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Fool's Gold: 1999 Chevy S-10

A Self-Made Fortune

John Mata Jr.
Dec 1, 2011
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
Owner: Tyler Mysliwiec
Ride: 1999 Chevrolet S-10
Hometown: LaCrosse, WI
Club: No Regrets Petitioning
Photo 2/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold front Angle
"The guys braved the Wisconsin winter months for six years in the garage throughout the many stages of this truck’s life."
Four paintjobs, three different suspension setups, and six years later, Tyler Mysliwiec has the truck he has always wanted. Over the period of this time and multiple phases, Tyler strived for the best and hasn’t been completely satisfied with his S-10 until now. The Dime’s first modification was a modest 2/2 drop, and since that point, the road from stock to cover truck has been an intense learning experience.
"Me and the friends that have helped build my Chevy are all 10 times smarter now that we have disassembled and put the S-10 back together on multiple occasions. Next time around, I’ll have a better game plan going in,” says Tyler of his journey to the top. The results of the build are still somewhat of a surprise to Tyler since he had every intention of keeping the truck on daily-driving duty. A major reason why that initial plan got scrapped is the positive influence from his pal Justin Stettler. “Justin had a dropped S-10 when I met him, and he first lowered mine and sold me his old 20s. We’ve been running together ever since, pushing our trucks further and trying to learn how to do more as the years pass."
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With one good buddy on board to help with the build, Tyler considered himself very lucky, but it wasn’t until they got started that the twosome grew into an entire crew. "All of my best friends were made throughout the course of these last six years. I knew everybody individually, but they didn’t know each other. Now, we're like one big family."
The guys braved the Wisconsin winter months for six years in the garage throughout the many stages of this truck’s life. Not only did the suspension and paint change throughout that time, the engine has morphed into something of a sight to see. During this latest refresh, the 350ci small-block received a full rebuild complete with a painted block and a blinding polished aluminum spit shine.
Photo 4/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold hood
Aside from the lessons of friendship and becoming a better builder, Tyler has commented about learning to put patience before progress. “You get what you pay for, and cheap parts only end up costing you more in the end. The hardest part for me was saving up money and making sure everything was done the right way. Also, my truck has been shot for Mini Truckin’ three times. It’s been a blast each time, but I hope this time’s the charm.”
Good to see that old sayings have a funny way of popping up and proving themselves true.
The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8.5 KMC Nova
Tires: 555 245/35/20 Nitto
Photo 5/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold rear Angle
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Suicidedoors cups with ConiTech 2600 ’bags
Suspension (rear): Suicidedoors super pivot five-link with Slam Specialties RE7 ’bags
Control Arms: Suicidedoors uppers and lowers
Compressor(s): Two chrome Viair 480s
Air/hydro Accessories: Eight 1/2-inch SMC Valves
Frame Mods: C-notch, custom crossmembers, all holes shaved, smoothed, and painted
Brakes: Front/rear cross-slotted and -drilled zinc-plated rotors, Blazer rear calipers
Misc.: Everything chromed, painted, powdercoated, or polished
Performed By: Owner, Justin Stettler, Brad Thorsness
Body Modifications
Shaved: Everything and then some
Bodydrop: 4-inch traditional
Body Mods: Frenched Caddy taillights, custom inner fenders, inside of fender and boxed wheelwells
Suicide Doors: kit
Misc.: Custom access panel for batteries, one-off fuel-cell cover, handmade wiper cowl
Performed By: Owner, Chris “Schaf Diggs” Schaefer, Mark Schaefer, Justin Stettler, Brad Thorsness
Brand & Colors: PPG Inca Gold, black, white, light silver, dark silver. House of Kolor Intercoat clear with gold sparkle pearl, HOK Flo Klear
Performed By: Chris and Mark Schaefer, pinstriping by Brushtalk
Photo 6/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold door Jam Painted
Seats: ’00 Blazer seats, chopped headrests and lowered 4 inches
Dash: Fully shaved, smoothed, and painted
Gauges: Custom bezel with hand-polished Equus gauges
Misc.: Gold leather and carbon-fiber vinyl seats, headliner, visors, door panels, all interior pieces smoothed and painted.
Performed By: Chris and Mark Schaefer, Five Star Upholstery
Photo 7/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold dash Panel
Head Unit: 7-inch Panasonic flip-out
Mids & Highs: Diamond Audio
Subwoofers: Kicker L7 8-inch
Amplifiers: Kicker SX 600.2
Performed By: John “Paco” Dissmore
Photo 8/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold subwoofer
Engine: SBC 350 bored 0.060 over
Camshaft: Crane Energizer cam
Intake: Polished Edelbrock Torker II
Header/exhaust: Ceramic-coated Patriot headers, 2-3/4-inch pipe, Flowmaster mufflers
Transmission: 700R4 with shift kit
Rearend Type: ’03 Blazer
Detail Work: Smoothed and painted block, no exposed wires or bolt heads, all polished lines and fittings
Misc.: Edelbrock polished Performer RPM heads, Billet Specialties pulley kit, Powermaster 180-amp alternator, Edelbrock 650 carb and EnduraShine water pump, Mallory ignition, K&N filter
Performed By: Owner and Mark Schaefer
Photo 9/9   |   1999 Chevy S10 Fools Gold small Block Engine
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my family, Justin Stettler and Brad Thorsness, Chris and Mark Schaefer, Chuck Schliegl from PCS, Rob from Brushtalk, Jessica Engfer, John “Paco” Dissmore, Jared Redders, Johnny Lane, and anyone else I may have forgotten."


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