Building the Goodguys Giveaway ’85 Squarebody – Part 2
The Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway program is back in full swing. We’ll be giving away the Designer Street Rods-built ’67 Nova this summer at the Summit Racing Nationals presented by PPG in Columbus, Ohio July 9-11. At that same time, we’ll also be unveiling a sweet Squarebody ’85 Chevy pickup that’s currently coming together at Goolsby Customs in Alabama. That truck will go to one lucky winner in Columbus in 2022.
Last month we we showed you the starting point of the Squarebody, a rather pedestrian Silverado long bed. The Goolsby team made short work of tearing it down to a bare shell and establishing a solid sport truck foundation using a Slammed SPEC frame from Roadster Shop, along with Baer brakes, Billet Specialties wheels, and a GearFX center section for the 9-inch rearend. They also uncrated some new power for the pickup – a potent LT1 crate engine from Pace Performance, backed by a Gearstar 4L65E transmission.
This month we’re following along as the Goolsby team assembles some support components for the engine and chassis. One key for making the new LT1 engine function well in its new home is ensuring that all the engine-driven accessories work. The solution for that was simple – a TruTrac accessory drive system from Billet Specialties. This well-engineered system included black anodized brackets and pulleys, plus top-name components like an Edelbrock water pump, Powermaster alternator, Sanden A/C compressor, Tuff Stuff power steering pump, and a Continental serpentine belt. Bolting it up was straightforward and got us well on our way toward making this engine a runner.
Another piece of the puzzle came with the aluminum radiator from C&R Racing. This direct-fit aluminum radiator boasts a double-pass crossflow design and the quality, race-proven construction we’ve come to expect from C&R. With a built-in shroud and dual 16-inch Spal electric fans, it should have no issues keeping the LT1 cool.
Spectre Performance helped us feed fresh air to the LT1 with all the parts the Goolsby Customs team needed to build a custom air intake. This included a cone-style air filter, aluminum ducting, and the necessary clamps and hardware for assembly. Naturally, the Goolsby team went the extra mile and turned these raw materials into a bit of metal sculpture, artfully snaking the intake tubing over toward the left fender well, welding and finishing the seams smooth, and custom building an air box to encase the filter.
Speaking of tubing, the headers were going to need just the right bends for that LT1 to fit well and run strong in the new Roadster Shop chassis. Thankfully, the Goolsby team is well versed in crafting custom headers. They used a set of flanges and tight-radius elbows from Ultimate Headers as the basis for building the custom stainless steel long-tube headers, and then wrapped the finished tubes with exhaust wrap from Design Engineering Inc. (DEI) to keep the heat in. The headers will eventually direct fumes to a custom exhaust system built using stainless tubing and mufflers from Magnaflow.
To give the pickup the juice it will need, Odyssey Batteries supplied us with an Extreme Series AGM battery and aluminum battery mount. In an effort to keep the engine compartment looking clean, the guys at Goolsby opted to install the battery mount on the frame rail, under the bed.
Some of the final pieces to consider at this stage were fuel and fluid lines. Earl’s, a division of Holley Performance, supplied us with polybraid UltraPro lines and the necessary fittings to get it all routed and hooked up. They even included the tool for installing the fittings, plus a fuel filter and billet EFI bypass fuel pressure regulator.
Having good support components is important for any build, and the selection of parts supporting the LT1 engine in the Grand Prize Giveaway Squarebody is certainly impressive.