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1988 Chevrolet C1500 , LSX 454SS CBR Finnished


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So in 1987 Chevy introduced the New C1500 for the 1988 model year. Which suits this years CBR well. I am born in October of 1987 manny cool cars are around for that year and I started an other one first but lost interest. Was peeking around on 911’s Monte Carlos, Camaros and others.. and did not get stuck on it. Then I turned my eye to what trucks where available and found out that these was built in 1987!

perfect so a 454 Ss it is, even though they where a later model. My build will be a LSX454 SS with a C5R intake and some mods as modern reinforced transmission, dual fuel tanks. Side exit exhaust and more.

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I built the box art model for that kit. Had a resin pickup box from All-American Models on the Sportside chassis. Actually, mine was supposed to be a prototype display for trade shows, but they used it for the box art with some pretty heavy retouching--note the mirrors, interior, and wheels.

 

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9 hours ago, Terry Jessee said:

I built the box art model for that kit. Had a resin pickup box from All-American Models on the Sportside chassis. Actually, mine was supposed to be a prototype display for trade shows, but they used it for the box art with some pretty heavy retouching--note the mirrors, interior, and wheels.

 

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That’s so cool! I have seen this boxart many times and I like it allot! Great work there!

I guess the hardest thing about these kits is to get the lights to look good. Was thinking of doing the mod I saw a fellow member doing but I won’t have the time 😞 but hey might be possible to do a 3D printed lights option only problem then would be the glass.

9 hours ago, Saltie Olds said:

That’s Awesome Lookin. I Really Like It. I’d like to get another one of the AMT stepside kits, the ‘90, and turn it into a custome 454SS.

Thanks! I was watching one of those stepsides in a web store the other day. If I had some more founds at the moment I would have ordered I guess 10 kits from them. 

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Made some progress.. well not in plastic yet. But @Ghost_33 have made a STL of the files and will print it during next week. 

I could not imagine how to make a good looking headlight of the kit part.. so i went ahead and made a CAD file of clear lens headlights for the truck. Will se how the print turns out and how i will take care of the fine lines created by the printer so the chrome looks good. 

Here is the rendering of the modeled part. Also made some other pars while at it, always needed when doing custom builds and i made them so i could use a 0,5mm bras rod for securing them. I also have the nuts on the brackets so when puting the rod there it will look like its screwed 😃

The links are made to be glued together since i dont know the needed lengths 😃

 

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After some time with the sanding sticks this PB bumper, probably  from a GTO or some thing, start to look like a roll pan. Not sure about the angle so I might go in to the PB again and search.

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Madde some progress.. i am full of plastic since grinding out that grill! And to not go to crazy I will probably just put a net behind it in stead of making the radiator support and all… or we will see if my add acts up on me 🤣

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23 hours ago, av405 said:

Grill looks nice! Can you walk me though how exactly you did it? And how much thickness was still left?

Thanks! I started with the mill bit on the dremel and took out most of the grill and headlights from behind but left the top edge intact. That made the grill to have its integrity and most of its righty left. 
When I knew I was close to the front surface I put the dremel on low speed with a sanding paper, and held the grill to the light. That way you easily se if you are even or if you can take out more. And when the grill “inserts” where super thin almost grinded lose I took a fresh 11blade and gently punched them out and when needed I cut. 
patience does it! You can see in the pics how thin it is.

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Have been testing some other wheels. Can I please have some inputs on what suits it. Which is best of the ones I have. And maybe some options that would work.

initial thought:

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Option 2 hot rod:

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option 3:

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Option4, would be dark gray centrum:

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And please feel free to comment, and come with ideas or suggestions 🙂 it’s much appreciated! 

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Anton! How are you my friend?  
I like wheel 3 or 4, 4 painted in a titanium colour would look fantastic.  What colour will the body be? Excellent work on the grill, that takes LOTS of patience. Love the carbon fibre on the engine, those decals frustrate the heck out of me! I’ve watched videos and such, but I can never get them to conform to the compound curves. Great looking build sir.

Cheers, Steve

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I like your progress so far! Personally I think the initial ones (NASCAR style wheels) look the best, but that's because I'm more of a 15/16" wheel kind of guy! However with the route you're going with your build, I would say the last set suit the theme the best.

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10 hours ago, Steve H said:

Anton! How are you my friend?  
I like wheel 3 or 4, 4 painted in a titanium colour would look fantastic.  What colour will the body be? Excellent work on the grill, that takes LOTS of patience. Love the carbon fibre on the engine, those decals frustrate the heck out of me! I’ve watched videos and such, but I can never get them to conform to the compound curves. Great looking build sir.

Cheers, Steve

Hi! Thanks i am doing allright! And you? Thanks for the kind words! I am also leaning agains the option 4 at the moment.

I think the body will be Black, since all 454SS that I have seen IRL are black and they do look sinister in Black with the red and silver text. Only option would be a dark gray thats even darker than Tamiya Gun Metal.

Thanks, it took some patience but it did not take that long when working carfully with the new model of Dremel, absolutley the best tool i bought in a while. Saved me hours of filing the normal way.

Yes the engine will look good! It also took patience more than the grill and many coats of micro sol. And sudently it has formed a bit and when clamping the part with your fingers it sticks. :S

 

 

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11 hours ago, Jordan White said:

I like your progress so far! Personally I think the initial ones (NASCAR style wheels) look the best, but that's because I'm more of a 15/16" wheel kind of guy! However with the route you're going with your build, I would say the last set suit the theme the best.

Thanks for your input 😃 I apriciate it! I can agree that with the motor i put in it the last fits the theme, my plan was to build a more old school build at the start :D

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On 7/19/2022 at 4:36 PM, Mattilacken said:

Madde some progress.. i am full of plastic since grinding out that grill! And to not go to crazy I will probably just put a net behind it in stead of making the radiator support and all… or we will see if my add acts up on me 🤣

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Engine looks great and what a beast!

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Killer work. The cragar/ keystone style look best to me, and if you tinted the spokes and left the rims chrome i think that would look even better. The first ones reminds me of some steel rims i had on a chevy shoveit. More off road looking on a truck.

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9 hours ago, TNT said:

Killer work. The cragar/ keystone style look best to me, and if you tinted the spokes and left the rims chrome i think that would look even better. The first ones reminds me of some steel rims i had on a chevy shoveit. More off road looking on a truck.

Thanks! Yes that was my thought with those wheels as well! 🙂 I have ordered Pegasus iroc rims and sleeves to see if they do the job 😉 yea NASCAR wheels are steel but black with yellow they still look cool I think. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it! 😁

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3 hours ago, Mattilacken said:

Thanks! Yes that was my thought with those wheels as well! 🙂 I have ordered Pegasus iroc rims and sleeves to see if they do the job 😉 yea NASCAR wheels are steel but black with yellow they still look cool I think. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it! 😁

No problem. I will be looking to see those rims. Not sure i haveseen them before.

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Got an idea the other day if I could use the C5R wheels if I sleeved them.. and they sudently doesn’t look to bad. And I actualy prefere these before option 3 and 4 above.

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