Car of the Week: Rodney Aulds' 1988 Chevy S-10

Car of the Week: Rodney Aulds' 1988 Chevy S-10

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, we're featuring Rodney Aulds of Ruston, Louisiana and his 1988 Chevy S-10.

How did you get into drag racing?        

I started drag racing at the age of 16, when I would drive my 1974 Chevy long wheel base pickup that my granddad gave me to the track, race it and then drive it back home hoping I wouldn't tear it up. 

When and where was your first race?

Twin City Dragway in Monroe, LA

What model/year do you race now?

I drive a 1988 Chevy S-10

Does your car have a nickname?

I haven't come up with a good nickname. Every time I think of something, someone else will already have it.               

What's under the hood?

I purchased this truck from a used car lot 10 years ago and drove it home. At the time it had a 327 with a turbo 350 and it ran high 13s through the quarter. After taking it to the local race track on Friday nights (just to play around and never would drive it on the streets even though it was all legal and it drove well), I decided that it wasn't fun anymore. So, I did something a little different: I back halved it, bought a Currie Ford 9” rearend and had a hot little 355 built for it, and built a powerglide to go behind it. 

Now it ran some 10.60s and instead of playing around on Friday nights, I started bracket racing (foot braking) on Saturdays and got pretty good at it. It wasn't long after, that I started replacing steel with fiberglass to lighten it up, threw a few more cubic inches into it and started running the 1/8 instead of quarter mile. From there, it ran some 5.60s and would stand it on the back bumper. After a lengthy process, now it is an all round tube, chrome moly, full chassis that weighs 2090 lbs with a 427 small block and a 2-speed powerglide.

It also has a Moser center section with 40 splined, gun drilled axles and a 486 rear gear ratio. In October 2016 this little truck ran its best ET at Prescott Raceway of 5.28 at 128 MPH with a 1.08 60 foot and this is off the foot brake. And NOOO, I do not run nitrous or any other power adders. I run a single Rons fuel injected alcohol toilet bowl. 

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?

1.98 BTE straight cut planetaries and all BTE internals. The engine block, crank and rods were also purchased through BTE.  

Why do you use BTE?

I use BTE because they have great customer service and the best transmission products on the market with a very affordable price.

Someone you look up to in racing?

I would have to say that my favorite racer was Mike Edwards, because every time he would win he'd give thanks and glory to God.  

If money were no object, what would you drive?

I think I would have a 1969 pro mod Camaro.                      

What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?

I really don't have a pre-race ritual, I just like to pray before and during the races and I thank God after each round whether I win or lose.

Posted by Amber Ambrose at 1:29 PM