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

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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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Just noticed this, Joe.

 

Seems you're inspiring an automotive bug in me.  But I have a question:  Do you know how to do California Style Chop Tops?  It's the only fear between me and a VW Karmann Ghia.

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My sons building a 1:1 scale for a guy right now.  They yanked the original 454 and dropped in a built engine from Summit Racing.  Someone already swapped the trans for an OD unit.  He also rebuilt the axle already.  Owner has an open budget.  

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Shawn: Right you are about the displacment!! 

 

Kevin: Very cool subject!!!

 

Gaz: No but I'd be open to give it a shot. It would take a little planning.

 

Scott: Dude! That is AWESOME!!! 

 

I'm at no shortage for a reference because I 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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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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On 12/7/2018 at 7:42 AM, Shawn M said:

engine looks good!

 

Thanks Shawn!

 

On 12/7/2018 at 5:20 PM, Gazzas said:

Looks nice Joe!  Do you ever "rust up" the exhaust manifolds?

 

Gaz

 

'Preciate the good word Gaz. It depends......being a Day 2 build I won't do it but I have been known to rust up exhaust's alright.;)

 

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On 12/7/2018 at 11:31 PM, chrish said:

Looking great!

 

Thanks Chrish!

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