When considering a lowering kit for your 1988-1998 C1500 or (OBS GM Truck), you’ll find there are quite a few options out there. Most companies offer parts individually, so you can get creative with parts combinations in order to get your desired results. In our case, we wanted to try and get this job done with performance and ultimate ride quality in mind. Being that Belltech Suspension was a huge part of the sport truck movement back in the ’90s, the company knows a thing or two about OBS GM trucks. With that said, naturally they were our first call when we decided to tackle the suspension on our 1990 C1500.
We decided to utilize the 3-inch drop spring and paired those with the 2-inch drop spindle up front. To achieve our desired drop out back, we went with a flip kit. The flip kit is also adjustable drop because it comes with new rear shackle mounts that when paired with the flip kit will yield either a 7 inch or 8 inch. We topped everything off with Street Performance Shocks/Shock extenders and front and rear sway bar kit.
Belltech lowering kits include all the parts and pieces you need to achieve not only the look you want, but the alignment, and performance and safety you need. These complete lowering kits are your all-in-one-box solution, providing you with all the necessary parts to lower your truck. Made up of a variety of combinations as well as all the installation and alignment pieces necessary to achieve the listed lowering, choosing your kit has never been simpler. And the install is even easier! Let’s get started.
Step one was to rewind the front of the 1999 Suburban back to 1993 pace truck standards with a few upgrades. After a quick call to LMC Truck, the crew had all the necessary conversion parts, including a grille shell, billet insert, lower grille filler, turn signal lamps, side marker lamps, front fender extensions, and the correct front bumper. At some point in its life, Brik Yrd had been converted with a 1993 GMC grille with the correct lower grille filler and fender extensions and a smooth, front work-truck bumper with no strips or guards. This is a simple conversion. All OBS grilles are interchangeable from OBS ’88-’98 with the correct corresponding year’s parts. Follow along as the team brings Steve’s vision to reality.
How many of you wanted a Red Ryder BB gun after “A Christmas Story” appeared on TV when you were a kid? It was one of the most influential movie scenes in the ’80s, and to this day it still plays nonstop during the holiday season.
Few things stick around for that long and still hold sentimental value to millions of people around the country. Show anyone in your family a picture of a stock ’88-’98 GMT400truck, and we promise at least one of them has a great story involving one of them. Either it’s your grandpa who used one as a farm truck his whole life and watched the sunset in it with his wife for the past 30 years, or it’s your mom who met your dad in their parent’s work truck on a Friday night. Everyone has a memory that involves this all-American Bow Tie, and this particular shortbed is no different.
Dylan Eaton from Spring Hill, Florida, grew up with this exact truck—well, a stock daily-driven version of it at least. His dad picked it up from the dealership new in 1989 and drove it until 2008 when he gave it to Dylan. This was the first truck Dylan ever owned, and he wanted to prove he cared about it as much as his dad did. Now after a little over eight years and around $25,000 dollars or more, Dylan is proud to tell the story of this long-time family member. He knew the path he wanted to take when he started customizing. A daily driven, big power, thick tire street machine. Nothing more and nothing less. He wants to jump the truck at any time and have a strong crank. No special fuel and no pre-charging, just a ready and reliable show truck.
Because it was so well maintained since its time on the showroom floor, the exterior of the truck only needed some fresh paint and a few simple upgrades. A Street Scene front grille with billet inserts was installed, the factory bumpers were shaved and painted, the bed rail stake holes were shaved, and a steel roll pan was welded and smoothed in. Finally, the whole truck was painted Viper Red by Donnie Peake of Peake’s Autobody Inc. To get the stance correct, Dylan and his dad installed a 5-inch front and 7-inch rear suspension drop that included DJM Control Arms, Belltech coil springs, new spindles, a rear flip kit, C-notch for the rear frame rails, and Belltech Street Performer shocks. They also bolted on a 1.375-inch front sway bar with polyurethane bushings and body mounts as well as a Calvert Racing Caltrac bar.
