Owner: Brett Kastner
Ride: 1988 Chevy S-10 Extra Cab
Hometown: Alvin, TX
Nothing beats timeless style and aesthetics, especially in the world of minitrucks. With so many builders taking their projects into the fringe of boundary-defying body mods and paint, Brett Kastner decided to stick to the roots of customizing by crafting a first-gen S-10 that's been treated with classic styling cues at every corner.
"I started taking notice of minitrucks back in '94 when I was 16. I began building up my S-10 to see if I could learn how to weld," says Brett. It doesn't get much simpler than that-a passion to create while enrolling in a course in self-education and growth. Little did Brett realize that school would be in session for 6 long years and cost about the same as a few semesters at an Ivy League institution. "Along the way, I became extremely familiar with bodywork, painting, clearing, fabrication, and welding. Everything I spent was out-of-pocket cash. I had no sponsors to help lighten the load."
With Brett fronting the bill for the materials and aftermarket parts, he learned to be 100-percent sure of his intentions with each order and upcoming modification. One occurrence that did throw the build into a completely different direction just a week into it was the birth of Brett's twin girls, Emily and Julie. From that point on, it became more difficult to spend time and money that wasn't aimed directly toward his family's well being. Tending to the goings on at home took precedent over what was taking place in the garage, but juggling eventually became yet another task Brett became quite skilled at.
The next few years of the S-10's construction process were slow going, but its condition was gradually escalating into something great. The frame was stripped and boxed, and the new two-link suspension setup was slowly evolving. A traditional 3-inch bodydrop was conducted, a 305ci small-block was inserted, and all the intricacies that make Brett's truck classically captivating were born in the wake of countless hours spent dreaming and mentally preparing for the next step.
The finished product contains helpings of timeless paint, real flame and skull graphics, billet, and an attitude that challenges newfangled, temporary trends.
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