Chris Gay, owner of Next Level Customs in beautiful Massachusetts, owns this gorgeous '95 Chevy S-10 you see here. He's owned this truck longer than some of you have been driving. The Dime has been on and off the frame several times and it just gets better. Like most minitruckers, Chris is full of stories to go along with his truck. I mean, when you drive something daily that looks like this, things are bound to happen-funny things, crazy things, and things that will just plain piss you off.

One of the best stories for Chris was the first time his girlfriend's parents had a chance to see his ride in person. Chris pulled up to his girl's house to pick her up and was greeted by a welcoming committee. His girlfriend, her mom, and her dad were all outside waiting for him. The only cooler thing would have been if the grandma and dog were outside, as well. This normally wouldn't be a bad thing, but you see Chris didn't have door panels, a center console, and most importantly he didn't have a dash. So, as his girl steps into the spaghetti factory that should be an interior, the parents were, of course, freaking out. "Is this safe?" asked her mother. "Is this even legal?" asked her dad. But it didn't stop there. Only a few hours later, Chris was stopped by the police, which after an hour of debate on how many laws he had broken, made his girlfriend very late for her curfew.

Five years later, Chris is still cruising the S-10, probably still confusing his girlfriend's parents and getting those crazy looks by the cops. But isn't minitruckin' all about standing out from the crowd and having fun doing it? Job well done, Chris.

The Lowdown

Rolling Attire
Wheels (Front): 20x8 Bonspeed Intense 5
Wheels (Rear): 20x10 Bonspeed Intense 5
Backspace (Front): 4 inches
Backspace (Rear): 5.25 inches
Tires (Front): 245/35R20 Bridgestone Potenza
Tires (Rear): 285/30R20 Bridgestone Potenza

Chassis Modifications
Suspension type: Air
Front suspension: Handbuilt lower A-arms
Rear suspension: Custom-built four-link
Airbag/cylinder type and size: (Front): Slam Specialties (Rear): Firestone 2600
Control arms: Modified lowers and powdercoated uppers
Spindles/springs: 2-inch drop spindles by Bell tech
Shocks: Belltech drop shocks
Valves: SMC 3/8
Compressors: Four Thomas compressors
Air line: Stainless braided
Air: Two 5-gallon tanks
Frame mods: Custom C-notch and four-link mounts
Frame material: 2x4 box tubing
Brakes: Booster and master cylinder was relocated under the dash
Detail work: Powdercoated sway bar, the control arms and engine compartment were painted and detailed
Performed by: Owner Chris Gay
City/state: Hyannis, MA

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, tailgate, cab seams, antenna, gas door, taillights, third brake light, firewall, tailgate handle, molded roll pan, and hood squirters
Frenched: License plate
Body-dropped: 3-1/4-inch body-dropped cab, 7-inch body-dropped bed
Front end: '00 GMC Envoy
Back end: Molded shut
Exterior bolt-ons: Check Mate bed cover
Misc.: Moved the bed forward 1-inch
Performed by: Owner Chris Gay
City/state: Hyannis, MA

Paint
Brand and colors: '02 Subaru WRX Blue, DuPont Chroma Base
Style: Single color
Performed by: Rob Harris
City/state: Waterbury, CT

Interior
Seats: '98 Camaro
Material: Suede and leather
Dash: '02 Grand Am
Door panels: Custom-made, fiberglass pods, leather and suede
Center console: Custom-made out of fiberglass
Flooring: Custom carpet
Headliner: Custom-made
Gauges: Auto Meter mounted in the factory gauge bar
Misc.: Custom shifter, window cranks, and a BAD steering wheel
Performed by: Owner Chris Gay
City/state: Hyannis, MA

Stereo
Head unit: Alpine
Mids and highs: MB Quarts
Subwoofers: JL Audio 10-inch
Amplifier for subwoofers: V-12 Alpine
Wiring/accessories: Stinger and Monster Cable
Custom fabrication: Custom speaker box, controls, pods, and amp covers
Performed by: Wiring by Greg Miller
City/state: Hyannis, MA

Special Thanks From Owner:
Taryn, Miller, my dad, BAD, Rob Harris, and everyone who has helped to clean and polish the wheels.

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