Building the Goodguys OBS Giveaway ’88 Chevy Truck – Part 2
Are you getting stoked about the ’90s-style Chevy OBS giveaway truck that Roadster Shop is building for the 2022/2023 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway vehicle? We are! This short-bed ’88 Chevy Silverado is going to be one cool custom combining throwback flair and some of the best contemporary components available!
In the Part 1 kickoff article, we gave you an in-depth look at the cornerstone of this build: Roadster Shop’s all-new OBS Low-Pro chassis for 1988-98 Chevy and GMC pickups. This innovative chassis does much more than provide an extra-low ride height. It incorporates a performance-engineered front suspension with C7 Corvette spindles and rack-and-pinion steering, an independent rear suspension with trailing arms and cantilever shocks that do not require the bed floor to be raised, plus integral brackets and accommodations for all your air suspension components. The chassis is a game-changer that is chock full of clever engineering and sturdy parts from front to rear.
The new chassis is just the start of a first-rate ingredients list that will include a Chevrolet Performance E-Rod LS3 engine from Gandrud Chevrolet, a Bowler Transmissions 4L60E, Ultimate Headers, Vintage Air, Kicker audio gear, and more. We will showcase more of those elements in coming installments, but in this issue we want to highlight some of the fantastic sheet metal fabrication work the Roadster Shop team is doing to make this truck so much cooler than stock.
Want to see more of this OBS truck build? Check out the links below to see the 2022/2023 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway ’88 Chevy build from start to finish!
Some of these mods – like the custom front inner fenders and custom rear wheel tubs – serve practical purposes like providing clearance for the 24-inch Billet Specialties wheels. Other custom touches – like the smooth firewall – are more cosmetic and might go almost undetected once the truck is assembled and on the road.
We’re taking a closer look at the engine compartment modifications here, but trust us, great fabrication and details like these are going to be found throughout this truck. Stay tuned over the next few issues as we bring you more build details, and start making plans to be at the 24th Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG in Columbus, Ohio July 8-10, so you can see this ’90s retro hauler in person as it’s unveiled!
Photos courtesy Roadster Shop