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2000 Chevy S10 - Lil' Blue Bastard

Anything but Average

John Mata Jr.
Jan 1, 2012
Photographers: John Mata Jr.
"In the end, it’s still just another S-10," says Daniel Callahan of his recently completed truck. While there is something to be said about the masses of S-10s out there, there is no denying the fact that they continue to be the most popular mini to customize year in and year out. And when a Dime is done right, it’s tough not to give it its due respect.
Photo 2/7   |   2000 Chevy S10 Lil Blue Bastard front Angle Motion
Now the story behind Daniel’s S-10 began when he bought it in almost-finished condition. He had spent 30 hours on the road and about $600 worth of fuel to pick it up, but the trip wasn’t a wasted voyage. The paint was only two months old, it had been bodydropped, and the quality of the air-ride work was outstanding. Daniel’s friends told him to just show it in that condition and tell everyone that he did all the work, but that idea just didn’t sit well with him, “I couldn’t take credit for someone else’s work, so I came up with a plan to make it my own.”
First on the agenda was ditching the 18s that came bolted on the truck and making enough room to lay on 20s. Daniel found a set of wheels he liked and started cutting with only 24 hours to go before his deadline—Blooddrag KY ’09. He got the job done, but he didn’t sleep a wink and the firewall was still chewed up, but the mission was accomplished.
Photo 3/7   |   2000 Chevy S10 Lil Blue Bastard rear View
From there, Daniel tore down the back half and reworked the setup to his personal taste. The Dime did some time at Thatcher Fabrication for some sheetmetal work and then checked in at Oldies Rod Shop for final bodywork and paint. Now when Daniel first picked up the truck, he had plans to change the “girly” blue paint that the previous owner had chosen, but in the end, he selected the same hue to cover the S-10’s metal again—PPG Porsche Riviera Blue. After a couple hard weeks of reassembly, the Chevy was ready for show, and this time around Daniel had no problem accepting the flood of compliments on his “dime a dozen” build.
Owner: Daniel Callahan
Ride: 200 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Stanford, KY
Club: No Regrets
Photo 4/7   |   2000 Chevy S10 Lil Blue Bastard rear Angle
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20-inch Boss 338 with machined aluminum center caps
Tires: 245/35/r20 Nexen
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE8 ’bags, Belltech 2-inch drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Pete and Jake’s triangulated forward four-link, ’bag over axle
Control Arms: Suicidedoors upper and lowers
Compressor(s): Two Air-Zenith OB2
Air/hydro Accessories: 1/2-inch SMC valves
Brakes: Drilled and slotted rotors
Performed By: Owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Everything possible
Bodydrop: 3-1/2-inch traditional
Body Mods: Stock hood with bodydrop
Suicide Doors: Passenger-side door only
Performed By: Owner
Photo 5/7   |   2000 Chevy S10 Lil Blue Bastard side View
Brand & Colors: PPG Porsche Riviera Blue
Performed By: Oldies Rod Shop
Seats: Blazer seats chopped down
Dash: Partially smoothed and painted
Gauges: Digital
Performed By: Owner
Photo 6/7   |   2000 Chevy S10 Lil Blue Bastard interior
Head Unit: Pioneer
Misc.: "No subs so my kiddo can cruise comfortably in the back."
Performed By: Owner
Engine: 4.3L Vortec
Intake: Sheetmetal to clear hood, mass air deleted
Detail Work: All wiring/electrical located behind the dash
Misc.: All 4.3L brackets and pulleys have been swapped for 350ci parts
Performed By: Owner, GA Foose, Brian Alvey
Photo 7/7   |   2000 Chevy S10 Lil Blue Bastard engine Bay
Special Thanks From Owner
"My mom and dad for holding up the garage and letting me use all their firewood. Special thanks to my wife Ashley and daughter Kensly who love the truck as much as I do, and thanks to all my buddies and NR family who have kept me going."



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