You can never be sure how the public will react when you blaze your own trail, especially when it comes to things like truck customization. Any time you differ from what's in with the masses, you run the risk of being deemed a person who performs customization sacrilege upon an otherwise cool minitruck. However, the payoff for such a daring act can be much greater than the risk. Not everyone has the cojones to make the leap from trendy to innovative, but Jason Badley of Brussels, Ontario, Canada sure does.
You might have noticed already that not only does this S-10 have dual rear wheels, but it's also really long. Of course, we have seen dualie conversions before, traditionally performed on 1/2-ton pickups, and the phantom dualie that came and went. However, when was the last time you saw a first generation S-10 with not two but four wheels spinning on the rear axle? When was the last time you saw a quad cab Dime with a long bed? That's right, you probably haven't. General Motors doesn't build a quad cab long bed S-10, and no one we know has built one, up until now.
When you want something really bad most people will go to great lengths to get it, and Jason wasn't afraid to sacrifice a couple donor trucks to get what he wanted. He started with '94 four door Blazer and cut 6 inches from the B-pillar on floor and roof to get the front half of the doorjamb. Then he cut 30 inches off the back of a standard cab S-10 and grafted it to the Blazer doorjamb to create the crew cab. Because of a height difference between the roof of the Blazer and S-10, he had to cut the Blazer portion of the roof off and use the skin of an extended cab S-10. In order to complete the crew cab, the front portion of the rear doors were cut off the Blazer, and welded to the rear section of a donor pair of S-10 doors, making the truck a total of 32 inches longer.
To show you how much work is involved in going from four to six wheels, take a look at this list of things that were cut and lengthened on Jason's truck: The driveline, the framerails, the brake lines, and the wiring all lengthened to match the length of the longbed that was procured from another truck. Once the new bed was bolted atop the extended frame rails, there was still the matter of those two extra dualie wheels sticking out past the bedsides. Therefore, Jason used Arrowcraft dualie fenders, and constructed tubs to finish the inside of the bed and added a custom roll pan and a cowl-induction hood to keep with the high-performance theme.
On the inside, leather and suede covers the door panels, seats, and headliner. Anything else that could be easily removed was smoothed and painted in dark gray, while details of shine come from various billet interior pieces. When the project came to a close, Jason needed something to drown out the sounds of the V-8 under the hood. A Pioneer head unit drives a full set of Fosgate mids and highs, coupled with 12-inch subs in the back. Take note, fullsize dualie fans. The "mini dualies" are coming, and they are better, and badder than ever. Jason Badley's S-10 is undeniable proof of that.
Owner: Jason Badley
Ride: '93 S-10 Crew Cab Dualie
Hometown: Brussels Ontario, Canada
Wheels (Front/Rear): 15x6 Series 96 chrome, dualie conversion kit
Tires (Front/Rear): 195/50R15
Suspension: (Front) Modified for Shockwaves (Rear) four-link
Airbag type: (Front): Shockwaves (Rear): Air Lift D2600 Dominator
Control arms: Air Ride Technology upper and lower tubular control arms
Spindles/springs: Belltech 2-inch dropValves: Parker 1/2-inch
Compressors: Two Viair 480c
Air line: 1/2-inch air line
Air accessories: Dakota Digital air pressure gauge
Frame mods: Frame extended 32 1/2 inches with an 8-inch C-notch in the rear
Frame material: 3/16-inch flat sheetmetal
Performed by: Jason badley (owner)
Shaved: Cowl, taillights, tailgate, firewall, rear locks door locks
Body-dropped: 3 1/2 inches
Front end: Billet grille, Chevy bow tie marker lights
Back end: Smooth roll pan
Taillights: Chevy bowtie taillights
Exterior bolt-ons: Dualie conversion kit with dualie rear fenders.
Misc.: '94 four-door Blazer doorjambs grafted to the rear section of an S-10 cab, roof skin off an extended cab S-10, rear doors were built using 6 inches of the rear doors off the '94 Blazer, then used 26 inches off the doors of the S-10 and welded them together to give rear door width of 32 inches
Performed by: Jason Badley
Brand and colors: PPG '02 Galaxy Silver
Performed by: McNeil's Auto Body
Seats: '02 GMC S-10 front and rear
Material:Leather and suede
Dash: Stock dash but shaved everything, painted '06 Mercedes Dark Gray
Door panels: Front door stock and rear door panels are custom-made using Blazer door panels and S-10 door panels molded together, and painted
Center console: Custom-made to hold Playstation3 and covered in suede
Flooring: Gray carpet
Headliner: Headliner was custo- made and covered in gray suede
Gauges: Auto Meter gauges
Performed by: Jason Badley
Head unit: Pioneer
Mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate
Amplifier for mids and highs: Rockford Fosgate
Subwoofers: Two Pioneer 12-inch subs
Amplifier for subwoofers: Rockford Fosgate
Video: Four 7-inch DVD monitors, two in visors and two in headrests
Custom fabrication: Center console and sub enclosure
Performed by: Jason Badley
Number of cylinders: Eight
Transmission: 350 turbo
Header: Headman Headers
Driveshaft: Custom made
Misc.: All polished aluminum by Billet Specialties
Performed by: Rudy Held Performance, and Jason Badley
Special Thanks By Owner
I would like to thank my Wife Julie Badley for putting up with me through the build. I want to thank Ron at Rudy Helds Performance for the motor and transmission. I want to thank Don McNeil and Andrew Southgate for the final paint. A Special thanks to my Brother-in-law Shawn Yenssen for motivation, saying it would never be finished and for all his help. Couldn't have been done without the help from all these people. Thank you.