1994 Chevy S-10- Modern-Day Throwback
Two-Toned & Traditional- With Modern Touches
These days, everyone wants to have the newest technology, cutting-edge parts, and craziest all over build to one-up anything that came before it. It’s refreshing to see a build that takes you back to a simpler time—a throwback into the time of clean and simple. In all aspects of the truck, from interior to exterior, this 1994 Chevrolet S10 succeeds at reminding us that builds are still about how the owner wants it to look. Chris Cavanaugh out of Haysville, Kansas, originally set out to make this truck everything he enjoyed about a show truck. During the five-year build, Chris was able to pick and choose every aspect of what he wanted to see on his S10.
From the first time he saw this truck, Chris knew he wanted to own it. His friend and fellow truck enthusiast Justin had owned it when Chris spotted it and he tried to buy it from him on the spot. But no go. After a while and with some persuasive pestering, Chris convinced Justin to trade the truck to him for two Mazda B2000 series project pickups he owned with some cash on top. As soon as he drove it the first time, he knew he had made the right decision. However, he knew he needed to transition the build into his own, not Justin’s.
Starting with changing out the wheels, Chris soon realized a full makeover was needed and began to put together plans, starting with the paint. The rest of the custom shaved and modified interior pieces were sprayed to match the existing one-of-a-kind dash. Luckily, the friend he had bought the truck from had done all that paintwork himself originally. So Chris was able to working alongside Justin on the paint. As the interior went under the knife, Chris moved added a new black carpet and sent the seats, which came from a ’90s Suburban, off to a local interior shop to be re-upholstered with maroon leather.
Looking for a full-build show truck, Chris wanted to cover all areas of the truck. Next was a one-off hood from Ryan James, a fellow S10 builder, made from the centersection of a ’69 Camaro hood. He body worked and modified the rest to fit the truck’s body. Chris swapped the headlights from the stock 1994 front to the less-dated, fully clear lights from the ’98 front end. After the all paint was laid, it was time to fine-tune the engine bay. This included relocating the battery behind the passenger seat, installing a new Hydroboost brake system and a new clutch reservoir, which was mounted on the inside of the cab because the new bigger wheels took up more bay space. Add in some final bay accents and dress-up pieces, and Chris had completed the show truck he was dreaming of driving.
Chris wants to thank all his friends and family who supported or helped with his build, like Justin Cline, Gabriel Vasquez, and his wife Natalie, for all of the moral and mental support through the years. He’s finally ready to enjoy his modern throwback.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1994 Chevrolet S10
Owner and City/State: Chris Cavanaugh; Haysville, Kansas
Club Affiliation: Flatland Minis
Front Suspension: 2-inch Drop Spindles, Slam Re6 ’bags, G body upper with Moog Ball joint and de-humped lower arms, stock front brakes, Hydroboost stolen from a mini-van, braided steel power-steering lines
Rear Suspension: ’03 Blazer disc brakes swap in rear, ’bag on axle custom-built bridge and custom-painted three-link rear tubular setup, Slam Re7 bags, Mazda B 2600l shocks, painted stock gas tank, suspension by Justin Cline of Augusta, Kansas
Engine: Stock four-banger, electric cooling fan in front of radiator, recessed radiator into core support, custom black accents, stock aluminum intake manifold sectioned, smoothed and polished, 3-inch custom exhaust, hidden wiring harness, battery relocated behind rear passenger seat panel
Transmission: Stock with manual valvebody, custom-built shifter by Justin Cline and polished by Gabriel
Custom-built hood fabricated from a ’69 Camaro hood centersection by Ryan James, ’00 S10 grille painted to match, ’00 S10 chrome front bumper, rollpan, traditional chopped top by Justin Cline, raised stock floor with center piece, custom-shaved wiper cowl, street scene slim mirrors, all clear headlights, clear coated and polished taillights, Black and Tan two-tone paint with Silver old-school splitter using GM paint colors, graphics and striping all by Justin Cline
Custom fiberglass dash, door panels, glovebox, pillars, and trim; air-brushed skulls and paint by Justin Cline, ’90s Suburban seats done in maroon leather, black carpet kit, shaved control panels, shaved and custom-made AC vents, Mooneyes steering wheel, installed power windows, shaved door lock holes, Vintage Air AC
Stereo: Sony Explode head unit, Rockford Fosgate amplifier, kicker subs and components
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9; Coys C5 with black face and polished lips
Tires: 245/30R22, 265/40R22; Lexani