Kody Petty remembers back to when he was a kid when his father always had some sort of custom vehicle in the works. When Kody was five, his dad was in the middle of building a '69 Camaro from the frame up, so he was just old enough to help his old man fetch tools and bolt on small parts. After years of tinkering around in the garage and working in shops as he was growing up, Kody developed a mechanical skillset good enough for him to take on a project on his own.
"My brother had a 'bagged Honda back in high school, so naturally I've been hooked on air ride from then," says Kody. "I then had my own 'bagged truck, but I wanted it lower, so I bought a bodydropped Nissan Hardbody, but after driving it for a few months I wanted something nicer."
Kody did step up to something nicer, and a lot larger too. He found himself a bodied two-door Tahoe that he and his dad finished just before his graduation. And as for the S-10 on our pages, Kody accecpted it in trade for that finished 'hoe.
Going back to his roots, Kody found himself with another mini in the garage again. For the most part, the build went surprisingly smooth except for a few bumps in the road. "I had found out that my painter had wasted materials, and we had to go into the booth and show him exactly what we expected. An average customer shouldn't have to do that." Once the painted truck was back at home, the reassembly process was a regular cakewalk until it was time to mount the hood. A new pulley routing diagram had to be designed to get the 4-inch cowl hood to properly fit.
With those annoyances behind him, Kody tells us that the best part about finishing the 18-month project is that he can look back and say he built this truck with his own hands. That pride, along with the skills he's sharpened along the way, can't be taken away by anybody.
An average customer shouldn't have to do that.
Owner: Kody Petty
Ride: 1999 Chevrolet S-10
Hometown: Red Oak, TX
Wheels: 20x9 B.A.D Rockstar
Tires: 235/45/20 Kumho
Suspension (front): Tubular upper and lower control arms
Suspension (rear): Cantilever
Control Arms: Tubular
Compressor(s): Two Viair 444c
Air/hydro Accessories: Six SMC 3/8-inch
Frame Mods: Fully boxed and smoothed front to back
Brakes: Rear disc conversion, slotted and drilled rotors
Performed By: Owner and Midwest Customs
Shaved: Door handles, mirrors, third brakelight, gas door, full skin with license plate box
Bodydrop: 3-inch traditional
Suicide Doors: Yes
Bolt-ons: Trenz billet grille
Performed By: Midwest Customs
Brand & Colors: PPG Toyota Avalon green for the body and interior. Chassis painted Timberwolf green
Performed By: Caddy Customs
Seats: Stock covered in gray leather
Dash: Smoothed and painted
Gauges: Auto Meter
Misc.: Blazer floor shifter with factory console
Performed By: Owner, Gonzalez Customs, Bo Petty, Mike Pierce
Head Unit: Pioneer
Mids & Highs: Memphis Audio
Performed By: Owner, Bo Petty, Mike Pierce
Header/exhaust: Hedman Shorties
Rearend Type: Stock with 3.73 gears
Detail Work: Billet Specialties pulleys, chrome valve covers, polished carb, painted block and trans
Performed By: Bo Petty, Mike Pierce, Rocky Hansen
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my dad Bo Petty. Without him, a lot of this would not have happened. Mike Pierce for all the time and effort he put in, Rocky Hansen for the motor and trans build, Malachi Montgomery for the fiberglass work, Gonzalez Customs for the interior work, Viair, B.A.D. for the wheels, Jesse for the tires, John Jackson for shooting the photos, and to everyone else who helped with this build that I didn't name."