Daring 10: A Solid-Axle 2001 Chevy S-10 Crew Cab Pickup Built With Dollar-Smart Parts
A solid-axle Chevy built with dollar-smart parts
If you've been reading Four Wheeler over the last year, you will recognize this 2001 Chevy S-10 Crew Cab. Over the past several months, freelance contributor Ali Mansour has documented the transformation of the truck from bone stock to the incredible off-road-ready machine you see here. While a Crew Cab S-10 may not seem like an obvious pick for a major build, once you look at the low cost of entry and standard features, the S-10 begins to make sense in many respects.
The S-10 doesn't have the major aftermarket support like a Toyota Tacoma. However, it doesn't have the price premium that even high-mileage, used versions of the Japanese pickups boast either. Given that the S-10 has a body-on-frame construction, reliable 4.3L engine, and limited electronic nannies, it made for an ideal home for the junkyard-sourced 1-ton axles and Jeep Wrangler suspension it would receive. Thanks to the extremely talented craftsmen at Low Range 4x4 in Wilmington, North Carolina, Ali's vision of a do-it-all pickup become a reality.
While there are still a few upgrades and tweaks coming to this truly unique build, we wanted to show you the S-10 getting a thorough shakedown on the trail.
At a Glance
Vehicle: '01 Chevy S-10
Owner: Ali Mansour
Stomping grounds: Wilmington, North Carolina
Build time: 9 Months
Engine: 4.3L Chevy V-6
Transfer case: Advance Adapters Atlas four-spd
Low range ratio(s): 2:1, 2.72:1, 5.44:1
Crawl ratio: 274:1 (max)
Front axle/differential: High-pinion Dana 60, Nitro Gear & Axle chromoly axleshafts, Warn hubs, 5.38 gears/ARB Air Locker
Rear axle/differential: GM 14-bolt, 5.38 gears/ARB Air Locker
Front suspension: Rock Krawler three-link w/12-in-travel Rock Krawler 2.625 coilovers
Rear suspension: Rock Krawler four-link w/triangulated uppers, 12-in-travel Rock Krawler 2.625 coilovers
Steering: PSC Motorsports hydraulic-assist w/Ujoint Offroad high-steer arm
Tires: 40x13.50R17 Nitto Mud Grappler
Wheels: 17x9 KMC Machete beadlock
Armor: Custom bumpers, Trail-Gear sliders
Cool stuff: RCI 19-gal fuel cell, Warn M8000-S winch, JE Reel driveshafts, Barnes 4WD link brackets and 1-ton steering kit