MT: Your truck sports a supercharger. How much difference did that make for the fun of driving your truck?George: It made a huge difference. Now, at a stoplight, instead of just sitting there and hitting switches, I can go sideways through the intersection.
MT: Hopefully after the light goes green, right?George: Exactly.
MT: Who would you say has been the most instrumental in helping you build your truck?George: That would probably be Moonie from Third World Customs. He and I have a lot of the same ideas about how hot rods and mini-trucks should look. He had an S-10 before, and he's real familiar with what I agree to be the best look for an S-10.
MT: Have you known Moonie for a long time?George: I've known him for about four years. I met him at one of the old Spring Splash shows. Some friends and I were talking about some paintwork we were checking out, and while we were praising the truck, we didn't realize that he (Moonie) was standing right next to us. The truck was beautiful, with crazy graphics. He painted that truck with a friend of his who passed away about a year later; the friend's was named Chris Keeling. From what I've heard, Chris was the person who showed Moonie the ropes about painting before he had ever even picked up a spray gun or a roll of masking tape.
MT: So what's next for you, other than showing your truck off like a madman in 2002?George: I'm going to build an '02 Chevy for show. I'm also planning to work on an old three-door Suburban. I've had the Sub for about four years, and it's time to do something with it.
MT: How's the custom mini-truck scene in Albuquerque?George: It's actually a lot larger than the import scene that used to dominate this area. It's all about riding low in Albuquerque. To be honest, I don't do a lot of cruising, since I'd rather hit as many shows as I can. I'm glad to say that Pharcyde Customs is known as the big dog in Albuquerque.
MT: What are the major clubs rollin' in the area you live?George: There are a bunch, Severed Ties, Individuals (a lowrider club), and Bedrock, just to name a few.
MT: That's awesome. I never would have thought that mini-truckin' was kickin' that much ass in New Mexico. Is there anything you want to say about the buildup of your truck or your commitment to mini-truckin' that we haven't talked about?George: That's a good question. (Laughs) As far as commitment goes, I'm always going to be a diehard S-10 fan. Down the road, I plan to build another one. I just need a short break from this one and want to stretch out a little more with another project.
MT: Thanks for building a fine-lookin' S-10. I'm sure our readers will enjoy groping it with their eyes when they get the Aug. '02 issue.George: Thanks! I would like to give my wife Diana a huge thank you. To everyone else, this one is for you and all of the Pharcyders.
The LowdownWheels/Tires Consists of 18x7-inch (with 5-inch backspacing up front) and 20x9-1/2-inch (with 5-1/2-inch backspacing in the rear) Center Line Model 754 Lexi II wheels with P225/40ZR18 and P275/35ZR20 radial tires.
Suspension Before the upper and lower control arms were rid of pesky coil springs forever, the truck was initially treated to a pair of 2-inch Belltech drop spindles to get the ride height a couple of inches lower without alignment issues. In their place, a pair of Firestone model 2600 air springs was installed. In the rear, a three-link Motorhead Incorporated suspension setup was installed at the same time the front suspension modifications were completed at Motorhead, Inc. in Albuquerque using tapered Firestone air springs. Actuation of the S-10's air-adjustable suspension system is made possible via 10mm SMC valves using 3/8- and 1/2-inch air line. Plenty of air for clowning and daily driving is made possible by an A/C compressor adapted to supply air as well as a CO2 tank and a Viair 450-C, 100 percent duty-cycle compressor that serves as a backup.