CORONA, California, June 1st, 2020 –TMI Automotive Products Inc., the industry-leader in Restomod and OE Match replacement interiors, released their custom interior line for the 1988-1998 Chevy C/K truck. After its unveiling at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas last November, inquiries have flooded in on social media, email and phone as to when the long-awaited line would be released.
“The Chevy OBS truck is the hottest new truck trend. They are readily available and have an inexpensive cost of entry,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, TMI Automotive Products Inc “We’ve taken the same recipe we use for all of our interiors and created one that perfectly fits this highly sought after truck, while letting the customer have the ability to express their individual style.”
The TMI Product Development department focused not only on aesthetics but also on ergonomics– a component the competition often overlooks– by test-fitting different body types and hand-molding the door panels and consoles. The new line is a complete interior-in-a-box and is easily installed in a weekend. Everything you need from sun visors to bucket seats, door panels and dash pads are available. The OBS line gives the customer the ability to express their own style with multiple style/insert patterns as well as thousands of color & material combinations.
Optional contrast stitching, grommet detail, and suede inserts are just some of the ways customers can create a personalized interior and as always, they are manufactured in Southern California, U.S.A.
Since TMI manufactures all aspects of the interior in-house, from pouring the foam to laying the fiberglass, they have the ability to control what premium materials they use, test fit to ensure it’s right the first time, and keep costs low to better pass the savings onto the customer.
TMI Automotive Products, Inc. was established in 1982 by four brothers in their parent’s Southern California garage. As an ever-expanding catalog that continues to impress and inspire, TMI has gained recognition and praise from car-lovers and distributors nation-wide. TMI Products has bestowed something on the classic automotive industry that every vintage vehicle owner dreams of: the ability to maintain the quintessential style of their beloved car while simultaneously making it all their own. For more information, please visit www.tmiproducts.com.
RideTech Suspension Install 88-98 Chevy OBS CK GMT400 Trucks
Generally, truck trends are unpredictable and cycle quickly through the ranks of the top industry builders and ballers. F-100 bump-sides and pro-touring, patina-paneled C10s are just a few recent examples of popular projects that the average Joe wouldn’t think to produce until they see a fully completed custom gracing the pages of national publications or influential social media channels. These ideas and completed concepts come from the mindset of being unique with the goal of making a statement at massive events like SEMA, LST and Texas Heatwave. With that said, I think it’s safe to say we all see the next major trend hurling down the pipeline like a 6-foot surfer named Bodhi riding a 15-foot wave off Bells Beach during the 50-year storm. (That was a “Point Break” reference if you didn’t catch it. What a great ’90s movie!)
Speaking of the ’90s, if you were a natural born truck junkie finally making it to the legal driving age around those times, you most certainly wanted a Chevy C/K truck since they were literally everywhere. Everyone from utility company employees to school district secretaries used these heavily produced pickups for their day-to-day operations. Even your grandpa’s grocery-getter was most likely an ’89-’98 Chevy. They came in so many different visual styles with factory options galore. Originally designed by Donald Wood in 1983, Chevy was able to move 551,223 of these GMT400 trucks by 1989 alone according to the Standard Catalog, not to mention the popular 454 model released in 1990 that sold 16,953 units over the four years with 13,748 of those units selling in the first year of production alone.
With that heavy of a number, it’s easy to see why we not only saw a massive increase of these trucks in magazines, but also why the custom aftermarket scene is heating up so much right now. These trucks are still pretty easy to come by and the demographic of buyers are slightly older and more well-off than your average new-truck enthusiast. The guys who wanted these trucks in their teens are now older, generally successful and more comfortable than they were at 16 years old. These factors are driving the great custom parts manufacturers to focus on these industry icons to get ahead of the curve.
It’s easy to talk the talk, but it’s far more impactful to walk the walk. So, we put on our Airwalks and jumped into the deep end of desire by picking up a running, driving 1995 Chevy C/K truck from the original owner for a smooth $2,000. Cold A/C and a solid cranking 4.3-liter V-6 gave this truck the appeal, but a full gas tank and a fresh oil change just shows that the previous owner still has love for this 20-plus-year-old family member.
In the next few issues we are going to take you through the process of giving this truck new life on the same old roads it’s been cruising down since its inception, first starting with suspension, brakes and wheels/tires, followed up with a facelift for the ages. The plans don’t stop there, but you’re going to need to stick to the script the see the next steps. If you’re not a subscriber already, I implore you to do so. If this truck doesn’t motivate you to go out and start wrenching on your own project, I’m not sure you picked up the right publication. Now let’s get to the good stuff!
Key features of these brakes:
No need to buy new spindles, just modify current spindles
Uses new calipers, not rebuilt
Precise machined hub
Laser cut mounting bracket
Fits 19-inch wheels and larger
Will work with most aftermarket wheels, since caliper offset is kept to a minimum