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The Long Haul - 1989 Chevy S10

18 Years, One Truck

Kevin Whipps
May 3, 2013
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Photo 2/10   |   1989 Chevy S10 front Three Quarter
When was the last time you bought a project vehicle? Was it a year ago? Last week? Maybe five years ago? Well Chris Clark of Bristol, Tennessee has built a few vehicles in his day, but in 1995, when he was just 17 years old, he picked up this Chevy S-10 and decided to build it. Here we are, almost 20 years later, and not only does Chris still own the truck, but he drives it all the time. That's impressive.
Over the years, the truck has seen a ton of different variations. It's had four sets of custom wheels, three different interiors and two custom paintjobs, but it's always had a very similar theme. See, Chris loves street rods, particularly the '32 Ford pickup. When he was 17, he wanted nothing more than to build one of those, but since he didn't have the cash, the S-10 was his best alternative.
1995 was a very different time for minitruckers. The Internet was still in its infancy, so there were no major forums or websites to visit where we could find out what was cool and how to build something. Even finding shops was a matter of pouring through the most recent issue of Mini Truckin' to find out who was building what and where they were. It's not like we lived in the dark ages or anything, but understand that Chris wanted to bodydrop his truck, lay it out, and make it look like a street rod, yet those things weren't that common then, and it wasn't going to be easy for him to find someone to do it.
It took a few years, but as time and money got better, he started to build the truck one step at a time. At Tennessee Rod Shop, John Cline and Chris went to town shaving the body clean. A little while later, it was off to see Jody Hall at The Drop Shop to do the 'bags and the suspension, then it was shipped to EM Collision for Brian Osgood and Roy Blevins to lay down the paint. Yes, there have been a few different versions of the paint over the years, but Brian and Roy did the one you see here, which has a very hot rod look. When all that was done, the freshly rebuilt V-8 went in, all polished up and dressed with fancy billet and painted goodies. It was a street rod all right; it just left the assembly line in the late '80s.
Photo 3/10   |   1989 Chevy S10 rear Three Quarter
Even though Chris still owns the S-10, he finally bought himself that '30s Ford that he always dreamed of-a beautiful '34. It's going to take some time for him to build it up the way he wants, but that's OK, he's used to spending time on his projects.
"...but since he didn't have the cash, the S-10 was his best alternative."
The Lowdown
1989 Chevrolet S-10
Chris Clark Bristol, TN Negative Camber
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18X7 Boyd Coddington Meredian 5 (front) / 19X8 (rear)
Tires: 215/35/18 Yokohama Parada (front) / 215/35/19 (rear)
Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Belltech drop spindles, Firestone 'bags
Suspension (rear): Pete & Jake's four-link, Firestone 'bags
Control Arms: Ride Tech
Compressor(s): Two Viair 450c
Air/hydro Accessories: 3-gallon air tank, four ARO electric valves
Frame Mods: 3-inch C-notch
Misc.: Chrome master cylinder and booster, semi-gloss black painted frame
Performed By: Jody Hall at The Drop Shop, frame painted by owner
Body Modifications
Shaved: Wiper cowl, antenna, door handles, passenger door lock, taillights
Bodydrop: 3¼-inch on cab, 6¼-inch on bed
Body Mods: Frenched '39 Ford taillights, Sir Michael's tailgate skin, Sir Michael's roll pan
Bolt-ons: Fiberglass cowl induction hood, Checkmate fiberglass bed cover, Cal Vu sport mirrors, '93 GMC grille with Trenz billet insert, Street Beat sliding ragtop
Performed By: Bodydrop by Jody Hall at The Drop Shop, body mods by owner and John Cline at Tennessee Rod Shop
Photo 4/10   |   1989 Chevy S10 sliding Ragtop
Brand & Colors: Nine different Spies Hecker colors, Lexus Blue basecoat with violet pearl, stock Ford Mustang colors used for the flames
Performed By: Exterior by Brian Osgood and Roy Blevins at EM Collision, engine compartment and chassis by owner
Seats: Lowered stock bench seat covered in Flame Red Ultraleather
Dash: Stock dash wrapped in Flame Red Ultraleather
Misc.: So Cal Speed Shop speedometer, fuel and temperature gauges, Billet Accessories Direct (B.A.D.) Inferno skull billet steering wheel, Billet Specialties window cranks, Lokar shifter
Performed By: Owner
Engine: 400ci small-block Chevrolet V-8, Comp Cam, Patriot ceramic-coated headers, true dual exhaust, Be Cool radiator, Mallory distributor, Taylor spark plug wires, Optima Red Top battery
Intake: Edelbrock EnduraShine intake manifold, Holley 650 double pump carb
Transmission: TH350 automatic, 4.11 rear gears
Detail Work: Chrome Cool Flex hoses, engine painted flame red with basecoat/clear coat, polished aluminum accessories
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Special thanks to my wife, Kelly, friends Eric Jones and Brandt Fuqua, I would also like to thank Brian Osgood, Roy Blevins, and Jody Hall for all of their contributions."



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