Many may think that the truck owners who build the rides that get featured are just kids with money to burn, but that's actually a rarity. When Shon Reece began building customs, the year was 1990 and Shon was 15 years old. Since then, Shon has had a couple of other S-series truck projects that he's put behind him, including an '89 and another '94. This time around with his current truck, he wanted to do things a little differently.

Shon wanted his current project to not only stand out in a crowd, but to also be show-worthy, head-turning, and unlike what he'd been seeing at shows around his part of the country. He decided early on that the truck needed to lay body, and he laid his truck out so low that there's really nothing between the door and the ground anymore. His 8-inch body drop meant losing the truck's rocker panels altogether. Unfortunately, it also meant that someone lost a pair of fingers during the body-dropping process. At ride height, there's way more than two fingers worth of space between the ground and the truck's doors when the truck is lifted with Firestone airbags at each corner. This allows Shon to easily find the next section of pavement he plans to further smooth by dragging his ride.

After the S-10's suspension was complete, Shon decided that his ride needed a full shave to even come close to looking the part of a true custom. It also needed to be painted using a bright color to keep anyone's attention from wandering. After doing all his own bodywork and shaving everything that served as an obstruction to the clean lines of his second-generation S-10, he blocked the truck until every square inch was straighter than stock - and 100 percent better to look at. With the body adequately prepped, he had the Chevy sprayed using House of Kolor Orange to give the truck a bright base color that couldn't be missed by anyone at any time.

Shon then put some serious effort into getting the interior of his truck to look as clean as the exterior. Once he dropped a pair of reupholstered Saturn bucket seats into the truck, he swapped his dash out for a newer one. When the interior was ready, Shon went to his first show with the truck decked out in a single color, and the truck was photographed for a feature. No more than a month later, we ran into the truck outfitted exactly the same, but sporting a double set of flames from front to back. Since the flamed version of the truck was so much more striking than the single-color version, we opted to just run the truck in its coolest form. When asked why, Shon mentioned something about being bored one weekend and flaming his ride seemed to be the perfect touch to complete his 2-1/2-year project.

The Low Down
Wheels/Tires 18x7.5-inch Colorado Custom billet wheels tucked into 215/35ZR18 Ultra Sport tires all around

Suspension Lowered for a total drop of 16 inches at each corner / setup includes Firestone airbags at all corners, Blazer dropped spindles, and '00 Chevy Blazer brakes up front

Body Mods Upgraded front fascia to '98 S-10 standards with new grille and headlights, shaved door handles, shaved tailgate handle, shaved taillights, LEDs used for new taillights, and a molded steel roll pan / the truck's owner used the tools of his daily trade as a paint and body man to perform all his own bodywork

Misc. Mods Shon used an '87 Blazer fuel tank that he relocated to the rear of the truck / 8-inch body drop using the stock hood

Paint/Graphics Overall base color is House of Kolor Orange / Silver/Sonic Blue flames run from front to back and across the tailgate, meeting at the truck's centerline / Illuzionz in Greenville, South Carolina, laid Curtis' custom paint and graphics

Interior/Stereo Saturn bucket seats reupholstered in tan tweed with orange-tweed inserts / '00 dash to be swapped out for a Honda Civic dash in the near future

Engine/Performance Carbureted '91 Chevy Camaro 3.1L V-6 with a few trick parts, including chrome Edelbrock valve covers mated to a 700R4 transmission using a B&M shifter

Special Thanks Shon's fellow Pebble Pushers / Talia / Phillip / Corbit / Jeff G. / Tony R. / Vince