One of the most popular compact pickups ever made is the Chevy S-10 and all its siblings: the Blazer (two- and four-door models), GMC S-15, Sonoma, Jimmy, Envoy, Syclone, Typhoon, and Oldsmobile Bravada. There are great numbers of used S-10s around, with prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $20,000. The aftermarket industry is well aware of the S-10's tremendous popularity, which means there's a wide array of performance and cosmetic parts available for the truck.

The clean, straightforward styling of first-series S-10s lasted from 1982 until 1993 for the pickups and until 1994 for the Blazers. Second-generation S-10s are every bit as good-looking and just as popular as their predecessors. The longevity of the first series means a few simple changes can make an '82 look as fresh as a '93. That's an attractive feature for first-time builders and people looking to build a budget sport truck. The Chevy S-10 lineup offers a wide variety of sport truck possibilities.