When things work out in your favor, you can either run with it or drop the ball. Darrell Poe from Bluefield, West Virginia, found out that a very special truck—one that he spent hours working on to perform the perfect body drop— was only a phone call away from finding a new home in his garage. Well, he ran with it, and never once looked back.

“Everybody always says it’s just another Chevy S-10 or that they are easy to build,” Darrell says. “Well, I promise they will look at this one day and say, ‘Dang! Look at that S-10!’”

So, he set a goal and immediately got to work. During the original dissection, Darrell made modifications to the stock frame, including a C-notch, recessed front shocks, full plating for structure, and custom rear shock mounts. He relocated a new fuel cell in between the rear frame rails and a one-off wishbone and completed the package with a four-link suspension setup. A one-off cross member holds the four-link and allows the exhaust to pass through beautifully. Front brakes are stock calipers with cross-drilled rotors, while the rear is a Little Shop MFG caliper kit. A Wilwood master cylinder and proportioning valve with a one-off bracket designed by the owner mounts the hardware neatly in the engine bay, while the black-coated, braided-steel brake lines keep it clean.

The new 350c.i. Chevy V-8 crate engine was upgraded before installation with a bigger alternator, dual electric fans, aluminum drive pulleys, Lokar transmission dipstick and oil dipstick, Billet Specialties wire loom holders, billet aluminum valve covers and air cleaner with a Demon carburetor. An ’85 Chevy 700R4 transfers the power back to a stock S-10 rearend. For wheels and tires, Darrell went with a 22-inch Forte F-56 Koma wheel with custom colors wrapped in 245/30/22 Carbon Series C586 tires.

Stay tuned for the next issue where we unveil this amazing truck to our readers!

“I don’t have any sponsors, but I have an amazing wife and family who have supported me and my passion,” Darrell says. “I also have a handful of friends who I consider brothers who have given me their blood, sweat, ideas, materials, support and cuss words to make this build what it is today.”



Darrell Poe, Jr.
Bluefield, WV
Occupation: Route salesman
Make, Model, Year: ’96 Chevy S-10
Original Purchase Price: $3,500
Date of Purchase: December 2011
Current Cost to Build: $20,000+
Completion Date Goal: December 2020


Bodywork by Shon Reece, Brian Nunn and Adam Quesenberry
Paint Color: Southern Poly Sealer – Black Primer
Painted by Adam Quesenberry
Graphics, Color/Type: You have to wait and see!
Body Mods: 1953-1955 Ford F-100 dashboard and top door metal, custom-built inner fenders, a new sheetmetal firewall and a frenched-in radiator. Flattened floor pans, shaved door handles and a fully custom sheetmetal bed with a custom-made license tag box and Scott’s Hotrods LED taillights. All sheetmetal work performed by Darrell. Mods also include a 2 ¾-inch body drop with a stock GMC Sonoma hood, billet inserts, front and rear trailer fender tubs with mesh inserts and a rear Cali Combo roll pan.


Reason for Building this ride? Sold my other mini-truck
Previous rides: 1991 Chevy S-10 known as “ROCKBTTM”
How did you get involved? I watched my cousin and his buddies lower their trucks when I was 12. I was hooked!
How long have you been “in the industry”? Three years
Club Affiliation: Xtreme Lowz