Words such as bright, glowing, and searing can't accurately describe a truck like Paul Moffet's S-10. Instead, we'll call it the Orb Scorcher, a truck whose interior and exterior will blind you if you stare at it long enough on a sunny day. The first time we saw Paul's mini it was a hot and sunny Sunday afternoon at a local show; like we said, this truck was gleaming. Since then, Paul has made the interior even brighter and louder by color-matching everything in sight with red paint and constructing a substantial fiberglass subwoofer enclosure. The cover shoot was all the more painful to look at, with flash pops going off every few seconds, reflecting our squinting eyeballs in the deep red paint. Put on your shades because it's time to check out the Orb Scorcher.
MT: Hey, Paul, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me. Sorry we have to do this on your cell phone.
Paul: It's no problem. You called me, so the call is free.
MT: Oh, it's all good then. I spoke with your dad while you were cleaning your truck during the photo shoot, and he told me a few interesting things. He said he races a Top Eliminator Alcohol Funny Car and helped you build your two previous mini-trucks.
Paul: Correct. He also helped me build the S-10.
MT: Did his involvement in drag racing help with the construction of your projects, and did it influence you in any way?
Paul: It always has because he's been into cars forever. He got me into cars from the very beginning. He wants to go fast ,and I want to go lower.
MT: Do disagreements occur because of your differing interests in the purpose of building a vehicle?
Paul: From time to time they do, but for the most part, we get things done when we need to.
MT: How long have you been into mini-trucks, and do you roll with a club?
Paul: I've been into minis for about four years, and before that I had a customized fullsize pickup for three years. The club I'm in is called Alliance.
MT: So, Alliance is out of Lancaster?
Paul: Actually, it's spread out to places like San Francisco and San Diego. It's a good mixture of cars and trucks.
MT: I hear that you're the Sparklett's water man?
MT: That's cool, man. At least you can talk on you celly with me while you're working. That makes life easier.
Paul: I'm working with someone else today, and he's sitting with me in the truck right now.
MT: Does he have a clue what we're talking about?
Paul: No. He probably thinks I'm talking to my fiancee.
MT: I noticed you and your girlfriend are engaged. Is she down for the cause?
Paul: Oh yeah. She loves it.
MT: So she supports your illogical forays into the mini-truckin' lifestyle?
Paul: Yeah, the only bad thing is now she wants a mini of her own.
MT: Oh, she's a keeper then. You'd better hurry up and marry that one right quick. How do you like those new KMC Condor wheels? Oh, wait. That's a dumb question; you picked them out, so you must like them a lot.
Paul: I love them. They brought a whole new look to my truck. It looks totally different to me now.
MT: So, is there a theme behind your truck's style?
Paul: No. I just wanted to keep it clean. My biggest thing is that I'd rather have a single color paintjob than something that looks crazy and not too good. And thanks to my buddy Ryan, who got me into working with fiberglass interiors, it has made the whole thing look that much better.
MT: Yeah, your interior is pretty sick, and I dig it.
MT: Did you plan out all the mods, or did you just change things as you went along? I know you drive this thing to work every day, so that has to play a role in how long it takes to modify your truck.
Paul: It was all planned out, and luckily the mods fell together easily. On my previous trucks, there were times when I wished I had shaved something I didn't, and it made things harder down the road. This time I had everything shaved at once, and that made it easier for me later on.
MT: Lets talk about truck shows. Which are your favorites and why?
Paul: My favorite truck show was the old West Coast Nationals.
MT: Personally, I miss the three-day river runs and make it a point to hassle Bob Hase about not having them every time I see him. For those who don't know Bob, he's the guy who threw the greatest run ever devised by mankind, Spring Splash.
Paul: One of the first runs I went to was West Coast Nats, and I'll never forget it. It was a lot of fun, and pretty much anything could and did happen. I met a lot of interesting and cool people at that run.
MT: Now that you've made the cover, what's next for your mini? Any new plans for the future of your ride, or are you content to just roll it and be a celebrity?
