We've all got to start somewhere. For Esteban Vazquez, it was with this truck. He was just 17 when he first picked up this '94 S-10, and he got it for a smokin' deal. He should've—it wasn't even running at the time, and needed a fair amount of work. But just a few years prior, his uncle introduced him to the minitruck scene, and he needed to get himself into something that fit into his budget ASAP! The Dime fit the bill, so it was loaded onto a trailer and headed back to his house.
Those were the heydays of the Internet, and Esteban had done his research, as well as make a few friends on the popular forum www.ks-minis.com
. First on the list was basic 5/7 drop—standard stuff for a newbie minitrucker, but as usual, it wasn't enough. He decided took the truck to Zach Noel at Insomniac Customs to shave off a few things, but soon the primer spots weren't quite as appealing as he thought, and it was time to move on to bigger and better. Sound familiar? Sure it does, we've all been there before.
Esteban was through playing around. He placed an order from suicidedoors.com, including a thee-link, bridge notch, and cups, then went to town with the help of his buddies Zach Noel and Kyle Rowl to lay the truck on the concrete. Soon the trio decided that going lower was the next step in the process, so a 2¾-inch traditional bodydrop came next, which tucked the 20-inch Coys.
The deeper he got into the industry, the more he learned from the veterans, new guys, and everyone in between. It made him want to have one of the coolest S-10s around, and that's what he worked to do.
In the end, Esteban completed his truck the way he wanted to—clean and simple. For a first timer, it's a pretty high standard and a tough truck to beat.
Owner: Esteban Vazquez
Ride: 1994 Chevrolet S10
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Club: Petitioning IV Ever Low
20x8.5 Coys C-57 gunmetal
Suspension (front): Suicide doors upper and lower 'bag cups, Slam Specialties RE6 'bags
Suspension (rear): Suicide doors three-Link, 'bag over axle, Air Lift Dominator 2500 'bags
Control Arms: Pie-cut stock control arms, smoothed and flattened lower control arms
Shocks: Gabriel Mazda B2200
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 480s
Air/hydro Accessories: 8 SMC 3⁄8-inch valves, slim 5-gallon air tank
Frame Mods: Engine crossmember sectioned ¾-inch, notched frame for tie rods, Suicide doors bridge notch
Performed By: Owner, Zach Noel, and Kyle Rowl
Antenna, door handles, third brake light, tailgate, gas door, side markers
2¾-inch traditional, cab moved back ¾-inch to center the front wheels and tighten the bed gap
Grant Kustoms roll pan, molded B-pillar to roof seams, radiused door corners, flush gas door, bed floor raised 10 inches with sheetmetal sides and '94 Chevy Silverado wheeltubs, phantom grille, one-off smooth hood, flush AVS LEDs in grille
AVS door poppers
Owner, Zach Noel, and Kyle Rowl
Brand & Colors:
DuPont Honda Silver
'98 Chevy Blazer leather buckets
Shaved dash vents, custom paint
Justin Cline at Juice Land Customs
Mids & Highs:
Shallow 10-inch Rockford Fosgate P3
Engine: 4.3L Vortec V-6
Transmission: GM 4l60e
Rearend Type: Stock with 3.42 gear ratio
Misc.: Motor lowered ¾-inch to clear hood
Performed By: Zach Noel
Special Thanks From Owner
"I'd like to thank my parents and family for accepting this as my hobby, Insomniac Customs for all the work, my old club Flat Land Minis, and also www.ks-minis.com. The truck wouldn't be here without everyone!"