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1995 Chevrolet S-10 - Bada Boom

This Dime Lays Rocker and Rubber

Phil Gordon
Apr 8, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Since it is one of the most popular mini-trucks ever, when customizing a Chevy S-10 you better make it extremely unique. For 31-year-old Albert Vorse of Fayetteville, North Carolina, it took many years of creativity and some luck. Albert got his introduction to the mini-truck lifestyle at 15 when he rode with a high school friend to a local car show. Once he saw the level of custom trucks, he immediately got hooked. "It was like a drug that took over," Albert tells us. "I immediately wanted to join this culture."
Later that year Albert purchased a Nissan Hardbody and within the first six months had it completely customized. After four years he parted ways with the Nissan and set his radar on the popular Chevy S-10. All of Albert's friends owned Chevys, and he wanted to test his creativity to see if he could excel past the basic build. He found his '95 Chevy S-10 at a used car lot. The stock four-cylinder truck was the perfect canvas for his vision.
Photo 2/6   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Rear Axle
Albert drove his new Chevy to Elite Collision & Restoration where Steve Owens got down and dirty tearing the truck down to a bare frame. The sluggish four-cylinder was replaced with a crate 350 V-8 that was originally prepped for a race car. A Mutha Thumpr cam and a Turbo 350 transmission were installed. All of the accessories were painted black, including the alternator, water pump, valve covers, and Holley carburetor.
Now that the Chevy was drastically upgraded under the hood, it was time to bring the S-10 closer to the ground. RideTech control arms and a monster C-notch with a super pivot five-link by Suicide Doors were installed. Air Lift 2600 Series 'bags were outfitted throughout the Chevy. A five-gallon air tank was mounted under the truck and two Viair 480 compressors were installed to make sure the air never runs out. Steve started the traditional body drop bringing the Chevy to its lowest point, laying it completely on the ground.
Turning the focus to the exterior, Steve and his talented crew at Elite Collision & Restoration started shaving down the Chevy. The engine firewall, door handles, gas tank door, taillights, antenna, and third brake light were all smoothed and shaved. The tailgate was removed, and a tailgate skin was welded in. Cadillac taillights were added to replace the stock lights. The front end was converted from the stock '95 to a sleeker '98 front bumper with a '95 valance. The mirrors were changed over for a set of Street Scene mirrors, and a 2-inch cowl hood was added for a much more aggressive look. Steve brought the S-10 into the paint booth and coated it with rich layers of DuPont Deep Red, Transparent Maroon, Silver, and Jet Black paint.
Photo 3/6   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Chevy 350
Attention was turned to the interior where Steve and his team built a custom fiberglass dashboard, door panels, speaker box, and center console. Exterior paint was added to the fiberglass to flow throughout. The '98 Chevy Tahoe seats were wrapped in red and black ostrich skin and installed to give a complete custom look. For music, a Kenwood head unit was mounted with Kenwood components lining the cabin, including two 12-inch subwoofers all powered by an 1,800-watt amplifier. A billet steering wheel and automated gauges round out the final interior touches. For wheels, a set of 20-inch Devino Adana for the front and 22-inch in the rear tuck perfectly when lowered.
Albert wishes to give a special thanks to Steve Owens of Elite Collision & Restoration for doing such an outstanding job on the Chevy, Chris Coker of the Paint Shack for fixing and matching all of his mess-ups perfectly, Kyle Gardner at Diamond Autosports for the window tint, and most importantly his wife, Kyrie, for understanding the passion and time that had to be put into this massive project. Also, his Severed Ties family always had his back and made sure he stayed on the right course.
Photo 4/6   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Kenwood Sound System
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Chevy S-10
Owner and City/State: Albert Vorse; Fayetteville, NC
Club Affiliation: Severed Ties
Type: Chevrolet 350 bored 40 over, COMP Cams Stage 3, Torker 2 intake with Holley carburetor, Turbo 350 three-speed transmission, motor and intake painted Kandy Brandywine, everything powdercoated
Front Suspension: tubular control arms, Air Lift 2500 'bags
Rear Suspension: Suicide Doors super pivot five-link monster C-notch, Air Lift 2600 'bags, RideTech control arms, Dual 480 Viair compressors, 5-gallon air tank
Photo 5/6   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Air Tank
Mods: Shaved doors, gas door, taillights, antenna, third brake light, tailgate, 3-inch body drop, Cadillac taillights, '00 front end conversion, '00 bumper with '95 valance, 12-gallon fuel cell, billet grille, cowl hood, House of Kolor Kandy Brandywine, Jet Black, Torch Red, Gunmetal, Silver, skulls and flames airbrushing
Interior: Chevy Tahoe front seats, black leather with red ostrich skin, custom fiberglass dash with detail airbrushing, Auto Meter gauges
Stereo: Kenwood head unit, components, two 12-inch subwoofers, and 1,800-watt amplifier
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8.5, 22x8.5 Devino Adana
Tires: 245/30/20, 255/30/22 Pirelli
Photo 6/6   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Devino Adana Wheels



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