Owner: Tim Haywood
Ride: 1982 Chevy S-10 Longbed
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Club: Hardcore Minis

Back in 1993, Tim Hayward celebrated his 15th birthday. To help ring in the special occasion, he was given this '82 S-10, which served as his daily mode of transportation to and from school and work. It wasn't until 2002 that Tim started customizing his prized possession, and from that point on, there was nowhere else to go but completely crazy.

Tim began shaving the square-body's unnecessary items such as the door handles, bodyline, and all emblems, and since his wallet wasn't overflowing with cash, he was forced to learn the ins and outs of chopping up his own truck. Before he had begun work on his truck, he had rebuilt a 355ci Chevy small-block and was strategizing how to prep the engine bay for the powerplant transplant. Well, this plan was quickly put on the back burner after his wife came home with an issue of Mini Truckin' that featured a tech story on bodydropping. Tim read and reread that article a number of times before he worked up enough courage to bust out the Sawzall and attempt to perform the process on his S-10. In a fit of mania, Tim kept cutting and cutting until the rockers were on the floor, and the feeling of confidence and satisfaction rushed in, "Every modification on my Dime was a true learning experience for me. I taught myself to weld and customize on this project."

Before it came time to drop in the new engine, Tim decided on ditching the small-block and opted for a tamer V-6 instead. While in the process of making some last minute changes, he enlisted the help of his father, an accomplished paint-and-body man, to iron out the metal, extend the front fenders by 3 inches, and fabricate a front end utilizing lots of fiberglass and a '68 Camaro bumper, which can also be found at the rear. The time for paint was near, and Tim couldn't have been more excited since it would be his first brush at spraying. "I did one side of my truck, and my dad, who airbrushed quite a bit during the '80s and early '90s, handled the passenger side."

Tim kept proceeding with his build with the same hands-on approach that he started with. Once he was sure he could consider his project completed, he was able to look back at the process and make plans for his truck's future. "After four different rear 'bag setups and many different compressors later, I finally got the ride I wanted. The work was definitely not perfect when I first started, but at the time I gave it my best. My future plans for the Dime include repainting it and passing it on to my son for his 16th birthday in two years."

For more info on Tim's savory S-10, check out the Lowdown.

The Lowdown
Rolling Attire

Wheels: 20x8.5 Boss 304
Tires: 245/35/20 Nankang

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Airlift 2500 'bags, Chassis Tech cups
Suspension (rear): Airlift 2600 'bags, custom two-link
Control Arms: FBI upper and lower tubular arms
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480s
Air/hydro Accessories: 3-gallon tank, 3/8-inch SMC valves
Frame Mods: 2x4 boxed, 8-inch notch
Performed By: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Door handles, tailgate, taillights, cowl, and bodyline
Bodydrop: 4-inch traditional
Body Mods: Custom '68 Camaro front and rear bumpers, front valance, Caddy tails, extended front fenders
Bolt-ons: Harwood 4-inch cowl hood, Precision phantom grille
Performed By: Owner, Rick Powell, and Hardcore family

Paint
Brand & Colors: DuPont Canyon Copper
Misc.: Different airbrushed graphics on each side
Performed By: Owner, Rick Powell

Interior
Seats: '90 Honda Civic seats
Dash: Tweed and paint-matched
Gauges: Dolphin Gauges
Misc.: '92 Grand Am center console, Billet Specialties column, Hancock billet wheel
Performed By: Owner

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer AVIC-N1
Mids & Highs: JL Audio TR650-csi and JL Audio 4-inch TR400-cxi
Subwoofers: TMA 12-inch
Amplifiers: TMA 500.1 for sub
Misc.: Scosche RCA cables
Performed By: Owner

Engine/Performance
Engine: '93 Blazer 4.3L Vortec
Intake: Edelbrock
Header/exhaust: Headman Headers, Dynomax mufflers
Transmission: Turbo 350
Misc.: Edelbrock carb and Griffin aluminum radiator
Performed By: Owner

Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to the Hardcore Minis family for all the help and late nights; my dad Rick Powell for the paint and bodywork; my wife Christine; my kids Alex and Andrea for the support; and Phil Gordon for the awesome photos."

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