Owner: Kevin Aguilar
Ride: 2000 Chevrolet S-10
Hometown: Orange, CA
Club: Negative Camber
One thing that matters when building a custom truck is the use of a common theme for the whole project.
As you can see, this S-10 is loaded with hot-rod flavor and classic styles that were perfected decades ago. What is old is definitely new again with this S-10. Though it wasn't always like this, because this truck had very humble beginnings as did the owner, Kevin Aguilar. What looks glorious now is actually Kevin's very first vehicle. On his eighteenth birthday, he was lucky to be surprised by his parents whom had bought this 2000 Chevrolet S-10 as a birthday/get-out-of-the-house present. From that point on, he knew that things would never be the same as his plans for truck started to consume him.
It didn't take long before Kevin started pulling things apart in his parents' driveway. Every time they saw him with a pile of parts on the ground, they cringed at the thought that he was going to ruin his only mode of transportation to and from college, and more importantly not be able to move out anytime soon. What they didn't know is that by reading a lot of custom truck mags, Kevin knew he was doing the right thing in order to make his S-10 look that much cooler a step at a time. First things to go were the factory molding, intake, exhaust, and then the bumper was taken off in exchange for a rollpan.
Things really started rolling as he attended his first California Truck Jamboree in 2002. The sight of endless slammed trucks with wild paintjobs got him thirsty to dramatically change the look of the S-10. It was then that he decided to take the leap from clean stocker to slammed shocker. Though airbags were becoming very popular at the time, he thought he would go mild with a 5/7 drop over a set of 17-inch billets. At the time, he was graduating college with a degree in photography and figured he could combine two things he loved: custom trucks and taking pictures. By freelancing for several magazine titles, he got a better idea of what it took to create a full show vehicle and how to capture it for magazine readers. He refined his skills and landed a job as Feature Editor at Sport Truck magazine during its final years in print. During his time there, he helped many accomplish their dreams of getting featured in a magazine while his own ride remained just the 'bagged daily.
Kevin figured out that he wanted to go with a retro style and got the hood louvered by Sir Michaels. With a little brainstorming, he came up with the idea of adding some more older styling to the exterior. He decided to have a '60-'66 Chevy tailgate grafted on as well as add a set of taillights from a Model A Ford to a smooth rollpan. Once this was finished, it was clearly visible how the truck was taking form toward a themed build. Next stop: a road trip to Texas so it could get finished. First on the route was Ekstensive Metalworks where the S-10 was modified and cut to lay out over a set of 20-inch Bonspeed Huntington wheels. Then it was off to Kustom Werx Autobody where the crew shaved it of all the unnecessary items and worked the body straight. It was then painted Pewter with gold flake just before Pat Maxwell sprayed on a retro flamejob and laid down some fine pinstriping.
This was still Kevin's only ride, and while it was in Texas for a few months he got desperate in the transportation department. So as soon as the paint was dry, he flew out to pick up the truck and drive her home. Back in SoCal, the S-10 was driven everywhere and was truly enjoyed by Kevin. Though, he knew he eventually needed to finish it by getting the interior done. A few pieces on the inside were already painted, and Kevin thought that he could simply reupholster the bench seat and call it a done deal. Well, after talking to Justin Berry at Kustom Werx, he was convinced that it was a safe idea to let him paint all of the interior plastics. Once again, this S-10 hit the road to Texas.
Now completed, this S-10 proves that with dedication and a plan anyone can build a truck that will turn heads. Though Kevin had the help of many friends and talented hands, his truck was no overnight success. Yes, there were many obstacles, including a wife who does not share the same love for trucks, but he stuck to it and got it all done.