1986 Chevy S-10 - Experiment: Orange

Learning on the Job

John Mata Jr.
May 1, 2012
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Photo 2/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 suicide Doors
In his second attempt at building a full-custom 'bagged truck, it's safe to say that Ben Ferrell nailed it with this S-10. "I had my first 'bagged truck in high school. It was a great learning experience, but we'll just leave it at that," says Ben. We tried to squeeze more info out of him, but he just wouldn't budge.
As an 18-year-old high school grad, he came across this first-gen Dime with a $200 price tag attached to it. Chump change—even for a young buck! Ben forked over the cash and took his small investment into the garage where he and a couple friends started working on a bodydrop. "I figured with the low startup cost and having no experience with this kind of work between any of us, we could just sell the truck for scrap if we messed things up." A respectable, ballsy approach to building a truck that anyone could admire, and to Ben's surprise lady luck sprinkled a little bit of that lucky dust on his head. "My dad's boss let me use his shop for about six months. I had a plasma cutter, welder, anything I could ever need for this job available at arm's reach."
Weekends and after work were all the time Ben could spare to do anything to his truck, but he learned to be patient with its progress. The suspension system was carefully put together and tested over a long period of time to sidestep any and all surprises. "After a little bodywork, I started driving it around in yellow and gray primer. After a long time of my best friend bugging me, he talked me into tearing everything back down to the frame, and that's when the truck reached a new level. The frame was sandblasted and painted and so were all the suspension and engine components."
Photo 3/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 airbrushed Wood Grain
Ben found himself a painter when the time was right and was able to make a deal on the work. "The truck was actually only in the shop to paint the doorjambs, but I became good friends with my painter. I got lots of free schooling on bodywork and ended up with a better paintjob than I had anticipated."
The entire build stretched out over a 6-year period, but Ben took it in stride and came out of the process with a great deal of pride. "The truck was put together entirely by myself, my dad, and a few close friends. My wife even helped stitch a couple small things inside the cab."

Photo 4/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 steering Wheel
Photo 5/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 jerry Ben Farrell
Owner: Ben Farrell
Ride: 1986 Chevy S-10
Hometown: McMinnville, TN
The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20x8 Billet Specialties
Tires: 225/25/20 Aurora

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Firestone 2600 'bags up front, 2500 'bags at rear
Suspension (rear): Silver Star two-link
Control Arms: Ride Tech control arms
Shocks: Stock relocated
Compressor(s): Viair 380
Air/hydro Accessories: 1/2-inch valves
Frame Mods: Front notched for tie rods, rear step notch for axle and side notched for disc brake calipers
Brakes: Rear '00 Camaro discs
Performed By: Owner
Photo 6/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 billet Specialties Wheels
Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, cab and door seams
Bodydrop: Traditional
Body Mods: Full skin Cadillac tails, sheetmetal bed
Suicide Doors: Check!
Performed By: Gary Bandy

Brand & Colors: PPG custom-mixed two-tone Orange
Misc.: Airbrushed wood detail in bed
Performed By: Darrell Taylor at Single Source Enterprises

Seats: Stock wrapped in leather and suede
Dash: '66 Chevy Apache narrowed 12 inches
Gauges: Sunpro
Misc.: Lokar interior handles, billet pedals and window cranks, painted fiberglass door panels
Performed By: Owner
Photo 7/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 interior
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Memphis Audio Street Edge series
Subwoofers: Orion
Amplifiers: Orion
Misc.: Custom wood grain painted box for deck and gauges
Performed By: Mikey

Engine: Stock
Rearend: Stock narrowed 1 inch at each side
Detail Work: Anything and everything polished and painted
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my father, Jerry, without him my truck wouldn't have been possible, Tyler Watson, Darrell Taylor for the paint and bodywork, Victor Santos for all the airbrush work, My wife Samantha for her help and patience, and friends Eric, Joey, Michael, and everyone else who helped sand, grind, and paint."
Photo 8/10   |   1986 Chevy S10 pioneer Headunit



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