Trail Blazin'
Dear MT,
I noticed on page 28 of the April '03 issue in the Scr8peFest show coverage an orange truck in the upper left-hand corner. Under closer inspection it looked exactly like a first-generation-style S-10. The wiper cowl and back of the body looked close, and I'm pretty sure it is since I own a '90 S-10. The front end is what really caught my attention and I'm trying to figure how the owner got that front end. What's the front end from (it looks similar to the new Colorado coming out)? I was wondering if you know how it was accomplished and if there's a kit for that modification? Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
Joseph H.
Manassas, Virginia

Hey Joe,
You were right about the truck being a first-generation S-10; the front end is not off the Colorado, but rather, the very similar front end of a Chevy TrailBlazer. This truck belongs to Nick Baxter of Subculture World Wyd, and the front end of this baby is definitely not a kit. These types of front-end conversions require hours of slicing and dicing the factory sheetmetal of both front ends to make the two look as though they belong together. You can try to use your factory core support by just building new brackets for the grille shell, bumper, and headlights. The hood and fenders are trickier; cut the edge off the new ones and mold them to the old ones so that the body lines match up. Any reputable custom body shop should be able to handle this sort of conversion, but we have to warn you that it is a lot of work and it's going to cost a pretty penny. Don't be surprised by an initial quote in the $2,000 range, without the cost of parts.

Suckin' Air
Dear Mt,
Since I have worked in a bookstore for more than two years now, I have become a huge fan of Mini Truckin'. I have a '98 S-10 and have seen tons of great ideas on how to "unstock" it over the years. I've done the exhaust, cold-air intake, clear lenses, and all the little modifications. Rims and tires are this month and I'm shopping for a new hood next. I can't tell from the ads and stories which hoods are true air-induction and which aren't. I want something that's truly open and sucks cold air in. Can you help with this?
Ryan Henry
Anaheim, California

Thanks for browsing the magazine at your bookstore; you better be buying them and not just getting a free peek. Just playing, but really you should be buying them or else you're missing out. To answer your question, we called our buddies over at Stylin' Concepts and they had just what you're looking for. They offer a couple different true induction hoods that you can match with your intake system to produce some performance gains. Check the company out at or call (800) 433-3027 and see if it has what you're after.

Tuckin' Dubs
Dear MT,
I have a '99 Mazda B-2500 pickup with a custom-fabricated billet grille and bumper insert, straight-pipe dual exhaust, tinted window, and a few other small nicknacks. My plans are to have a custom mini that stands out from the rest. I want to put an airbag setup with a C-notch and four-link-style rear. I also want to be able to tuck 20s all the way around with this setup. Is this possible, and if so, how much would it cost?

P.S. Will parts off a '99 Ranger fit my truck, such as mirrors, dash kits, and so on?
Lee (Flea) E.
Locust Grove, Georgia

Mr. Flea,
We talked to Jeff Davies over at Devious Customs in Ontario, California, and he gave us a quick rundown. He said anything is possible, and it would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,000-$5,000; 'bagged all the way around, notched, linked, and tucking dubs (you provide the rims and tires). If you have any particular questions or concerns, you can reach Devious at (909) 947-1800. We realize you might want to contact someone closer to you. Flawless Fabrication is about 45 minutes away from you and you can call Fernando at (770) 867-6450. As for the '99 Ranger parts, most of them will fit, just be sure and ask the company before you buy. Depending on which parts you order, there are a couple of tiny differences.