The Seeds are Set, and Everyone’s Watching
“IT’S DONE. Why can’t you just leave it alone?” How many times have you heard that? If you’ve had the truck addiction long enough, then you most definitely have been asked that at least once in your life. The answer is never! Why can’t they just understand that?
Take Joshua Miller, for example. He’s the owner of “Seedless,” this month’s under construction feature that was once an award-winning and fully completed custom show truck. A mint green, two-door Chevy S-10 that lays flat on the ground was a fun show truck for many years, but it was time for something bigger and newer for Josh. It’s tough to let go of the past, and the truck was good to him for many years, so he decided to return the favor and rebuild his original ride. More than just your standard makeover consisting of a facelift and some fresh new paint, Josh decided to go big by stretching the frame and doubling the cab size.
To swap out a single-cab truck body for a four-door cabin, the original 1998 S-10 frame needed to be lengthened to realign the body mounts along with the rest of the driveline. It’s not a job Josh wanted to tackle on his own, so he turned to the only guy he trusted to put a torch near his treasure: Ryan Spehn from ProFab Florida. He was the only man he needed to call before dropping off his Chevy and leaving the keys behind. That’s always a tough day isn’t it?
Ryan and the crew at ProFab wasted no time by knocking out the frame and turning their focus toward the cab. The donor 2004 Chevy S-10 crew cab body not only had to line up with the new mounts, but it also had to lay even with the bed. After all the measuring, cutting and re-welding was complete, it was finally bolted onto the newly stretched 1998 frame rails before letting the air out of the suspension to lay it out. Every builder loves the day that he gets to step back and see it on the ground for the first time.
NOW THAT THEY HAVE A RUNNING TRUCK WITH COMPLETED SUSPENSION, IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON SOME OTHER DETAILS LIKE INTERIOR AND PAINT.
For the power plant in this smooth S-10, Josh decided on a LS swap using Current Performance motor mounts, Dirty Dingo engine accessories bracket and a FiTech Ultimate LS kit. Transferring the power to the rear axle is a Chevy 4L60E transmission using a custom-built two-piece driveshaft. The last piece to the puzzle was the newly shortened the rear end from Jimmy’s Rod and Custom, which makes it possible to tuck the 20-inch Raceline wheels and Toyo Tires.
Now that they have a running truck with completed suspension, it’s time to focus on some other details like interior and paint. The interior hasn’t been tackled yet, but he has the perfect person in mind. And, as you can see from the rendering, the paint will be a shade of cream that’s getting extremely popular in the scene. Once this truck is done you will see it everywhere from Slamfest to the Lone Star Throwdown, so when you do spot it, find Josh and say what’s up. He loves to talk trucks just as much as we do.