Readers' Trucks January '98
Matt Baygents' S-10 SS

Here is the low-down on this custom truck: It's a 1996 S-10SS a.k.a. BAD96SS (which is also what the license plate reads). To live up to its name, Matt's truck has plenty of high-power modifications. The air enters though a custom K&N cone filter. The MSD6A ignition, MSD multi-step retard box, and MSD wires send the power to Autolite platinum plugs. A Nitrous Works adjustable EFI kit has been added to give an extra boost of power. It's currently set to give 75 additional horsepower. The computer (OBD-II) has been tweaked using the Hypertech Power Programmer Plus. A 160-degree thermostat used in conjunction with twin electric fans keep the engine cool. To get spent gasses out of the engine, Edelbrock headers were bolted up to the engine, but before they were added, they received a trick powdercoated silver finish. From there, the gasses go through the catalytic converter, then into Flo-Tech exhaust dumps. A Flowmaster exhaust lets the gasses out.

Inside, Matt has RJS 3-inch racing seatbelts, an Autometer fuel pressure gauge, and a Cyberdyne air/fuel gauge. Exterior upgrades include StreetScene mirrors, a Lund cowl visor, a Covercraft bed cover and a NASCAR style wing. Up front, Matt added a Trader's Montage front valance and custom expanded metal grill work. The exterior of the truck also has custom vinyl racing stripes thanks to Matt's friend Hans Mankinen.

The truck has been lowered and sits on custom painted stock 16-inch SS wheels with 245-50-16 tires. The Jaxonville, Florida resident, Matt Baygents, is a member of Rivercity Sportrucks.

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