Ricky Baker's '93 S-10 didn't start off life as a laid out cruiser. It wasn't someone else's recycled project, nor did he buy it with rims, tires, and a bed full of airbag parts. No, Ricky's S-10 started off as a 15-year-old boy's dream; the same type of ride as his older brother's, but less cool. Of course, Ricky wanted to change all that, he just didn't think it would become quite the experience that it did. Enter Ryan Sutherland—a new friend who owned a 'bagged Isuzu. The pair started talking about trucks, but Ricky was pretty strong in his convictions—he wasn't ever going to cut up his truck.

About a year later, Ricky and Ryan found themselves in Ricky's dad's garage, getting the 'bags in place on the Dime. Now here's the thing: Ricky doesn't have a very solid hold on what he's doing at this point, but he's eager and willing to learn (the spirit of adventure and all that). That's why the next two things that happen during the process make his dedication so fascinating.

At some point in the build, Ricky is in his dad's garage, working on tubbing the bed. To do that, the bed was hoisted off of the truck and hanging from one of the beams in the garage by a few straps. As he's welding, one of the snaps breaks and the bed comes crashing down on top of him. Somehow, he's not injured, but he now has a very heavy bed laying on him, and worse yet, he was alone with no one around to help. With a surge of strength, he pushes the bed up and frees himself, escaping with only a few bruises.

Adventure #2 for Ricky involves his buddy, Coty Estep. The garage where Ricky does all his work has a small bridge right out front. It's a spot where he parks the S-10 occasionally since it's convenient, and on this occasion, Coty had his ‘bagged GMC Sierra on the bridge as well. A storm started to roll in, and as it got stronger, the water under the bridge started to swell up. The two knew that the bridge would soon be flooded, and because of the water forming on either side, they couldn't move their trucks. They were screwed.

With Coty's truck sitting between Ricky's S-10 and the garage (and at the low point of the bridge), it was going to be the first to be swept away if they didn't act fast. The duo quickly chained the Sierra to one of the garage posts so that it wouldn't wash over the bridge, and Ricky said a quick goodbye to his S-10. He knew that the rush of water was going to plunge his truck into the water, and that would be the end of his dream. But miraculously, that didn't happen. The storm began to subside and although his truck had moved forward off the bridge, it was still in decent shape. The water had risen, but only entered some of the engine bay, so everything was still safe and sound. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for the Sierra, which took the brunt of the water on its own.

Even though Ricky and his S-10 have seen their share of adventures throughout the years, he's still had a lot of fun building it. And during that time, he was involved in all of the aspects of the project himself. It takes a lot of dedication to come this far with a truck that seemed determined to ride the rapids, but Ricky stuck through it heroically.

The Lowdown
1993 Chevy S-10
Ricky Baker • Hurley, VA • Relentless Miniz

Rolling Attire
Wheels: 18x8.5 Stern ST5
Tires: 215/35ZR18 Falken

Chassis Modifications
Suspension (front): Air Lift Dominator 2500 'bags, modified stock control arms, Chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles
Suspension (rear): Air Lift Dominator 2500 'bags, four-link
Compressor(s): Dual Viair 444s
Air/hydro Accessories: ½-inch SMC valves, ½-inch DOT lines, 7-gallon air tank, SMC check valves
Frame Mods: Notched front frame for lower control arms and tie rods, round rear frame notch, cleaned and painted
Misc.: Gas tank relocated, custom crossmembers
Performed By: Owner

Body Modifications
Shaved: Shaved taillights, key holes, emblems, antenna, wipers, squirters, tailgate, gas door, smoothed firewall, cab seams, mirrors, Grant Kustoms tailgate skin, recessed mirrored tractor trailer LED taillights, tubbed bed
Bodydrop: Nope
Bolt-ons: 2-inch cowl induction hood, billet grill inserts, billet bowtie, clear Euro headlights, Euro turn signal lights, chrome front bumper, chrome grille, chrome hoodcap, Drag Specialties mirrors, '55 Chevrolet emblems, billet gas door
Performed By: Owner

Paint
Brand & Colors: PPG Mirabeau Blue and Titanium Hyper Grey
Misc.: Graphics done in the style of a '57 Chevrolet, Rhino bedliner
Performed By: Owner

Interior
Seats: '95 Ford Mustang cut down and rewrapped
Dash: Fiberglassed and painted stock dashboard, custom white face gauges, tachometer, and air gauge mounted in dash
Misc.: Painted door panels wrapped in silver ostrich skin, custom center console, grey carpet, wrapped headliner, Gearz billet flame steering wheel, billet window cranks
Performed By: Lavender's Upholstery and owner

Stereo
Head Unit: Pioneer Premier CD Player mounted in custom center console
Mids & Highs: Kicker
Performed By: Owner
Engine/Performance
Engine: 2.8L V-6
Intake: Custom Holley air filter
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Detail Work: True dual exhaust, custom inner fenders, hidden wires and tubing, airbrushed and painted, Air Bomber horn

Special Thanks From Owner
"First off, I want to give thanks to God for all his blessings, thanks to my wife Alyssa Baker for putting up with me, my parents Betty and Jimmy Baker, my brother Johnny Baker and his family, Ryan Sutherland, Coty Estep, Mark Blackburn, Travis Matney, Steve Hagy, Ruth Estep and to all other friends and family members who has helped throughout the building of my S-10. I would like to give a special thanks to Little Brandon Hurley's family for allowing me to be a part of his life, and for all the late nights he was allowed to stay and work in the garage with me on my truck."