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Back in the day I used to drool over these trucks, and I still do.



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HARD to find 1990 Chevrolet 1500 454SS and what makes this one "One of a Kind" is that it has 7 ACTUAL MILES! Yes this is not a typo, 7 miles! The story of this truck is this truck was bought NEW at this very dealership when it was Pete Gunn Chevrolet and under a different Owner. If you look at the Original window sticker you will see the address is the very same. The gentleman bought 2 and this one has spent its entire life in a garage under a car cover. So this truck is ONE OWNER!!!! It has been checked from front to back and is literally in NEW CONDITION! It still has the original plastic on the seats.

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Always was a great looking truck. However, I'd rather get a 2015 nearly-stripped Silverado with the 5.3 that would undoubtedly run rings around this truck, but have a plethora of amenities that this doesn't as well.

$45k is steep for such a truck. They made plenty of these, not like it's that rare. Nice to have, but not $45k rare.
 
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The 1990 SS 454 had a Turbo 400 tranny, 1991 had a 700R4, the 1991's were more desirable for that reason, (the overdrive) but a less beefy tranny.

It is funny that in 25 years, a Super Truck went from "230hp, 385 foot pounds of torque," to entry level V6 standards.
 

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I always wondered why they did not offer it in 1996 with the 290HP Vortec 454.
It could have easily been tuned for more than 300 HP and would have run a lot better than those TBI motors.

Plus it would have had the much improved dash.
 

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I would say 20 grand would be stretching it for this truck, even with those few miles you can see it's interior even with wrap still on it has decayed with time. No doubt the mechanicals especially on a older GM truck like this would be in even worse shape imo.
 

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The 1990 SS 454 had a Turbo 400 tranny, 1991 had a 700R4, the 1991's were more desirable for that reason, (the overdrive) but a less beefy tranny.

It is funny that in 25 years, a Super Truck went from "230hp, 385 foot pounds of torque," to entry level V6 standards.
Yeah, what will the 2.8L Duramax have in the Colorado? 200hp and 325ftlbs???/ And with a 6 or 8 speed.
 

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But when you talk potential, the old Mark IV can go to 500hp and 600tq quickly with a few grand and a Summit catalog.

Never buy a "performance" vehicle for what it does now/stock. It's all about potential. Hence the massive LSx following.
 

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No in dash nav/social media screen?! or rich Corinthian leather seats?! or back up cam?! How did people drive these crude Flintstone era non entertaining death traps and not die more from boredom ?!?!
 

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I never understood why anyone would buy a vehicle so it could just sit in a garage for 25 years.
 

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Dad had a 1990. I'll never forget the day he raced a new 350SS (same truck only with a tbi 350/700r4) the race was dead even with the 350SS pulling away a bit out of the hole. He traded it for a 1990 iroc-z pretty quick after that.
 

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But when you talk potential, the old Mark IV can go to 500hp and 600tq quickly with a few grand and a Summit catalog.

Never buy a "performance" vehicle for what it does now/stock. It's all about potential. Hence the massive LSx following.
It would take more than a "few grand" to get a TBI pig to that 500/600 range.

One of the mags did a 454SS and Ford Lightning comparo with the same $$ worth of upgrades.
Lightning was faster stock and modified.
 

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I would still love to buy another 1995 Lightning. The only vehicle that I have regretted getting rid of since the day I did so (when my son was born, in 2002). I loved that truck. A guy flew out from Atlanta GA to buy it. 116K mile one owner truck that had never been wrecked, was meticulously maintained, and the only modification was a chip.

You can buy a VERY low mile Gen 1 Lightning for $15K. That guy is on drugs.

Oh, you buy a car to drive. My husband has been looking at low mile Ford GT's that are in the $250-260K range (no, he can't buy one), and he just shakes his head. How can you have that car, and not drive it??
 

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It would take more than a "few grand" to get a TBI pig to that 500/600 range.

One of the mags did a 454SS and Ford Lightning comparo with the same $$ worth of upgrades.
Lightning was faster stock and modified.
Actually it wouldn't.

I never mentioned keeping anything stock or caring about emissions. Under that TBI and smog gear sits a Mk IV BBC. Cam, head work, intake/carb and headers and I'm at 500bhp and that's just the "light" stuff.


Either way to me trying to go fast in trucks legitimately is retarded. And this comes from someone who helped his friend make his Gen 2 Lightning a 550whp/650tq Whippled monster.




....a monster that could only do an 11.60 that many a new Mustang can do for far less than the $25,000 it took to make that brick move that fast. He now has a '12 5.0.....

The truck in this topic was nothing more than a sales grab of the nostalgic and a further devaluing and corruption of the "Super Sport" name. It's right up there with the Malibu Maxx SS and N/A Cobalt SS.
 

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Actually it wouldn't.

I never mentioned keeping anything stock or caring about emissions. Under that TBI and smog gear sits a Mk IV BBC. Cam, head work, intake/carb and headers and I'm at 500bhp and that's just the "light" stuff.
Head work?
Don't you mean new heads period? Those TBI motors have "peanut" port heads that aren't worth the time cleaning, IMO. They have a stout short block but even the low compression pistons are worth only so much unless you build a blower motor.
To buy everything new to hit that 500hp mark(in the truck) it will cost $4K+


I think those trucks are very cool looking but even when they were new I considered them a lead sled.

That said the 454SS has a timeless look the new GM trucks can only wish they had!
 
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