Many months ago, this truck went up in flames the day of its scheduled cover shoot date—only hours before show time. Maybe it was karma, a cosmic twist of fate, or a missing fuel clip. At the time, who was to know for sure?
Of course, we were bummed to hear the news of the fire since we had everything in place to put this truck on the cover at the beginning of the year. When it happened, we were only given the "long story short" details. We knew the front end had caught fire, and that the damage was going to be fixed ASAP. We also knew that Jonathan Juarez, the creative madman behind this S-10 doesn’t play when it comes to fabrication and that his word is as good as gold. He told us, "we had planned on shooting the truck on a Sunday, so I spent Saturday evening detailing the truck like I never have before. I was cleaning the engine and I unknowingly knocked a fuel clip holding the fuel regulator at the fuel rail. The truck wouldn’t start, so I kept turning the engine over until BANG. The whole front of the truck blew into flames!"
Just like that, Jonathan’s five-year cover project was put on pause. The day after the blaze, he took the truck back down to bare metal, and he figured that embracing the accident would speed up the healing process. "After my good friend Michael Coto straightened the body again, I had Patrick Reid airbrush some biomechanical and ‘hot’ graphics on it since the truck wanted to be on fire so bad." As it turns out, the accident gave Jonathan a great excuse to add some edgy flair to the previous single color paint scheme. The other side remains true to its original style.
But burn scars aren’t this truck’s only claim to fame. Jonathan began by taking the truck apart down to the last few bolts. He his own frame, designed the suspension from scratch, did a ton of awesome bodywork, and dropped in the beefiest engine he could get his hands on. He was gunning for the top from the start. "The truck was built in my driveway, and was an MT Construction Zone feature some issues back. As soon as I saw my truck in print, I knew that maybe building a cover truck wasn’t impossible after all." With tall hurdles in place, Jonathan pushed his innovative build over them all, and in record time considering what he was up against. The only way to extinguish the fire burning deep inside was to see the build through.
Owner: Jonathan Juarez
Ride: 2000 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Houston, TX
Club: Severed Ties
20x20 Intro Vista II
2,600-lb Firestone ’bags
Parallel four-link with watts link, cantilevered air springs with shocks mounted to bellcranks within the cantilevers themselves
Bilstein reservoir shocks
2x4 framerails sealed and serve as air tank
Drilled/slotted, chrome calipers
Owner at B2D Customs
’88-’98 Chevy fullsize bumper cut, sectioned, molded to fenders, fenders molded to cab, cab molded to bed (unibody), upper door frame pillar cut/sectioned to roof, smooth rear cab wall all the way to floor
Owner at B2D Customs
Brand & Colors:
Dodge Viper Red
Old-school Chevy trim, flames, and biomechanical details airbrushed by Patrick Reid
Michael Cato and Tony Hernandez
Black tweed seats with red stitching
Sheetmetal right hand drive setup
Sheetmetal door panels
Owner at B2D Customs, Coy’s Upholstery
Mids & Highs:
N-Sight and Custom Car Audio
6.0L NNBS 2500 HD Chevy Silverado LS
Handmade headers for clearance
Wire harness custom made by LHPE
Owner at B2D Customs, Angel Torres, LHPE
Special Thanks From Owner:
"Thanks to Rey for all the help, my dad, my girl Falisha for being a douche, Jose Perez, Angel Torres, CCA Frank, Junior for putting out the fire, and my Severed Ties family."