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bennelson 10-02-2013 09:07 PM

Ben's Pimpin' Purple S10
 
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Hey Guys,

I just bought a used truck today.

It's a 1998 Chevrolet S10 extended cab.
  • 2.2l 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Lowered from stock about 6 inches. (It is LOW!)
  • Custom paint job - I believe it is a metallic red coat over a black base. It looks red, purple, or even brown, depending on the light.
  • 240,000 miles (engine rebuilt 100,000 miles ago)
  • Air-conditioning (First time I've had that on a truck. Nice to have the OPTION to use AC when it's really hot.)
  • Very Dark Window Tinting (Helps keep cool in hot summer sun.)
  • Manual everything else - No power windows, locks, etc.
  • Manually adjustable air suspension in rear

The interior is very clean. Extended cab features two fold-down "jump-seats". These are good for children. My wife and I have a 3-year old girl. This will be perfect for us to be able to pull a camping trailer while seating three.

Driver's seat is worn out, as it seems like they always are on S10s. The driver's seat tilt is broken, and replaced by a Vise-Grips left permanently in its place. I saw some used bucket seats on Craigslist I am going to try to get and install. And I think the joke is on the seller, because I've really been looking for a new pair of Vise-Grips!

The inside of the bed is a bit beat-up, but I have a drop-in plastic bed-liner which should make that look much nicer.

Gas tank leaks.
Power-steering gearbox looks like it has a slow leak
Differential looks like it has a slow leak.

Didn't come with an air-box. Nope, not just missing the airfilter, but the entire air-filter housing was missing. Good thing I just happen to have a large pile of spare S10 parts around.... Let's see here.... Why yes I do just happen to have an air-box. Now for the right hose to attach it with.... Hmm, might have to mod something.

I drove it back home on the freeway about 35 miles, and then some running around town today. Looks like I should be able to hit 30MPG in good weather.

The tires are 44 psi and look pretty new. LOTS of good tread on them. They are the narrower of the stock tires I've seen on S10s.

This will be my long-range daily-driver/work truck.

I don't have too much in mind for immediate eco-mods, other than just fixing what isn't working right on it right now. I have a block heater I may try adding sometime soon.

I'd also like to work on an aero-cap as a winter project.

That's it for now! My old S10 was pretty good for what it was. Got 30 MPG and could tow, haul, carry my motorcycle, etc, but no amount of will-power could hold it together anymore. Once the rear bumper AND exhaust system fell off on the same day, that should have been a good indication that it was time for something different!

deejaaa 10-02-2013 11:00 PM

paint looks slick.

Joggernot 10-03-2013 08:55 AM

Nice looking truck. Fix the leaks and you're set to go. Maybe moonies...

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 10-03-2013 09:36 PM

I love the look of those extended-cab ones even more than the double-cabs.

bennelson 10-03-2013 09:55 PM

Here's some more photos for you.

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You get a little more sense of the size of the truck when it's parked next to someone else.
Height is pretty close to a Gen 2 Prius. (Keep in mind that the Prius in the photo is an inch lower than stock as well!)

I did a little work on the truck. The big thing is that it was missing the air-box when I got it. I dug through my pile of spare S10 parts, and found an air-box, but it's from an earlier model. It's a slightly different version than what should go in there. However, I did notice that the sheet metal inside the truck is still the same, so I could mount the older-syle air-box, but then didn't have the right 3.25" hose to connect it to the air intake baffle-box. So I used what I had, and made the seal with metal foil HVAC tape.

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Yea! Now, at least the truck is breathing filtered air, instead of sucking dirt into its engine!

I also adjusted the headlights. They were GLARINGLY high mis-adjusted. I figured out how to tweak them, and got them pointed about where they should go.

Moon hub caps were mentioned. I have ONE full-moon hubcap that fits 15" rims. (I used to have two, because that's how many the junkyard had, and somehow lost one while driving once!)
I popped it on the rear rim, just to see how it looks. I also had a flat wheel cover that I made a few years ago, and put that on the front.

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I like the look of full-moon hubcaps. The bright finish doesn't match the paint-job though. It would look great in gun-metal gray. I have a travel coffee mug that would be just the right color.

