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1991 Silverado 454 SS-Completed-03/21

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1991 Silverado 454 SS-Completed-03/21
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 07, 2018 5:48 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...…. :hmm: . 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 my opinion they produced on heckuva good looking vehicle and opened the gate for a slew of fast trucks to follow.....


Anyways, Here's the kit:

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

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 10, 2018 9:33 AM

Looking forward to what you can do with this kit, Joe!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by Plowboy on Friday, December 14, 2018 7:52 AM

Some years ago, I got to wanting one of these kits and began watching them on ebay. I would bid on them. But, always got out bid by a LOT. One week, I put in my usual $20 bid on two of them (two different auctions). Somehow, I won both of them! I went from having none to having two for about what one was going for. But, I was like a dog chasing a car. Didn't know what to do  with them once I got them. Maybe this will motivate me to do something with one of them.

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  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Friday, December 14, 2018 5:42 PM

I have built a few of these. I always put the spindles on the opposite sides as it helps with the ride height in my opinion.  Looking forward to see what you do with this.

 

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, December 14, 2018 8:25 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I've been working on this one but haven't posted any pics just yet. Been busier than a one legged man in an   kickin' contest.  Busy at work, busy with our sons pig in AG, trying to fix stuff around the house AND on our cars. Jeez.............when'll it all stop!!!

In any case I'll have some shots up tomorrow of some progress.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:39 PM

Done with the AG program!! So..........it's benchtime!!

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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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, January 31, 2019 9:12 PM

For a moment I thought I was looking at a research photo! Wow!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, February 01, 2019 4:48 PM

Thanks Mike.

I am catching up on this build as I've been out for the last few months with my wife helping our son raise a pig for his FFA show that he just placed 5th in. I forgot how much work that was as I helped my parents raise pigs growing up. Full time job I'll tell you that.

 I had initially finished the engine up but the air cleaner sat way too high and the plug wires weren't routed with the correct "droop" and "lay" in them.

So....I did a few adjustments to this thing by putting a little droop in the ignition wires just behind the cylinder heads and routing them a little differently. I shaved some off of the bottom of the air cleaner and installed at the proper height. I also added an ignition coi 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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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:10 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.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 07, 2019 4:58 PM

Chassis is now complete. I did make the front wheels steerable as I've always wanted a model with posable front wheels. It was a lot easier to do with this kit than it has been with some of the builds that I've done. The ones in the past and really delicate and finicky parts or they had no option for steering at all.

 

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, February 08, 2019 9:23 AM

I still have to move the rear tires inwards a little but I've just about got the wheel/ tire and stance set up where I want it. The chassis isn't adhered to the body yet which will pull the body down to set a better stance but you get the idea anyways.

I also received my re-mastered decals from Thomas at Speedway Decals.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Monday, February 18, 2019 6:31 PM

Looking good! I love the wheel choice on this and I am looking forward to seeing it finished.  Is the front suspension box stock, or did you do anything to lower it?

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:58 AM

Thanks Larry!

I had initially primed the interior pieces to include the tub. I was looking at it even with the ejector pin marks on the floor and thinking to myself, "Yeah.....that's gonna......no....no it aint gonna work!!" The ejector pin mark, even though it's in a terrible place I can actually deal with. More on that in a minute. That chintzy brake and accelerator pedal, however, just isn't gonna do at all.

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So ………...I put my thinkin' cap on.. :hmm:

I found another floorboard from a parts kit that I've got in the stash and cut the whole section out of this floor board. Then I cut a section out from the parts donor.

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Then the replacement piece was glued into place.

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We'll be using some PE pedals to have a little more true to scale and true to references look. Now to address those disgusting ejector pin marks. Those...…..will be covered up by these floor mats that I acquired which just came in the mail a couple of days ago.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Friday, February 22, 2019 8:03 AM

Looking good Joe!  Nice job on the floorboard!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:57 AM

Thanks Mike.

This interior is long from being done. I'm just posting this to post some progress. I've been working on the color tones and surface textures with the differences in the seat fabric, carpet and on the door panels by using different colored pastels. You can see the contrasting colors on the seat between the weaved and the smooth sections of the drivers seat. That seat will directly contrast the passengers side seat which hasn't been touched up yet. I've got the door handle/ switch bezel painted but still have to fill in the details on those and then get the foot pedals taken care of.

