Owner: Joe Prete
Ride: 2000 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Club: Aftermath

Joe Prete always wanted to do something truly unique to his 2000 Chevy S-10, but let's be serious here, what haven't we already seen done to a Dime?

Since the almighty S-10 happens to be the most widely customized mini on the road, there isn't much room left for jaw-dropping individuality. Or is there?

Joe happens to be a fan of simplicity, which is why he crafted his truck's exterior to be as clean as can be. Although having a timeless-looking ride is fine and dandy, where does the actual creativity shine through on a truck as minimally styled as Joe's, and where is inspiration drawn from? Joe and his pals were pondering these exact questions when, all of a sudden, magic struck. When asked what type of air tank he was going to select, Joe's response was simply something black and boring. His friend, Brian, suggested that he think outside the box and custom-paint it to look like an everyday cylindrical item like a battery or an item that anyone would quickly recognize. After tossing a few ideas around, they made their way into the wide world of candy, where they brought up and quickly rejected ideas of painting the tank to resemble a roll of Smarties and nearly decided to mimic the look of a package of Rolos. After vetoing almost every cylindrically packaged sugary snack that has been introduced to the American sweet tooth, the most obvious candidate finally came to mind. The Tootsie Roll, being a classic and widely known treat, presented itself as the ideal source of inspiration due to its mass appeal and retro-cool wrapper.

Once the loose theme for the truck was set in paint, Dave Bosse, from Afterhours Fabrication, wanted to devise a unique bridge that would complement the tasty tank. A small network of tubing was bent and curved to add some extra flair, but when the last tack weld was made, the guys took a step back and inspected the craftsmanship. The formation was in good structural form, but Dave's sculpturing left an impression that wasn't quite as appetizing as the little chunk of chocolate it was inspired by. Cow intestines. That's what the web of tubing initially looked like to them, but once the Tootsie-color-coordinated paint was applied, the landscape was sure to satisfy any custom lover's cravings. Dialing it down a little and with everything from the interior to the suspension paint now matching the Tootsie theme, it was a simple yet unique build they could all be proud of.

For a better taste of Joe's sweet Dime, check out the Lowdown on this killer truck.

Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: Boyd Coddington Nemesis
Tires: Nitto 245/40/18

Chassis Modifications
Suspension Front: Firestone 2600s
Suspension Rear: Sleeve 'bags with custom bridge
Control Arms: Stock de-humped lowers and pie-cut uppers
Compressors: Oasis XD 3000 filling up 22 gallons of air
Frame Mods: Round C-notch and custom-bent bridge
Performed By: Dave Bosse from Afterhours Fabrication

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, antenna, wiper cowl, gas door, third brake light, stock Xtreme body kit, shaved tailgate handle, shaved chrome strips on Envoy bumper
Body Mods: One-off side-opening tailgate, Envoy front-end swap, Inalfa electric sliding ragtop, Grand Prix third brake light in tailgate, slanted license-plate box
Performed By: Ricky Quincy

Paint
Brand & Colors: Stock Isuzu metallic brown
Performed By: Ricky Quincy

Interior
Seats: Leather Envoy seats with cut-off headrests
Dash: Smoothed and painted with the dip on top shaved
Gauges: Molded triple-gauge pod with three KP gauges
Misc.: One-piece sheetmetal headliner, custom billet rearview mirror shaped as a Tootsie Roll, moved climate controls into the side airbag spot, smooth door panels with the pockets shaved, all interior plastic smoothed and painted, one-off center console with 7-inch screen, and miscellaneous billet accessories
Performed By: Ricky Quincy, owner, and Jen

Stereo
Head Unit: Alpine in-dash DVD player
Mids & Highs: JL Audio
Subwoofers: Three Diamond Audio 12s
Amplifiers: Diamond Audio
Misc.: Fully fiberglassed enclosure to hold three 12-inch Diamond Audio subs
Performed By: Three shops that didn't know what they were doing then refinished by owner with help from Ricky and Junior Quincy

Engine/Performance
Engine: Stock 4.3L
Intake: K&N cold-air intake
Header/Exhaust: Flowmaster with dual turndowns
Misc.: 220-amp alternator and Optima YellowTop battery
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Dave at Afterhours Fabrication, my parents, my fiancée Jen, Danny for painting the air tank, Ricky and Junior Quincy, all my club members of Aftermath, Sikness Video, Layed Out Video, Suicide Doors, and S-10 forum, and Mini Truckin' magazine."

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