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.

For more info on Brett's bad Chevy, check out the Lowdown.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 18-inch SLG45 Billet Specialties
Tires: 215/35/18 Dunlop

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Tubular chrome control arms
Suspension (rear): Two-link
Shocks: Chrome
Air/hydro Accessories: Nitrogen
Frame Mods: Boxed C-notch
Brakes: Chrome rotors, powdercoated drums
Performed By: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Bodyline, door handles, entire rear of bed cowl, and core support
Bodydrop: 3-inch traditional
Body Mods: Boxed bed, shaved doors, removed pinch mold
Misc.: New firewalls, boxed inner fenders
Performed By: Owner, Matt Brill, and Skip Morse

Paint
Brand & Colors: Matrix Red Pearl, black and various candies in graphics
Performed By: Chris Sandoval

Interior
Seats: Saldanas Auto Interior
Dash: Custom-built from MDF
Gauges: Auto Meter
Misc.: Fiberglass hand-built dash console and box
Performed By: Owner and Skip Morse

Stereo
Head Unit: iPod Touch
Mids & Highs: Kicker
Subwoofers: Kicker l7 12-inch
Amplifiers: Kicker 1500 and 350
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance
Engine: 305ci small-block
Camshaft: Crane
Intake: Polished Edelbrock
Header/exhaust: Ceramic-coated
Transmission: 700R4
Rearend Type: Stock limited-slip
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my wife, kids Julie and Emily, and Cole Kastner, David 'Skip' Morse, Chris Sandoval for some sick graphics, Matt Brill, Moose and the Medicated Metalworks crew, and especially Chad Cauvel for all the help getting truck ready for the shows."

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