[ Posted By: Captain Brent on 12/8/2009 11:01:32 AM ]
The Green Beast, so named by WiseOne of AutoTruckBlog fame is my 1994 Chevrolet S-10. It was named this because of its color: 2 tone teal green and silver. Bought brand new in 1994 for around $13,000, I can honestly say it's the best investment I have ever made. Going on 150,000 miles, the only major thing I've had to replace is the transmission. At around 80,000 miles, the new transmission has almost driven as far as the original.
The Green Beast was born in New Jersey and was shipped to me in Ohio where it lived for about 4 years until it moved to Kentucky. Going on its 13th birthday, it has seen some of this country's farms and fields, including an all night trip to Panama City, Florida for Spring Break one year. When the Green Beast was only a few months old it got its stereo system upgraded. It had and still has two 10" Pioneer subwoofers, along with 5" speakers in the doors, 3" tweeters in the rear, two tweeters in the doors and two 3" x 5" full range speakers in the dash. Pushing the speakers is a Lanzar Opti 500 and a Rockford Fosgate Punch 40 pushing the subs. Along with its new stereo update the Green Beast's exterior got a face lift as well. A pair of GTS blackout headlight covers, a bug shield and a tonneau cover along with a fine tint job completed its transformation.
Over time, the headlight covers are gone as is the the tonneau cover. The tint job is peeling and the bug shield is faded, but still attached. But just like a fine wine, the Green Beast gets better with age. Although there are many new trucks out there today I won't trade the Beast in until it breaths its last breath for 2 reasons. The first reason is I couldn't afford to. With new car prices these days and the price of gas increasing daily I struggle to make it week to week as it is. Secondly, I can't see myself driving anything else. Its like we are married: for better or worse till death do us part.
Well that's my story on the Green Beast, 13 years old and still kicking (knock on wood). In closing: Men, after you brush your teeth, tuck your kids into bed and kiss your wife good night, sneak back down to the garage and give that special, hard working, and dependable automobile of yours a BIG OL HUG, and if its not any of those then kick it....