Building the Goodguys Giveaway ’85 Squarebody – Part 5
Spoiler alert! This installment of the Goodguys Giveaway Squarebody giveaway series is being written and published after the completed truck was unveiled at the Goodguys Summit Racing Nationals in Columbus. If you were there – or if you follow Goodguys online or on social media – you’ve probably already seen the completed pickup. Rest assured that it’s a great-looking custom truck and we’ll have a full feature on it with all the details later this month on FuelCurve.com. But first, we want to take a look at how the Goolsby Customs team finished up this bitchin’ build.
When we left off last month, the ’85 C10 had just rolled out of the paint booth after receiving a custom finish of GM Light Blue Metallic and Frost White using BASF materials. A trio of painted orange accent stripes divide the two colors, and everything is topped with a glossy clear coat for a shiny, uniform surface. After the long, arduous process of color sanding and polishing the new paint, the team could finally get to work on final assembly and finishing the myriad remaining projects to complete this custom hauler.
One mechanical task left to do was building the custom stainless steel exhaust, which was done using Magnaflow components. This included the pipes, mufflers, catalytic converters, and connectors. The system was built with an X-pipe ahead of the mufflers and exits in a factory-style location behind the rear wheel openings.
Prior to installing the interior, the Goolsby team lined the cab floor and rear panel with DEI Boom Mat, an acoustic barrier material that will reduce cabin noise and heat. They also installed a Sure Fit climate control system from Vintage Air and some kickin’ stereo gear from Kicker Audio. Other interior elements included a Squarebody Syndicate series tilt steering column from Ididit, Dakota Digital RTX instruments, and Lokar pedals. Everything was wired using a Chevy Truck Classic Update kit from American Autowire.
The upholstery work was expertly handled by Cato’s Custom Upholstery in Tucker, Georgia. Phil Cato and his team carved custom foam to use on the original bench seat frame and stitched gray Moore & Giles leather to cover it. A small accent of plaid cloth was used on the seat and the door panels to complement the leather. And you might not notice them at first, but the custom kick panels, arm rest pads, and center console were digitally designed and CNC machined from foam before being wrapped in leather.
In addition to assembling the body parts and installing new glass, the Goolsby team also re-installed all the trim. This included the tucked and reshaped bumpers, which were beautifully chrome plated by Advanced Plating. The shine experts at Advanced Plating also repaired and plated a host of other items, like the headlight surrounds, door handles, and a variety of trim pieces. The grille itself came from LMC Truck, as did many other trim parts, like the lower body molding and tailgate trim panel.
As you can see in the accompanying photos, it all came together as planned. We can’t wait to show you the finished feature later this month – and for you to get a look at this trick truck in person at an upcoming Goodguys event!
Photos by Goolsby Customs