1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

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    1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

    I saw that article from Hemmings blog talking of this "muscle-truck", the 1990 Chevrolet C1500 454SS.
    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2019/0...454-ss-pickup/
    The idea of stylized pickups for personal use is nothing new. Consider the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier, produced from 1955-’59, or the car-based El Camino, built for five generations and a total of 26 model years. The El Camino even came in a big-block performance variant, the SS454, and in 1989, Chevrolet updated this same recipe – this time using a half-ton pickup – to create the limited-production C1500 454 SS, built for the 1990-’93 model years.

    The 454 SS arrived in late 1989 as a 1990 model, smack in the middle of the fourth-generation (GMT400) truck’s run. While the big-block engine beneath the hood was a primary selling point, the truck delivered more than just straight-line performance. Inside, all 454 SS pickups were based upon the quasi-luxury Silverado trim level, and came complete with amenities like cruise control, a tilt sport steering wheel, an AM/FM/cassette stereo with graphic equalizer, intermittent wipers, and bolstered sports seats for driver and passenger. Only short-bed, standard-cab C1500s were fitted with the 454 SS package (RPO B4U), and for the first two years on the market, the sole color choice was Onyx Black with a Garnet Red interior.

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    Re: 1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

    Loved those trucks.
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    Re: 1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

    A good car friend has one of these and it's such a cool truck. MPG in these beasts were awful though.

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    MPG was awful and they barely broke into the 15s stock. They're OK just because it has a BBC, but the Sy/Tys actually backed it up with the performance.
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    Re: 1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

    I bought one new and it was faster than the Lightning and Shelby Dakota. It would do high 15's in the 1/4, and was a blast to drive. The Syclone/Typhoon were quite a bit faster in the 1/4 but they were expensive and complex, and not as nice as the 454SS. They were just faster. One truck that was very quick in those days was the Jeep Comanche Eliminator. I never saw one run but heard they were as fast as a 454SS.

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    Still one of my favorite trucks of all time.

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    Re: 1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra12 View Post
    I bought one new and it was faster than the Lightning and Shelby Dakota. It would do high 15's in the 1/4, and was a blast to drive. The Syclone/Typhoon were quite a bit faster in the 1/4 but they were expensive and complex, and not as nice as the 454SS. They were just faster. One truck that was very quick in those days was the Jeep Comanche Eliminator. I never saw one run but heard they were as fast as a 454SS.
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    As soon as we heard that this special truck was in the pipeline, we were on the phone with Ford. Our first test pitted the Lightning against the Chevrolet 454 SS in our June '93 issue. The two muscle trucks proved to be closely matched, with identical 0-60-mph times and 60-0 braking distances (7.2 seconds and 143 feet). The Lightning managed to edge out the 454 SS in the quarter mile (15.6 seconds/87.4 mph versus 15.8/84.7), skidpad (0.84 g versus 0.78), and slalom (62.2 mph versus 60.7). Because of its better fuel economy and lower base price, we gave the nod to the Lightning.
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    Re: 1990-93 Chevrolet C1500 454SS

    And that was the '93. The '90 was much slower. I think its hp was embarrassingly low.

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