The power plant on this sweet OBSis an ’87 GM roller block SBC 355ci V-8 built by Mark’s Performance and Machine in New Port Richey, Florida. The block was balanced, blueprinted, decked and line honed. It was also bored 0.030 over and has a Pro Meth methanol injection system. Eagle connecting rods, Comp Cams nx276hr camshaft, JE Pistons, Total Seal rings and King bearings complete the internals, and it’s all bolted together with ARP bolts and studs. Under the block is a Morossooil pan. Topping off the engine build are Air Flow Research Eliminator 180cc heads, a polished 192-intake 16-rib supercharger from The Blower Shop, a Devane “Weekend Warrior” 930cfm carburetor, and Hooker Headers. These bolt up to Hooker Max Flow mufflers and flow out the back of the truck. An MSD ignition keeps the timing in check and an American Powertrain “White Lightning” Tremec 5-speed transmissionwith hydraulic throwout bearings and a SPEC Type 3 clutch wrap up the drivetrain.
All this power is sent back to the 14-bolt 5-lug 454SS rearend with 3:73 gears. Some 17-inch American Racing Torq Thrust 2 wheels are at each corner with a 17×7 up front and 17×9.5 in the rear. The Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tires give Dylan the traction he needs and the SSBC Big Bite brakes stop him when he steps on the pedal. The SSBC rear disc brakeconversion and SSBC adjustable proportioning valve give him all the braking power he needs for this beast of a truck.
This truck is on every grown kid’s Christmas list, and you don’t have to worry about shooting your own eye out with a truck like this—although you may break a few necks when you drive by.
Dylan Eaton ’89 Chevy Cheyenne C1500 Spring Hill, Florida
5-inch front and 7-inch rear suspension drop
DJM control arms
Belltech springs and spindles
Belltech flip kit and C-notch
Belltech Street Performer shocks
1.375-inch front sway bar
Polyurethane bushings and body mounts
Calvert Racing Caltrac bars
’87 GM roller block SBC 355ci V-8
Built by Mark’s Performance and Machine in New Port Richey, Florida
Balanced, Blueprinted, Decked, Line Honed
Bored 0.030 over
Pro Meth methanol injection
Eagle connecting rods
JE Pistons with Total Seal rings
ARP bolts and studs
Moroso oil pan
Comp Cams nx276hr camshaft
502/520 lift and 276/288 duration
Air Flow Research Eliminator 180cc heads
The Blower Shop polished 192-intake 16-rib supercharger
Devane “Weekend Warrior” 930cfm carburetor
Hooker Max Flow mufflers
American Powertrain “White Lightning” Tremec 5-speed transmission
T56 Magnum with hydraulic throwout bearing
SPEC Type 3 clutch
17-inch American Racing Torq Thrust 2 wheels
17×7 front width 17×9.5 rear width
Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tires
224/45/17 front and 275/40/17 rear
SSBC Big Bite brakes
SSBC rear disc brake conversion
SSBC adjustable proportioning valve
14-bolt 5-lug 454 SS rearend with 3:73 gears
Street Scene front grille
Billet grille inserts
Shaved and painted factory bumpers
Bed rail stake holes shaved
Painted Viper Red by Donnie Peake of Peake’s Autobody Inc.
454 SS bucket seats
Black with red stitching by Catalina Custom Upholstery in Spring Hill, Florida
Dakota Digital VHX carbon fiber and red gauge cluster
A Step-by-Step Guide to Adding Air Suspension on ’88-’98 GMT400 Chevy Trucks
In the first-ever OBS Builder’s Guide, (March ’20) we focused our attention on swapping out the factory installed 4.3-liter V-6 engine for a Blueprint Engines 383c.i. stroker motor. Additionally, we added an American Powertrain transmission, along with a full Ridetech coilover suspension system and 22-inch American Racing wheels. It was an impressive truck that was built right from Day 1 and driven hard like it was intended.
