1991 Chevy S10 Dualie- The Rooster
They say that we dream what our subconscious mind wants. For Kenny Perry of Marion, Kentucky, his unique build all started with a dream. His dream starts with him cruising down the interstate a half-inch off the ground with the song “Rooster” by Alice in Chains blasting on the radio. Growing up in the woods of Kentucky, most of the trucks around town were the lifted 4x4 kind, so this came as quite a shocker.
On a car lot in his home town, Kenny found a 1991 Chevy S10 that was lowered. He purchased the truck for cheap to use it as a daily grinder to and from work. A week into driving it, he felt there was something wrong with it. Underneath, he found 8-inch stacked lowering blocks on mono leafs. Using knowledge from magazines and websites, Kenny added his first air suspension system to correct the improper suspension work.
He started showing the truck at shows, and he and a friend were amazed and disappointed by how many Chevy S10s were at shows and how similar they all looked. Kenny joked that he should make it a dually. Within months, that idea stuck, but in order to make it a proper dually, the engine had to be converted to a diesel to make it accurate.
He made some calls to get a diesel motor, and the first he found was a Mercedes diesel motor. He purchased the entire car to remove the motor, but it turned out this wasn’t a simple swap. The firewall had to be moved back, special motor mounts had to be used, and the K member had to be shaved down. He found a Ford F-350 at a junkyard, which Kenny purchased and removed the rear end. With the help of Little Shop and Moser, it was inserted into the Chevy S10.
Kenny wishes to thank Jesse and Roy Vaughn at Vaughn Bros. Customs for helping to keep the build on track, as well as his mother and father for all their encouragement. He wants to thank his Freaks of Nature family and club and Kyle and Cody Proffitt for all their help. What started as a dream has made itself a reality with all the help from family and friends.
Inside the buildYear/Make/Model: 1991 Chevrolet S10
Owner and City/State: Kenny Perry; Marion, Kentucky
Club Affiliation: Freaks of Nature
Front Suspension: Stock floor bodydrop, 2,600lb Dominator ’bags, de-humped lowers, speedway uppers, 2-inch drop spindles, custom built eight-lug adapters
Rear Suspension: Parallel four-link, Z bar, 2,600lb Dominator ’bags, ’bags behind the axle, dual Viair 444s, 5-gallon slim tank notched for driveshaft clearance, 1/2-inch line with original Little Larry 4Play valves
Engine: Mercedes Benz OM 617 turbo diesel, 3-inch exhaust from the turbo to a 4 1/2-inch passenger fender exit
Transmission: Mercedes Benz 722
Rearend: Sterling 10.25-inch ’88 Ford Dualie narrowed by Little Shop, custom-built Moser axles
Body/Paint: Cab lights added, T-Rex billet grille, firewall moved back 5 inches to accommodate the engine swap, pinstriping by Jerry Dow of Layin Licks
Interior: ’49 Dodge Coronet dash, custom shifter, floor and firewall built by Vaughn Bros. Customs
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 16-inch factory Ford dually wheels