1988-1998 Chevy C/K 1500

Street Trucks - - FROM C/K TO TODAY -

THE ’88-’98 GM pickup, which was tech­ni­cally known as the GMT400 plat­form, was def­i­nitely not your grandpa’s truck. Along with this fresh breed of pickup came a whole new out­look on what a truck is and what it could re­ally be. The “OBS” (old body style) pickup, as they are of­ten re­ferred to now, awoke to a new breed of truck en­thu­si­ast that in­stantly rec­og­nized the truck’s po­ten­tial to be cus­tomized. The new Chevy truck boasted an ap­pear­ance that spoke to a youth­ful crowd across the coun­try who were sucked in by the sleek, smooth body lines and the vast amount of killer af­ter­mar­ket parts that were ready to be bolted on. Think back to all those Bell­tech sus­pen­sion ad­ver­tise­ments from this era that featured brightly col­ored slammed trucks sur­rounded by chicks in high heels and high-waist biki­nis. It was these im­ages printed in cus­tom truck mag­a­zines ev­ery­where that helped kin­dle the fire of the whole sport truck rev­o­lu­tion. Cus­tomiz­ers were build­ing their new Chevy trucks to per­form like monsters both on the streets and on the strip. The se­lec­tion of ac­ces­sories was al­most lim­it­less, and high-pro­file hot rod builders were even start­ing to take no­tice of the new truck plat­form as well. Their in­flux of street rod style projects hit­ting the streets and the pages of the big­gest truck pub­li­ca­tions in print were over­whelm­ing and in­spi­ra­tional to the read­ers at home. The in­tro­duc­tion of the newly re­designed S-10/ Sonoma pickup and Blazer/jimmy SUV in 1994 also caught this wave of pop­u­lar­ity and be­came one of, if not the sta­ple in the mini­truck fa­nati­cism dur­ing this pe­riod un­til GM pulled the plug on these wildly pop­u­lar mod­els in ’04. Fresh off the dealership lots, this last ren­di­tion of the C/K trucks were avail­able in trim pack­ages from the base model Cheyenne, which was the per­fect se­lec­tion for a no-frills work­horse, or a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive start­ing point for a full project. The Scotts­dale was de­signed to ap­peal to a much wider range of buy­ers as it of­fered some ad­di­tional fea­tures, mak­ing it more of a com­fort­able fam­ily truck, while the Sil­ver­ado trim pack­age sat alone at the top as the premium trim se­lec­tion for GM’S lat­est full size truck. When the C/K line of pick­ups and full-size SUVS were fi­nally dis­con­tin­ued in ’99, the next line of pick­ups was to be based on and named af­ter the Sil­ver­ado trim pack­age of­fer­ing.

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