1993 Chevrolet S-10 - Square One

Lessons of the Lowered

John Mata Jr.Aug 29, 2014
No matter where your comfort level is when it comes to practicing certain skills, it can always be traced back to a starting point -- a place and time when hopes were high and experience was low. Matt Lawrence is an established paint and body guy and, even with having a number of well-received customs already on his resume, he is well aware of his humble beginning. Actually, it’d be nearly impossible to forget.
The Chevrolet S-10 seen here is a project Matt started 11 years ago. He picked it up when he was 16 and -- as expected of a teenage dude with big ideas and little money -- he customized whenever his wallet allowed. First came a set of wheels, then a drop kit, and a roll pan soon followed. From there, it’s all kind of a blur. “The truck has had so many looks over the years,” says Matt. “In 2004, I hit a deer, which led to me having an excuse to shave everything. After a wreck in 2010, I figured the downtime would be a good opportunity to swap in a new motor, build a sheetmetal bed, and spray a new coat of paint on it.” But progress didn’t happen as quickly as it sounds. “I worked hard all day and worked on the truck all night. I started to realize how long a day really is when running on only a few hours of sleep.”
Even though the Dime is now a seasoned road warrior/show truck and Matt has since moved on to working on other projects, “square one” is a not-so-distant memory. “Over the years, I’ve realized the importance of asking questions. If you don’t know what you’re doing, ask around -- it’s the best way to learn. I think what really helped me sharpen my skills is hearing people pick out flaws in my truck. It’s always pushed me to make it that much better just so I could shut their mouths.”
Photo 2/10   |   Control arms and a three-link help get the Dime down where it needs to be.
Photo 6/10   |   The updated 4.3L is surrounded by smooth sheetmetal.
Photo 10/10

1993 Chevrolet S-10
Owner: Matt Lawrence
City/State: Zanesville, Ohio
ENGINE
Type: 4.3L V-6
Induction: Custom
Exhaust: Flowmaster Dual Exhaust
Built By: Owner
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: 700R4 with Lokar shifter
Rearend: Stock 4:10 gears
Brakes: Stock
Front Suspension: Air Lift Dominator 2500 ’bags, Suicide Doors upper and lower control arms
Rear Suspension: Air Lift Dominator 2600 ’bags, Suicide Doors three-link, two Viair 380 compressors
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: 20x8.5-inch Boss 338
Tires: 245/35/20

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