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mustang1989

AMT 1991 Silverado 454 SS-Engine Progress-12/07

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I've been wanting to build one of these trucks (modelwise AND in 1:1 scale) for a long time now. I dunno what it is about these trucks that is a draw for me. Maybe with this particular truck it's the idea of a big block sporty truck painted all black. The 454's of those years were pretty gutless but I have always liked the simplicity of the TBI powered trucks. Being the proud owner of a 94 Silverado with a small block TBI setup I can certainly appreciate the simplicity and reliability of it. Anyways here's the kit:

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and for nostalgia's sake....an advertisement.

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I’ll be watching this, I love these kits! Are you thinking of using the kit tires or something better?

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Looking forward to this build:)

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This is a great kit. Like you I have owned a couple of the TBI 350's and even reworked the Throttle Body on my '96. As for the real SS454 trucks one of the reasons for the better acceleration had to do with the rear axle ratio. The earliest ones with the 3 speed automatic had 3:73 gears and the later 4 speed automatics got 4:10 gears. This kit builds up into a very accurate model of the truck.  

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I love these trucks, and would do many immoral and unethical things to obtain a real one.

In the meantime, I have two in the stash that I will eventually get around to building. This isn't just my fav generation of Chev truck, it's my fav truck period.

 

Watching. :)

 

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Love thses trucks.. still don't have this kit yet. 

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I remember buying these for $5 at Wal Mart and Big Lots on closeout. Nice kit, still have a couple to build!

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Here's one I build when it first came out.  Nice kit.  FYI - Those wheels can used used for Chevrolet police wheels if you leave the center hub chrome, but paint the rest of the wheel semi-gloss black like I did on the MSP Tahoe.

 

A.J.

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great kit... I had been on the lookout for one of these too.. I had done a couple as a kid before I had the skills I have know.. I recently finished mine about 4 months ago.. I added some wheels/tires from a diecast car front and rear disc brakes and detailed the engine..here's a few pics ... 

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On ‎11‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 8:15 PM, Jordan White said:

I’ll be watching this, I love these kits! Are you thinking of using the kit tires or something better?

Thanks for the comments Jordan. I'm probably going to switch the tires out but use the stock wheels. I am currently looking for something that will work better.

 

On ‎11‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 10:21 PM, kelson said:

Looking forward to this build:)

Thanks Kelson

On ‎11‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 8:29 AM, espo said:

This is a great kit. Like you I have owned a couple of the TBI 350's and even reworked the Throttle Body on my '96. As for the real SS454 trucks one of the reasons for the better acceleration had to do with the rear axle ratio. The earliest ones with the 3 speed automatic had 3:73 gears and the later 4 speed automatics got 4:10 gears. This kit builds up into a very accurate model of the truck.  

Thanks Dave. I'm looking forward to building it as I've got a good reference. :D

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On ‎11‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 8:35 AM, iamsuperdan said:

I love these trucks, and would do many immoral and unethical things to obtain a real one.

In the meantime, I have two in the stash that I will eventually get around to building. This isn't just my fav generation of Chev truck, it's my fav truck period.

 

Watching. :)

 

Thanks Dan! I'm right there with you on these trucks. I worked on these things when they were brand new in the dealership and currently own 94 model extended cab stepside that I threw a warmed over 383 in with the 4L60E and some 3:90 gears. Fun truck.^_^

On ‎11‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 8:36 AM, Scalper said:

Love thses trucks.. still don't have this kit yet. 

Thanks Andre. I just recently acquired this kit about 3 months ago and have been looking forward to building it.

On ‎11‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 1:07 PM, mikemodeler said:

I remember buying these for $5 at Wal Mart and Big Lots on closeout. Nice kit, still have a couple to build!

$5?? Wow!! THAT'S a deal right there!

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On ‎11‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 10:37 AM, maxwell48098 said:

Here's one I build when it first came out.  Nice kit.  FYI - Those wheels can used used for Chevrolet police wheels if you leave the center hub chrome, but paint the rest of the wheel semi-gloss black like I did on the MSP Tahoe.

 

A.J.

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Thanks for the comments A.J. Good lookin' truck buddy.

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On ‎11‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 5:46 PM, tyrone said:

great kit... I had been on the lookout for one of these too.. I had done a couple as a kid before I had the skills I have know.. I recently finished mine about 4 months ago.. I added some wheels/tires from a diecast car front and rear disc brakes and detailed the engine..here's a few pics ... 

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SHARP build Tyrone! I only got the one photo 3 times in your post. Do you have any more? Thanks for dropping in bud.

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Like Dan I'd love to get my hands ahold of one of these trucks in the 1:1 world. There's a few mods that can be done with the TBI setup. It's nothing like can be done with done with a multi port fuel injection setup with a MAF but it'll yield a lot more power nonetheless.

Here's my truck that as of last Christmas got a 383 (that still utilizes TBI injection-but canned the TBI heads in favor of Vortec replacements) with a freshened up 4L60E, 2000 rpm stall converter and 3:90 gears.

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I enjoyed building this kit back in the mid nineties:

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My stepson had a real one at the time. His did have the black centers in the wheels.

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On ‎11‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 1:28 PM, Bucky said:

I enjoyed building this kit back in the mid nineties:

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My stepson had a real one at the time. His did have the black centers in the wheels.

That looks really good Keith. I'm looking forward to building mine even more. Thanks for the inspiration bud.

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From a design perspective, I too agree this was the best generation of GM trucks. The design was clean and well-proportioned. You could easily dress it down or up and still look great. The extended cabs, crew cabs, and dually versions also had great proportions and didn’t throw the overall design off balance. They looked good right off the assembly line.

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On ‎11‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 8:44 PM, vincen47 said:

From a design perspective, I too agree this was the best generation of GM trucks. The design was clean and well-proportioned. You could easily dress it down or up and still look great. The extended cabs, crew cabs, and dually versions also had great proportions and didn’t throw the overall design off balance. They looked good right off the assembly line.

Right there with you on that Cary. What I've always liked about these trucks, especially early on with this body style, is their simplicity in operation. Easy and still cheap to work on.

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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.
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The engine looks good and the colors seem accurate to me. 

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