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2000 Chevrolet S-10 - Juice Bomb

Body-dropped Bakersfield Badass

Brian Goude
Jun 17, 2015
Photographers: Brian Goude
Can you really take a truck that was meant for the scrap yard and turn it into a show-winning vehicle? With the help of some close friends and a decent pocketbook Jack Frith did just that. His 2000 Chevrolet S-10 is the prime example of what can be done if you want something bad enough. Jack bought the truck, or lack thereof, back in March 2010 for a mere $900. His goal was to make it a reliable daily driver so he could cruise around town and hit up local shows and cruise nights. Like many of us these simple goals turn into something a lot bigger and for Jack that was SEMA 2014.
Photo 2/8   |   2000 Chevrolet S 10 Rear Driver Side
What began as a scrap pile quickly turned into a roller. To start out he had the front clip boxed and reinforced for hydraulics. Custom cups made by MacGyver suspension were installed along with Thorbecke Bros upper and lower control arms and MMW no-notch tie rods. The rear got plenty of attention from Jack's own shop Fiction Fabrication. They used a CNC flat plate wishbone three-link to keep the rear axle from moving along with a coilover hydraulic setup. Fox 2.0 shocks were installed to dampen the ride. They also custom made a CNC battery rack that houses five Kinetik 1800 batteries and hard lined the whole setup. To access the suspension components quickly they put the entire bed on an air setup that tilts it up for ease of service.
Photo 3/8   |   2000 Chevrolet S 10 Sun Roof
Once the suspension was dialed in they moved on to the body modifications. They completely reworked the bed with custom sheetmetal and laser cut Jack's shop logo on the front wall to make sure anyone looking into the bed knew that Fiction Fabrication were the ones who worked their magic. They called upon AVS and got 12-inch flush-mount taillights installed onto the AVS Cali Combo skin for that smooth look. To keep that LED theme going they installed a custom third brake light—because in California we must abide by the law. Once everything else they didn't want was smoothed over they called upon the infamous Kal Koncepts to lay down their signature mixture of House of Kolor paints and pearls to make sure this mini stands out.
Photo 4/8   |   2000 Chevrolet S 10 Interior
The interior of the truck was next on the list, and like the outside of the truck it was heavily modified. Chevy Cavalier bucket seats were chopped down 3 inches, then were upholstered and installed. Rockford Fosgate components were installed everywhere, including the custom enclosure in the extended cab. To power all the speakers they installed four Rockford Fosgate amplifiers. All of this sound escapes the truck easily via a 35x40-inch Legacy Products ragtop. A Raceline steering wheel that matches the 20x10 Raceline Challenger wheels was installed to top everything off.
Under the hood is a factory 4.3L GM V-6 that was completely rebuilt and powdercoated. Waitformeperformance.com was the go-to place to make sure all unwanted items were deleted. Topping it all off, a set of custom inner fenders were installed and smoothed to perfection.
Photo 5/8   |   2000 Chevrolet S 10 V 6 Engine
The idea behind this entire build was to prove that with the help of friends and some funds, a truck that was meant to be scrapped can once again be not only a daily driver but a show winner. We think that Jack has proven this point beyond a doubt.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Chevy S-10
Owner and City/State: Jack Frith, Bakersfield, CA
Club Affiliation: Redemption
Front Suspension: Boxed front clip, MacGyver cups, Thorbecke upper and lower control arms, MMW No-Notch tie-rod hydraulics using stock coils cut in half
Rear Suspension: 2x4 back half, CNC flat plate wishbone three-link, coilover hydraulic setup, hard-lined pumps, five Kinetik 1800 batteries in CNC'd rack.
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston
Shocks: Fox 2.0
Engine: 4.3L V-6, custom intake, relocated throttle body, deleted non-essentials, and custom tuning by waitformeperformance.com
Mods: 4-inch traditional body drop, sheetmetal bed, laser-cut front wall, 35x40-inch Legacy Products ragtop, sheetmetal inner fenders, AVS Cali combo, 12-inch LED taillights and third brake light, shaved everything, House of Kolor Persimmon, Magic Blue, Silver Max, Hot Pink Pearl, Violet Pearl by Kal Koncepts/Air Syndicate, Bakersfield, CA
Interior: Smoothed and painted plastic, chopped Cavalier buckets with perforated leather and black vinyl by Unique Custom Interiors, Raceline steering wheel
Stereo: Alpine head unit, four Rockford Fosgate Punch 4x6s, two 300-watt four channel Rockford minis, two 500-watt monoblock Rockford minis, two Rockford 12-inch T1 subs in custom enclosure
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 18x8, 20x10 Raceline Challenger
Tires: 235/40R18, 275/35R20 Hankook