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So 3 weeks ago my daily driver Beretta decided to crap out on me and I was left with no vehicle and starting a new job in 5 days. Well I didn't have the 2-3 weeks that it was going to take to tear down and rebuild the motor (again) and my parents said that since I wasn't gonna tear down and rebuild the motor that they were "repo-ing" my car and I was now on my own for a vehicle. Well I scraped together all the money I had, and bought a new daily driver/work truck. Its a '95 S10 short cab short bed with a 2.2/5speed and 84,000 miles. Its pure bare bones/work truck. Heat only (no A/C), rubber floor, bench seat, non-tilt column, and even a GM rollpan that was a cheaper option than a real bumper. I got a super deal on it and its been a great work truck for the past 3 weeks. Here's some pics from when I brought it home:













What I love about this truck is the POTENTIAL it has. As you can tell, some aspects of it are a bit rough. The front end is smashed, the passenger mirror is missing, the rollpan is hanging by who knows what, the tailgate handle is bent/crooked, etc. etc. But the body is in great shape for being a '95 and a work truck. There's probably a grand total of 15-20 dents on the truck INCLUDING ones INSIDE the bed. My new job is at a bodyshop so a large part of the plans for the truck is to practice/hone my bodyworking skills on it and then paint it a bit nicer color lol. But the front end needs to be fixed, so might as well swap it for a '98 up front end, right? I need a new mirror so might as well get some Street Scene ones... The rollpan is falling off, so I'm thinking about putting a stock bumper on (EVERYBODY has rollpans....who runs bumpers on a custom truck these days? Besides...all the people who have rollpans can hardly GIVE AWAY their old stock bumpers lol). The tailgate handle is crooked, so might as well shave it and relocate it to the inside...


But anyway...not really sure where this truck/project will head but anything that happens with it will go here in this thread.
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Re: [ProjecT] Work Truck

First update :

I bought the truck on Saturday, June 24. 3 days later on the following Tuesday I took my brother's old ZQ8 leafsprings, 4" pinion angled blocks (with U-bolts... SCORE!), Deutsch Tech drop shocks, and ZQ8 hopper stopper shock out of our garage attic (his truck is bagged and he hasn't used any of that stuff for 2+ years) and put it on my truck. Only thing thats strange is....the truck dropped about 3.5" total in the back. weird.








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Update #2:

This past week/weekend (after I brought my '91 to my new shop) I decided to strip the front suspension off the '91 and put it on the '95. I changed my mind about running stock control arms on my '91 (I want it to be a show truck and although the stock arms did their job of laying flat out on my rims they were kinda ugly and I'd rather have some nice looking tubular arms that can lay out on that size wheel but with a stock spindle). So I stripped the pie cut upper arms, the de-humped lower arms, and the drop spindles (with new discs already on them) off of the '91 and then put them on the '95. I also cut 1 full coil off of the stock coil springs from the '95 then re-assembled the truck to acheive around a 3-4" drop up front (the drivers side is more like 4" drop, whereas the passenger side is about 3" of drop. Stupid S10 lean...)




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Update #3:

After purchasing some longer wheel studs to accomidate the 1/2" spacers for my 18s I decided yesterday to put my 18s on the daily instead of having them collect dust in a garage while on the '91. I learned 2 things when doing this:

#1. S10 drop spindles widen the front track of an S10 approximately 1.25" per side of the truck. They also have the tie rod connection point closer in towards the frame when compared to a stock spindle (I had a normal alignment with stock spindles, but after putting the drop spindles on, I had about 2-3" of toe-out).

#2. The bodies of 2nd gen S10s are about 1.5"-2" wider PER SIDE than the bodies of 1st gen S10s. My 18s had the perfect offset on my 1st gen with using the 1/2" spacers all around. The back tucked nicely and the front did once the negative camber started taking effect. On the '95 the front wheels sit about 1/4" too far into the wheelwells, but in the back the wheels sit about 1.5" too far in the bedsides WITH THE 1/2" SPACERS ON. So I think I may end up getting some 3/4" spacers for the front and then some 2" spacers for the rear to get the right offset and not have the offset ruin the nice look of the rims.

