1988 Chevy S-10
Some people's stories are easier to tell then others. Some work hard and save up to build the truck of their dreams, while others take matters into their own hands.
Wesley Stanford was 18 years old, married, and had a kid on the way back when he bought his 1988 S-10 in 1996. It was wrecked and in really bad shape, but he got a smoking deal on it and wanted to turn it into his first custom. He had helped a friend bodydrop a 1986 Ranger, and that was when Wesley decided he wanted a mini to call his own. On a tight budget, he couldn't afford to pay anyone to build the truck for him, and he had never welded or built anything with metal before, so he quickly rounded up some buddies to begin customizing. Back then, Wes didn't really know any better and told himself that it would only take two weekends-three tops-to get his truck rolling.
It all started with just a concrete slab, very little tools, and a generator for electricity. After a few months, they moved under an oak tree in the gravel closer to the shed with some electricity. But the project began to drag on and take too long, so Wesley jumped in and decided he would take matters into his own hands. Armed with nothing but a little welder and the will to learn, he went through two beds, two sets of fenders, and two hoods before he finally got it right the third time around. The first time he was satisfied with his Dime and put it back on the street in operable and showable condition, it had a V-6, 16-inch Center Line wheels, a camper shell, and six 12-inch thumpers in the bed. Next round of mods called for more power under the hood, so along came the rumble of a V-8 swap.
As we all know, life has a way of throwing some major wrenches in our custom plans, so his pride and joy sat for four years and gathered an ant farm, and no one would buy it. A second kid and one divorce later, Wesley found motivation to get started on his long-lost project again. He built a house and shop in 2003 and brought the truck to the new place to completely redo it. A little better equipped in both knowledge and space, Jason and his friend, Brandon Losack, rebuilt the entire truck in four days. In a little under two weeks they had it back on the road, 'bagged, bodied, and rolling on 16s. This phase, it sported a four-cylinder, no shell, no big stereo, and was primer pink, and Jason was as happy as ever to be cruisin' again. He drove it like this daily for almost two years. In that time, he added little things here and there, including a bedcover, upper and lower control arms, and 20-inch wheels. Next, he redid the 'bags in the rear and got it painted Toyota Tacoma Speedway Blue in 2006. Another round of custom touches included a custom-built dash and center console with the help of his buddy Caleb Keebler. Wes cut down a set of Honda Prelude seats and had the door panels and headliner wrapped in tweed and vinyl to match. With the help of friends, a full-custom stereo install was next in the lineup along with some more custom interior touches. It was time to hit the show fields again in 2008, and he showed the truck until June 2009, then it was time for another overhaul.
As you can see, Wesley doesn't mind getting his hands dirty, and with the help of a good painter and his close buds, he was able to add a full tailgate skin with LED taillights, shaved gas door, suicide doors, and smoothed door panels in a little under two months. The dash, console, door panels, and some miscellaneous parts under the hood were also painted with the same killer graphics that now cover the exterior. A new set of 20-inch wheels rounded out the final metamorphosis for this perfect example of a killer first-gen Dime.
For more information on the shape-shifting of Wesley's ride, scope the Lowdown.
20-inch B.A.D. Wrath
235/35ZR20 Nitto 555
Suspension (front): Contitech 2,600 'bags and 2-inch Belltech drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Contitech 2,600 'bags, custom-built two-link with wishbone
Compressors: Air Zenith OB2
Air Accessories: 5-gallon tank, SMC 1/2-inch valves, 1/2-inch stainless line
Frame Mods: Notched for tie rods, C-notch
Performed By: Owner
Emblems, antenna, door handles, cab seams, taillights
Cali combo with AVS LEDs
Street Scene mirrors, bedcover
Smooth wiper cowl, cowl hood, Toyota bumper with billet insert, custom valance, 1991 Chevy face-lift with billet Bow Tie and insert, clear marker lights, clear headlights
Zach Hughes from Noxious Fumes
Brand & Colors: BASF Plum Purple, BASF Mercedes Green, multiple candies, Transtar clear
Performed By: Zach Hughes
Honda Prelude buckets chopped 18 inches and upholstered by Jim's Headliners
Billet steering wheel, pedals, rearview mirror, shift knob, window cranks, AVS shaved door kit
Owner and friends
Head Unit: Pioneer DEH-P7800
Mids & Highs: Polk 62
Subwoofers: Punch HE2
Amplifiers: Punch BD1000, Punch 300x4
Misc.: Two Optima RedTops and billet battery boxes
Performed By: Owner and friends
Special Thanks From Owner
"To my mom for letting me spend countless hours in the driveway working on my first mini at all hours when I was a teenager. To all my friends who have helped with the many stages of my truck, whether it was turning a wrench or just helping drink the beer. To my wife, Maggie, for putting up with all the late nights I was in the shop and all the guys coming in and out and putting up with me almost draining the savings account. Finally, to my kids, Colton, Chelsie, Taylor, and Kyle, for not being mad at me because I was busy working on the truck all the time."