When most people start off building their first truck, they have a slight idea of what they want, but the proper building path is a little unclear. When Brian Hale purchased his '00 S-10, he knew that he wanted the ultimate show-stopper, but it took him a few tries to get there.
The first version of the truck had 18s all the way around and hopped like a jack rabbit thanks to air cylinders mounted in the bed. Of course, the ride left much to be desired, and although beating up his truck was fun for a while, it soon lost its charm. Brian went back to the drawing board and decided that he would take a new approach.
With the help of his buddy Jared Crutchfield of Classic Traditions in Huntington Beach, the truck was shaved up and sprayed. Each of the door handles was removed, skinned, and primered, as was the tailgate handle. The front cowl was pulled off and a Street Scene wiper cowl along with Street Scene mirrors were added to help smooth away some of the factory look. Up front, a Stull billet grille was added and a Sir Michaels roll pan was bolted in place of the rear bumper.
Once the truck had been sanded and blocked, Jared laid down a few coats of sealer, followed by four coats of silver base for the candy. The next step was to begin making passes with the House of Kolor Kandy Apple Red. Each pass allowed the color to get deeper and deeper until both Jared and Brian were satisfied. Several coats of clear were sprayed along the body panels, and then the truck was color-sanded and rubbed.
Boyd Coddington Hot Rod billets fill up each wheelwell.
Brian took the truck to a few shows, but he wasn't getting the attention he had hoped for. Although the candy paintjob looked sick, it just wasn't flashy enough to turn heads and gather crowds. Enough was enough. Brian decided that this was the last time anyone would pass by his truck without their jaws dragging behind them.
Together, Brian and Jared mapped out their new plan for the S-10. Jared planned on giving a nod to the originators of our sport by throwing true traditional flames coated with heavy flake from head to tail as well as some pinstriping from the real Von Dutch era. Brian planned on fitting on some larger wheels and coordinating an interior that would scream for attention as loud as the exterior would.
The first order of business was to rework the front and rear suspension. With the help of Dave Boseley, a set of DJM drop spindles was bolted in up front along with Firestone 'bags. The step notch was cut out of the rear and a Monster notch was welded in its place to help the truck lay with larger wheels. The 'bags were all plumbed using 1/2-inch line through GC valves and fed via six VIAIR 350 compressors. A staggered set of 18- and 20-inch Boyd Coddington Hot Rod wheels encased in Falken rubber was set at each corner.
Jared took the reigns and began masking out positive and negative flames over the hood, fenders, doors, and bed on the S-10. Once the gun was loaded up with gold, several passes were made, laying down a nice basecoat. Half a dozen coats of Yellow Lime metalflake were then laid down over the gold base, followed by an equal number of coats using House of Kolor Pagan Gold. Since the texture of the heavy flake could be felt on the surface, Jared took on the daunting task of burying the flake under coat after coat of clear.
After several days of spraying clearcoat on the truck, Bob Iverson and Dan Schultz stepped in to give Jared a break. Bob pinstriped each flame-lick and added several perfectly symmetrical designs throughout the truck. Dan airbrushed two pinup-style girls on the rear pillars with a candy theme, reflecting the overall tone of the S-10. After Bob and Dan had finished up, Jared buried their artwork under another 15 coats of clear.
Once the layers of paint had finally baked on, all attention was turned to the interior of the truck. The entire dash was removed in pieces, smoothed, and then painted to match the exterior, as were the door panels and center console. Radis Custom Upholstery in Garden Grove cut off the headrests of the seats and recovered them with red and white vinyl. The headliner and sun visors were rewrapped in white vinyl and a white carpet kit was added to the floor.
A custom sub enclosure was built to house two 12-inch Audiobahn subs and wired to an 1,800-watt amplifier. Audiobahn Pro Aluminum speakers were mounted behind the door panels and hooked up to a Clarion head unit to complete the sound system. A slew of billet accessories was then used to accent the interior.
The next show was a testament to all the hard work that went into building the third version of Brian's S-10. From the moment it was parked within the show, crowds began to encompass the truck, pointing out all the intricate details of the exterior as well as the interior. Without the help of Jared from Classic Traditions, Bob Iverson, Dan Schultz, Dave Boseley, and Radis Custom Interior, Brian's dream truck wouldn't be a reality.