When Brandon Lewis decided to trade in his old Blazer for a brand-new, yellow '03 S-10 Xtreme, he made a promise to his dad that it would remain stock. So, everyday he cruised to high school in a nice, but factory, mini. It was about the time that Brandon's friends started calling the truck "Mellow Yellow" that he decided to do something about it.
It started with just painting a few of the interior plastics to match the factory color, and Dad was OK with that. Then one weekend when his father went away, Brandon ordered a 2-inch cowl hood, had it sprayed to match the paint, and threw it on. He knew his dad wasn't going to be too happy, but at least he would know that the work was good. Brandon took it to A-1 Autobody in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma-the shop that his dad owns.
Brandon couldn't leave well enough alone however, and the next time his dad went out of town he ordered all of the components to lay his Xtreme flat on the tarmac. Starting with 2-inch drop spindles and Air Ride Technologies Strong Arms in the front, Brandon added four 2,600-pound Slam 'bags, 1/2-inch Parker valves, and a 6-gallon reserve air tank. He enlisted his friend Will Galyen to weld in the 6-inch step notch and install all of the suspension components. When all of the cutting was complete, Brandon's truck laid frame from front to back on a shiny set of 20-inch KMC Stealth rims and low-pro rubber.
Well, dad came home and saw what had been done and figured that it was too late now. With his dad's blessing, Brandon took his truck off the road and went nuts with it. He liked the look of his truck laying frame but really wanted to keep the factory Xtreme body kit, so he pulled it back into A-1 Autobody. The skirts and valance were trimmed to allow the rest of the kit to lie flat on the ground with the frame. The door handles, taillights, and antenna were all were smoothed over. The bed was not only welded shut but completely smoothed inside and out. When everything was perfect, A-1 frenched in a pair of '59 Cadillac taillights. Aaron Forbis laid down a few coats of the original Chevy Yellow that the truck came in. Lying flat on big chrome wheels, the Xtreme wasn't so mellow anymore.
Auto Design Interiors covered most of the interior in ultrasoft tan leather. The seats were cut down and covered in the same leather and matching ostrich skin, while the dash and door panels were smoothed and painted yellow to match the exterior. A sexy brunette pinup girl was airbrushed onto the smoothed-out dash by Greg "Lil' Toot" Tuter of Lil' Toot Artworks. A Colorado Customs steering wheel rounds out the interior and gives it a polished look.
Brandon knew that he wouldn't be happy unless the whole neighborhood knew when he was coming home, so he paid a visit to Chris Linker down at Boomer Car Audio. Chris hooked up Brandon with a Kenwood touchscreen DVD head unit and two huge 15-inch Kicker subs mounted in a fiberglass box that's painted to match. There is also a pair of 6-inch Boston Acoustic component speakers for the mid and high notes. A Memphis Audio amp powers the system.
In between working as a surgical tech and drag racing almost every weekend, Brandon has very little time to take the truck to shows but that doesn't mean he's going to stop working on his S-10. Plans include more airbrushed pinup girls and a few other trick mods. With all of the hard work put into this truck, we imagine Brandon's father can't be too upset with the rolling business card his son has built.
Brandon Lewis / Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
'03 Chevy S-10 Xtreme
4.3L V-6 / cold-air intake
Front: 20x8 KMC Stealth
Rear: 20x9 KMC Stealth
Front: 235/35/20 Nitto NT555
Rear: 255/35/20 Nitto NT555
Front: 2-inch drop spindles / Air Ride Technologies Strong Arms / 2,600-pound Slam Specialties airbags
Rear: Custom-made two-link / 2,600-pound Slam Specialties airbags
Accessories: 1/2-inch Parker valves / 1/2-inch DOT air line / 6-gallon air tank
Chassis: 6-inch step notch
By: Will Galyen
Shaved doors, antenna, taillights, third brake light, and gas door / skinned tailgate / smoothed inner bed and wheeltubs / '59 Cadillac taillights frenched into Stepside / Street Scene Speed Grilles and sport mirrors
By: Richard McCorly, James Cornwell, and Red Hailey of A-1 Autobody, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Resprayed original GM Yellow
By: A-1 Autobody
Modified stock seats reupholstered in Ultraleather and ostrich skin / Ultraleather headliner and floor / painted and leather-wrapped door panels / shaved airbag compartment / smoothed and painted dash / airbrushed pinup girl on dash / Colorado Customs steering wheel
By: Auto Design Interiors, Tulsa, Oklahoma / A-1 Autobody / Lil' Toot Artworks, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kenwood DDX head unit / two Kicker 15-inch subwoofers in custom fiberglass box / Boston Acoustic 6-inch door speakers / Memphis Audio 2,000-watt amplifier
BY: Chris Lunker, Boomer Car Audio, Tulsa, Oklahoma