Building the Goodguys OBS Giveaway ’88 Chevy Truck – Part 5
Is it the end of the road, or just the beginning? As we recap the interior installation and other final assembly details on the 2022/2023 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway ’88 Chevy, the build team at Roadster Shop is reaching the final stretch of this spectacular sport truck build. But in many ways the OBS truck’s unveiling in Columbus in July was just the start of a fun new road ahead, one where this trick pickup will venture to Goodguys events around the country before being given away to a lucky winner next summer.
When we left off in Part 4, the Roadster Shop OBS Low-Pro chassis had been powder coated and assembled, the Chevrolet Performance E-Rod LS3 and Bowler 4L60E transmission were detailed and installed, and the body parts were painted and beginning to be assembled. The ongoing assembly eventually led to one area of the build that had received little attention to date: the interior.
There were a few things done inside during the earlier portions of the build, like fitting the Vintage Air climate control system behind the dash and welding in brackets for some of the Kicker audio items. But many of the other inside tasks had to wait until other fabrication and paint work was complete. Things really hit high gear inside during final assembly.
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To start, the floor, doors, and other interior surfaces were lined with DEI Boom Mat to reduce noise, vibration, and heat. A new dashboard assembly from LMC Truck was then fitted with custom-faced Dakota Digital HDX Instruments and installed in the cab. A custom plate to the right of the gauge panel was built to house the Vintage Air controls and the Kicker stereo control unit. An American Autowire harness was used to distribute electrical power throughout the truck.
There was a bunch of additional Kicker audio gear – amplifiers, controllers, and subwoofers – mounted under and behind the bench seat, in addition to door speakers. And do you remember the speaker enclosures built in the bed? They were fitted with Kicker all-weather speakers and a KRC55 Digital Remote Controller, a marine-style unit providing outside control to the tunes in the bed.
LMC Truck proved to be a fantastic resource for many of the other pieces needed to complete the interior. In addition to the dash, the company supplied new carpet, a headliner, door panels, and a long list of other small parts needed to bring the cabin back to showroom condition. An OEM-style upholstery kit from LMC got the bench seat looking like new. Other finishing interior touches included a Billet Specialties steering wheel and billet Lokar pedals.
Tune in this upcoming weekend for the full feature on this white-hot sport truck. We think you’ll be impressed at the finished results of this retro-style Roadster Shop OBS!
Photos courtesy Roadster Shop