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Building the Goodguys GRT-100 Giveaway Vehicle, Part 2

We covered a lot of ground in last week’s opening installment chronicling the build of the 2019 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway truck, the ’69 Ford GRT-100 (GRT for Goodguys Race Truck).

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Using Eric Brockmeyer’s rendering as a starting point, Doug Gonzales and his team at Lucky 7 Speed Shop gave the truck a firm foundation with a new chassis from Scott’s Hotrods ‘N Customs, outfitting it with a 425hp SR Coyote crate engine from Roush Performance, plus other performance goodies like JRi coil-over shocks, Wilwood disc brakes, and 18-inch U.S. Mags wheels on BFGoodrich tires.

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When we left off, the team had just started some of the metal work on the truck’s body – fabricating engine compartment sheet metal, building a custom bed floor, plus filling seams and doing some smoothing on the cab, hood, and bed. Replacement pieces from LMC Truck helped out immensely.

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In addition to the subtle smooth mods made on the exterior, the Lucky 7 team filled some unneeded holes in the dash to clean it up a bit. They also built a custom transmission tunnel to accommodate the new Tremec T-56 six-speed transmission, fitted the new tilt steering column from Flaming River, mounted the Vintage Air climate controls under the dash, and installed new pedals from Wilwood and Clayton Machine.

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As the metal began to take shape, Lucky 7 teamed up with Tim Nickel at Bodylines by Nickel for bodywork, panel fitment, paint prep, and, ultimately, the final finish. They used PPG products throughout – from primer to the final Toner Red color.

The accompanying photos document the progress as the body took shape and was prepared for its new finish. You might even spy a few glimpses of color. You’ll be seeing a lot more red in the next installment as the GRT-100 begins taking on its final shape and new identity. Stay tuned!


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The GRT-100 isn’t just a bitchin’ truck – it’s a bitchin’ truck that you can win!

This fine Ford will be given away to one lucky winner at the 2019 PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway program. Best of all, you have multiple ways to win.

Event participants can qualify to win the truck through the Sunday Lucky Ticket program. Just fill out your name and entry number on the Lucky Ticket entry card in your registration packet and drop it in the big yellow barrel at the event awards ceremony. One lucky finalist will be drawn from the barrel at the end of the awards ceremony – just remember you must be present and have your participating vehicle on grounds to qualify.

You can also enter to qualify online by visiting good-guys.com and clicking on the “Promotions” tab. There you’ll find an online entry form to fill out. One finalist will be randomly selected from those online entries. Additionally, Goodguys will randomly select one additional finalist from our membership roster, so you have an opportunity to qualify just by being a Goodguys member!

All finalists are invited to attend the 2019 Goodguys PPG Nationals, with travel expenses covered by Goodguys. There, during the Sunday awards ceremony, each finalist will draw an ignition key and take a turn trying to start the truck. The lucky finalist holding the key that fires up the F100 will get to take this red-hot hauler home!

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.

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