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1995 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup - Toxickolor

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

Grant Cox
Apr 27, 2015
Photographers: Grant Cox
Brandon's addiction to the custom life started way back in elementary school. During those early years he found himself daydreaming while reading Lowrider and Mini Truckin' magazines. By the time he was old enough to drive, he had his mind set on building a custom first-gen S-10.
Soon Brandon purchased an '89 S-10 and began right away on its transformation. Once that project had finished, he had a clean mini-truck with chrome Red's hydros and a custom marble paintjob that made it really stand out at car shows. This even caught the eye of the editor of Lowrider magazine. Brandon's dream had come true; he was going to get a feature published on his truck just like what he had dreamt of ever since he was a kid. That dream was turned upside down right before his truck was shot when Brandon was involved in an accident that caused the truck to be totaled.
Photo 2/8   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Pickup Custom Steering Wheel
While this would have crushed the spirit of most, Brandon pushed on and took it as sign to keep going with what he loved doing. In 2000, he joined the elite group of painters at Big Dog Motorcycles. There he was given the chance to hone and perfect his paint and airbrush graphics skills.
In '99 Brandon picked up a stock '95 extended cab S-10. This stock look was not going to work for him so it was time to set the truck on the ground. He purchased all the components to 'bag the truck and give him the adjustability he wanted for his driver. He soon found out the importance of buying good quality components. A year later, he was tearing his 'bag setup back down and replacing everything with high-quality components from the guys over at Suicide doors. This also gave Brandon the opportunity to convert this air setup over to use nitrogen.
Photo 3/8   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Pickup Black Suede Seats
Being around good friends, all working at Big Dog, allowed him to also learn how to make custom fiberglass enclosures. With the aid of Paul Iozzio, he began taking his interior apart to prepare it for fiberglass work and paint. The fiberglass work carried over into his bed to give his truck a unique look to make it stand out in a crowd. Once finished, he continued his body modifications to the outside of the truck.
The body was stripped down and the door handles, third brake light, tailgate and taillights were shaved. A custom Cando Specialties mini caddy taillight was installed out back where the stock taillights used to be, while up front, a Street Beat ragtop was installed along with a Phantom grille, Street Scene mirrors, and a shaved wiper cowl.
After saving up some more money, Brandon thought it was time to finish up the interior by adding some killer beats to go along with his truck. He chose to install three 12-inch Diamond subs along with Diamond mids and highs fed by two Memphis amps. The stock seats were delivered to No Coast Customs in Wichita, Kansas, to receive a black suede makeover with ostrich inserts and lime green stitching.
Photo 4/8   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Pickup Flame Graphics
With the interior all back together and the body mods complete, the time had come to lay some paint down on his creation. Brandon sprayed on a House of Kolor Black, Zenity Gold, Gold Metajuls, and Lime Gold Kandy flame job. To add some extra touches, Brandon had his friend Chad Ward stripe out Brandon's flame job. That was not enough though, so after stepping back and chatting with a fellow coworker and friend Ed Williamson, a plan was crafted for Ed to work his airbrush magic on the hood. The idea was to incorporate Brandon's painting lifestyle and a toxic waste design behind the flame job.
Now with a completed custom S-10 back in his hands, Brandon's dreams had come true once again. This time we were called in to shoot this masterpiece that showcased Brandon's love of the custom truck life.
Brandon would like to say a big thank you to his wonderful wife for her support and being understanding during the many years on this build. Thanks to Larry at Wholesale Auto and House of Kolor for all the materials. Plus a huge thanks to all his friends and family for the help and support they have given him over the years- mom, dad, McClay, Curtis Eccies, Mike Beddow, Ed Williams, Enrique Godina, Chris West, Paul Iozzio for the help and leadership.
Photo 5/8   |   1995 Chevrolet S10 Pickup 350ci Crate Engine
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup
Owner and City/State: Brandon Johnson; Wichita, KS
Chassis
Front suspension: Belltech shocks, 2500 Firestone 'bags, Blitzluft valves on nitrogen
Rear suspension: Suicide doors four-link with 2600 Firestone 'bags, frame notch
Engine
Type: 350ci crate engine, Edelbrock intake manifold and carb, Hedman Hedders, chrome alternator and Jager overflow tank
Transmission: 700-R4
Body
Shaved handles, third brake, tailgate and wiper cowl, Cando Specialties mini Caddy taillights, fiberglass bed, Street Beats ragtop, Phantom grille, Street Scene mirrors
Interior
Black suede and ostrich with a lime green stitching, fiberglass door panels, sanded and painted dash, Colorado Custom steering wheel
Stereo: Alpine head unit, Diamond components, Diamond 12-inch subs, Memphis 1500D and 3004 amps, Optima YellowTop
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 20x8 Krus
Tires: 255/35/20 Falken

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