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1993 Chevrolet S-10- The Orphan

The One That Always Comes Back

Phil Gordon
Mar 13, 2019
Photographers: Phil Gordon
According to an old adage, if you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it was meant to be. This is the story of Orphan, a Chevy S-10 that was passed around because nobody wanted it until it was on the brink of being destroyed. Adam Edwards of Bald Knob, Arkansas, grew up loving automobiles. He would sit in his living room and line up all his Hot Wheels cars and trucks as if they were at a car lot. “On occasion, I would take a hammer to some of them, and then put them back together,” Adam tells Truckin. “It was like I was a mechanic at five years old.”
Photo 2/11   |   1993 Chevrolet S10 The Orphan Side View
Once Adam got to high school, he began taking automotive classes. In college, he took auto body courses. In 2010, Adam had the opportunity to purchase a mini-truck he had seen in the neighborhood. Originally, he had no interest, but once he heard it had been ’bagged, his interest was piqued. Of course, once Adam took possession, it had no air suspension, but the bed had been cut for a triangle-notch, and the truck had drop spindles and a mono-leaf. Adam had some air equipment in his garage, so he and some friends decided to finish the job.
Photo 3/11   |   1993 Chevrolet S10 The Orphan Bed Bike
Adam traded the Chevy to his friend Dustin for a lifted 4x4 and, as fate would have it, two weeks later, Dustin traded it back to Adam. The truck sat for about nine months until Adam once again traded the S-10 to his friend Devin for a low-mileage Dodge he was able to flip easily. Six months later, Devin wanted a truck Adam had purchased, and the Chevy S-10 once again came back home. Adam decided to body drop it to boost its appeal, and he was able to sell it to his friend Cody.
Photo 4/11   |   1993 Chevrolet S10 The Orphan Rear 3q
Cody had the mini-truck for about a year, and Adam heard he wasn’t taking care of it. By this time, Adam had become concerned about the passed-around Chevy, so, for the final time, he made a trade to get it back. When he went to pick it up, it was in horrible condition. “It was in a bazillion pieces and grass was growing over the front grille,” Adam says. “It looked like the fenders and hood were dragged down a gravel road.” The Chevy was loaded up along with all its parts and brought back to Adam’s garage for its final build.
Photo 5/11   |   1993 Chevrolet S10 The Orphan Engine
At the insistence of his wife, Courtney, Adam began rebuilding his Chevy by adding a new motor, shaving all the extraneous items, tightening the loose ends, and painting and assembling the body. Utilizing his knowledge of auto repair, Adam was able to handle the majority of work by himself with the help of his wife. Once the truck was complete, Courtney decided she wanted to build a bike to match the Chevy, and they were able to make a bracket in the bed to hold it.
The Orphan has been through various owners and many stages of its life, but none more important than its final one. Adam and his wife not only brought their Chevy back from the dead, they created a killer ride they can enjoy as a family. Adam wants to give a special thanks to Courtney for keeping him motivated and working alongside him to finish The Orphan.
Photo 6/11   |   1993 Chevrolet S10 The Orphan Interior

Inside the Build

Year/Make/Model: ’93 Chevrolet S-10
Owner and City/State: Adam Edwards; Bald Knob, Arkansas
Club Affiliation: Freaks of Nature
Front Suspension: 2-inch Belltech drop spindles, tubular upper control arms, Firestone 2500 bags all done by Adam Edwards and Jerrod Conrad
Rear Suspension: Thorbros bolt-on five-link backhalf, Firestone 2600 bags, Viair 480 compressor, Airlift manifold, 7-gallon stainless air tank
Engine: 4.3L V-6, 350 pistons, big valve marine heads, Edelbrock cam, Edelbrock timing chain and gears, Edelbrock 650 carburetor, Edelbrock headers, Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock valve covers, Edelbrock air cleaner, billet HEI distributor, Accel coil/cap, motor built by Bill Lebroke, installed by Adam Edwards and Jerrod Conrad
Transmission: Turbo 400, braided lines, billet transmission cooler, braided dipstick tube, billet dipstick
Body/Paint: Traditional 3-inch body drop, Phantom billet grille, shaved firewall, smoothed and painted inner fenders, cowl hood, shaved wiper cowl, shaved tailgate, sheetmetal bed floor, rollpan, shaved gas door, full painted frame, PPG Bright White and PPG Grabber Blue with custom-mixed tan and brown wood stripes painted by Adam Edwards
Interior: ’60 Chevy Impala dashboard installed by Adam Edwards, ’96 Chevy Blazer seats, Envy Design door panels, tan and brown vinyl, Envy Design console all done by Sew N Sew Chrissy’s Upholstery, Envy Design amp rack done by Chris Hodges, fiberglass body color subwoofer box done by Adam and Courtney Edwards
Stereo: Auxiliary head unit, Crossfire 320-watt amplifiers, two Kicker competition 12-inch subwoofers by Chris Hodges
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 20x9 and 22x9.5; Centerline Archer wheels
Tires: 225/30R20 and 255/30R22; Kumho tires
Special Thanks: Greg Ade, David Smith, Jerrod Conrad, Ethan Mulherin, Chris Hodges, Corey and Chrissy Holmes, Audio Envy, Sew N Sew Chrissy’s Upholstery, and especially his wife Courtney