Darrell Poe is an S-Series fanatic. Aside from the impeccable '91 you see here that's been completely transformed from its 2001 MT appearance, he also has a custom '82 S-15 and an '85 S-10 on his resume. And in case you're wondering how long he's been into building Bow Ties, you'll know right away after you read what he told us when we asked.
"Seeing my cousin's truck roll out of the garage for the first time with cut coils and lowering blocks was enough to sell me on minitrucks forever", Darrell says. This was 20 years ago—back before air ride and laying rocker was the norm. And it was definitely back before it was unheard of to spend hot rod money on a blue-collar minitruck. Nowadays a lot of guys have sponsors to help with the bill, and others, like Darrell here, have other sources. "My wife", he says with no hint of shame in his game.
But wherever funding appears from, the process of constructing something from nothing is still the name of the game. And although the progress was slow going at first, Darrell and a group of buds joined forces, pounced on the truck, and got it finished last April. The objective date was a memorial show for friend and fellow minitrucker Dennis "Smokey" Rowe. Darrell says, "I hate that the truck was finished under those circumstances, but I know Dennis would have loved to see it."
With the continuing story of this truck nearing it's completion, Darryl has already looking into the future. "I am tired of redoing this same truck. I need a new project for sure." And another thing he's sure of; "bodydropped trucks are awesome. I just don't think I could ever be without one." Those are words spoken like a true veteran, but now the only problem that needs figuring out is how to get lower than rock bottom.
Bodydropped trucks are awesome. I just don't think I could ever be without one.
Owner: Darrell Poe Jr.
Ride: 1991 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Bluewell, WV
Club: Xtreme Lowz
Wheels: 18x8.5 Zenetti Fives
Tires: 225/35/18 Nankang
Suspension Front: Firestone 2600 'bags, custom 'bag cups, Bullet 2-inch spindles,
Suspension Rear: Custom four-link, Firestone 2600 'bags
Control Arms: Factory—slightly modified
Compressor(s): Viair 480
Frame Mods: 2x4 box tubing, painted DuPont Silver
Misc.: Custom aluminum tie rod ends, suspension components painted DuPont Cardinal Red
Performed By: Owner
Shaved: Handles, bodyline, cowl panel, taillights, tailgate, rocker panels, gas door, front bumper lights
Bodydrop: 5½-inch traditional
Body Mods: Jeep Grand Cherokee center section of hood molded to factory S-10 hood, full sheetmetal bed, relocated gas door, custom fenders
Performed By: Seth O'Brien, Chris Sizemore, Owner
Brand & Colors: DuPont Chevy Black and Cardinal Red
Misc.: White pinstriping around flames, black highlights airbrushed in flames, silver flames on hood and bed
Performed By: Seth O'Brien
Seats: Factory bench wrapped in pleated vinyl
Dash: Custom built from Ford Ranger tailgate skin and big rig exhaust pipe
Misc.: Pleated vinyl door panels, custom arm rests, Billet Specialties Chicayne streering wheel, Lokar shifter and boot, billet rearview mirror, window cranks, and door handles
Performed By: Keith Hurula, Stacy Sizemore, Owner
Engine: 2.5L 4-banger
Detail Work: Painted
Misc.: Sears Diehard cell, Cavalier electric fan
Performed By: Darrell Poe Sr., Owner
Special Thanks From Owner
"To my wife—without her, I would be lost. My daughters Kendyll, Kylie, and Kaylee, my parents, Seth O'Brien, Stacy Sizemore, Keith French, BJ Minnix, Brandon Burrell, Keith Hurula, Ellis Matherly, Freddie Poe, Tyler Poe, Chris Peake, and anyone else who helped along the way, thank you."