Paul: I don't really want to say because I have some pretty cool ideas that I don't want to blow up before I get a chance to do them.
MT: The extended cab windows of your truck look like a rolling billboard, so it's obvious you're pretty appreciative of all the clean work done on your truck. Is there anyone you want to thank before we wrap this up?
Paul: First off, I want to thank my family and my fiance. Then I want to thank KMC Wheels and Falken tires. I have to thank Parker for the graphics, Car Trim for all the accessories, Randy's Custom Upholstery, Ryan's Custom Audio Creations, Superior Metal Polishing, and Fiber Images. And I want to thank you and Lance for putting my truck on the cover. I'd like to dedicate this in loving memory of Mark Sawyer. Mark would be happy to see both his and my truck in the mag.
Paul took it upon himself to install the four-wheel airbag suspension on his mini. Firestone 2600 airbags can be found at the front corners with 2800 'bags tanking up residence in the rear suspension. To enable the rear suspension to lay out, Paul installed a set of 2-inch dropped leaf springs in conjunction with the new 'bags. To smooth things out, Paul relocated Toxic dampers to all corners of the suspension system. The backbone of the air delivery system is a nitrogen-filled cylinder mounted in the bed of Paul's truck. The cylinder feeds a bank of eight SMC 15 mm solenoids through a 1/2-inch air line.
Paul chose one of KMC's newest wheel designs: the Condor in 18x8.8-inch and 20x9 inches for the rear of his S-Dime. Completing the rolling stock is a set of Falken's ultra-sticky GRB tires in 245/35ZR18 and 255/35ZR20 sizes respectively.
Mods The first thing you notice about the front end of Paul's truck is the Street Scene hood. The trick carbon-fiber inserts in the scoop are not stock. Paul had the guys from Fiber Images fabricate and install them into the hood. Affordable Autobody was then charged with the task of shaving and smoothing the bumps that had accumulated more than four years of road rash. The door handles, rain gutters, third brake light, and tailgate handle were all shaved smooth, and a smooth roll pan was molded into the bed. Street Scene mirrors were then added along with a flush-mount tonneau cover from Sprint By Competition. The inside of the bed features slick sheetmetal work. A pair of wheeltubs is connected by a step notch cover, which eliminates the traditional hole in the bed floor. A Spray-in bedliner hides all the welds and matches the flames perfectly.
Parker Airbrush Artistry sprayed the brilliant silver flames and blue pinstriping over the red base that Affordable Autobody laid down. The tribal-esque flames cover the majority of the truck and end with a skull on the tailgate.
Randy's Upholstery of Lancaster, California, worked with Affordable Autobody to craft the new-school interior for Paul's mini. Nearly every piece of plastic was pulled from the cab, covered in fiberglass resin, and then painted to match the outside of the truck. The seats were covered in red vinyl and gray tweed to match the upper portions of the door panels. A flamed Intro steering wheel replaced the stock unit, and an Auto Meter gauge pod became a home for the air suspension gauges on the A-pillars.
System Ryan's Custom Audio of Lancaster built the insanely loud and dynamic audio system that's stuffed into the cab of Paul's truck. A Kenwood DVD/CD head unit and monitor combo takes charge of the system. An additional 5-inch monitor is molded into the passenger-side dashboard where the airbag once resided. A custom tubular amp rack was constructed as a means of mounting and displaying four JL Audio amplifiers. Three of the amps are 500-watt mono amplifiers and each one powers a single 12-inch JL Audio W6 subwoofer. The subs pound bass from a custom fiberglass enclosure that also houses several stiffening capacitors, which provide the amps with full power at all times. A 300-watt amp then powers a set of JL Audio component speakers that is mounted in the factory door locations.
Paul's mini is powered by GM's 2.2L fousystem, a 150-amp alternator from Alta Start, and a custom 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system. To prevent the inevitable, Paul replaced the stock fuel tank with a fuel cell from Jegs. The cell is mounted between the framerails in the bed and is plumbed with stainless steel hard lines. r-cylinder powerplant. The mighty four-banger is outfitted with a Sport Truck Specialties cold air intake