So now, we’re going to turn our attention to the OBS Builder’s Guide V2 donor truck, a 1997 GMC Sierra dubbed Project Artemis that’s sporting a 5.7-liter V-8 with the third door option and only 125K original miles. She’s a completely clean—and 100% stock—extended cab OBS GMC that’s just begging for a new life, and we have a goal to give her one.
For this build, we will focus on adjustable suspension and bolt-on options for bagging your ’88-’98 OBS truck. Using a very well-engineered Ridetech air-ride suspension along with Ridetech’s patented air management system, we will simply cut off the old suspension mounts and bolt this complete system to the factory frame rails. No welding, no fabricating and, best of all, no cutting the bed!
With a new suspension in place, the factory wheels and tires will kill the new look of the truck. We didn’t want to make this truck unrelatable to the average consumer, so we went with an extremely affordable wheel from U.S Mags called the Bullet, and wow, they are nice! Toyo Proxes STIII tires will surround the rims and a new set of EBC Brakes will tuck nicely behind them. Once the suspension is complete, we will show you guys a super cool new product from BedWood and Parts called a retroliner. Yes, you can now put a wood bed floor in your OBC truck, too!
For this new suspension special, we will be working with the amazing crew SaltWorks Fab in Myakka City, Florida. They are experts at metal fabrication and suspension setups, and the work they put out is second to none. Producing Concours d’Elegance builds to compete at Pebble Beach is the daily grind for this team, so dropping the welders and bagging our OBS will be a cake walk for Thom Ophof and company.
Before we jump into the tech, we wanted to lay out the plan, show you the parts and ideally inspire you to follow along on your own OBS.
This Ridetech air suspension system for two-wheel drive, ’88-’98 Chevy/GMC C1500 trucks includes front tubular upper and lower control arms, drop spindles, bolt-on wishbone rear suspension, front HQ shocks, rear HQ Shockwave airbags, as well as a front sway bar. The benefit of buying a complete suspension system is that it takes all of the guesswork out when purchasing a new suspension.
Ride height that is approximately 4 inches lower than stock in the front and 6 inches in the rear. Fully deflated will net an additional 3-inch drop.
Front CoolRide setup includes HQ Series shocks and bolt-on upper shocks mounts to allow more ground clearance and maximum suspension travel.
The upper StrongArms control arms feature corrected ball joint angles for the lowered ride height, and the length has been altered to create more camber adjustment.
The lower StrongArms feature a double sheer lower shock mount for increased strength and have a lowered shock mount to increase suspension travel as well as more camber adjustment.
The front MuscleBar sway bar reduces body roll and includes the Delrin liners to minimize suspension bind.
Ridetech’s drop spindles greatly improve suspension geometry and bump steer.
The rear bolt on three-link does not require any welding or major modifications to the bed floor.
THE FRONT INSTALL
Stage one for this multi-stage resto-mod is to replace the front and rear suspension. We don’t want to be cutting and grinding the frame with the custom wrap we have planned, and we definitely don’t want any greasy mechanics getting in and out of our nice new interior. So, we called up Ridetech, told the crew our goals, and they helped us order a complete, turn-key air-ride system designed to fit ’88-’98 Chevy and GMC C1500 trucks.
Once the complete kit arrived, we packed everything up and headed out to SaltWorks Fab in Myakka, Florida, for the install. Chris Hagerty and Telly Violleto were excited to break away from their high-end fab work for a couple days to bag our OBS, and we were there pestering them throughout the whole process.
THE REAR INSTALL
Next up, we tackle the rear of our 1998 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE with a C-notch install and a lot of sweet looking, well-engineered suspension parts. The final piece to the new suspension puzzle is picking a wheel and tire package.
