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AMT 1991 Silverado 454 SS-Glass-02/08

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AMT 1991 Silverado 454 SS-Glass-02/08
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:27 AM
I picked this one up a couple of months ago while I was working on the El Camino. This is not only a Holy Grail build for me but also would be a Holy Grail 1:1 vehicle for me. If I could ever get my hands on one for the right price...….  icon_hmm_zps07rcoppf . To be very honest about it, these were not fast trucks from the factory. I think the horsepower rating was right about 225 hp and in 1990 it had a TH400 transmission behind it with 3:73 gears. The transmission being only 3 speed automatic made things difficult in an everyday driver due to the 3:73 gears. I guess GM wanted to captivate a middle age audience with the 454 and the nostalgia of the Turbo 400 automatic. In any case in 1991 they got smart and stuck a 4 speed overdrive transmission behind it to help the driveablity out some. In any case they produced on heckuva good looking vehicle and opened the gate for a slew of fast trucks to follow..... and they are HIGHLY sought after now.


Anyways, Here's the kit:

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and for giggles.....an original advertisement photo:

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:34 AM

This is a classic truck? Wow, the style looks new to me. This is what happens as we get older, Joe. And I don't mean you.

Looking forward to watching you work your magic on this one.

-Greg

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:50 PM

I wouldn't consider it classic, that would be reserved for anything up to the mid 70s, but it's not modern either. Looking forward to it Joe. Ya gonna build it stock? I dare ya!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:30 PM

Greg

This is a classic truck? Wow, the style looks new to me. This is what happens as we get older, Joe. And I don't mean you.

Looking forward to watching you work your magic on this one.

 

Thanks Greg. Well.....it's not necessarily like a classic muscle car but it does have its place in automotive performance history. It was like a re-awakening of the "ol' brutus" style of performance with a big block and all since all the performance cars of the era all had small blocks.

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:31 PM

midnightprowler

I wouldn't consider it classic, that would be reserved for anything up to the mid 70s, but it's not modern either. Looking forward to it Joe. Ya gonna build it stock? I dare ya!

 

Thanks Lee! I might do something like a Day 2 build but other than that it will be all stock.

 

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Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:56 PM

mustang1989
It was like a re-awakening of the "ol' brutus" style of performance with a big block and all since all the performance cars of the era all had small blocks.

Ahhhh, I see, Joe.

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, November 19, 2018 12:07 PM

Greg
 
mustang1989
It was like a re-awakening of the "ol' brutus" style of performance with a big block and all since all the performance cars of the era all had small blocks.

 

Ahhhh, I see, Joe.

 

Yes

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 8:34 AM

Just cracked into the box yesterday morning and started sorting parts.....starting with the engine. Really looking forward to building this truck and will try to add as much detail as possible and will be going for an O.E.M look. I might do a Day 2 build and add some wheels and tires but that'll be about all.

I'm at no shortage for a reference because I actually own a 1994 Silverado Extended Cab truck. Late last year I got the hankerin' to yank the 350 and replace it with a warmed over 383 (that still utilizes TBI injection but with Vortec heads) with a freshened up 4L60E, 2000 rpm stall converter and 3:90 gears. It's alot of fun.:D

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Posted by JOE RIX on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 11:34 PM

I'm looking forward to this one Joe. Ought to be a sweet one for sure. I am thrilled to finally see some pics of your truck. BOSS!!!! 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 1:59 AM

I imagine that 383 with the rear gearing roasts a lot of tires!

The 454 @ 225 HP ... - but a nice 385 torque was a burn-out special as well.  My 65 mustang 289 GT had 225 HP.  I'm guessing some thoughtful mods on that 454 would get it up in the serious horsepower range.

Looking forward to the build - great looking truck

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 6:31 PM

Cool truck!

I envy you guys who can do stuff like put a new engine in a vehicle. My dad was able to do that sort of thing. Dunno what happened to me except I got the lazy genes from somewhere else in the family tree.

-Greg

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:38 PM

I had a fold-out poster of a black 91 454 SS over my bed when I was in high school.  They had a red option and a white option in 91 but nothing looked as good as vivid black! 

Chad

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 8:45 PM

I had Farrah Fawcett Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, November 29, 2018 4:01 PM

Thanks Joe, John, Greg and Chad.

John....you crack me up! laughonfloor

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, November 29, 2018 6:22 PM

keavdog

I had Farrah Fawcett Stick out tongue

 

I had Samantha Fox

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 07, 2018 5:32 AM

tempestjohnny
 
keavdog

I had Farrah Fawcett Stick out tongue

 

 

 

I had Samantha Fox

 

 

LOL!!!

