The vehicle you drove in high school will always have a special place in your heart—even if it was a complete pile of sh*t. Some of us were lucky enough to get mom's 10-year-old hand-me-down Toyota Camry, which was fine. It beat sitting next to a bum on the city bus, walking through frosty midnight air, or bugging friends for rides. But then there were those who were blessed with a killer custom car or truck from the get-go. How'd these dudes even have the cash to afford rides like these? Whether they were spoiled mama's boys or hard-working burger flippers on the weekends, it really didn't matter because they still had something cool to drive.

Ryan McCord just happened to find himself in the "cool kids" division of high school scrubs. At the start of his senior year, he was already cruising to class in a 'bagged and shaved up Dime—this Dime, actually. He had frenched in Caddy tails and the whole truck primer, but it was miles beyond any other car in the student parking lot as far as overall modifications. "I got the truck from my parents as a 16th birthday gift," Ryan tells us, "and the usual static drop and stereo system upgrades soon followed." Later on that same year, Ryan's sweet S-10 was rear-ended, sending the bed to scrap metal heaven. "I thought my dreams of building an awesome show truck went down the drain right there and then. But I soon found out that the mess was salvageable."

In no time at all, the smashed-up Chevy was unrecognizable once a new bed, bodydrop, and flat orange paint were thrown its way. It was actually nice enough in Ryan's eyes to start taking it to shows, and that's exactly what he did. It was at this point, that his vision of building a respectable truck was starting to come back into focus. And it was also at this same point when his ass end was smacked again. At least these accidents weren't his fault because then he'd have nobody to point the finger at, or the opportunity to start over again. "It was a minor fender bender, but it was enough to bring on a complete overhaul. The truck's current condition is the product of that last accident."

"This truck was built to be driven," says Ryan. At this point, it's safe to assume that this statement is as true as can be. If it weren't for all its time on the road, it wouldn't have been bashed around as much as it was. From study hall to the mean streets of the real world, this Dime has proven to be one of the coolest kids on campus.

… I soon found out that the mess was salvageable.

The Lowdown

2001 Chevy S-10
Ryan McCord • Great Hills, MD • No Regrets

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 22-inch Gianna Blitz
Tires: 245/30/22 Kumho Ecsta

Chassis Modifications

Suspension (front): 2-inch Belltech drop spindles, Slam Specialties RE-7 'bags, Little Shop of Horrors no-toe steering linkage
Suspension (rear): Suicide Doors five-link, Slam Specialties RE-8 'bags
Control Arms: Ride Tech uppers and lowers
Shocks: KYB GR2
Compressor(s): Two Viair 480s
Air/Hydro Accessories: Five-gallon tank, 8 SMC valves, 3/8-inch lines
Frame Mods: C-notch
Brakes: Front drilled and slotted rotors, Little Shop of Horrors rear disc break conversion
Misc.: Raised factory gas tank
Performed By: John Norris at Getbored Designs

Body Modifications

Shaved: Door handles, antenna, gas door, taillights, third brake light, hood squirters
Bodydrop: 3¼-inch stock-floor
Body Mods: Custom smooth hood, '06 Chevy Equinox taillights painted candy red
Bolt-ons: '97 Bravada front bumper, full face billet grille
Misc.: All clear glass
Performed By: Brandon Perry at The Drag Shop and John Norris at Getbored Designs

Paint

Brand & Colors: PPG Inca Gold
Performed By: John Norris at Autofix

Interior

Seats: Blazer buckets chopped and corners rounded, leather and suede upholstery
Dash: '01 Grand Am dash fiberglassed and painted
Gauges: Stock cluster with Dakota Digital air gauge
Misc.: Fiberglassed and painted door panels and sub enclosure, billet accents
Performed By: Brad Wurzbacher at Driven Fabrication and John Norris and Getbored Designs

Stereo

Head Unit: Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT
Mids & Highs: Kicker 6-inch components, 6-inch coaxial Kicker KS speakers in doors, 5¼-inch Kicker KS components in rear
Subwoofers: Four 10-inch Kicker Comp-VR
Amplifiers: Kicker ZX1500 and Kicker ZX200
Performed By: John Norris at Getbored Designs

Engine/Performance

Engine: 4.3L V-6
Intake: Sectioned top of intake to clear stock hood, custom routed intake tubing, K&N filter
Header/Exhaust: Rerouted straight exhaust, Thrush muffler
Transmission: Auto
Detail Work: Painted intake pieces, core support, and inner fenders
Performed By: John Norris at Getbored Designs

Special Thanks From Owner

"Huge thanks to John Norris at Getbored Designs/Autofix for the hard work over the years, Brandon Perry at The Drag Shop for the amazing body work, Brad Wurzbacher at Driven Fabrication for his attention to detail in the upholstery work, shouts out to my NR family and friends, thanks to my brother Marty for getting me into trucks, and my parents for letting me drive them crazy with customizing the truck since day one."