In his second attempt at building a full-custom 'bagged truck, it's safe to say that Ben Ferrell nailed it with this S-10. "I had my first 'bagged truck in high school. It was a great learning experience, but we'll just leave it at that," says Ben. We tried to squeeze more info out of him, but he just wouldn't budge.
As an 18-year-old high school grad, he came across this first-gen Dime with a $200 price tag attached to it. Chump change—even for a young buck! Ben forked over the cash and took his small investment into the garage where he and a couple friends started working on a bodydrop. "I figured with the low startup cost and having no experience with this kind of work between any of us, we could just sell the truck for scrap if we messed things up." A respectable, ballsy approach to building a truck that anyone could admire, and to Ben's surprise lady luck sprinkled a little bit of that lucky dust on his head. "My dad's boss let me use his shop for about six months. I had a plasma cutter, welder, anything I could ever need for this job available at arm's reach."
Weekends and after work were all the time Ben could spare to do anything to his truck, but he learned to be patient with its progress. The suspension system was carefully put together and tested over a long period of time to sidestep any and all surprises. "After a little bodywork, I started driving it around in yellow and gray primer. After a long time of my best friend bugging me, he talked me into tearing everything back down to the frame, and that's when the truck reached a new level. The frame was sandblasted and painted and so were all the suspension and engine components."
Ben found himself a painter when the time was right and was able to make a deal on the work. "The truck was actually only in the shop to paint the doorjambs, but I became good friends with my painter. I got lots of free schooling on bodywork and ended up with a better paintjob than I had anticipated."
The entire build stretched out over a 6-year period, but Ben took it in stride and came out of the process with a great deal of pride. "The truck was put together entirely by myself, my dad, and a few close friends. My wife even helped stitch a couple small things inside the cab."
Owner: Ben Farrell
Ride: 1986 Chevy S-10
Hometown: McMinnville, TN
20x8 Billet Specialties
Firestone 2600 'bags up front, 2500 'bags at rear
Silver Star two-link
Ride Tech control arms
Front notched for tie rods, rear step notch for axle and side notched for disc brake calipers
Rear '00 Camaro discs
Door handles, cab and door seams
Full skin Cadillac tails, sheetmetal bed
Brand & Colors:
PPG custom-mixed two-tone Orange
Airbrushed wood detail in bed
Darrell Taylor at Single Source Enterprises
Stock wrapped in leather and suede
'66 Chevy Apache narrowed 12 inches
Lokar interior handles, billet pedals and window cranks, painted fiberglass door panels
Mids & Highs:
Memphis Audio Street Edge series
Custom wood grain painted box for deck and gauges
Stock narrowed 1 inch at each side
Anything and everything polished and painted
Special Thanks From Owner
"Thanks to my father, Jerry, without him my truck wouldn't have been possible, Tyler Watson, Darrell Taylor for the paint and bodywork, Victor Santos for all the airbrush work, My wife Samantha for her help and patience, and friends Eric, Joey, Michael, and everyone else who helped sand, grind, and paint."