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2004 4 x 4 Long-Bed Crew-Cab Chevy S-10
This is one long truck, and the 'ride' is phonemical! 
 

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- SPECIFICATIONS -
 

BODY AND FRAME

 

This was a truck project that turned bad... really bad.

A friend of mine had sent it to a less-than-reputable body shop to have the frame lengthened 

for a long-bed swap - and it was butchered!

This is sad because the truck only had 8,209 authentic, original miles,

as can be verified by the odometer and the quality of the body panels and the underside.

STRETCHING THE FRAME

The frame on this S-10 pickup truck had been stretched 33.4 inches and the factory 58.4 inch ultra-short bed has been replaced with the 91.8 inch, long bed version, (33.4 inches longer) giving it some great lines,

and making it look almost ride like an S-10 Limo. 

 

The truck's overall length has been increased from 205.3 inches to 238.7 inches, (also 33.4 inches longer.)

The factory stock wheelbase was also increased – from 122.9 inches to 149.4 inches. This is only an additional 26.5 inches, so it doesn't affect the turning radius too much.

 

(The reason the wheelbase increased 6.9” less than the overall length is due to the relative placement of the wheel wells in the different length beds.) 

 

SHODDY WORKMANSHIP THROUGHOUT

It would take me several days to list all of the short-cuts that were taken on this truck,

so below are just a couple:

After giving it the once over, I started by bracing the outside of the frame with a couple pieces of 3/8" x 6" steel plate,

just to make sure it would remain in one piece.

They had just butt-welded a couple pieces of poorly fitting channel between the frame halves. 

 

Another bit of shoddy workmanship was their attempt to make hidden door handles: 

They removed the door handles, then pounded the door handle recesses in about an inch,

severely distorting the rest of the door panel.

Next, they cut some light gauge metal to cover the door handle openings. 

Without sanding any of the paint off the door surrounding the openings,

they were secured in place with clear silicone.

Finally, a one-inch-plus glob of Bondo was wiped over the openings and... done.

By the time I received the truck, all four of the handle openings had already cracked

and we were able to remove them with a little 'thumb-pressure' from inside the doors.

 


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- FACTS AND HISTORY -
 
  • This truck was originally purchased in California by one of the major automotive aftermarket parts manufacturers.

  • After driving it for a couple years, their marketing department came up with the idea to convert this S-10 into a down-sized version of the full-sized Chevy Silverado crew cab dually – complete with custom paint, dual rear wheels and an air ride suspension.

 

  • So they lined up a body and frame shop to do the job – and soon realized that the shop's staff was more interested in making money than ever finishing the job.

 

  • By the time the truck was legally recovered, the factory paint had been sanded down to the primer and the original short bed had been removed and 'misplaced.' The hood and a few other body parts had also been 'misplaced'.

 

  • All of the front drive axle components, including the torsion bars, control arms and axles had also been removed and 'misplaced.' The truck had been converted to two-wheel drive with the wrong size air bags that were almost completely rubbed through. The only front wheel drive component that was recovered with the truck was the differential.

 

  • The frame had already been lengthened, and with the truck now needing a long bed, a new 4 X 4 front end drive line and a complete paint job, just putting everything back together was going to be a huge and very costly undertaking – so they decided to put it up for sale.

 

  • So... I bought it. And just like every other custom job I've ever been involved with – it took a lot longer and cost a lot more than originally expected. 

     THESE PARTS INCLUDE:

  • A complete, high-end, professionally applied paint job – front to back. The base color is duPont's ChromaPremier in Chevy's Victory Red. The clear coat is duPont's #72200S ChromaPremier top coat.

  • In fact, the paint is so smooth, (and superior to a factory paint job) that the truck reflects just about everything that's around it – as evidenced by the photos.

  • The frame and many related underside components are painted with POR-15 high-gloss chassis paint

  • A tear-drop cowl induction hood

  • Two rear bumper caps

  • A pair of urethane side and a rear bed top covers

  • A 500# capacity electronic actuator for the tonneau cover

  • Four American Racing 16” X 7” Maverick wheels

  • Four Goodyear 235 / 70R16 Tripletread tires

  • Twenty 'deep-thread' Cragar lug nuts

  • Front upper and lower control arms, with ball joints

  • The right and left axle assemblies, with CV joints

  • Two Monroe front shock absorbers

  • The torsion bars, torsion bar cross member and hardware

  • The electronic shifter for the transfer case

  • The four-Link rear suspension bars, with nylon-inserted 5/8” rod ends

  • Two rear air bags, with dual filler valves under the rear bumper

  • Two Monroe rear shock absorbers

  • Driveshaft modifications

  • A complete 'cat-back' exhaust system, with a Turbo muffler

  • The battery

  • An oil, oil filter and air filter change

  • A four-wheel alignment

  • Plus all of the necessary brackets and hardware to assemble the new parts

  • I've had a few questions about mounting the actuator at the rear center of the cover. I did this so all of the unsightly locking hardware could be removed from the tonneau cover. Actually, the only thing it hampers is hauling plywood, as most items that would be hauled in the truck are narrow enough to slide in past the actuator.

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