How did your first truck buildup come out? Was it everything you thought you wanted? Could you pull trophies at the shows? Odds are you didn't quite have it together on your first attempt at building a show-winning custom.Twenty-year-old Shane Thompson of Byron, Georgia, has a different story. Shane managed to put together a rocker-wrinkling, fully shaved custom that snaps up awards at every show he attends. The feat of a well-seasoned veteran builder you say? Um, no. This green-hued baggin' and draggin' '94 S-10 is his first attempt at creating a custom truck. Go ahead and take a moment for the jealousy to set in. Topping this feat off is he did it with the help of just a couple good friends and his own two hands. Now, before you go running for the razors, keep in mind, Shane is a professional bodyman by trade and knows his way around a welder and a paint gun.
Starting with the chassis, Shane and his boys got to work by boxing and grinding the stock 'rails and welding up a step notch in the rear for axle clearance. All the joints and seams were welded tight and smoothed before Shane squirted a coating of silver on the frame. Of course, no custom truck can be suspended by stock components, so garbage-bound went the stock coils, shocks, spindles, and leaves. Replacing the said items are green-covered Chassis Tech 2-inch drop spindles, an owner-fabricated four-link, a quartet of Firestone 2,600-pound airbags, and Monroe dampers. Stuffing air into this Georgia "AIRRYD" is the duty of an engine-driven compressor moving the compressed molecules into two 3-gallon air tanks. From there, AIM 3/8-inch valves move the air to the 'bags by way of neon-green 1/2-inch air line. Electric switches activate the front, back, and side-to-side movement. Making this frame a roller are 19x7-inch KMC Suicide wheels held tight by oversized Nitto NT555 rubber at P225/35R19 - front and rear. Hiding behind those high-tech wheels are cross-drilled and slotted brake rotors.
Pushing this daily driven street cruiser around is the General's 4.3L V-6 mated to a 4L60-E slushbox turning the 3.42 Posi rearend. Not wanting to diminish his fuel mileage too greatly, Shane fabricated his own 3-inch tubular intake with dual Green Filter USA filters. Fitting, isn't it? Rounding out the performance gains on this mini's motor is a Flowmaster 40-series muffler and Taylor plug wires. Surrounding the engine is detailing in the form of painted factory items with a small sprinkling of polished aftermarket accessories. A Red Top Optima battery was relocated under the cab to keep the underhood area clear. All of Shane's handiwork sits between a smoothed and painted firewall and a like-modified core support. Shane drives this S-10 everywhere, so helping to keep dirt out of the engine compartment is a set of Shane's own handmade inner fenders.