Owner: Lucas Bates
Ride: 1998 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Monticello, KY
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere

Have you ever walked around a show looking at the crazy mods, graphics, and wild colors and gone into sensory overload? Well that's what Lucas Bates from Monticello, Kentucky, kept running into while looking for ideas for his S-10 build.

Lucas would walk around shows and look through magazines trying to get ideas for his project, and would always end up dissatisfied. In fact, Lucas would end up walking away from trucks that had way too much done to them without a purpose or theme, for that exact reason-sensory overload. That's when Lucas had the brilliant idea of making his truck appear completely stock, but still have an aggressive stance and enough cool factor to keep people staring at his truck way longer than some of the crazy creations lining the show fields nationwide.

When Lucas went looking for a shop to help him create his masterpiece, his style and taste kept bringing him back to one place-the famed Little Shop of Horrors in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. After talking to Eric from Little Shop for hours upon hours, a plan was set forth to build a stock looking truck that could hold its own with the best trucks in the country. In fact, upon receiving the S-10 to build, Eric did so little to the outside of the truck that when it was aired up, most people would walk right past it. The only body mods on this truck are the shaved hood squirters, fender trim holes, and front bed seams, and that's it.

With a truck that has almost no body mods to speak of, you would think that Eric wouldn't have too many problems with the build. But, early on, the truck tried to kill him by slicing his wrist open and sending him to the hospital for a few dozen stitches. Luckily for Lucas, Eric doesn't give up too easy. Eric proceeded to lay the truck out with a 2.75-inch body drop and a set of 20- and 22-inch Coy C-5 wheels. The staggered hot rod- style rolling stock draws you in for a closer look. That's when you stumble upon a one-of-a-kind interior that grabs your attention and makes you want to really know what this truck is all about.

Eric's first order of business to give the interior a nice and clean wow factor that Lucas was after was to do what he is known for-retrofitting a '63 Galaxy dash complete with Dakota Digital Gauges in place of the stock S-10 dash. Hudson's Rod and Custom wrapped the cut down factory bench seat in chocolate colored hides and the rest was painted DuPont Chocolate Brown. Who would have thought that a dark brown interior could look this good on a fairly "stock" looking truck?

Needless to say, Lucas accomplished what he set out to do. He built a super clean minitruck that deserved it's special magazine debut in this clean, hot-rod themed issue. The best part about this S-10 is that ten years from now it will still be as cool as it is today, because sometimes less is more. See, stock doesn't always have to suck if done just right. For more info on this killer Dime, check out the Lowdown.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire
Wheels: 20 and 22 Coy C-5s with painted chocolate brown centers and custom machined Little Shop center caps made by Distinctive Machining
Tires: Ventus V4 245/35ZR20s and 265/35ZR22s

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Ride Tech tubular uppers and lowers with 2800-pound Firestones
Suspension Rear: Suicidedoors.com five-link rear suspension with 2600-pound Firestones
Spindles: 2-inch drop spindles
Compressors: Engine-driven and two Viair 450s
Frame Mods: Notched rear clip and notched for tie-rod clearance
Gas Tank: Sectioned gas tank for cab clearance
Brakes: Little Shop rear disc brake conversion
Performed by: The Little Shop of Horrors

Body Modifications
Shaved: Hood squirters, fender trim holes, and front bed seams
Body-dropped: 2-3/4 inches part traditional with no raise in the rear section of floor or rear cabwall. Raised the bed floor to keep stock look also
Exterior bolt-ons: Street Scene Cal-Vu mirrors
Misc.: Line-X and kept the outside as factory as possible to keep the true stock look
Performed by: The Little Shop of Horrors

Paint
Brand: DuPont
Performed By: The Little Shop of Horrors

Interior
Seats: Factory bench seat chopped down and wrapped in two chocolate colored leather hides with matching suede
Dash: 1963 Ford Galaxy remade to fit the truck, painted DuPont chocolate brown
Door Panels: Smoothed and painted DuPont chocolate brown with leather and suede
Flooring: Daytona weave carpeting
Gauges: Dakota Digital
Misc.: Genie Shifter knob with custom-built shift rod and boot, Billet Specialties steering wheel and window cranks
Performed By: Hudson's Rod and Custom and The Little Shop of Horrors

Stereo
Head Unit: JVC
Mids and Highs: Boston Acoustic
Custom Fabrication: Head unit mounted beneath driver seat
Performed By: The Little Shop of Horrors

Engine/Performance
Displacement: 2.2 L
Header/exhaust: Pacesetter header
Battery: Optima
Detail Work: Tubbed and shaved firewall painted to match
Misc.: Wheeltub areas behind wheels are sprayed with matching color bedliner
Performed by: The Little Shop of Horrors

Special Thanks From Owner
"My mom and dad for their love and support while building the truck. My wife Michelle, for supporting me along the way and helping me in tight spots. A big thanks to Eric and Bradley at The Little Shop of Horrors for making my dreams come true. Chris Pollock for all his help in the truck as well and Hudson's Hot Rod's for doing a sick job on the interior. I also want to thank O'Reilly's/DuPont for the paint supplies, Dakota Digital for the gauges, and Don at Distinctive Machining for the wheel center caps. Also Andrew Harris, Larry Douglas, H.G. Hickey, Skee-lo, Nephew T, and anyone else who lent a hand during the past four years. A big shout-out to Mini Truckin' magazine and Relaxed Atmosphere for helping to write this final chapter."

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