We knew there had to be guys out there who were both prerunner enthusiasts and S-10 lovers. We get plenty of letters from people who are wondering how to build their S-10s...but until recently, we didn't have much info for them. 'Turns out we had just been looking in the wrong places. After a Web search led us to the Dezert Dimes forum-frequented by a large number of certified S-10 maniacs with prerunning on the brain-we knew we'd found the right place. In fact, we enlisted their help for our Almighty Dime S-10 project build (you'll see more of that in future issues). After meeting some of the guys, we hit the desert with Bruce Barnes, the owner of a 2000 S-10 built with equal parts fun and reliability in mind.?>
Bruce built the truck on a small budget, but wanted to make sure it was solid enough to take on desert roads at high speeds. He enlisted the help of a fellow Dezert Dimes member, a mad fabricator known only as Metul Munky. Armed with a welder, Metul Munky proceeded to build a number of parts for the truck during the following months, including a bumper-and-skidplate combo, upper and lower control arms, a front-end center link, and a bed cage. A number of other mods were designed and built to fit the functional-but-low-cost theme, created by Metal Munky, as well as Bruce, himself.?>
We watched Bruce blast through the desert near his home in Barstow, California, and launch the truck skyward several times. Sure enough, the thing works well. A 20-year Army veteran who earned the Bronze Star for his duty in combat missions in Iraq, Bruce embodies the kind of truck owner we like to meet: enthusiastic, innovative, and endowed with a heavy right foot. Long live the Barstow Bomber!
2000 Chevrolet S-10 2WD
Bruce Barnes, Barstow, California
Stock Chevy frame, reinforced with custom fabrication by Metal Munky
4.3L V-6, AEM cold-air intake
Front: Custom long-travel kit fabricated by Metal Munky; includes upper and lower control arms, 2.0 Fox 8-inch stroke shocks, FOA 2.0 x 2-inch hydraulic bump stops, coil springs.
Rear: modified stock spring pack with 2.0 Fox 14-inch stroke shocks, Metal Munky-fabricated bedcage.
Factory Chevrolet and fabricated parts
31X10.50 tires (various make, depending on environment), 15-inch American Racing wheels.
Stock with custom fabricated light-switch console
Metal Munky fabricated front bumper w/skidplate. ZR2 rear axle with limited slip differential.