1994 Chevy S10 takes on the toughest trails in Colorado and UtahPosted in Features on February 16, 2017
Joe Allen from Littleton, Colorado, is not a “hold my beer and watch this” kind of guy. He has some mad skills behind the wheel and a rig that is more than capable on any trail he points it up. His preference is to run trails rated 8 or higher, as anything under that might be considered mall crawling for his 1994 Chevy S10.
Joe was originally a Jeep guy. At one time he had a seriously built XJ, but an unfortunate trip up a gnarly 9-rated trail took its toll, and he decided it was time to build something that didn’t know the meaning of the word no.
“I hate to break on the trail,” Joe says, “so I wanted something that was not only extremely capable, but something overbuilt so it would flat-out work wherever I wanted to go.” Economics were a slight consideration, so Joe looked for a started project. He found this S-10, but he still did a full ground-up rebuild to ensure flawless performance. Very little of the original 1994 Chevy S10 is left; the interior and grille are pretty much the only things that tell you what it started life as.
Powering this behemoth up the trail is a 1997 Chevrolet Vortech 350 V-8. The engine is stock with the exception of a set of custom headers and a 3-inch MagnaFlow exhaust system. Backing that up is a TH350 automatic transmission and a B&M shifter with a Z-Gate custom control. The tranny has been modified with lower planetary gears, a reverse pattern, and a manual-shift valve body. The transfer case is a work of internal art; an NP205 with a Klune-V Goliath crawl box and a low-range ratio of 5.4:1 give it the ultimate definition of crawl. Custom-made driveshafts were needed to get the power to the enormous Rockwell axles.
The hardest part for Joe is finding trails that truly challenge this vehicle. On a straightforward run up ledges and waterfalls, it excels. The only issue Joe finds is that in those tight spots where you need maneuverability and turning radius, his truggy is a bit cumbersome.
Tech Specs1994 Chevy S10
Engine: Chevrolet Vortech 350 V-8
Transmission: TH350 automatic
Transfer Case: NP205 with a Klune-V Goliath crawl box
Front Axle: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell, 6.72:1, Detroit Locker
Rear Axle: 2 1/2-ton Rockwell, 6.72:1, Detroit Locker
Springs & Such: Custom 4-link, FOA 18-inch coilovers (front); custom wishbone swivel link with Fox air shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 21/49-20LT Interco Irok Super Swampers mounted on custom 20x13 DIY true double beadlocks
Steering: PSC double ram, full hydraulic