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Hitting The Highway: 1996 Chevy S10

By Way of The Low Road

John Mata Jr.
Feb 1, 2012
Photographers: Dan Ward
"This truck is always driven. It will never see a trailer."
Back in his high school days, Brian Evenson spent three straight summers working his ass off to save enough money to buy something to drive. What he ended up with was a ’96 S-10 that was bone stock except for a set of 15-inch off-road wheels and tires. Brian beat the piss out of his truck by taking it mudding, but instead of lifting it he threw in the towel on mud life and chose to channel his aggression toward the paved roads instead.
Photo 2/9   |   1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway front Angle
A 2/3 drop was the first phase of transforming the S-10 into a street truck, and soon after came a rear ’bag job. It would be another 12 months until the front end was also on the ground, but Brian couldn’t hack it to his heart’s desire because it was still his only mode of transportation. Once he landed a gig as a collision tech in ’06, Brian bought another truck to drive on a daily basis and parked the Dime for what would be an extensive reconstruction session. With his own experience, a group of friends with varying levels of experience, and a cozy space to work in, Brian’s forward progress on the S-10 was smooth and steady. “My boss was cool enough to give me a spot at the shop to use after hours. My friends and I did 99% of the work on the truck, and our skills in different areas helped get things done relatively quickly,” Brian says.
Working closely with a good group of pals turned out to be the best part of the experience in creating a feature-quality truck. “Working side by side with my best friends was awesome, and now looking back, we take great pride in the quality of work we did that we first thought was way out of our capabilities.” Confidence in all aspects of truck building reached a new level amongst the group, but the boost to Brian’s self-confidence skyrocketed the most. “I used to be hesitant to perform some modifications because of the difficulty, but now I’m not afraid of anything, and I know I can make things look right.”
Photo 3/9   |   1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway interior
With an immaculate truck and a reassured build-it-yourself attitude to show for the long days and nights spent in the shop, Brian now focuses on the reason why he built the truck to begin with. “This truck is always driven. It will never see a trailer.”
1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway air Compressors
  |   1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway air Compressors
Owner: Brian Evenson
Ride: 1996 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Club: Freaks of Nature
Photo 7/9   |   1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway rear View
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8.5 KMC SS
Tires: 245/35/20 Nitto NT555 (front) 255/35/20 Nitto NT555 (rear)

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Slam Specialties RE7 ’bags, McGaughy’s 2-inch drop spindles, sway bar with Heim joint end links
Suspension (rear): Custom five-link suspension, Slam Specialties RE7 ’bags, all parts powdercoated gloss black
Control Arms: Suicide Doors upper and lower control arms
Shocks: Toxic
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480s
Air/hydro Accessories: 8-1/2-inch Blitzluft valves, SMC lift and dump controls, 3/8-inch copper hard line, 7-gallon air tank
Frame Mods: 2x3-1/4-inch-wall box tubing sectioned into frame under cab to achieve stock-floor bodydrop, front framehorn dropped, cab body mounts dropped, entire frame boxed front to rear, frame powdercoated semigloss black
Brakes: 13-inch McGaughy’s front brake kit with drilled rotors, Blazer rear disc swap, Astro van hydro boost swap, Wilwood proportioning valve
Misc.: Sectioned stock gas tank
Performed By: Owner, Ryan Parr, James Moe, Seth Bomar at Twisted Minis, and James Kahler at Applied Coatings
Photo 8/9   |   1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway kmc Ss Wheels
Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood squirters, antenna, wiper cowl, handles, third brakelight, gas door
Bodydrop: Stock-floor bodydrop with rolled pinch weld, lays flat rocker
Body Mods: Full rear skin, Cadillac Deville tails, raised sheetmetal bed floor, custom sheetmetal lower bumper valance, stock gas door in bed floor
Bolt-ons: '00 S-10 front-end conversion, billet grille, cowl hood, 35x20-inch ragtop
Misc.: Line-X in bed
Performed By: Owner, Ryan Parr, James Moe, Peter Abeyta, I-80 Bed Liners

Brand & Colors: Audi Brilliant Red
Misc.: Sprayed using Standox material
Performed By: Owner, Peter Abeyta
Photo 9/9   |   1996 Chevy S10 Hitting The Highway front
Seats: Nissan Maxima buckets in black leather and charcoal suede
Dash: Fiberglassed entire dash to shave vents and speaker grilles
Gauges: Air Lift air gauges for ’bag and tank pressure
Misc.: Smoothed every plastic panel and painted them black with red pearl, Blazer center console, black suede visors, billet pedals and rearview mirror, Zoops Chopper steering wheel, billet shifter and oh-shit handle
Performed By: Owner, Peter Abeyta, Dustin and Laurie Neal

Head Unit: Alpine 9856 with iPod
Mids & Highs: Two ARC Audio Kar Series 5-1/4-inch component sets fiberglassed into door panels
Subwoofers: 1 ARC Audio 12-inch Arc Series Subwoofer
Amplifiers: 1 ARC Audio 900x6 KAR-series amps
Misc.: Custom-ported sub box wrapped in black suede
Performed By: Owner, James Moe, Audio Experts
Engine: Stock four-banger
Intake: K&N FIPK
Header/exhaust: Pace Setter ceramic-coated header, Magnaflow high-flow cat converter, Flowmaster 50-series muffler
Transmission: 4l60E with shift kit
Detail Work: Completely tore down motor to clean and paint every part
Misc.: Power Master 150-amp alternator, STS Performance underdrive pulleys
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"This build would not have happened without the help of my good friends. I would like to give a special thanks to Ryan Parr, Peter Abeyta, James Moe, Jim and Linda Pace, and Mom and Dad. I would also like to thank all of my friends who were always there when I needed a hand."


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