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2002 Chevy S-10- Sinner

Take a Ride to the Dark Side

Phil Gordon
Jan 31, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Some people say a sinner is someone who doesn’t follow the predetermined rules that society outlines, while others use the word to describe a sense of freedom different from a certain way of life. For 32-year-old Lalo Lechuga of South Elgin, Illinois, the first moment he remembers heading to the dark side is sitting at his kitchen table with his mom when a friend brought over his custom Expedition and parked it in their driveway. As he parked, he laid out the truck, and Lalo watched with envy. “I knew from that very moment it was something I needed to be involved in,” Lechuga says.
Photo 2/10   |   02 2002 Chevrolet S10 Sinner Rear Three Quarter
He started hanging with more people in the scene and became a member of Balistik Car & Truck Club with a ’bagged Chevy Tahoe. One of the members in the club had a stock floored, body-dropped 2002 Chevy S10 that he instantly fell in love with. He asked him to let Lechuga know when the truck might be for sale. As months went by, he kept asking until the owner finally gave in.
Tim Hartwell handled the original bodydrop, bringing the Chevy lower to the ground as well as adding the suspension work. The bed floor was smoothed and raised, and everything on the truck shaved clean. The next step, make the S10 stand out in a sea of dimes, by adding blue and yellow flames throughout the entire body and flowing through the cabin, too.
Photo 3/10   |   03 2002 Chevrolet S10 Sinner Hood Flames
A hand-formed motorcycle gas door was created to give the Chevy a custom touch. A small window regulator powered by a motor raises and lowers the license plate at the touch of a switch. Lechuga made sure the engine was as impressive as the exterior by building a custom-painted intake shroud. The interior was converted to crocodile skins with leather by the hard-working crew at Ringo Auto Upholstery. The door panels were wrapped to give a flowing look.
Lechuga knows that he wouldn’t have had the support and knowledge of the lifestyle if it hadn’t been for some great friends and family. A special thanks goes to his wife Megan for her support, and the entire Balistik family for always being there when any help was needed. Although, some people look down at sinners, having a truck like Sinner is something you can always be proud to own.
Photo 4/10   |   08 2002 Chevrolet S10 Sinner Engine
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 2002 Chevy S-10
Owner and City/State: Lalo Lechuga; South Elgin, Illinois
Club Affiliation: Balistik
Chassis:
Front Suspension: tubular control arms, Slam Specialties SS7 ’bags, drop spindles, no notch tie rods
Rear Suspension: SD five-link back half, Slam Specialties SS7 ’bags, rear brake disc conversion
Brakes: Baer
Drivetrain:
Engine: 4.3L Vortech 6-cylinder, dual 10-inch electric fans, one-off intake shroud, painted motor, hydro booster for power steering, batteries relocated under the bed, hidden wiring harness
Body:
Stock floor bodydrop 3.5 inches, shaved mirrors, door handles, body lines on roof, full skin tailgate, retractable license plate, AVS door poppers, hand-formed motorcycle gas door, molded on flush mount LED taillights, wheel openings smoothed and body worked, smooth and painted firewall, stock raised and smoothed bed floor
Paint: House of Kolor Black, custom Kawasaki Yellow and Blue flames over hood, wipers, dash, roof and bed
Interior:
Crocodile skin with leather by Ringo Auto Upholstery
Audio: 7-inch Kenwood in-dash DVD player, MTX Audio Thunder square 12-inch subwoofers, two Kenwood 600-watt amplifiers, Pioneer mids and highs
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9; KMC Nova
Tires: 255/30/22; Fullway

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