Owner: Randal McCarrell
2000 Chevy S-10
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere
When it comes to the youth of today, who says that the minitruckin' community Isn't influential?
Showing them how cool our scene is, how cool a 'bagged and body-dropped truck can be, or even getting them into anything minitruck related and taking them to shows and events can play a huge part in a kid's life. Back when Randall McCarrell from Knoxville, Tennessee, was in elementary school and most little boys were flipping through the pages of their dad's favorite "skin" mags when no one was around, Randall was caught reading every issue of Mini Truckin' he could get his hands on. Little did he know at that time that he would someday have a truck that would grace the pages of that very magazine.
Fast forward to his high school days, and Randall could be seen drooling over an S-10 sitting in the school parking lot. That particular Dime was our February 2007 cover truck "Take Notes." Of course it didn't look like that back in high school, but watching the buildup of that truck is what inspired Randall to make his truck what you see here today. Just out of high school, Randall purchased a 2000 Chevy S-10, but the original purchase date was put off for a few weeks. The original plans were to pick the truck up from the dealer on September 11, 2001, but just like everyone else in the country at that time, Randall had more important things to worry about so he held off. Once things settled back down he took ownership of his new ride and it didn't take long for the tear-down to begin. Looking back on it now, Randall pointed out that it would've been much cheaper to cut into a used $2,000 truck rather than a brand-new $18,000 truck, but you live and learn, right?
Being built as a daily driver, the truck was never intended to be this intense, but Randal kept doing things here and there until he was finally satisfied, but then again, is any minitrucker ever fully satisfied with his truck? First thing on the list was to throw some 'bags on the truck (which is never as easy as it sounds), and this led to the Trailblazer front clip. Next, a stock-floor bodydrop and sheetmetal bed were attended to. See how things tend to just snowball once the bug bites someone? After some cruising and dragging with the truck at this stage for a while, it was time for some nice paint and interior. That's where most people would slow down, but after a couple shows, Randall scrapped the Trailblazer front bumper and reworked the front end to handle a modified piece from a fullsize Chevy.
Now don't think just because this truck rolls with custom mixed paint, a bodydrop and complete interior that it sits in the garage every day. Randall still uses this truck as his daily driver and if you're ever in his part of the world, you just might see it with the bed full of trash on the way to the dump or a slew of grocery bags packed against the sides. For more info on this radical daily, check out the Lowdown.
Wheels: 20x8.5 KMC Maven
Tires: Nitto 555 245/35ZR20
Suspension Type: Air
Front Suspension: Air spring and 3-inch cup
Rear Suspension: Suicidedoors.com three-link, 'bag over axle setup
Spindles: Belltech 2-inch drop
Valves: GC Extreme 3/8-inch
Compressor: York engine-driven
Air Accessories: AVS 7-switch rocker box, 145/175 pressure switch
Frame Mods: Notched for tie rods in the front,C-notch with custom bridge in the rear
Brakes: 7-inch GM booster
Performed By: Owner and Rob Perry
Shaved: Antenna, hood squirters, tailgate handle
Body Dropped: 3-inch stock-floor
Front End: Chevy fullsize bumper sectioned nine inches and reworked to fit fenders
Exterior Bolt-ons: Billet grille and billet Bowtie
Misc: 1997 Nissan Altima door handles
Performed By: Owner
Brand and Colors: Nason 1956 Belair Tropical Turquoise
Misc. Bed floor sprayed with Raptor Liner
Performed By: Dustin McMahan
Seats: 1st Generation S-10 bench wrapped in black vinyl
Headliner: Black suede
Gauges: Black-face Viair gauges in pillar
Misc: Entire inside of cab covered in FatMat
Performed By: David Corn at Prostitch
Head Unit: Pioneer CD player
Mids & Highs: Polk 2-way
Performed By: Owner
Transmission: 4L60e with B&M shift kit
Intake: Sectioned to clear hood
Exhaust: Flowmaster 40 series
Ignition: Hypertech power programmer III
Battery: Kinetik 800 mounted behind seat
Detail Work: Undercoated
Misc: Modded throttle body, 16-inch electric fan
Performed By: Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"Tiffany, Braden, and Addie for support and not killing me over the late nights. Rob, Dustin, David, Brent, and Jason for all the help. Jeff Lewis and all of Relaxed Atmosphere for the support. Dad for paid time off to go to shows, Carl and Junior for the paint booth and advice. Special thanks to Dustin for painting my truck twice and letting me pay him with food."