For project Artemis, we wanted a setup that would allow us to have a super low stance without cutting anything and a decent ride on 40-series tires. If you have any experience with air suspension, county roads and 35-series tires, you will more than likely understand our desires for this driver. The wheels are staggered fit, 20-inch aluminum wheels from US Mags with a width of 8 inches up front, and 9.5 inches in the back. Having a wider wheel in the back not only looks cool, but it also stretches the 40-series tire just a bit to give up some extra clearance out back when cruising low and slow.
Now let’s check out the steps to installing the rear of this extremely well engineered air suspension system for GMT400 trucks.
For project Artemis, we decided to venture into the world of wraps. The body isn’t great, we don’t have time for a color change, and a full custom paint job was never in the budget. So, some digital graphics printed on vehicle wrap material will cover up the factory coating.
The Latest Collection of ’88-’98 Reader Rides from Around the Country!
We love our readers, and we want to know what you are working on, even if it’s not a show stopping, race winning sport truck that gets attention anywhere you go. Does your ’93 have some rust but you still love it? Send us some pics! Have an ’89 with a custom paint job? That’s right up our alley—send us some pics! Or maybe you have an immaculately restored, completely original 454SS with less than 100 original miles on it. Definitely send us some pics of that! We really want to see them all. We are enthusiasts just like yourselves and seeing all the possibilities for these amazing trucks will inspire someone to build something similar. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so here are some of the coolest OBS GMT400 Chevy trucks from around the country to get you thinking about your personal project. Ready to send those pics now? Email them over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1994 Chevrolet “EL Diablo”
Mods: McGaughys 4/6-inch lowering kit with C-notch. All new trim with new bumpers and all new glass. Special blend red paint, new suspension with 20-inch and 22-inch US Mag Rambler wheels, Sport mirrors.
1997 Chevy 1500 “OBSession”
Las Vegas, NV
Mods: Full chassis build, stock floor body dropped on 22-inch wheels.
1997 GMC C1500 SL “Rooster”
Mods: 4-inch front and 6-inch rear drop using McGaughys suspension products, Doetsch shocks front and rear and Billet Specialties Speedway wheels. 20-inch in the front and 22-inch in the rear. A full interior makeover is also complete and now it’s a daily driver.
1997 C1500 Crew Cab “2nd Chance”
Mods: Engine 6.0LS with 4L80E transmission. BTR cam, Holley 92mm sniper intake and 92mm throttle body. Speed Engineering shorty headers, full stainless exhaust with Borla muffler.
Body dropped, Stone Fab upper and lower A-arms, Dominator 2600 bags in front. Rear is parallel four-link, Thor Bros Watt’s link, Firestone F9000 air bags. Chassis cleaned and painted satin black.
22-inch Intro Dakota wheels wrapped in Nitto 420s tires. Bed is shaved with a Mod Shop Metal Works full skin and Watson Street Works LED taillights. Inside the bed is fully bead rolled and sprayed in Line X. Paint is PPG Ocean Blue metallic. Interior wrapped in two-tone brown vinyl and suede with blue stitching. All work performed by Auto Kustoms. Dakota Digital VHX gauge cluster, Billet Specialties steering wheel. Escalade center console and stock seats with armrest and headrest removed.
1997 Chevy Tahoe “GZ Hoe”
Mods: Static dropped, non adjustable suspension riding on 22-inch front wheels and 24-inch rear wheels.
1988 Chevrolet C1500 “The Grinch”
Mods: Boosted stock bottom end 5.3-liter LS, factory 243 heads, makes over 1kwhp (proven), 1.27 60’, way too many parts to list on here!
1995 Chevy C1500
Mods: Bagged with Ridetech four-link, Stone Fab front arms, Airlift 3p air management system, narrowed rear end, US Mag Milner billet wheels and a fully built 350c.i. Small block.
1998 GMC Sierra
Mods: Bagged Nfamus metal rear three-link suspension, raised gas tank bracket, Ekstensive metal front cups, Airlift air management, Viair 444 compressors, 22×9 front and 22×11 rear US Mags Ramblers
1994 GMC Sierra “Country Boy’s Kryptonite”
Mods: Full body custom paint along with custom painted stripes. 6-inch Zone Offroad suspension lift with 20×12 XD Grenades wrapped in 35×12.5×20 Federal MT tires. Hydro dipped interior and green underglow 14-bolt rear end swap.
