Chances are if you spend any time on Facebook, you've seen this truck before. The photo of the truck's owner Matt Cooper on his knees while filling up at the gas station spread like venereal disease in a house of ill repute. The likes, comments, and shares added up with each passing minute!
What was so confusing about the photo was the nagging questions that echoed in nearly everyone's mind (including ours). Who the hell is this guy? And where the hell did this truck come from? Well, now you know the name, and as far as the S-10 is concerned, it's been tucked away in hiding as it's been under the knife for the last two years. Matt bought the truck in 2001 when he was just a broke college scrub. Just like most young dudes in school, Matt found himself with little time, and even less change in his pockets. Once he was done with his classes, the ability to customize the truck to its further potential finally presented itself.
Matt was making decent money straight out of college, but he miscalculated just how much cash he'd need and how much work would have to be dumped into his project. He watched as his friends finished their trucks, then turned around and sold them. The minitruck scene was drying up all around him as his truck sat unnoticed and unfinished.
January 2012 not only represented the start of a brand new year for Matt, but it also served as the beginning of the enjoyment phase for his completed Dime. For the first time in years, the truck made it out into direct sunlight, with its owner behind the wheel and his hand on the switches.
Out of curiously and perversion, we asked Matt just why the he dubbed his ride “The Harlot,” and he replied “The name was chosen because all of my friends have enjoyed getting dirty while working on this truck in one way or another.” Sounds good to us. Let the celebratory keg stand practice begin!
Owner: Matt Cooper
Ride: 1999 Chevy S-10
Hometown: Huntington, WV
18x8 Bonspeed Laguna (front) / 20x10 (rear)
225/40/18 Nitto 555 (front) / 255/35/20 (rear)
Belltech 2-inch drop spindles
Tubular control arms
Two Viair 380s
Slam Specialties RE 6 'bags, 5-gallon tank, ½-inch Blitzluft valves
Chad Antzes, Adam Cutlip, and Owner
Door handles, hood squirters, antenna, mirrors, third brake light, fuel door finger notch
Sheetmetal bed, sectioned front bumper curved with the fender, roll pan
35x35 black sliding ragtop
Casey Hall, Brandon Wooten at The Chop Factory, Chad Wheeler at Wheelers Customs
Brand & Colors:
PPG Custom mixed candy gold (RMS Pro Finishes)
Pinstriping, pin-up girl graphics on wheels
Casey Hall at The Chop factory, Darin Allen at Killer Designs, and Adam Cutlip at Sure Shot Custom Airbrush and Paint
Chopped down and custom upholstered factory bench seat
Custom rolled fiberglass and vinyl
Hidden stock gauges
GMC envoy door handles, custom shifter lever, custom fiberglass speaker enclosure
Adam Cutlip, Gary Davis, and Owner
Sound Stream 7-inch flip out
Mids & Highs:
RE Audio 6.5-inch components
Two RE Audio Pro-SE12 d4
RE Audio 3000.1 and 800.4
Custom fiberglass enclosure
Adam Cutlip, Gary Davis, and Owner
Cavalier throttle body to keep stock hood
Billet and chrome accents
Special Thanks From Owner
"The good Lord above, my mom and dad, Adam Cutlip, Casey, Brandon Wooten, Ezra Henderson at RMS Pro Finishes, Chad Antzes, Chad Wheeler, Gary Davis at GD Customs, Jason Billups at JB Associates, RE Audio, Jared (Subway) Johnson, Darin Allen, Zack Beavers, Todd Veasey, Scott with Sinners and Saints, and all the other friends and family who have made this possible."