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Here's one more possibility for hub caps. This one is a Wal-Mart 16" pizza pan. I think they are something like $4 each. These are sheet-steel (NOT Aluminum) and is just held in place by magnets so I could take the photo. They don't look bad (not as nice as the actual full-moon, but not bad) and are dirt cheap. I just don't know what the best way to keep them on would be, and how well they would hold up to the weather.

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One other odd thing I'm wondering about.... This truck is somewhat de-badged, but it says "STS" on it. I've never heard of a Chevy S10 STS. I would imagine that STS is from some other make of vehicle. Anyone know anything about STSs? I think whoever worked on this truck did it as some type of joke - like that time I saw the Hemi badge on a Prius.

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bennelson 10-03-2013 10:01 PM

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I SOOOOO want a Prius-shaped truck cap.

Maybe I should start walking through junkyards with a Sawzall...

bennelson 10-03-2013 10:05 PM

Oh, I guess I did an eco-modd. Removed the antennae. The one radio station I listen to can come in without it.

Sporty Modder 10-03-2013 10:08 PM

Sts badge is from a Cadillac, as in sport touring sedan. color match the wally world pizza pans. I think it might look good.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 10-03-2013 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by bennelson (Post 393864)
One other odd thing I'm wondering about.... This truck is somewhat de-badged, but it says "STS" on it. I've never heard of a Chevy S10 STS. I would imagine that STS is from some other make of vehicle. Anyone know anything about STSs? I think whoever worked on this truck did it as some type of joke - like that time I saw the Hemi badge on a Prius.

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That badge might be from Cadillac.

spacemanspif 10-04-2013 11:20 AM

Plenty of "gun metal" colored spray cans on the shelf of your local auto parts store. You'll want to paint the pizza pans with something otherwise they will rust quickly. Black might blend in well considering you are running on black steelies already. Plasti-dip also makes a 2 different shades of grey that might fit the look you are going for.

Older S10s had optional manual steering, pretty sure the front ends are still the same on the newer ones. You could grab a steering box and idler out of a JY and swap in manual steering in no time. With how light the engine/truck is, you probably won't notice much more steering effort at all.

bennelson 10-04-2013 03:00 PM

I've already got a manual steering box handy. Mwha ha ah ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

spacemanspif 10-04-2013 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by bennelson (Post 393994)
I've already got a manual steering box handy. Mwha ha ah ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

Hot damn! Now you're cooking with fire!

Out of curiosity, how easy is it to turn on an S10? I had one in my Monte with the iron block/alum head 5.3L and no AC and if I was driving slower than 15mph it was almost impossible to get the wheels (225/60/15) to turn. I assume it isn't so hard with skinny tires and a 4cly under the hood?

Smurf 10-25-2013 03:49 PM

Quote:

Driver's seat is worn out, as it seems like they always are on S10s. The driver's seat tilt is broken, and replaced by a Vise-Grips left permanently in its place. I saw some used bucket seats on Craigslist I am going to try to get and install. And I think the joke is on the seller, because I've really been looking for a new pair of Vise-Grips!
Same on my S10... except I provided the ViseGrips!

That is a very good looking truck, and it looks like much of what you would want to do to it is already done. No rust, new paint, lowered, tinted. S10's of that vintage, in Wisconsin, are rarely steel anymore. After ONE winter of light driving in my S10 here, it started to rust out the top center of the rear wheel fender lips.

This truck doesn't impact your Supertruck build, does it?

bennelson 10-25-2013 07:18 PM

No, the supertruck was slowed by a number of things, including just being busy trying to earn a living, pay a mortgage, and figure out how to pay for health insurance.

I did specifically get an EXTENDED cab with the idea that I COULD do the conversion on this truck if I wanted to. I still have to mate up the diesel engine to the transmission and do a few other things before I even thing about anything else on the project.

bennelson 11-02-2013 09:04 PM

How low is too low?

This much. This truck is lowered from stock by 6 inches. Unfortunately, it was NOT done with drop spindles...

I found that out the hard way, when I LOST a BALL-JOINT while driving!

See the full story HERE.