1999 Chevy Tahoe LT “Midnight”
Mods: Midnight sits with a 2-inch drop on 20-inch chrome Voxx wheels with 275/45/20 Nitto NT420V tires all around. Her gray leather interior is mint and the fresh repaint factory Indigo Blue has been ceramic coated to keep her outside looking fresh and wet, which also makes cleaning her a breeze! She’s got a 2-inch cowl hood, upgraded slotted rotors, painted calipers and drums. New aftermarket headlights and tail lights and even a new factory Chevy bowtie exhaust tip. Her tag reads “CHEVY CK” for Chevy Chick. She’s still running her original 5.7-liter with 143k miles. When I got her she was bone stock and has lived her whole life in South Florida until I got her last April. In November she made a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, for the holidays and ran like a champ. She’s my daily driver and the nicest of my three OBS Tahoes and my OBS Suburban. What a fleet!
1995 Chevy 1500 Extended Cab
Mods: Three-quarter custom built frame with cantilever air-ride setup, 24-inch Raceline billet wheels, 2008 Nissan Titan power rear window molded into cab. 2008 Chevy Ext Cab power side windows molded in. Working on suiciding the front doors with the 2008 Chevrolet extended cab. 180 door hinges, twin turbo small block 350. 1964 Chevrolet double hump truck dash. In process of installing 2005 Pontiac G6 panoramic sunroof.
1998 Chevrolet Silverado C1500
Mods: 502bbc with 871 Weiand blower. One-off set of staggered 24-inch wheels. One-off 180° 3rd door. Suicide driver’s door. Kindigit handles. G6 panoramic roof. 16-inch Wilwood brakes at all four corners. Winters Performance quick change rearend. GMC full phantom grille. 2-inch chop top, stock floor body dropped to the doors. All link components are polished stainless.
Mods: Stock floor body dropped on 20-inch, 3-piece Johnson hotrod seabrings, custom all billet interior with Snowden seats, Slosh Tubs and engine detail. Truck is fresh from its debut at Battle in Bama ‘21.
1992 GMC Sierra “Ol Blue”
Vermilion, Alberta, Canada
Mods: 2.5-inch bodydrop, raised and smoothed/radiused bedfloor with custom center piece. KP components six-link with Watt’s link. Epic Customs front narrowed control arms with slam bags. Accuair VT/e-level. Rear diff narrowed 5 inches. 22-inch Boyd billet wheels. Custom tucked and sectioned front bumper, custom shaved roll pan, smooth wiper cowl, billet grille, shaved tailgate, shaved firewall, Slosh tubs. Currently in the paint shop for a full frame off paint job and a powdercoated chassis and suspension. 350c.i. Chevy small block rebuilt with a 700r4 that has been all chromed and painted. Flowtech headers, Magnaflow dual exhaust, cam, lifters, springs, etc. producing 325-350ish hp.
Direct Fit for ’88-’98 Shortbed Chevys Bolt In BedWood Kit
Many of you are in the same position we are in with our 1998 GMC Sierra—a clean but super boring bed that needs some attention and color. We don’t want to do any custom modifying or cutting, and we have no carpentry experience. This build was purpose minded and bolt-on was priority number one. At first, we thought about adding some color using paint or maybe wrapping the Airpod, but when we received wind of a fully bolt-in wood bed floor for ’88-’98 OBS Chevy trucks, plans quickly changed. Bedwood is the company that broke the mold and did the research to create the product. The company claims it’s fully bolt-in and able to be installed in a single afternoon. If that’s true, they have a winner on their hands with this kit!
