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1997 Chevy S-10- Kash Blown

Money Goes Fast; So Does This S-Dime

Phil Gordon
Dec 4, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
Not many truck enthusiasts can say they have been in the scene with a custom truck for 18 years. But Cliff Somers of Delmar, Delaware, is proud to say he has. Originally, he was cruising around school in a Toyota Tercel that was lowered with some wheels. He became good friends with a local truck club called East Coast Minis and loved their quality of work and craftsmanship. But they had a rule that they would only let trucks in the club. Cliff decided it was time to get a truck.
Way back in the ’90s, Cliff purchased a brand-new ’97 Chevy S-10 from a dealership in Maryland. The Chevy’s first makeover was small wire wheels and a hydraulic setup, but that quickly turned in a different direction. Cliff and his friend John Hopkins got to work cutting the top off the truck. Together, they created a new top and then had a friend who did boat tops cover the entire new roof.
Photo 2/14   |   1997 Chevy S 10 Kash Blown Rear
The next step was converting the suspension to a more practical adjustment. With the help of his East Coast Minis club, Cliff added a full air-ride suspension. His friend Sean from Pennsylvania added a traditional body drop to bring the Chevy closer to the ground. With some hot-rod roots, Cliff wanted a way to impress the truck guys as well as the hot-rod guys with his creativity.
One of the club members was building a motor for a truck but lost interest in the build. Cliff purchased the new motor, and he and LB Brittingham added the new powerful crate motor. After Cliff had gone to several shows with his S-10, he purchased a newer-style Chevy Colorado and began to build it up. The S-10 just sat there in his garage until someone offered him cash for it. Cliff reluctantly sold the S-10, and three months later he received a call from the guy who bought it, informing him he was selling it to someone in California. Cliff didn’t want his creation to leave the state, so he ended up buying his truck back and completing its latest makeover.
Photo 3/14   |   1997 Chevy S 10 Kash Blown Engine
Cliff has worked hard making his Chevy S-10 something that was unique and one-of-a-kind. He wishes to thank his beautiful wife, Lori, for all her support and understanding as well as their children, Paris and London. Although Cliff was the mastermind behind the build, he couldn’t have done it without LB Brittingham and the whole East Coast Minis club. Blown Kash certainly stands out among the sea of S-10s and is just plain fun to have around.
Photo 4/14   |   1997 Chevy S 10 Kash Blown Interior

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’97 Chevy S-10
Owner and City/State: Cliff Somers; Delmar, Delaware
Club Affiliation: East Coast Minis
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Slam Specialties RE5 bags, RideTech tubular upper and lower control arms
Rear Suspension: Altered Image reverse four-link cantilever, Slam Specialties RE6 bags, two chrome Viair 480s, 5-gallon air tank
Drivetrain:
Engine: Long-block 350 with 0.030 overbore, Comp camshaft, 6-71 Weiand type N blower, custom 2½-inch door headers and exhaust, stock rear block painted and chromed, billet accessories
Transmission: 350 transmission
Body/Paint: PPG Hot Hues Green Xtreme and Snow White paint; 3½-inch traditional body drop; everything shaved; 7-inch chop from windshield to tailgate; smoothed wiper cowls, door caps, and bedrails; two 35x35 Street Beat sliding ragtops; Altered Image tailgate skin; smooth firewall; suicide doors; pinstripe on belt by Jason Wharton; full Phantom grille; license plate tag frenched through the bodyline; Roadster-style roof made with chromoly tubing and sheetmetal
Interior: White marine-grade vinyl, bomber seats by Barrett Seat Company, sheetmetal dashboard, custom door panels and center console, chrome tilt-steering column, custom-made steering wheel by Krazy Kustoms, Lokar Nostalgia shifter knobs and handles, Auto Meter gauges, dashboard built by Wild Bill, interior completed by Cliff and his wife, Lori
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5; Centerline Smoothies
Tires: 235/30ZR22; Nitto

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