Owner: Tyler Mysliwiec
Ride: 1999 Chevrolet S-10
Hometown: LaCrosse, WI
Club: No Regrets Petitioning
The guys braved the Wisconsin winter months for six years in the garage throughout the many stages of this truck’s life.
Four paintjobs, three different suspension setups, and six years later, Tyler Mysliwiec has the truck he has always wanted. Over the period of this time and multiple phases, Tyler strived for the best and hasn’t been completely satisfied with his S-10 until now. The Dime’s first modification was a modest 2/2 drop, and since that point, the road from stock to cover truck has been an intense learning experience.
"Me and the friends that have helped build my Chevy are all 10 times smarter now that we have disassembled and put the S-10 back together on multiple occasions. Next time around, I’ll have a better game plan going in,” says Tyler of his journey to the top. The results of the build are still somewhat of a surprise to Tyler since he had every intention of keeping the truck on daily-driving duty. A major reason why that initial plan got scrapped is the positive influence from his pal Justin Stettler. “Justin had a dropped S-10 when I met him, and he first lowered mine and sold me his old 20s. We’ve been running together ever since, pushing our trucks further and trying to learn how to do more as the years pass."
With one good buddy on board to help with the build, Tyler considered himself very lucky, but it wasn’t until they got started that the twosome grew into an entire crew. "All of my best friends were made throughout the course of these last six years. I knew everybody individually, but they didn’t know each other. Now, we're like one big family."
The guys braved the Wisconsin winter months for six years in the garage throughout the many stages of this truck’s life. Not only did the suspension and paint change throughout that time, the engine has morphed into something of a sight to see. During this latest refresh, the 350ci small-block received a full rebuild complete with a painted block and a blinding polished aluminum spit shine.
Aside from the lessons of friendship and becoming a better builder, Tyler has commented about learning to put patience before progress. “You get what you pay for, and cheap parts only end up costing you more in the end. The hardest part for me was saving up money and making sure everything was done the right way. Also, my truck has been shot for Mini Truckin’ three times. It’s been a blast each time, but I hope this time’s the charm.”
Good to see that old sayings have a funny way of popping up and proving themselves true.