Building the Goodguys OBS Giveaway ’88 Chevy Truck – Part 3
It’s bed time for the 2022/2023 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway truck!
If you’ve been following along in the past couple months, you know that Goodguys is flashing back a few decades with Roadster Shop as the team there builds a ’90s-style Chevy OBS truck to give away to some lucky Goodguys member next year. This ’88 Chevy Silverado is going to be one cool custom and as you’ll see in the following photos, it’s going to have a lot of fantastic fab work incorporated into its bed.
Let’s recap a little first, though. The Roadster Shop team got the most challenging part of the project done first – designing and engineering an all-new OBS Low-Pro chassis for 1988-98 Chevy and GMC pickups, as we showcased in the kickoff to this build series two months ago. The chassis will be fitted with a Chevrolet Performance E-Rod LS3 engine from Gandrud Chevrolet, a Bowler Transmissions 4L60E, and plenty of other cool aftermarket equipment from some of the top names in the automotive aftermarket.
Before all of those mechanical pieces come together, there are a lot of subtle metal modifications Roadster Shop wants to perform on the body. Most of these are not mandatory to fit the body to the new chassis; they are simply some slick tricks that will make the build cooler and cleaner for the lucky winner. In part 2 of the build we showed you the construction of the custom front inner fenders and the firewall modifications that will clean up the engine compartment. This month, we’re focusing similar attention on the bed.
To maximize clearance for the massive 24×12-inch Billet Specialties wheels, the Roadster Shop team fabricated taller and wider wheel tubs, putting in extra effort to give them a style and shape that looks like it belongs. They then took things a step further, designing stylish new inner bed panels that will incorporate bed-mounted speakers from Kicker Audio. How cool is that! When finished, this will be a great space for some serious tailgating! Online submissions for a chance to win this truck is now open, CLICK HERE to drop your name into the hat.
Sidebar – Exhausting Effort
Like any project, there were several things happening simultaneously during the fabrication stages of this ’88 Chevy truck build at Roadster Shop. One other task the team tackled at this time was building the custom stainless steel exhaust system. They used stainless tubing, mufflers, and other supplies from Borla to craft a custom system that flows well within the confines of the new chassis and stays tucked up tight to provide maximum ground clearance. Here’s a look at how it came together.
Photos courtesy Roadster Shop