When you get that first unforgettable beater, one of two things runs across your mind: either "Oh my god, what a piece of junk" or "I'm gonna make this so sweet." Thankfully for us, Ryan Welch of Arlington, Washington, had the sweet part on his mind as he received his beater '86 S-10 at the age of 15. With motivation on his side, Ryan and his buddies took it upon themselves to create the mini you see here.

For anyone who has ever built a custom vehicle, you know that impulse decisions and a huge learning curve are involved in the uphill battle to build something to its finished state. It always helps to have friends there to motivate you and keep you going strong. Speaking of which, Ryan's truck was built three times to get it to its current state of completion. When building your truck over the span of a few years, things sometimes just have to be drastically changed. We know that Ryan had no problem rocking his 15-inch rollers.

Something that could go unnoticed upon first glance of Ryan's mini would be how much modification was done to the cab and the bed to make them line up correctly. If you ever look at a first-generation S-10, you'll notice that the bed is pinched in a hair toward the front of the cab. This makes it look like the bed is shifted to the side, but in reality it's like that on both sides. Ryan and his homies cut the bed and moved the bed sides out to line up with the cab perfectly, as well as modified the corners of the cab to finish off the effect.

Ryan is no stranger to recycling, either. The cal-combo-looking tailgate skin comes courtesy of two loaner door skins instead of a traditional combo. Hey, whatever saves a couple bucks! Ryan's five-year journey is without regrets, as his S-10 finally received its deserved recognition.


Wheels: 18x7.5-inch Detata
Backspace: 35 mm
Tires: Wanli 225/40ZR18

Suspension type: airbags
Rear suspension: Custom three-link with Panhard bar
Airbag type and size: (Front) Firestone 2,500-pound airbags; (rear) Firestone 2,600-pound airbags
Spindles: Western Chassis 2-inch dropped spindles
Valves: MIC 1/2-inch
Compressor: Lincoln A/C compressor
Air/hydro accessories: Two 9-gallon air tanks
Frame mods: C-notch
Detail work: Painted flat-black
Performed by: Owner

Shaved: Door handles, antenna, cowl vents, windshield squirters, body lines, taillights, gas door
Frenched: Taillights, license plate
Body drop: Body-dropped
Front end: Updated grille, chrome front bumper
Back end: Custom tailgate skin/roll pan combo made out of two door skins
Taillights: '89 Cadillac Sedan DeVille
Exterior bolt-ons: Updated grille, chrome front bumper
Misc: Cab corners reworked to match bed, bed moved forward 1 inch, sheetmetal bed floor, custom wheeltubs, firewall shaved
Performed by: Owner

Brand and colors: House of Kolor Orion Silver and Orange base mixed together for basecoat with Kandy Tangerine sprayed over top
Performed by: John Lande of Arlington, Washington

Seats: Honda Prelude
Material: Gray tweed
Dash: Covered in gray tweed
Door panels: Gray tweed
Center console: Custom center console
Flooring: Gray carpeting
Headliner: Gray tweed
Misc: Mild paint, Billet Specialties window cranks, rearview mirror, Billet Specialties Hollowpoint steering wheel
Performed by: Owner

Detail work: Everything painted Kandy Tangerine
Performed by: Owner and John Lande

John Lande, Richard Reece, Brian Ipsen, Ryan's parents, Detata Wheels

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