The project started when Quesada bought a 350 small-block-powered '87 S-10 for $500 early
In our May '04 issue, we announced the winners of our first Sport Truck Magazine Low-Buck Challenge. Since the reward for the effort of the winner is a full feature in Sport Truck, we're making good on our part of the deal. We had Feature Editor John O'Neill red-eye it out to Florida to capture our winner on film. Needless to say, the truck is impressive.
Our first Low-Buck Challenge champ is Chris Quesada. This Riverview, Florida, sport truck enthusiast says he's married, has two daughters, and sells electrical supplies by day so he can work on his toys at night. That's a pretty hefty schedule, but he says the deadline imposed by the Sport Truck Magazine Low-Buck Challenge kick-started the project '87 S-10 he bought early in 2003. We're glad to be of service.
We have to lay the doubts to rest because even Editor Kevin Wilson was suspicious about Quesada's occupation. In fact, he actually does sell electrical equipment full-time. We called several times posing as buyers and he passed the black-ops test. So how is it the paint is so good?
Quesada says his serious obsession with airbrush art and painting started when he was a teen and continues to this day. Anyway, his amateur-painter status, his detailed build diary, and the consensus of our judging panel that he built the coolest custom sport truck submitted, make him the winner of the first-ever Sport Truck Magazine Low-Buck Challenge.
Keeping the stock bucket seats and having them reupholstered for $500 was a smart move, as
Quesada massaged the look of the small-block by adding a few chrome accents, a new radiato
The skull theme of the paint is inspired by motorcycle and hot-rod-body graphics and art.
The most expensive part of the buildup was the wheel and tire package. Quesada says he pai
The paint and finish work are what make the S-10 stand out. And by doing it on a budget, Q
The cost of the paint only included the materials since this builder is an amateur painter