Building the Goodguys Giveaway ’85 Squarebody – Part 4
Color! It’s a high point in any project when you can roll the body (or a collection of body panels) into the paint booth and start applying the paint that will give it a defining, signature appearance. That’s exactly what happened recently at Goolsby Customs when the Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway Squarebody ’85 Chevy pickup received some dynamic and distinctive color using BASF materials. As you might expect, though, there was a lot of prep work necessary before any of those pigments could be sprayed.
Earlier this week we walked you through the highlights of the custom metalwork and modifications the Goolsby team made to this Chevy pickup’s body. It included an all new bed assembly using panels from LMC Truck, a stepped bed floor to accommodate the Roadster Shop Slammed SPEC chassis, plus other custom touches like filled seams, a custom firewall and inner fenders, narrowed bumpers, and a recessed fuel filler in the bed floor. Beyond those mods, the crew paid special attention to aligning, fitting, and modifying panels to achieve a precise fit and panel gaps that are far better than OEM specs of the era.
Even after all that cutting, fitting, and alignment is done, there are still hours and hours of preparation to put in before any paint can be sprayed. Black BASF epoxy primer was used to cover the bare metal body panels following the custom metalwork, and then a gray high-build primer was applied so the Goolsby team could start the arduous process of block sanding, a necessary step to achieve a flat, smooth finish. The block-sanding process is done with the body panels assembled, and then many of the pieces come apart again in preparation for paint.
The Eric Brockmeyer illustration offered good direction for the paint job – a factory-style two-tone of light blue and white, with orange striping separating the two colors. Jonathan Goolsby took that to heart and found the original 1985 GM Light Blue Metallic hue in his BASF color book, matching it with Frost White. The bright blue hue has some fine metallic in it that will give the paint a little pop. Goolsby also went to the extra effort of painting the orange accent stripes rather than using vinyl tape – a decision that added many hours and effort to the project but will result in a much more professional and custom finish.
The accompanying photos offer a glimpse at what it took to prepare and apply a first-rate custom finish on this pickup. Believe us, there are many more hours in the process than most people realize – not to mention aching arm muscles and plenty of sweat equity. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Now that we’re starting to see color, we can’t wait to see what this custom squarebody finished and unveiled next weekend at the Goodguys 23rd Summit Racing Nationals in Columbus, OH!
Photos by Goolsby Customs