See if this sounds familiar, "I think we can do it. Yeah, me too. OK, then, let's go." If in fact you have heard similar words spoken in your garage, then you can relate to custom truck builder aficionado David Widhalm. Why, you ask? Because inside his two-car garage, in the heart of Northglenn, Colorado, he and his buddies used their talents to build one slick S-10.
Imagine swinging by David's house for the annual Super Bowl party. One peek inside the garage and you see suspension parts lying everywhere with the truck torn completely apart. By Memorial Day, the garage is filled with tweed, fabric, and audio parts scattered throughout. During July 4th weekend, you see the garage is a total wreck due to the engine swap with fluids leaking aimlessly on the floor. On your trip over for the Halloween bash, a quick glimpse inside the garage door reveals what seems to be a body shop with torches, welders, and random metal on the floor. Christmas rolls around and the house smells of fresh paint, since the garage has turned into a makeshift paint booth. Finally, you think the insanity has stopped, until the next time you're over, and he is busy cleaning the truck, getting it ready for the next show. You see, for David, if he thinks he can pull it off, he rolls the dice and goes for it.
A man after our own hearts, David began his two-year journey with a stock four-cylinder S-10 and turned it into an unbelievable trophy truck. Beginning with the suspension, David step-notched the rear frame, added a set of Slam Specialties 'bags, and created a trick four-link setup to lay the rear frame flat. The gas tank member was notched and a 15-gallon fuel cell added in the bed. Up front, 2-inch Belltech spindles lower the front and Slam Specialties 'bags let the front fenders hang low. Each airbag is controlled by a 10-switch box that sends signals to 1/2-inch Blitz valves and 1/2-inch air line. Three Viair compressors pump air to the 5-gallon tank.
Contacting his friends at Coy's Wheel and Tire, he ordered a set of 20-inch Boyd Coddington Savage wheels for all four corners. The front fenders are stuffed with 8-1/2-inch-wide billets, wrapped in Nitto 555 tires measuring P245/35ZR20. Out back, the 10-inch-wide billet hoops are protected by P275/30ZR20 Nittos. Satisfied with the new stance, David wanted a truck that could scream up and down the Rockies.
After a trip to an auto auction with his dad, David was the proud owner of a totaled '95 Corvette. The important part was the LT1 and 4L60-E tranny were still in great shape. A quick yank with the cherry-picker and the 2.2L was gone for good. Using mounts from Jaguars That Run and Sanderson headers, the new V-8 was squeezed inbetween the framerails. An Aeromotive race fuel pump supplies the needed gas, and a Nitrous Express 150-shot gives the 4,000-pound truck a huge boost when needed. With street tires and new 4:10 gears, the truck runs a quick 13.6-second 1320 without spraying the go juice. With the motor buttoned up, David decided to give the interior a once over.
Totally reworking the stock dash and shaving the vents, blue and black tweed wraps the entire front, top, and side sections of the truck, including the door panels. The stock seats were re-covered by Sid's Upholstery, the only task not performed first-hand by David and his friend Eric. Housed inside the custom dash is a complete Dakota Digital hot-rod setup with seven other Auto Meter gauges in the dash on the passenger side. Diamond-plate floor mats add bling to the tweed, and just in case you heard it from Colorado, David also has some tunes in his ride.
Complete with three monitors, two subs, two sets of components, and three amps, David's truck is as loud as it is fast. With the torch in hand, the back wall was cut to allow for the pass-through box. This amount of air was needed to house the two JL Audio 12W7 subs. For show entertainment, the bed houses two 7-inch monitors and a separate set of JL Audio components. Finishing off the interior is a Billet Specialties steering wheel. Viper was the alarm of choice for remote start and door actuation functions, which were needed for the last step.
Masking off the garage for his last hoorah, David and his painting friend Eric went to work on smoothing the S-10. Gone to shaving heaven are the door handles, antenna, third brake light, wipers, and cab seams, and in went a Sir Michaels roll pan. After securing the license plate box in the tailgate, the truck was sanded down to primer and the paint was mixed. PPG Black was applied to the entire truck with House of Kolor Silver White Pearl for the flames. This was again performed in his garage, and after looking at the truck in person, we couldn't tell. David completed the truck by adding a billet grille and Bow Tie, and adding a tonneau complete with flame graphics.
David walked over to us at our Vegas Midnight Madness show, and we followed him to his truck and instantly shook his hand, because any man who can build a truck like this in his own garage has our utmost respect. Next time you're over at David's house, take a peek into the garage and see what is coming out of the stable next.