What followed involved a tow-truck, a ticket, two days worth of work, and a new set of springs.

bennelson 11-03-2013 12:34 PM

The two days following dropping my truck flat onto the road were spent replacing the lower ball joint and returning the truck to stock height with new springs in the front and removing the lowering blocks in back.

Here's the second part of that story.

The Lowdown on Getting Jack’d Up

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Daox 11-04-2013 10:23 AM

Its always an adventure with you Ben!

brucey 11-04-2013 11:58 AM

Hey dont feel too bad about improper modifications. I knew a guy who lowered his S-10 with some 2x4's on the back and a torched/sawed front springs.

bennelson 11-04-2013 01:53 PM

2x4s - as in WOOD 2x4s!?

Yipes.
Although I do have to admit that I HAVE used wood in the early design and testing phases on both the electric car and motorcycle....

But all those were eventually replaced with metal parts. Really. Hmmm. Yeah, pretty sure.

brucey 11-04-2013 02:09 PM

Yea, fairly certain they weren't even pressure treated wood either. Just the new construction framing garbage 2x4 kind.

bennelson 11-13-2013 02:29 PM

New Hub caps!

Nope, not fancy full-moons or anything.

When I fixed the ball joint and un-lowered the truck, I also put the snow tires on the rear (partly to free up a tire to replace the damaged front-left tire!)

The only thing is that the rims that the snow tires are on are UGLY! I just bought some plain steel rims for the wife's Prius so we can leave snow tires permanently mounted up, and I just had that done at the tire shop this morning.

On my way back home, I stopped at the auto parts store to see what they had for some affordable hub caps for the Prius. The summer alloy wheels look very nice, but the new black steel rims are bare and ugly. Thought it would be nice to cover them up.

I also realized that both the S10 and the Prius have 15" rims. Different bolt spacing and everything else, but at least hub caps should be interchangeable.

At the auto parts store, there was a set of hubcaps in gun-metal gray metallic, or a chrome finish. I liked the gun-metal, but didn't know if the wife would. Oh well. Figured I'd buy them and if she didn't like them, I could put them on the truck.

Once home, I started assembling them and test-fit one to the truck. It looked good, so I ended up mounting them all.

The truck isn't looking bad, although at some point, I'd still like to play around with some nice full-moon caps.

Here's what one of the snow tire rims looks like.
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And here's what one looks like with the hub cap.
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I showed the wife what the truck looked like and she liked that color rims. The Prius has dark tinted windows, so I think it will look nice with the darker rims as well. Now I'll have to stop back at the store and see if I can get another set!

Daox 11-13-2013 04:34 PM

Haha, those are the exact same style wheel covers I had on the Paseo... The reason I got them was because they looked the most aerodynamic vs the other wheel covers they had there.

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bennelson 11-13-2013 05:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Daox (Post 399359)
....The reason I got them was because they looked the most aerodynamic...

Yep. I was looking for the flattest/most coverage on an off-the-shelf wheel cover.

mini_truckin 03-20-2014 01:46 AM

Wow - can't believe I'm seeing this truck again. You're welcome for the vice-grips, they do come in handy lol.

That badge is from a 2007ish Cadillac, the bowtie in the middle of the tailgate is off of a 2007 Malibu, the tint is 20 in the front and 15 in the back, and the color is actually black paint with 4 ounces of dry red pearl put into it, no metallic. But unfortunately you won't ever be able to match the paint.

The clutch and the slave cylinder are new (I'm assuming the guy that I traded it to just flipped it.)

If you still have the Chevrolet center caps that were on it, and aren't planning on using them, I'll buy them off you.

Nice to see the truck is still alive and someone hasn't killed it. :-)

bennelson 03-20-2014 09:06 AM

The guy I bought it from didn't have it long. It was a middle-aged guy who got it for his son, and the son couldn't drive stick worth a darn.

The worst thing about the truck is that is has rust at the top of the fuel tank, so I can't fill it up all the way without it leaking. Which isn't a big deal except for the FIRST time I filled it up all the way!

I like the window tint a lot. The color has really grown on me, but that is one thing I was thinking about - how the heck do I match it?!

Quarter-million miles on this beastie.


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