Owner: Brad Speir Ride: '97 Chevy S-10 Extended Cab Hometown: Celebration, Florida
It seems that everything Brad Speir has experienced in his life has lead him toward building the ultimate custom truck. Brad's father Gary has been wrenching on street rods, various custom cars, and race cars since he was a teenager himself, so Brad has seen more customs come and go in his life than most people can even fathom. At any given time, there was a street rod or other custom taking form in the Speirs' garage. Keep in mind, though, that this isn't a full-blown custom shop. It's simply the family's two-car garage. We think it was Gary Speir's '32 Vicky that finally pushed something in Brad's brain to drive him to create the ultimate mini-truck for himself.
Brad isn't a newcomer to building custom rides. This S-10 is the third ride he's put his hands on during the years he's been involved with the scene. He first worked on a '93 Chevy fullsize truck, which lead him to getting his first mini-truckin' taste with an '89 S-Blazer. Each time he took on a new project, he found that he'd learned more from what he'd already done and was ready to raise the bar on each new vehicle. This all made for a perfect transition to his newest custom -- a second-generation Chevy S-10.
Brad bought his '97 S-10 brand new, stark white, and super clean, but he felt ready from the onset to get crackin' on building something of his own. At first, he was happy to add custom wheels and make a few changes while enjoying his first year or two of ownership. Before long, however, everything that had been bred into him began to boil to the surface, and his beloved new truck was blown into thousands of parts as he started to make the most of his opportunity. What ensued was a five-year-long buildup that engaged all his free time. If you ask Brad, those five years were worth every day of work, sweat, and bloodshed that was put into his attempt to build the finest custom S-10 ever seen.
A full year before Brad rolled his still-incomplete S-10 into the gates at Blood Drag '04, the MT staff knew of this super custom's existence. It wouldn't be until some months later that Brad would call his truck truly finished, but we here at mini-truckin' world headquarters knew that once completed, it would become one of the greatest minis ever built. Now that we've seen what Brad and his father Gary were able to devise and execute, we'd have to agree that this one will be turning heads for years to come. For more information, scour the following pages -- we guarantee you'll be amazed with the fruits of the Speirs' imaginations. Is this truck a perfect 10? We're pretty sure it's about as close as you can get.
Wheels/Tires 22x8.5-inch Lexani Zelous chrome wheels with 255/30ZR22 Nitto high-performance radials all around
Suspension 2-inch DJM drop spindles / Firestone 2,600-pound air springs used up front / Firestone tapered 'bags used at the rear of the truck / dual VIAIR 450cc compressors / MAC 3/8-inch valves / 3/8-inch stainless-steel-braided lines used for suspension plumbing
Chassis Custom-built full tube chassis from scratch using 2x3-inch boxed tubing, 2x4-inch boxed tubing (under cab), and 2-1/2-inch drawn-over-mandrel steel tubing (for the balance of the chassis build) / 122-inch wheelbase overall / '89 Corvette independent rear end with shortened half-shafts / parallel four-link rear suspension / all rear suspension components chromed / rear Corvette disc brakes / stainless-steel 10-gallon fuel cell / completely TIG-welded chassis, with no filler or bodywork used to further beautify the chassis work
Performance Polished Edelbrock water pump / Be Cool polished radiator / Be Cool chrome cooling fan / dual nitrous-oxide bottles / polished brake booster / polished stainles brake lines / '89 Corvette master cylinder / chromed Corvette valve covers / all engine bracketry chromed / chrome engine pulleys / Edelbrock 1-1/2-inch tubing headers / JET-coated for heat reduction / exhaust powdercoated flat black from headers back / no mufflers / 1-1/2-inch custom crossover pipe / custom intake tubing / high-performance spark plugs and plug wires / Optima Red Top battery
Body Modifications 3-1/2-inch stock-floor body drop by Brad and Gary Speir in their home garage in Celebration, Florida / Trenz billet grille insert / '00 GMC Envoy grille shell / '00 GMC Envoy hood / '00 GMC Envoy front fenders / '00 GMC Envoy headlights / '00 GMC Envoy front bumper / dual 10-inch LED taillights / molded steel roll pan in lieu of rear bumper / shaved sideview mirror mounts / steel rear wheeltubs / completely reworked bed interior / shaved third brake light / shaved roof seams / shaved antenna / shaved door handles / shaved fuel filler door / shaved antenna / molded tailgate and roll pan / Street Beat Customs sliding ragtop sunroof / easily removable bed showcases the extensive chassis work beneath / all bodywork by Brad and Gary Speir
Paint Designed by Maxwell Designs / Planet Green basecoat and multicolor graphics sprayed by Brad and Gary Speir / House of Kolor paint: Tangelo Pearl, Kandy Purple, Kandy Blue, Kandy Pink, Lime Gold Kandy, Root Beer Kandy, Cobalt Blue Kandy, Organic Green Kandy, Royal Blue Kandy, Neutral Marbleizer, Black, and White
Interior Custom fiberglass and polished billet aluminum used in construction of the dash / Trenz shifter / Billet & Acrylic Fantasies' (Vero Beach, Florida) billet components made specifically for the S-10 in the dash, doors, and center console / modified stock seats / seat upholstery work and custom-flame stitching in the seats by Shrek's Upholstery in Deland, Florida / floor and headliner by Brad Speir with navy-blue tweed / interior upholstery includes synthetic ostrich-dyed navy blue, bone, and blue upholstery / Trenz billet money-sign rearview mirror / Trenz billet steering wheel / digital gauges for air suspension in center console with suspension-actuation controls / everything inside, with the exception of the seats, by Brad Speir, the truck's owner
Special Thanks Lot Brothers Paint and Body Shop in Kissimmee, Florida (booth space and plenty of patience) / Gary Spier (Brad's father)