The Chevy S-10 and the GMC Sonoma have been the go-to truck in the minitruck community. No matter which brand of truck you have, there is an abundance of parts, from wheels to the smallest detail piece that you don't think is made - someone makes it.
The problem with that is when attending a show there are dozens of S-10s or Sonomas that have the same bolt-on part that you have. The only way to stand out from every other fellow owner is to take it up a notch and do something different. There are many ways to accomplish this task, like creating a killer interior or 'bag'n and body-dropping it over a set 22-inch wheels. You could even throw thousands of dollars at it for a paint job. That is cool and all, but when push comes to shove, it is still one of the most popular trucks that might still resemble the one that you park next to at shows. So how do you make your truck look different? Change the look of the front end. Look at it like this: there are only so many items that can be shaved on a truck. There are only a few options that can be done to modify the tailgate of a truck. But the front end, there is almost an endless amount of possibilities. There are many vehicles out there that have the shape of any year S-10 or Sonoma in which elements can be used to create an extension of your personality. To get the creative juices flowing, we have put together a collection of front-end swaps that we hope will inspire you.
1. For the '82-'90 S-10/S-15 and Blazer/Jimmy truck crowds, this front end is a simple swa
2. The next step up would come in the form of a billet grille. There are several different
3. Christopher Voorhest really made a statement by using an '88-'98 fullsize Chevy front e
4. In the world of fullsize Chevy trucks, the Cadillac Escalade front-end swap is a popula
5. In the May '05 issue of Mini Truckin', we did a tech article showing how to graft a Col
6. The '94-'97 S-10 and '95-'97 Blazer have a direct front-end swap with the '98-'03 S-10.
7. Just like the first-gen S-10, there are plenty of billet grilles styles to choose from.
8. When Brian Stubblefield changed up the front end on his '02 Chevy S-10 he used a '98-'0
9. This front end incorporates '08 GMC Sierra Denali headlights, a modified billet grille,
10. The '03-'05 Trailblazer is definitely an attention getter on the front end of the S-10
11. Here we see '02-and-newer aftermarket Envoy headlights, and a Street Scene SS style bu
12. Chris Brown's choice was the first-generation Cadillac Escalade front end. In addition
13. The headlights and grille shell are from a second-generation Escalade. The billet gril
14. In the January '06 issue we ran a feature on Shannon Taylor's '00 Chevy S-10. It was n
15. The owner of this under construction beauty found a way to fit a Lexus 470LX front end
16. Michael Phillips went for the wild front-end swap. He incorporated '02 Toyota Tacoma f
17. One of the most recognized trucks in recent years and maybe of all time: the Blazerado
In conclusion, these changes to your vehicle's front end will definitely create a completely new look, and your truck or SUV will have a great beginning to its life as a full-blown custom. Coming up with some rarely seen modifications is what keeps our industry constantly moving forward. We look forward to every year as some shows turn up some interesting ideas that cause others to think harder and dig deeper into the "wouldn't it be cool if" files. The '09 show season is coming up. Will you be ready?The companies listed below can meet your body modification needs and are invaluable resources when building a custom truck.
CanDo Specialties Inc.