RetroLinerX kits include the ash bed wood, polished stainless bed strips, polished stainless hardware, aluminum channels and end piece to tie it all together. The wood is pre-finished using H2X exterior wood finish. The contents of the kit are neatly packaged in a single box, eliminating the mishaps and additional costs that often occur with kits requiring multiple packages. In short, RetroLinerX is a complete kit ready to install right out of the box direct bolt-on/OEM replacement with no preparation required by the end user. We ordered a complete Carbon Series (the wood prefinished in black) kit for a 1998 Chevy shortbed to test out the quick install claims, but you are going to have to follow along to see the results. Let’s go!
IF you are an avid reader of our 21-yearold publication known as Street Trucks magazine, you know I oversee one of the most demanding custom truck brands that is nationally published and distributed across the United States and beyond. The constant task of collecting consistent high-quality content is a job I am proud to hold, so when the company asked for a new builder’s guide specifically geared to 1988 to 1998 Chevy trucks, I was the first to raise my hand to take the lead. Volunteering to take on additional work without any added rewards probably sounds foreign to most employees, but when you love this body style as much as I do, the extra work feels like a walk in the park.
I have owned three trucks now that have fallen in the OBS Chevy year range. I’ve driven lifted K1500’s, bagged GMC Sierras and big power shortbeds, and I still haven’t come across one I haven’t liked. The body style is a throwback to when I was just learning how to drive and visiting the first few truck shows of my young enthusiast life. The influence these trucks had at that time was heavy, and the show scene was filled with unbelievable OBS builds. So, when the time came for me to lay down some cash and really put together a cool custom for myself, my sights were set directly on a truck from GM that falls in the year range of 1989 – 1998.
Fast forward to today and we find ourselves in volume two of the widely known OBS Builder’s Guide. We focus on completely custom, factory restored and affordable relatable builds. We install the parts that are available to the market and show you what it really takes the bolt them onto your bowtie. This issue is packed with great content, tons of options for your OBS, and more than enough motivation to get you wrenching on your next Project. Got something cool you’re working on? Send us some photos and info. We’d love to check it out. email@example.com
Here Comes the Calvary a 1990 Chevrolet Named ROBERT E. LEE
In 1997, Barrett Stewart was injected with a custom truck virus when a few friends asked him to hang out one weekend. It only took one experience in the laid back lifestyle we enthusiasts all know and love to get Barrett hooked. Over the years, he bought and sold a few of the industry’s most well known rides, but this latest one is special, and it may not go anywhere anytime soon. Barrett had some previous custom truck owner experience with his first truck, a ’94 GMC Sonoma known as “Sweet as Candy,” which was featured in Mini Truckin magazine back in ’97. Next on his list of good looking rides was a ’96 Chevy S-10 Blazer two-door called “Double Exposure.” That build was also featured in Mini Truckin. Lastly, his third custom truck was a ’99 Chevrolet Tahoe four-door named “816 Hours” in a past Street Trucks article. This is the truck that began the OBS obsession for Barrett.
“This truck had a great start from previous owner, Brian Baird, and I was lucky enough to buy the truck and see a vision of how he envisioned it complete,” Barrett says.
Body-dropped on 24-inch wheels was the goal, and previous owner Brian was the man making the mods to the metal.
Body mods on this amazing truck include a chopped top roof, a Goodmark Steel SS Ram air hood, Hart front inner fenders, shaved fuel door and a steel roll pan.
The factory frame rails were notched for tie rods and stock floor body dropped using 2×4-inch square tubing. A custom four-link suspension with a Panhard bar and pinion snubber mounts up to the factory rear end that is loaded with Moser Axles and 3.73 Auburn limited slip gears. The front end hardware was swapped out for Michigan Metal Works upper and lower control arms, airbags and anAirlift 3H air management system. This gave Barrett the ability to lay body on 24×9-inch front and 24×12-inch Raceline Status 6 wheels. The Delinte DS8 tire sizes are 255/35/24 up front and 305/35/24 in the rear. A rear disc brake conversion with a Wilwood Master cylinder and stainless braided brake lines give this truck plenty of stopping power.
