Kash Blown

Truckin - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY PHIL GOR­DON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: PHIL GOR­DON

Money goes fast; so does this ’97 S-Dime

Not many truck en­thu­si­asts can say they have been in the scene with a cus­tom truck for 18 years. But Cliff Somers of Del­mar, Delaware, is proud to say he has. Orig­i­nally, he was cruis­ing around school in a Toy­ota Ter­cel that was low­ered with some wheels. He be­came good friends with a lo­cal truck club called East Coast Mi­nis and loved their qual­ity of work and crafts­man­ship. But they had a rule that they would only let trucks in the club. Cliff de­cided it was time to get a truck.

Way back in the ’90s, Cliff pur­chased a brand-new ’97 Chevy S-10 from a deal­er­ship in Mary­land. The Chevy’s first makeover was small wire wheels and a hy­draulic setup, but that quickly turned in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Cliff and his friend John Hop­kins got to work cut­ting the top off the truck. To­gether, they cre­ated a new top and then had a friend who did boat tops cover the en­tire new roof.

The next step was con­vert­ing the sus­pen­sion to a more prac­ti­cal ad­justable type. With the help of his East Coast Mi­nis club, Cliff added a full air-ride sus­pen­sion. His friend Sean from Penn­syl­va­nia added a tra­di­tional body drop to bring the Chevy closer to the ground. With some hot-rod roots, Cliff wanted a way to im­press the truck guys as well as the hot-rod guys with his cre­ativ­ity.

One of the club mem­bers was build­ing a mo­tor for a truck but lost in­ter­est in the build. Cliff pur­chased the new mo­tor, and he and LB Brit­ting­ham added the new pow­er­ful crate mo­tor. Af­ter Cliff had gone to sev­eral shows with his S-10, he pur­chased a newer-style Chevy Colorado and be­gan to build it up. The S-10 just sat there in his garage un­til some­one of­fered him cash for it. Cliff re­luc­tantly sold the S-10, and three months later he re­ceived a call from the guy who bought it, in­form­ing him he was sell­ing it to some­one in Cal­i­for­nia. Cliff didn’t want his cre­ation to leave the state, so he ended up buy­ing his truck back and com­plet­ing its lat­est makeover.

Cliff has worked hard mak­ing his Chevy S-10 some­thing that was unique and one-of-a-kind. He wishes to thank his beau­ti­ful wife, Lori, for all her sup­port and un­der­stand­ing as well as their chil­dren, Paris and Lon­don. Al­though Cliff was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the build, he couldn’t have done it with­out LB Brit­ting­ham and the whole East Coast Mi­nis club. Blown Kash cer­tainly stands out among the sea of S-10s and is just plain fun to have around.

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