Owner: Aj Renner * Bismark, ND
1998 Chevy S10
Club: Severed Ties

AJ Renner of Bismarck, North Dakota, isn't old enough to remember the days when "mini" was a four-letter word in the custom world, never to be mentioned around the hot rod contingent.

Back in the good old days, minitrucks weren't exactly noted for their style and good taste as much as their shock value related to neon day-glow colors, tilting and spinning beds, and booming systems that took up more space than they were worth. Today it has come full circle. Some of the nicest trucks out there come from the "mini" side of the fence and AJ has followed the new wave of minitruck slickness coming up with a frame-laying statement that is uniquely his own.

To get his point across, AJ started with a '98 Chevy S-10 and began the age-old ritual of creating his own personal four-wheeled nirvana. With a little bit of research he found the parts that could make all his dreams a reality, and the first order of business was to put the frame in its proper place, flat on the pavement. He cured the height problem with a typical front-end setup, clearancing the spring perch up front for a set of Firestone Air Springs. For the rear setup, AJ ordered up and installed the Road Grater system from Air Ride Technologies, to give the truck more than enough lift for the 20-inch wheels.

Once the suspension was squared away, AJ got busy with the razor and began shaving everything in sight. While he was at it, he added a cal combo tailgate skin, flush mounted LED taillights into the roll pan, skinned the inside of the bed and made the bed tilt to the side for good measure. Setting this truck off by far is the front end. With a bit of trimming here and there, the fenders and hood were modified to accept the headlights donated from an '02 Cadillac Escalade. The billet grille for the Cadillac CTS was modified to fit and a grille shell was hand-made to finish off the Cadillac feel. The revamped body was then preped for the rich coating of fresh paint. AJ filled his gun and layed down the silver and black two-tone base. From there, he sprayed the overlapping tribal graphics in contrasting blue with green pinstriping finishing things off. AJ complemented the fine work on the exterior with aftermarket sideview mirrors and a staggered set of wheels.

AJ knew he wanted a full custom interior from floor to ceiling so he turned his upholstery work over to Larson's Creative Concepts, to be recovered in black and blue vinyl. In the mean time, AJ smoothed out the dash bezel, door panels and fabricated a fiberglass center console before spraying them in the same hue as the graphics. A billet steering wheel, along with a custom-made shifter finish up the loose ends of the passenger compartment.

The final work is one of art a clean paintjob, multiple body mods, and chrome wheels. AJ wrote that people kept telling him he was wasting his money but he just ignored the criticism and worked hard to build the truck of his dreams.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: (Front) 18x8.5 Mondera B-52's (Rear) 20x8.5 Mondera B-52's
Tires: Nitto

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Drop spindles with 2500 firestones
Suspension Rear: Road Grader setup from Air Ride Techologies with 10-inch Firestone sleeve
Compressor: DCS300
Air accessories: Parker valves, two 3-gallon steel tanks
Misc.: Chrome hard lines to tanks and compressor
Performed by: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: taillights, roll pan, gas door, antenna
Body mods: Escalade headlights, custom-made hood to fit headlights, custom-made grille shell with a cut down CTS billet grill, side-tilt bed, all smoothed inside, california combo with frenched plate, Hagen street rod taillights
Bolt-ons: APC sport mirrors
Performed by: Owner

Paint
Brand and colors: Dupont Galaxy Silver, one off blue, Midnite Black,
Misc.: Striped with House of Kolor Lime Green
Performed by: Owner

Interior
Seats: '94 Cavalier, recovered in black and blue vinyl
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Gauges: Autometer
Misc.: One off Billet shift knob made by owner, Billet Specalties steering wheel with painted half wrap, fiberglass center console, smoothed and painted door panels, and pillars with two Auto Meter air gauges
Performed by: Owner and the upholstery was done by Larson's Creative Concepts

Stereo
Head unit: Pioneer DEP-P7600
Mids and highs: Alpine 4x6-inch three-way in-dash
Subwoofers: Two 8-inch Kicker Solo Baric
Amplifiers: Kicker ZR240
Performed by: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
My dad for all his time and effort and paying for all the heat in the shop, Mom, All my friends that helped, Kyle, Adam, John Larson for the great upholstery work, Mike Alexander for the custom Slurpee interior haha, and most of all my club Severed Ties.