Anthony Quesada of Brandon, Florida, wrote in to say that it's always been his dream to see his '85 S-10 Blazer in MT. Well, dreams can come true, Anthony. His mini-SUV has been dropped the classic-way, with a Red's hydraulic suspension, 4-inch lowering blocks in the rear and 2-inch drop spindles up front. The truck rides on 8- and 10-inch cylinders with a two-pump/four-dump system moving things along. Eight switches control all the moves this mini is capable of. Rolling stock for this plastic dragger is a set of 17x7.5-inch AD wheels and 205/40ZR17 Pirelli rubber. The list of body mods is long and includes BMW M3 mirrors, a frenched license plate, frenched-in power antenna, and a molded Toyota 4wd bumper and valance. The body is also fully shaved and the ground effects have been molded. Pastel blue paint with blue pearl was laid-down as a basecoat and the tribal flames were sprayed in Diamond Silver Pearl paint with bright-purple pearl faded over the silver. Every inch of the interior is covered in grey- and blue-tweed, and the factory seats were replaced by bucket seats out of a Chevy Cavalier. The custom center console flows from the dash to the rear panels and into the subwoofer enclosure. A JVC head unit and the switchbox for hydraulics is mounted into the center console. Audiobahn high-current amplifiers power MB Quart component speakers that are mounted in the doors and in the custom-built kick panels. All of the custom features were made by Anthony.
Kathy and Chris Carton of Warren, Vermont, are among many proud Dodge Dakota owners from the Northeast. Their's is a '96 model that's powered by the 318cid engine and five-speed manual transmission. The truck has been 'bagged with Firestone 2500 convoluted airbags up front and 1500 sleeve 'bags in the rear. The framerails are C-notched for axle clearance, and the air system relies on 3/8-inch MIC valves and air lines, a pair of compressors and 9-gallons of reserve air storage. The 318cid engine has received a great deal of attention in the form of an ATI Procharger-intercooled supercharger system. The supercharged powerplant breathes easier thanks to Mopar headers and an Edelbrock exhaust system with a Y-pipe. A Jet Performance Stage II computer module has dialed in the ignition timing and fuel mapping of the motor; a Mopar Magnum engine controller replaced the stock computer. An MSD6BTM ignition system also replaced the stock system and a Walbro 255lph fuel pump now feeds a Stillen fuel pressure regulator and 24-pound Ford fuel injectors. All of this adds up to a motor that will smoke most any truck that gets in the Carton's way. The interior is mostly stock, save for custom-seat covers, billet armrests, and some painted accents here and there. The audio system, on the other hand, has a bit more depth. A Blaupunkt head unit and CD changer lead the system, which is powered by Audiobahn A1300HC and A4600E amplifiers. Digital Audio midbass drivers and tweeters are electronically crossed-over and provide the front stage. The rear stage and bottom end is provided by a pair of Audiobahn 6x9-inch coaxial speakers and 12-inch Digital Audio Aluminum 12-6 subs. The system is wired with four-gauge cables and an Aiwa DVD player mounted in the dash; this enables the Carton's to watch their favorite Scooby Doo reruns.
As the rate of illiteracy among mini-truckers rises, so does the level of creativity in their trucks. Charles Cassel of Bassett, Virginia, is a proud member of the club, Draztik Meazurez; this is his 2000 Chevrolet S-10. Charlie lowered his mini by installing 2-inch drop spindles and 2-inch lowering springs in the front suspension. He then dropped the rear suspension by removing most of the leaf springs from the spring pack and installing a pair of 5-inch lowering blocks. After he dropped his ride closer to the ground, Charles dropped it off at his good friend Scott's shop, Hampton's Body Shop in Martinsville, Virginia. Once the shop doors closed behind the truck, Scott proceeded to shave the doors, tailgate, taillights, and the fuel filler door. Scott then molded a smooth roll pan with Bow Tie taillights into the bed of the truck and frenched-in a license plate box. Next, he modified the tailgate to swing open from the right side of the truck and molded a body kit into the sides of the truck. Once the bodywork was completed, Scott set his sights on the truck with his spray gun in hand and coated it in the factory Indiglo Blue color along with hugger orange, chrome yellow, and teal graphics. When all of Hampton's work was complete, Charles put the finishing touches on the truck by installing a billet grille, clear corner lights and a set of 18-inch limited rims with skinny tires.