Progress so far:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: New Prague MN
Posted by 60Buick on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:59 AM

Very nice indeed! I have always been a fan of this truck! Thanks for sharing!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:57 AM

Thanks 60 Buick.

Ok gang. I've got the interior tub pretty much done except for the foot pedals. I really like this photo as it shows the color contrast on the seats very well. I finished up the passengers seat this morning with the color contrast. I left the pleated part of the seat the original color that I painted it and used a mixture of red with a little black ground up pastel and dry brushed it onto smooth parts of the seat to slightly darken the color tone for a subtle yet highly noticeable contrast. I was surprised with the results. Everything is adhered into place. The door handle/ switch bezels and all details have been painted here and I thought I'd add a Coke to the cup holder. I mean....why not? I'm smilin' so why not have a Coke to go with it? :whistle:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:29 PM

The interior is looking good, Joe!  I'm liking the details you are adding.

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, March 03, 2019 9:25 AM

Thanks Mike.

Ok folks. I've got the foot pedals finished up. I used a couple of strips of solder formed and flattened on both ends so I could adhere one end to the inside of the firewall and the pedal to the other end. I've got the dash (which I painted a two tone color of maroon and red) test fitted into place and will be by next area of emphasis.

Anyways, foot pedal wise..we go from this:

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to this with the dash test fitted into place.

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More progress coming soon...………….

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    February, 2008
Posted by justmike on Sunday, March 03, 2019 6:22 PM

Lovely interior!  Those pedals and mats really do bring it alive.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, March 04, 2019 11:46 AM

Thanks Mike. I just couldn't leave things the way they were. This truck deserves more than that.

After 4 hours of painting and detailing I've got the dash finished. Lots of masking and painting tonal variations and colors involved but I managed to get it done. Next up...….steering column detailing.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    December, 2003
  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 10:56 AM

Wow! Huge difference over the kit assembly!

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, March 07, 2019 9:59 AM

Thanks Larry.

I just couldn't get over the OOB steering column/ wheel. No turn signal lever, no column tilt lever and no shifter lever???!!! Hell at least put a shifter lever on it. Will be adding all these items plus an ignition switch. Lots of seam clean up work to do on just this piece.

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Here's with the steering column installed with the scratch built gear shift lever, turn signal/ multifunction switch and tilt lever. I also managed to put an ignition switch as well as the ignition key and door lock key on a key ring. The ignition key was then inserted into the switch and glued into place.

There.....that's more like it:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    December, 2003
  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Thursday, March 07, 2019 11:29 AM

 I remember that I corrected that when I built mine years ago.  I understand the lack of gearshift since this was derived from the original kit that had a stick in it, but even that one should have had turn signals.  I've always been baffled by simple oversights like that.  Once again, nice job!

Larry

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle
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Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, March 08, 2019 6:17 AM

I hear you loud and clear Larry. It would've been nice if they would've included an option for it in this one because of what it is but even at that it only had an accelerator pedal and brake pedal......no clutch pedal??? Left me a little stumped. Indifferent

I simply could NOT fathom doing all that work to the interior and then using such a crappy OOB glass assy like this:

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So ….. I cut it up into sections and cleaned the sections up some. I also fabricated some sun visors to help the realism out a tad:

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:44 AM

I got the base color on this morning. I still need to do some wet sanding here and there to remove a couple of dust specks and smooth some areas out. I've got her in the drying booth now for the next couple of days.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 5:19 AM

Got the gloss coat on. Here in the photos this is about 6 hours after application so this is already nice n' dry to touch. It'll be another 3-4 days till I bring all of this out of the drying booth. I'm really stoked about how this finish is going to look on the completed build.

I was pretty happy to make out the bulb letters in the middle of the light reflection on the body :

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:01 AM

Wow! Master!!!!Bow

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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:02 AM

Oh my, that is shiny.  Looking forward to updates.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:29 PM

Lol. Thanks Lee and Rick.

Well guys...………...I had more done on this thing than I thought. the only real setback was that the exhaust tailpipes hung down too low. I had to break out the mini torch and carefully shield all the surrounding chassis and apply a little heat to it to tuck it back up where it belonged. The ending steps are a bit finicky with the front bumper being sandwiched between the body and the chassis but I've now got that done. I still need to re-paint the tail gate and install the upper radiator hose, side rear view mirrors and do some last minute clean up, polishing and a couple of other things but this one's almost there....

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…………..and completed engine bay.

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Being really stupid is the new smart!! 

    Joe

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