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 07, 2018 5:32 AM

Ok folks....update time.
This kit has a pretty decent engine with lots of parts. The chrome parts all got stripped to include the rocker covers but other than that it's a pretty complete and detailed engine.

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And here we are with the assembled base engine and transmission. Believe it or not....this IS some big time progress for me. I spend a lot of time in research and trying to get the details and colors down.

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Posted by DUSTER on Friday, December 07, 2018 6:31 PM

Oh, Gee Christmas is commin' and Joe is doin' the "build 'em like you wished you could of had 'em" treatment to a ChevyTruck !  What to do?  watch or shop or shop while I watch the cell phone  or....

Steve

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Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, December 09, 2018 7:49 AM

That is a terrific looking start Joe. I have to say that that kit engine is one of the better looking ones you've had to work with OOB. Did you create that textured look on the engine? If so, how did you do it? Looking for that next update to come along. 

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, December 09, 2018 10:14 AM

keavdog

I had Farrah Fawcett Stick out tongue

 

I like how you mind works. Yes Great comeback! Big Smile

-Greg

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:21 AM

Thanks fellas! I ran into a little bump with the build but I'm already past it. I initially was going to use the cool 90 degree spark plug wire boots that I acquired but after tireless attempts at trying to make them work at the distributor connection I had to scrap them and do the plug wires the way that I normally do them. It's not accurate but maybe the air cleaner will hide some of that. Anyways I should have some updates within the coming days.

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:40 PM

keavdog

I had Farrah Fawcett Stick out tongue

 

I had to keep the good stuff under the mattress.  The car and truck posters only served to keep my parents off the trail!  Whistling

Chad

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On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:08 AM

Too much info. lololol

Ok folks. I've been on and off at the bench for the last few months so progress has been pretty thin as of late. The bench time will become less frequent during the month of January due to my sons FFA show for a week in mid January. It's gonna be a crazy week with lots of preparation for the show in the days before it so I'll be trying to get what I can in on this bad boy before that.

As for now I've got more done on the engine. The air cleaner is merely resting on top of the throttle body in this picture. I be lowering it somewhat as it sits way too high. I'll also be adding some fuel lines to the back of the throttle body, some throttle linkage and will be installing an ignition coil. For such a detailed engine I'm not sure why that part wasn't included in the kit.

 

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Posted by JOE RIX on Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:40 AM

You've got it all going on brother. Stellar detailing as usual. It'll look all that and a bag of chips when you get the last bits on. 

Merry Christmas to you my friend.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:26 AM

Thanks Joe. Not as much detailing on this one as I would've liked but there's still quite a bit of detail from all the OOB parts.

Merry Christmas to you to bro.

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, December 20, 2018 5:05 PM

Very nice engine Joe. I agree it does sit a little high.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:24 PM

midnightprowler

Very nice engine Joe. I agree it does sit a little high.

 

Thanks and got 'er fixed Lee!  I did a few adjustments to this thing today. I put a little droop in the ignition wires just behind the cylinder heads as they just didn't look right and that air cleaner was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too high. I shaved some off of the bottom of the air cleaner and installed at the proper height. I also added an ignition coil and some fuel delivery lines. I was going to add some throttle linkage but everything I had was incorrect and it's much to intricate of detail to scratch build and get to look right so I left that part alone. There'll be an intake duct attaching at the air cleaner inlet and mounting on passengers side inner fenderwell later after the engine gets installed into the truck.

Finished 454:

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, December 29, 2018 11:27 AM

I've been working on the chassis as time allows for the last couple of weeks. Having acquired this kit on Ebay, it was missing one of the front molded coil springs. After looking at the one remaining spring and noting how horrible it looked, I thought it best to up the ante a little bit and make it a little bit more realistic looking. I opted for a set of steel coils that I had in the parts bin. Other than that it has been a rather labor intense seam and injector pin mark clean up. I shot almost all of the chassis parts in a coat of semi gloss black lacquer followed up by a thin shot of semi gloss acrylic paint which resulted in a more life like color to me. Not completed by any means but I thought I'd show a shot of progress to let you all know that I am in fact alive, well and building.

and for all of you who are curious....this will be my only modification to this build. I have too much love for this truck in stock form to do anything else to it. Still have some clean up left on the rear tires to get totally rid of the raised white lettering and then matching both sets of tires up color wise but here's what we're going with.

 

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, December 29, 2018 5:42 PM

Engine looks much better.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, December 30, 2018 9:18 AM

Thanks Lee! Cool

 

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