just because you own a stock $60K sports car, don't think you can keep up with this Dime.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 20x8.5 Intro (front) / 22x8.5 (rear)
Tires: 245/35/20 Nitto 555 (front) / 255/30/22 (back)
Photo 6/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 amps
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): RE7 Slam Specialties 'bags, 1/2-inch SMC valves
Suspension (rear): Suicide Doors five-link, powdercoated silver
Control Arms: Suicide Doors powdercoated silver
Shocks: Nissan Hardbody front and KYB out back
Compressors: Two Viair 450s
Frame Mods: Stock-floor bodydrop, new rails under cab, and boxed in rear half
Brakes: SSBC dual-piston fronts, cross-drilled and slotted rotors
Performed By: Owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood squirters, antenna, and third brakelight
Bolt-ons: Street Scene mirrors, billet Bow Tie and chrome bumper
Misc.: Grant Kustoms skin and 10-inch LEDs
Performed By: Owner
Photo 7/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 truck Bed
Paint
Brand & Colors: DuPont Hot Hues Green Xteme top, Toyota Pearl White on bottom with chameleon center strip
Performed By: Jeremy Foy and Tyler Smith
Interior
Seats: '05 Grand Prix with chopped headrests wrapped in vinyl and suede
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Gauges: Stock and working with engine swap
Misc.: Door panels smoothed and painted, Billet Specialties steering wheel, billet rearview mirror, and billet grab handle
Performed By: Owner and seats by Loop
Photo 8/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 interior
Stereo
Head Unit: Alpine head unit in glovebox
Mids & Highs: Diamond Audio
Subwoofers: 15-inch Fi Audio BL-series
Amplifiers: Sundown 1200 for the sub and Sundown 125.2 for the mids and highs
Misc.: 10-inch screen molded into dash, KnuKonceptz wire, custom-ported sub box
Performed By: Owner and friends
Engine/Performance
Engine: 348ci LS1 from a '98 Camano
Internals: Comp Cams 918 valve springs and 7.4-inch chrome pushrods
Camshaft: 228R from Texas Speed and Performance
Fuel Delivery: Braided-steel fuel line
Transmission: T-56 six-speed
Header/exhaust: Sanderson Shorties, 2-1/2-inch duals with Dynomax bullet mufflers
Driveshaft: Shortened 2 inches
Battery: Optima YellowTop
Inner Fenders: Sheetmetal trailer fenders
Misc.: Wire harness by Current Performance, Taurus SHO electric fans
Performed By: Owner and friends
Photo 9/9   |   2000 Chevy S10 engine
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my wife for putting up with the long nights I spent in the garage and to my friends for helping with everything."

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