My 1997 Chevy S10 Shortbed Automatic 4.3 Liter V6 Mini Truck Project

Well, its not the first gen I was looking for, but it is in excellent condition and a perfect platform for my project. I have been looking for almost 2 years now for the right truck and I’ve come to the point that I’m tired of waiting (not getting any younger) and want to get back into the mini truck scene.

In March 2019 I found this 1997 Chevy S10 LS that has a Xtreme Package installed in Fort Wayne Indiana. It was listed on eBay, so I contacted the seller and worked out a deal for it and now she’s mine. 🙂

Here are some pictures of her below before any changes;

Truck Specifications
Year 1997
Trim LS Reg Cab 2WD
Miles 188K
Transmission Automatic
Engine 4.3 Liter V6
 

INTERIOR – Current and Upcoming Mods

Since I’ve had the truck I’ve replaced/upgraded the following:

UPDATE: Replacing the Kenwood Door Speakers for Rockford Fosgate T16-S

After running the Kenwood door speakers for a month that I bought through Crutchfield, I wasn’t impressed with the performance. They were not bad, don’t get me wrong. But I decided to upgrade them to the Rockford Fosgate 6.5″ T16-S and have Rockford Fosgate speakers throughout the truck.

See Chevy S10 Radio/Speaker Wiring Diagram

Below you can see I removed the aftermarket Kenwood speaker and OEM speaker mount, cleaned-up the driver side door and applied some Rockville Sound Deadner. I then eliminated the aftermarket power door locks too because it wasn’t being used, and I didn’t want to worry about it rattling.

I then drilled a 1 3/4″ hole in the door panels and mounted the tweeters there. I used 14 Gauge AWG Oxygen Free Copper Speaker Wire that I found on eBay to wire it all up.

The Crossover that came with the speaker system had sticky tape on the back to secure it to the door, but that didn’t work out well so I drilled holes into the door frame and screwed down the Crossovers for a secure fit.

 

EXTERIOR – Custom Speaker Box Built In Truck Bed

Big shoutout to my man Danny Ogg for helping me build the box in the bed. Danny helped design my first mini truck bed too back in 1991.

This bed design soon will house two (2) 15″ Subwoofers, and four (4) 6×9’s including two (2) Amps. I’ll be including one (1) Gel Battery within the passenger wheelwell box to help power the amps. Also we will be switching out the alternator for a more suitable one to help charge both batteries.