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2001 Chevy S10 – Big Easy Build

Phil Gordon
Nov 5, 2015
Photographers: Phil Gordon
The saying has always been, “Happy wife, Happy life!” For thirty-two year-old Donnie Arcemont of Mogan City, Louisiana, he knows well about that phrase. Even though early exposure to minitrucks had left him wanting more, it wasn’t until he met his wife that his passion grew. Donnie’s wife Krissy knew very well about the truck culture because of her brother-in-law. Once Donnie and Krissy’s brother-in-law got to talking, Donnie knew this was something he needed to explore. Although Donnie’s true passion was the hot rod lifestyle, he knew he could use that creativity to make something special.
Photo 2/10   |   001 2001 Chevy S10 Front Three Quarter View
His friends kept telling him not to buy an S10 because of how common they were. An opportunity arose to purchase a 2001 Chevy S-10 work truck with vinyl floors and manual windows, but Donnie decided to negate their objections to the Chevy. Donnie knew he was about to endure a long process to make his minitruck stand out among the rest.
Photo 3/10   |   005 2001 Chevy S10 3 Inch Body Drop
Photo 4/10   |   004 2001 Chevy S10 350 Engine Swap
Donnie’s first step was maintaining the minitruck tradition by adding a traditional 3-inch bodydrop to the S-10 with the help of Brian, Squeak, Jerry and Ron. A triangulated 4-link from Suicide Doors was constructed. Keeping to his hot rod roots, Donnie found a Chevy 350 motor and rebuilt it for speed with the help from his friend James and replaced the stock four cylinder.
Photo 5/10   |   003 2001 Chevy S10 Front View Suicide Doors
For the body work, Donnie decided on suicide doors for his dime knowing it fit right into the hot rod theme. His brother-in-law Ron and friends Brian, Jerry and JJ all lent a hand in reversing the heavy doors. Sheet metal was added to the bed and stock wheel tubs were used. A 50’s style tailgate was installed to make sure the old school look was obtained. A phantom grille was added to give the Chevy a meaner look.
Photo 6/10   |   006 2001 Chevy S10 Interior Custom Bench
Photo 7/10   |   007 2001 Chevy S10 Interior Custom Dash
Donnie turned his attention to the interior replacing the stock dashboard with a ’59 Chevy Impala dashboard that took a lot of custom fitting. Steele Upholstery in Morgan City, Louisiana handled the rest of the cabin, adding seat frames from an 80’s Datsun truck and replacing all the fabric to leather. A set of Raceline Speedsters rounded out the build.
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2001 Chevy S-10
Owner and City/State: Donnie Arcemont, Morgan City, Lousiana
Chassis: Custom 2x3 box tubing rear frame
Front Suspension: MMW control arms, Air Lift Dominator 2 2500lb 2 ‘bags, ¼-inch SMC valves
Rear Suspension: Triangulated 4-link, Air Lift Dominator 2 2,600lb ‘bags, ¼-inch SMC valves, Nissan hardbody rear shocks
Drivetrain
Engine: 350 cammed & bored, 3-inch exhaust with glass packs
Rearend: narrowed 3-inches on each side with Moser axles and LSOH disc brake conversion
Body
2-inch cowl induction hood, phantom billet grille, all shaved, suicide doors, 1950’s Chevrolet logo frenched into tailgate
Interior
Early 1980’s Nissan Datsun bench seat, 1959 Impala dash, billet steering wheel and column, V8 logo embossed into door panels
Wheels & Tires
Wheels Front: 22 x 8 ½ Raceline Speedsters
Wheels Rear: 22 x 10 Raceline Speedsters
Tires Front: 245/30/R22 Kumho
Tires Rear: 295/25/22 Kumho
Special Thanks: My wife Krissy, Brian Aucoin, Ron Rhodes for the paint and body work, Quality Customs, Matt Justillian AKA Squeak, Jerry Mayon, JJ Solar, Quinn Toups, Scott Cothron and anyone else that lent a hand through the build

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