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Halfway there!:


rollin a 3/4(ish) drop on 18s:


in this pic you can see how the rear wheel is really far inset into the bedside...:



from the side it looks good though :



Hopefully tomorrow I can get an alignment so that that will be straightened out. Other than that...thats all for now
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bout time them wheels got some road time!



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you didnt waste any time

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bout time them wheels got some road time!

thats what I'm sayin!

last time these wheels were driven on was October of '04!

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you didnt waste any time
well when there's no time to waste, you can't exactly waste time, can you?
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thats what I'm sayin!

last time these wheels were driven on was October of '04!
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HUGE pictures.. goodness..

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your truck sits at roughly my height

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nice daily driver by your description at least, my p/c is crappy and i waited at least 10 minues for the hugh pics to load and finally gave up. i just bought a 95 s-10 for 50 bucks that just needs the head replaced that i plan to make my daily( good gas milage)truck.

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Wow!! Holy shit... that brings back MEMORIES!!

That looks EXACTLY like my truck when I bought it 5 years ago... Same color, engine, tranny, and bare bones interior...the front end was even smashed. Does yours have the black interior?

I still can't believe my truck used to look like that...

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great start.. any other plan for the truck. what color paint?




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yup...and I call it an "its not low enough" drop lol
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nice daily driver by your description at least, my p/c is crappy and i waited at least 10 minues for the hugh pics to load and finally gave up. i just bought a 95 s-10 for 50 bucks that just needs the head replaced that i plan to make my daily( good gas milage)truck.
thanks for the compliments, and yes, the gas mileage is AWESOME. I went 350 miles on a little more than 3/4 tank!
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Wow!! Holy shit... that brings back MEMORIES!!

That looks EXACTLY like my truck when I bought it 5 years ago... Same color, engine, tranny, and bare bones interior...the front end was even smashed. Does yours have the black interior?

I still can't believe my truck used to look like that...
No my interior is a light gray, not black

You have any pics of yours when you first got it?
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great start.. any other plan for the truck. what color paint?
no real plan. As I decide to do things though I will post progress.

Not real sure on any final color yet either....thats too far away to think about lol.
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Nice truck. It's nice having something to drive that actually looks cool isn't it? And I thought when you said you stripped the suspension off the 1st gen that the new work truck was going to be bagged in the front. I'm sure it won't be too long before that happens.

Keep it up and I'm sure you'll have a sweet daily.

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Nice truck. It's nice having something to drive that actually looks cool isn't it? And I thought when you said you stripped the suspension off the 1st gen that the new work truck was going to be bagged in the front. I'm sure it won't be too long before that happens.

Keep it up and I'm sure you'll have a sweet daily.
thanks man. And yeah....even though this thing is kinda rough its a hell of a lot better for me mentally to be drivin this than the gay ass Beretta I used to drive.

But who said anything about bags...?
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No my interior is a light gray, not black

You have any pics of yours when you first got it?

Unfortunatly I dont... It was tore apart within days of me getting it and I was way to excited to take pictures.

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thanks man. And yeah....even though this thing is kinda rough its a hell of a lot better for me mentally to be drivin this than the gay ass Beretta I used to drive.

But who said anything about bags...?
No I was just saying I thought you were going the bag the front of it when you said you had stripped the front suspension off the first gen. as in stripping the bags and cups off and putting it on the 2nd gen but I was wrong.

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nice nice.. much cooler than a beretta the day i got my ranger... i washed it then pulled it in the garage and tore it apart and dropped it
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Unfortunatly I dont... It was tore apart within days of me getting it and I was way to excited to take pictures.
lol I know the feeling but I restrained my excitement and made sure to take some before pics haha
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No I was just saying I thought you were going the bag the front of it when you said you had stripped the front suspension off the first gen. as in stripping the bags and cups off and putting it on the 2nd gen but I was wrong.
nope. Just stripped off the control arms, drop spindles, and rotors from the '91 and then cut a coil off the stock 4 cyl springs in the '95
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nice nice.. much cooler than a beretta the day i got my ranger... i washed it then pulled it in the garage and tore it apart and dropped it
I'm soooooooo glad I don't have to drive that gay beretta anymore

but yeah...I've had the truck for 3 weeks and haven't washed it once. Nor have I cleaned out the interior (it needs to be cleaned very very very badly) and I could use to put my head unit in it (It didn't come with one in it lol)
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So if the truck had sat for more than a few hours and I then go to start it it idled and ran rough until it had been running for a minute or so. So tonight I replaced the plugs and wires and hopefully that will have fixed the problem (fingers crossed)
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damn., hope so, i like this truck....