The truck is LS swapped using a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 5.3-Liter LS, A Comp Cams “Big Mutha Thumper” cam, a Be Cool aluminum radiator, Edelbrock coil pack covers, Boost brothers mid length headers and 3-inch spin tech mufflers. LS1 engine dress up accessories and an Edelbrock Pro flow EFI conversion wrapped up the engine mods. A 2002 GM 4L80E transfers the power to the rear axles.
Body mods on this amazing truck include a chopped top roof, a Goodmark Steel SS Ram air hood, Hart front inner fenders, shaved fuel door and a steel roll pan. There’s also a shaved roof drip rail, shaved third brake light, shaved stake pockets and shaved tailgate handle. All the amazing bodywork was performed by Kevin Fulmer Shadetree Customs Pomaria, SC. The color is Toyota Cavalry Blue with Toyota Cement Gray graphics. All paint and graphics were also completed by Kevin Fulmer at Shadetree customs.
A few events that this killer truck can be seen at include the Battle in Bama ‘Million Dollar Row,’ East Tennessee Showdown, Drop Em Wear show, Mini Truckin’ Nationals and more.
“With the help of great friends and amazing family my vision became reality. Thanks to my extended family in Relaxed Atmosphere for always being there to give support or ideas” Barrett says.
1990 Chevrolet C1500 Location: Laurens SC Club affiliation: Relaxed Atmosphere Occupation: Owner of Superior Auto Cost of 1990 Chevrolet: $9,000 Date of original Purchase: October 2017 Cost of Build-up: $25,000 How long from build date to completion: 3 years
Factory frame notched for tie rods and stock floor body drop
2×4 square tubing performed by Brian Baird
Custom four-link suspension with a Panhard bar and pinion snubber
Factory rear end with Moser Axles 3.73 auburn limited slip
Michigan Metal Works upper and lower control arms
Airlift 3H air management system
24×9 front and 24×12 rear Raceline Status 6 wheels
255/35/24 front and 305/35/24 rear Delinte DS8 tires
Rear disc brake conversion
Wilwood master cylinder
Stainless braided brake lines
Aluminum RCI 15 gallon
2002 Chevrolet 5.3 LS
COMP CAM Big Mutha Thumper cam
Be Cool aluminum radiator
Edelbrock coil pack covers
Boost brothers mid length headers
3-inch spin tech mufflers
Edelbrock Pro flow
2002 GM 4L80E 3200 stall
Stock floor body Dropped 3.5-inch
Goodmark Steel SS Ram air hood
Hart front inner fenders
Stock front bumper and steel roll pan rear
Shaved fuel door
LMC factory replacement with beam tech LED bulbs
Hart Fabrication wheel tubs
Shaved roof drip rail, shaved third brake light, shaved stale pockets, shaved tailgate handle, shaved fuel door and molded roll pan
Bodywork by Kevin Fulmer, Shadetree Customs in Pomaria, SC
Toyota Cavalry Blue paint polor
Toyota Cement Gray graphics
Paint and graphics by Kevin Fulmer, Shadetree Customs
Dakota Digital VHX gauge cluster
Custom wrapped panels in leather
Interior done by Jason Mode and crew at New Creations in Lattimore, NC
Chris Snowden bench seat in gray distressed leather
Forever Sharp steering wheel
Pioneer double din, sony 6.5-inch component set, four JL Audio 8W0 subs, JL Audio Slash 300/4 and JL Audio Slash 500/1 amps
Audio by Superior Auto in Laurens, SC
“Thanks to David at Coys wheel, Raceline Wheels, Dunbar Auto Supply, Jeff Smith at Colorworx paint shop, Delinte tires, Kevin and Kory Fulmer at Shadetree Customs, Ronnie at Lowrider Depot, all my guys at Superior Auto, Andrew White at Mainstreet Auto Detailing, Jason Mode at New Creations, Hart Fabrication, Keith and Tommy Allewine at TKM Customs, and most importantly my wife Nikki and or two amazing boys, Rett and Eli.”
