OWNER: Les Carr RIDE: '87...
OWNER: Les Carr
RIDE: '87 Chevy S-10
HOMETOWN: Meridian, MS
CLUB: Relaxed Atmosphere
When you hear about most three-week builds, they generally involve the word SEMA. The list of modifications can be generally mild, to some wheels, paint, and lowering, all the way to major ones like, body drops, airbags, chop-tops, etc. But that crazy time crunch is generally due to vehicle deliveries to customers, or last minute crunch times. One story you've probably never heard, is a complete rebuild of a previous feature truck in three weeks to make the Scrapin' the Coast show, with the hopes of being shot for the cover of this very magazine!
Well that is exactly what Les Carr and his buddies over at Twin States Customs did! Having completely rebuilt his truck twice already, and receiving previous feature shoots, Les decided it was time to go out with a bang. He wanted to give his high school graduation present from his parents (in 1995) the farewell it deserved. So Les approached the collective group of talent with this idea: "Let's murder out my truck for the Scrapin' the Coast show and go all the way with it!" The only problem was that they only had three weeks to completely transform the dime. But since the talent assembled to complete this task included two previous cover truck owners and other feature truck owners, the crew wasn't worried at all.
They got right to it, and even though there were many late nights and early mornings, Les made it a point to bring his 3-year-old son, Hagan to the shop to hang out with daddy and learn all about the madness that was ensuing. They completely tore the truck apart right down to the frame, and began to jam. The plan laid down was a smooth black exterior with bright red interior and accents. So they did just that. Eli Griffon laid down the slick Jet Black paintjob, after they spent days smoothing everything out. The interior was also a collaborate effort to transform everything from headliner to carpet into the bright blood red that you see here. All in all a killer crew, some great friends, and a lot of work, but Les Carr achieved his goal and is retiring his 13-year excursion with this Dime, in style. Congrats buddy, we're sure we'll see more from your camp in the future, especially when Hagan gets his graduation present!
Wheels (Front):18x7 Billet Specialties GTX03
(Rear): 20x 8 Billet Specialties GTX03
Tires (Front): Nitto NT555 225/35ZR18 (Rear): Nitto NT555 245/35ZR20
Suspension type: Air
Suspension (Front/Rear): firestone 255c bags
Spindles/springs: two-inch Belltech
Valves: 3/8-inch SMC valves
Compressor: Viair 450
Frame mods: rear step notch and bridge with a Pete and Jakes modified four-link
Frame material: 2x4 square tubing
Gas tank: air tank converted to a gas tank
Detail work: the frame is painted black to match the truck, the four-link and bridge is painted Viper Red to match the bedliner and interior
Performed by: Justin Griffin of Twin States Customs
Body-dropped: 31/4 inches
Back end: Custom roll pan
Taillights: Hagan flush mount street rod LEDs
Performed by: Eli Griffin of Twin States Customs and Josh "The New Kid" Ellis
Brand and color: Sikkens Jet Black
Style: slick as hell
Performed by: Eli Griffin of Twin States Customs
Seats: Bench seat
Material: Lipstick red leather
Dash: custom made painted flat red
Door panels: lipstick red leather with black door inserts
Headliner: lipstick red leather
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Performed by: seats by Tracy Swanner of Southern Upholstery and the dash and door panels done by Robby Odom and Justin McCary of Selective Audio
Model/Year: 2.8 liter V-6
Detail work: the motor has been painted Viper Red. The pulleys, alternator, air cleaner, and intake manifold have all been chrome plated
Performed by: chrome plating by A-1 plating of Tuscumbia, AL and engine painting by owner's Dad Jimmy Carr
Special thanks by owner:
First and foremost to my son Hagan who is 3 years old and has required a lot of visiting with me at the shop rather than at home, my parents for this graduation gift 12 years ago, Justin and Eli Griffin of Twin States Customs and the "new kid" Josh Ellis for making this possible when it came crunch time to completely build this "murdered out" project in three weeks time. And as always can't leave out the family with the stars and bars, Relaxed Atmosphere.