Category: s10 xtreme

Chevy S10 Xtreme Wheel Refurb Part One


As the Model A is a little indisposed, the S10 Xtreme is always the backup option for the showfield. However the Rallye Steelies added a few years ago are showing their origin somewhat

Rusty Rallyes!

On all four rims the finish is pretty much the same, the victim of UK road salt and poor manufacture. The real answer is tyres off and powder coating, but for now a stop gap paintjob is in order.


After a quick clean up with some brake cleaner and a wash off with some detergent, followed by a quick scuff with wet and dry we were ready for primer.

Card Tricks…

As you can see the old playing card masking trick was successfully used to get the primer onto one of the front rims.

Primed Front Rim

As can be seen the coverage is quite good, and needs to be left to cure.

At this point rain stopped play and the other front rim along with the crusty get you home spare had to be fitted. This also will get a a paint as part of the exercise.

More soon!

MOT and Pre-Winter Clean For the S10 Xtreme


Well it’s that time again, autumn is MOT and get ready for winter time.

Here in the UK for vehicles under a certain age a full yearly inspection is mandated.

Here are all the parts that are tested

There’s a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge. This depends on the type of vehicle.

The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. (2020)

After getting back from the MOT test, the truck got a quick pre-winter clean with waterless wash and wax.

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As it wasn’t too dirty the waterless wash and wax worked well!

Maximum Vehicle Protection for the Chevrolet S10 Xtreme Truck – Back in the day!


Article on the original cover for the S10 from 8 years ago!

 Covercraft is a  well known for manufacturing high quality fully tailored indoor and outdoor car covers for a huge variety of vehicles including pick up trucks. So when a customer came to us looking to cover his Chevy S10 Xtreme Truck, Covercraft was the obvious choice. Making fully tailored covers is a complicated and highly skilled task. The Americans sport a  dazzling array of pick up trucks and an even more mind-boggling array of options and permutations! Covercraft carry over 74,000 patterns (and that’s just for cars and trucks, not including the motorcycle coversHarley Davidson covers and jet ski covers!) So when we find a US spec vehicle in the UK requiring a cover, Covercraft always come up trumphs! Ultimate Finish offers three different types of outdoor material by Covercraft – Weathershield HPNoah and Technalon II, after an initial consultation and much deliberation, the customer opted for the Noah. Noah is a three-layer material, which offers around 90% water resistance, excellent breathable properties as well as protection from UV, industrial and environmental fallout, bird droppings, cat’s claws, etc!  It has a nice, soft, fleecy inner lining to pamper paintwork and the cover is thick enough to offer a certain degree of protection from “dings” and knocks from careless passers-by! When the cover arrived direct from the US, our customer was so pleased with the perfect fit and the quality of the workmanship that he immediately got in touch and sent us the photographs you see below!

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2019 Popham Classic Vehicle Rally & Fly In


The annual Popham Classic Vehicle Rally is quite unique in that it also includes a fly in of vintage aircraft into the airfield. The turnout of both cars and  vendors for the swap meet was the largest in recent years. Really good assortment of cars from all categories with American cars being particularly well  represented. Gave the S10 a run out for the event, the weather was fine if a little chilly!

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Adam’s Polishes Waterless Wash, it Really Works!


Whilst the headline here may not be a surprise for many it certainly was for me!

I’d seen waterless washes around for quite a while and I use Meguiars Qucik Detailer quite a bit on “clean” cars but that’s not really a waterless wash.

So I purchased the smaller (16oz) size from Prestige Car Shop here the bottle arrived quickly and very well packed, by the way this is not a cheap product at £9.99 for this size.

My S10 lives outside under a Noah Block-It fabric cover which is getting a little long in the tooth. The truck is black and here in the UK the use of salt and grit on the roads in the winter makes using it this time of the year a real chore. I do however like to try and “drive my s***” once a week if possible. So upon my return from my Sunday drive I gave the Adam’s Waterless Wash product a go on a pretty dirty vehicle.


My verdict?

Very very impressed, it lifted all the salt and dirt with no scratching and buffed up nicely afterwards.

As long as follow the common sense instructions on the bottle i.e. don’t use after four wheeling, you will have great success with this product and I highly recommend it!


2000 Chevrolet S10 Xtreme Ignition Coil Change Part 2


Due to the horrible weather the coil change is taking longer than I’d like, but it’s getting there!

To fit the aftermarket NAPA coil the factory rivets needed to be ground down to facilitate the removal of the old unit

Once removed I tidied the ground areas up and applied some paint to stop things from rusting and make things look a little better.

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2000 Chevrolet S10 Xtreme Ignition Coil Change Part 1


If you’ve been reading the blog you’ll know that the S10 has been having some breakdown issues which appear to have been corrected by the replacement of the ignition coil. Now the coil I have is an aftermarket unit from NAPA.(kindly bought in the States by a relative :))

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To remove the coil you need to remove the throttle cable bracket and then remove the bracket that contains the coil and the ignition module. As you can see the original coil is riveted to the bracket. The NAPA coil comes with a little fitting kit. To remove the original coil I think the rivets will need to be ground or drilled out.

More next time!