1992 Chevrolet Silverado Built By Schott Wheels
1992 Chevrolet Silverado - Schott Wheels OBS
Schott Wheels OBS Chevy
The 1980’s conjure images in your mind of long hair held up with an abundance of hairspray, heavy metal music, and neon colors. For General Motors, 1988 welcomed a new era of the truck line, ending the famous Squarebody Chevrolet trucks that lasted from 1973 to 1987.
These new trucks would forever change how trucks were viewed. Instead of being more of a utilitarian based vehicle made for hauling loads and getting work done, the 1988 Chevrolet and GMC trucks were built with the influence of the comfort from a car, ushering in a new era of trucks. Affectionately named “OBS” Chevy’s which stands for “Old Body Style,” these trucks were wildly popular back then and still are today.
Slammed or lifted they look great and were easy to modify. No matter how the trends changed over the years, there’s nothing quite like a slammed OBS with a killer set of wheels. Enter Schott Performance Wheels out of Southern California.
Mike Schott of Schott Wheels picked up this 1992 Chevrolet Silverado brand new and enjoyed it for years before selling it to his father. After some time passed Mike got the itch to build the truck and bought it back to rebuild it into the truck you see today. To start the entire truck was repainted in the original Medium Aqua paint you see. The billet grill was an original aftermarket grill from 1992 so they left that in there.
To upgrade the ride quality but decrease the ride height, they opted to ditch the leaf springs in the rear and install a complete React Suspension rear coil over kit which converts the leafs to a four-link system. In the front a set of Belltech drop spindles was utilized to bring it down. To complete the suspension and stance a set of Aldan American coilovers were used front and rear. This combination brings the truck down 4” in the front and 6” in the rear.
Being a wheel manufacturer, they naturally had to throw on a set of Schott Wheels to show off. They chose their Mach V Cover-Loc design finished in a 20x8.5 up front and 22x10 in the rear. Schott finished the wheels off with a combination of brushed and polished spokes to bring out the details and wrapped them in Michelin tires. To bring the truck to a stop they ditched the factory brakes and upgraded to a set of 14” Baer Pro+ brakes in the front and a set of Baer SS4+ brakes in the rear. The engine was left stock but was upgraded with a set of JBA Speed Shop headers and full exhaust to hit the right tone.
On The Inside
While the interiors were comfortable and useful in an OBS Chevy truck, they were basic and not very flattering, or performance minded. We decided to give these OBS trucks the TMI touch by giving them an interior they truly deserve. An interior that not only will look great, but upgraded and suitable for any level of build.
The first easy upgrade was to develop a set of brackets to be able to easily install a set of TMI’s Pro-Series Universal Sport-DDS Low Back seats. Stitched in a Y-972 Medium Dove Gray Vinyl and Y-4818 Dark Suede, these seats feature an iconic Double-Diamond-Stitch pattern to give the truck’s interior a classic yet modern look. Schott Wheels chose this pattern as it compliments the Mach V wheels they bolted on.
Nestled comfortably between the bucket seats is a TMI Sport console with storage compartments and dual cupholders in matching upholstery. The rear seat was reupholstered to match the front seats and bring the design throughout the entire interior.
By far one of the biggest upgrades to the interior was the door panels. In factory form they are flat and don’t match the new bucket seats. Starting from scratch we created a complete set of molded door panels. These panels feature the same DDS pattern on the insert to match and compliment the bucket seats to give a truly custom look, right out of the box.
By this point in their lives most of these trucks will have cracked dashes and sagging headliners. We installed a one-piece headliner to solve the issue of the sagging headliner along with a new set of matching sun visors. The dash was covered in TMI’s matching dash pad that offers the same French seam for that custom look.
The cherry on top of the dash is the Schott Wheels steering wheel. This is the very first steering wheel that Schott Wheels has produced. The design of the steering wheel mimics the same design as the wheels, with the same level of detail and finish. We took the wheel and wrapped it in matching upholstery to really tie in the interior and exterior.
The last piece of the puzzle was to install a complete TMI carpet kit and floor mats made from our 607 Charcoal Loop to get rid of the dirty and worn-out original carpet in this truck. The result is an interior that looks truly looks like a custom one-off but is an out-of-the-box interior that can be installed by anyone.