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Why not bag the front at least on this one you have all the parts and you said the other truck aint gonna get any action for a long time.
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Its amazing what wheels and a drop can do for a truck.

What makes you think I won't cut you?
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yup, just as I thought. New plugs and wires fixed the rough idle problem.
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Why not bag the front at least on this one you have all the parts and you said the other truck aint gonna get any action for a long time.
I dunno that the other truck won't be getting action for a LONG time, just not for a bit. We'll see what happens I guess. I'd still need a compressor and switchbox and several other things if I was gonna go the bag route.
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I dunno that the other truck won't be getting action for a LONG time, just not for a bit. We'll see what happens I guess. I'd still need a compressor and switchbox and several other things if I was gonna go the bag route.

i got an extra switch box if ur going that route its all urs bro....
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i got an extra switch box if ur going that route its all urs bro....
hook a brotha up! I'd willingly pay shipping and any other small inconvenience it may cost you to part with the switchbox
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wow lots of progress, the truck looks awesome in that primer. it looks like it has a blueish tint to it. now go bag the front lol

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dayumn. looks awsome in primer..




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i sense a bag set up in the dailys very near future........lol

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thanks guys

the primer sometimes looks like it has a blueish tint, sometimes looks like it has a purplish tint, and sometimes looks black, but its technically dark gray.

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here's all the pics I took from Friday night when we primered it. My buddy and shop partner Kyle and I started at about 6:00 pm and I drove it home at 3:30 am. I D/A'd down the bedrails and also some other deep scratches but the rest of the truck just got scuffed with scuffing pads and paste. Then we masked the whole truck, prepped it, and Kyle (a painter by trade) sprayed the primer. It is DuPont dark gray primer/sealer. Total cost: $0 (I had all the supplies from when I did bodywork on the current bed on my '91)















and then another sunlight pic from yesterday:


yesterday before I cleaned it all up I brought it into my work and with the help of a couple of the mechanics there I used the alignment tools and rack and did an alignment on it so now its good to go

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make the pics a little smaller..most of us dont have 24" monitors.....lol

other then that, lookin' good...cant wait to see it finished.
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make the pics a little smaller..most of us dont have 24" monitors.....lol

other then that, lookin' good...cant wait to see it finished.
yeah sorry about the pics....Photobucket likes to make them all random sizes and I don't individually view each one before I post it so I never know what size each one is. But I'll try to resize after I post and then edit the post with normal size pics from here on out.

Thanks for the good words though
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Re: [ProjecT] Work Truck

I'm just gonna throw this out here in case it helps me with hook ups on stuff. For this truck I'm looking to get:


a '98 and newer S10/Sonoma core support

a '98 and newer Sonoma steel under bumper

the styrofoam cushions that go on top of the steel under bumper

a '98 and newer Sonoma grille (I don't care if the whole top bar is cracked out of it[the horizontal one right under the hood])

a '98 and newer S10 chrome grille (I don't care if everything besides the chrome strip is cracked/shattered/etc)

SS sport mirrors (pair....manual)


ummmmmmmmmm thats all I can think of right now
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why dont u care if the grill is busteD?




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why dont u care if the grill is busteD?
the parts that I listed about being busted would just be getting cut out and thrown in the garbage anyway. So I figure if I can find the stuff I need thats busted in an area that I'm gonna cut out and throw away its still a good grille for my use yet I'd be able to get it pretty cheap
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hmmmmmm...... that looks much like stienstra's shop....
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I liked the green better

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