Building the Goodguys OBS Giveaway ’88 Chevy Truck – Part 4
If you follow Goodguys social media or stay up to date with event recaps here on FuelCurve.com, you know that Roadster Shop had a grand unveiling of the 2022/2023 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway OBS truck in early July during the Goodguys 24th Summit Racing Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Needless to say, the ’88 Chevy pickup blew everyone away with its ’90s retro style blended with modern big-inch rolling stock and incredible detail from the RS build team. We’ll be showing you the finished truck in full detail later this month, but first we need to recap a few more steps of how this cool hauler came together.
As noted in previous installments, it started with the new OBS Low-Pro chassis from Roadster Shop as a foundation. Then, the crew at Roadster Shop upped the ante with some incredible sheet metal fabrication work, crafting custom inner fenders, new custom panels for virtually every surface in the pickup bed, plus subtle mods like exhaust cutouts in the rear bumper and a filled seam on the back of the cab. There’s a lot more detail on this truck than most people will notice at first.
As the completion deadline loomed in late spring and early summer, Roadster Shop kicked things into high gear. They started getting body parts into their in-house paint booth to be painted with a bright white BASF finish, and got the frame powder coated to match. Chassis assembly could then begin using a host of great components: Baer brakes, a Rock Valley stainless fuel tank, and air springs with an AccuAir control system.
With final assembly beginning, it was finally time to un-crate the Chevrolet Performance E-Rod LS3 crate engine from Gandrud Chevrolet and start getting it detailed, too. The E-Rod engine not only delivers a stout 430-horsepower, it is also emissions legal for pre-1996 vehicles in California, making it an ideal choice in case someone from the Golden State should win this rad truck.
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Of course, Roadster Shop can’t leave anything stock, so the engine was painted white and fitted with an intake assembly from LS Classic, which mounts a throttle body from Summit Racing atop a traditional-style intake manifold with fuel rails and new injectors also from Summit for a more old-school appearance. It will really look the part when finished off with an ’80s-style Holley air cleaner and conventional SBC-style billet valve covers. Other parts that helped complete the engine included a Wegner Motorsports accessory drive system and polished stainless steel headers from Ultimate Headers.
Behind the E-Rod engine, Bowler Performance Transmissions built us a Tru-Street 4L60E overdrive automatic transmission. This remanufactured transmission incorporates quality elements like premium high-energy friction plates, a blueprinted valve body and pump, a high-energy 2-4 band, and all new gaskets and seals. It’s also dyno tested, so we knew it would work well even before the Roadster Shop team installed it.
A host of other elements started coming together at this point, like an aluminum radiator from C&R Radiator, custom-built hard radiator lines, and the endless number of small pieces inevitably needed as a custom project begins final assembly.
The images here will give you a peek at how well conceived this custom hauler is, and you can see more in the build gallery at RoadsterShop.com. We’ll show you the finished truck in a couple weeks, along with details on the interior, accessories, and other finishing touches that make this OBS a standout showpiece. Hopefully you’ll also get a chance to see this righteous ride in person during one of the remaining Goodguys events this season. With any luck, you might even become a qualifier to win it!
Photos courtesy of Roadster Shop