The Evolution Of The OBS What Is The Major Differences in ’88-’98 Chevy Trucks?
In my opinion, 1988 was the exact year that jump-started the street truck era with the release of the all-new re-designed GM trucks commonly known as the “OBS” (Original Body Style, Old Body Style). This redesign by GM officially made a truck more than just a tool on the farm. It sparked the creation of an entire culture of automotive enthusiasts, and the street truck/sport truck movement was born. The GMT400 is said to have influenced GM designers long after they were no longer produced, and for good reason! We believe to this day they are the best-looking trucks on the road, we may be a little biased though!
Over its more than 10-year span of production, these trucks just got better and better in terms of design, comfort, reliability, power and safety. Although GM made a ton of changes both cosmetically and mechanically to the GMT400 trucks, we’ll hit the high points of the changes made throughout the years. We wanted to break down all the biggest and best changes between the ’88-’94 and ’94-’98 trucks. So let’s dive deep into the timeline of this timeless truck.
What is an OBS?
(Old Body Style or Original Body Style)
OBS refers to Chevy C/K trucks that were manufactured by General Motors between the years of 1988 and 1998. Marketed under the Chevrolet and GMC brands, the C/K series included a wide range of vehicles including a chevy truck and two SUV models. While most commonly associated with pickup trucks, the model line also included medium-duty and heavy trucks. “C” denoted a two-wheel drive; “K” denoted four-wheel drive.
There were eight different versions of the C/K line for 1988: Fleetside Single Cab, Fleetside Extended Cab, Fleetside Crew Cab and Stepside Single Cab models, each in either 2WD or 4WD drive-lines. Three trim levels were available for these trucks including Cheyenne, Scottsdale and Silverado.
Over its more than 10-year span of production, these trucks just got better and better in terms of design, comfort, reliability, power and safety.
Notable Moments in the C/K Timeline
The Work Truck (W/T) was introduced in 1988, which featured a single cab long bed with Cheyenne trim and a new grille with black bumpers. Check out a tech article for this Chevy!
Throttle body(TBI) fuel injection was used on ‘88-’95 gas engines.
In 1998, to circumvent the rise in auto thefts, GM introduced the Pass Lock II system with a “security” light on the dash to the 88” to 98″ Chevy Trucks.
CPI (central point injection) was used on the ‘96-’00 4.3L-V6, 5.0L-V8, 5.7L-V8
1997 was to be the last year the C/K Silverado would display “CHEVROLET” on the tailgate
If you remember from the last issue, we dropped off our 1998 GMC Sierra known as Project Artemis to the amazing minds at Glarb Wrapped and Tate Designs for an overhaul of epic proportions. A combination of a killer design, high quality prints and one of the best installers in the game is all that it took to transform this basic bagged Bowtie into a motorized masterpiece we can’t wait to take to shows. Not only is the design eye-catching and hypnotizing, but it also incorporates LED panels underneath the wrap that light up at the push of a button. Now the name of the truck can be seen at night, which will definitely stand out in the crowd.
Ryan Sandoval from Glarb Wrapped sent his files to We Print Wraps, and within a few weeks we were watching them install a high-quality material that will last as long as paint. With a design this intricate, Ryan only trusted one crew to lead with the install. Tate designs in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was proud to participate and happily lead the charge. Tape measures went flying and numbers were being calculated in their heads faster than we could take photos, but there’s a method to their madness that you can only appreciate if you just sit back and watch the process. We were able to hang out with them for the entire week as they sanded, stripped and wrapped the entire truck from bumper to bumper. Their work is amazing, and from what we know it’s second to none. We have a whole new respect for this particular industry, and before you drop your deposit at your favorite paint shop, just give this method of metal masking another look. Check out the steps it takes to prepare these wraps and line them up correctly.