Chris Hamilton February 08, 2023 OBS Builders Guide
Project Playboy is our 1988 Chevy C1500 truck build that we found in the backyard of a random Florida man’s home. The truck was forgotten and full of interesting items, including some old Playboy magazines, hence the name. The goal with this new OBS project is to restore an ’80s-model vehicle with an era-correct look and a few hidden, modern upgrades to make it more reliable.
In previous issues we replaced the original suspension with a complete coilover conversion from Ridetech suspension, thanks to the crew over at Saltworks Fab in Myakka, Florida. All four corners received new brakes, including a rear disc brake upgrade from Performance Online. Bolted to the new disc brakes is a set of 20-inch stagger-fit wheels from Schott Wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle rubber. The stance was perfect, the offset was ideal, but the installed 350c.i. carbureted engine was still incredibly unreliable. To repair this rebuilt small-block, we ordered a Pro-Flo 4 fuel injection conversion kit from Edelbrock and an all-new fuel system from FAST. We simply followed the instructions and installed it exactly how they suggested, which went smoothly for us the very first time. How nice is that!
With Project Playboy nearly at completion, it’s time to finish up the interior overhaul we started in the last issue with our partners at TMI Products, Classic Industries, Dakota Digital, Retrosound, and DEI Heat and Sound. Let’s go!