When it comes to the sport of minitruckin', we generally don't pay much attention to the word "hybrid". Yes, we're concerned with global warming and the environment, but when it comes to our trucks, this doesn't really factor in much.
Alvin Lawrence on the other hand built the ultimate hybrid minitruck. No, he didn't transplant a Prius motor, not that we'd be against the idea, but instead he took the looks and power of a Syclone and installed it into a second generation Dime. Most will put all their money and time in the interior and exterior, then possibly just shine up the motor to grab some attention, but not Alvin. His love is speed, but even he knows you have to look good going fast, as well as standing still. You can tell from the pictures that standing still his truck is a showstopper.
Alvin accomplished this amazing task with the help of awesome friends and a sheer will to finish what was started. From the get-go, he made up his mind on what he wanted and never stopped, no matter what jumped in the way. On his way to the top, he took the advice from seasoned builders and ran with it.
First things first, Alvin not only wanted to be the best looking at the show but he also wanted to get there first. This involved some performance upgrades to the drivetrain. The stock drivetrain was swapped out in favor of the coveted 330 horsepower GMC Syclone motor, transmission, and rearend. Before installing the new power plant into the second gen, the entire motor was tweaked to crank out the most ponies possible. From the intake, to the exhaust, and everything in between, Alvin was hands on to make sure it was properly executed. In order to maximize performance, a Precision T-76 Stealth Super Charger was installed stirring up a healthy 20lbs of boost.
Once the truck was able to move quickly, it was time to make sure she could stop on a dime and maneuver like a corvette, and all the while laying firmly on the ground. Marcus Moreau installed air ride on all four corners utilizing Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves up front and a KP Component six-link out back. SSBC was called upon to supply the 13-inch upgraded brake rotors up front and rear disc conversion in the rear. Now that the Chevy was up to par on performance, handling, and stance, it was time to pretty her up.
The entire outside of the truck was shaved, and an LED brightened things up out back. An SS billet grille was used to compliment the upgraded Blazer front end along with AVS billet side mirrors. To keep the slick appearance going a Trader tonneau cover was installed. After all of the welds were ground down and the body filler was smoothed out, Anthony Rhodes and John Rispoli from RAW laid down the PPG Creamsicle and Cool Vanilla and complimented the two-tone with royal and brilliant blue pinstriping.
With the outside of the truck getting all this attention, it was time to complete the build by focusing on the inside. Alvin put on a mask and went to town on the fiberglass and suede. He left nothing untouched, turning the inside into a masterpiece just like the outside. We assume that Alvin was left a little hard of hearing after all the grinding and pounding on the rest of the truck, since he installed a stereo that would leave you breathless, and using sign language. Turn on the JVC 7400, let the JL Amplifiers power up, and heaven comes through the mid range speakers and tweeters, as hell pounds your heart from the three JL 13w6 subwoofers.
Overall, Alvin has built a complete truck that has it all--performance, handling, looks, and sounds. By this time Alvin has probably already started another awesome minitruck build as his love for the sport is deep, so look out for more upcoming features from this great Virgin Island minitrucker.
Owner: Alvin Lawrence
Ride: '94 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Christiansted, Virgin Islands
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere
Wheels: (Front): 20x8.5 Ace Alloy Executive (Rear): 22x9 Ace Alloy Executive
Tires: (Front): Nitto Invo 245/30R20 (Rear): Nitto Invo 265/30R22
Suspension: (Front): Air Ride Technologies (Rear): KP Components
Airbag type and size: (Front): Shockwaves (Rear): Contitech 2600s
Spindles: Belltech 2-inch drop
Shocks: QA1 two-way adjustable
Valves: Eight Parker -inch
Compressors: Three Thomas 337
Brakes: SSBC front rotors, SSBC drum to disk conversion
Misc.: Sectioned and raised transmission crossmember
Performed by: Marcus Moreau
Shaved: Door handles, tailgate, taillights, third brake light, antenna, windshield wipers, gas door, and firewall
Front end: '98 Chevy Blazer
Back end: Tailgate skin combo
Taillights: AVS LED and reverse light
Exterior bolt-ons: SS billet grille, AVS billet side view mirrors, Trader tonneau cover
Performed by: Owner
Brand and colors: PPG Creamsicle and Cool Vanilla
Pinstriping: Royal Blue and Brilliant Blue
Airbrushing: Graphite Gray
Performed by: Owner, Clifford Hamilton, Anthony Rhodes, and John Rispoli
Seats: Corbeau Racing
Material: Onyx and pewter suede
Dash: Fiberglassed and painted
Headliner: Onyx suede
Performed by: Owner
Head unit: JVC 7400
Mids and highs: Six JL Audio XR650s
Amplifier for mids and highs: Two JL Audio 300/4
Subwoofers: Three JL Audio 13w6
Amplifier for subwoofers: JL Audio 500/1
Video: JVC 9-inch and 7-inch monitors and Soundstream 26-inch in the bed
Performed by: Owner
Displacement: 4.3L Vortech V-6 Syclone
Number of cylinders: Six
Turbo: Precision T-76 Stealth
Transmission: Custom built 700R4
Driveshaft: Shortened and rebalanced
Rearend type: Chevy 10-bolt
Battery: Three SVR H/D
Inner fenders: Molded trailer fenders in front, raised fenders in rear
Performed by: Owner
Special Thanks By Owner
Clifford Hamilton at C&S Deltron, Mike at Mike's Electronics, Carlos at V.I. Tech, Jerry at McCoy Motorsports, Vinnie at Action Powdercoat, Marcus Moreau, Carlos Estien, Cosmos Laureut, everyone who was there, and most of all my Father.