Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Someone forgot to remind this 1990 Chevrolet C1500 454SS Pro Street that it's a pickup truck. Before all the work got started, it was a highly-desirable, slick-black, O.B.S. (Old Body Style) Chevy shortbed with a powerful 454 V8 and very low 'believed actual' miles. Even with all that going for it, the former owners thirsted for more excitement and decided to turn things up to 11. They beefed up the big block even further with a host of performance goodies inside, narrowed and tubbed the rear end, fortified the suspension to keep all that power planted to the ground, and added some choice exterior upgrades that transformed this OBS into something downright sinister. We're really only scratching the surface of this Pro Street, and if you don't look quickly it will leave you in a wake of burnt rubber and smoke.
Finished in slick-black paint like any self-respecting OBS 454 truck should be, this 1990 model would ordinarily keep a lower profile. Sure, these trucks have always been popular and extremely good looking, but the added ingredients featured on this slammed beauty have given it off-the-charts curb appeal. With the addition of a cowl-induction hood, billet grille, and chin-spoiler with integrated fog lights, the front end gets the party started and lets everyone know this isn't just your Daddy's weekend hauler. The low-slung body looks incredible sitting atop the narrowed rear end, punctuated with fat Mickey Thompson meats out back, topped with a color-keyed hard tonneau cover that protects the bed, and a custom roll pan filled with Corvette taillights found down below. If we're to believe the low mileage (and we do based on the physical evidence, although Vehicle History Report agencies were still somewhat in their infancy in 1990 so 100% certainty can be elusive), then the laser-straight body absolutely makes sense, as do the great gaps, flush doors, and symmetrically aligned panels. By all accounts the black paint is a faithful respray, and the pros that laid it down definitely knew what they were doing. With a deep luster and great shine, the black finish looks amazing, with only very minor imperfections to speak of on this top driver-quality presentation. Black paint can be tricky to get right, and you need a great foundation to start with, further proof of this Chevy's lightly used past. Blacked-out trim and a conspicuous lack of any brightwork and decals add to the mysterious allure, and other than the red outlined Bowtie in the grille, this truck doesn't need to advertise. Like the rest of the body, the tailgate has been smoothed of any decals or badges, and inside the bed you can see where a lot of the money was spent with those big, shiny wheel wells that accommodate the tubbed rear end. There's also a relocated fuel tank back there, and the painted black floor has been protected with a thick, vinyl mat.
The interior is pretty much standard Chevy pickup, with just a couple of performance upgrades, but it's not like that's a bad thing. With handsome burgundy fabric on the original split bench seat, it is comfortable and attractive for long hauls and given its fantastic condition, it's obvious this truck has been lightly used and always been well-maintained. Original burgundy carpets, vinyl floor mats, factory door panels, and an unblemished dash reinforce that fact and it's loaded with factory options: A/C, power windows and locks, a tilt steering column, cruise control, and its original Delco AM/FM/Cassette player with accompanying equalizer. A full set of original gauges ahead of the driver monitor the big block, augmented with a dash-mounted Mallory tachometer and auxiliary water and fuel pressure gauges from AutoMeter. A Hurst shifter was swapped-in and mounted atop the transmission tunnel, and it manages the TH400 3-speed automatic that's been tasked with managing the gears. Tinted windows add privacy inside, and for those days when A/C isn't needed, the rear window slides open.
As far as we can tell that's the original 454 V8 under the hood (correct block casting but the block was decked when it was pulled to be built-up, so there's no VIN stamp that we can see), but it's been given a big dose of steroids. Augmented with World Products Merlin heads, a Comp Cams roller camshaft, a balanced Eagle crank shaft and Eagle rods, a Comp Cams timing chain, and an MSD ignition with adjustable timing control, this big block is ready for battle. It's fed through a dual-line Holley 4-barrel atop a performance intake, and with that open-element air cleaner and blacked-out Chevrolet valve covers at the flanks it's also dressed to impress. The engine bay, even with all the performance additions, still looks fairly stock, which is always the hallmark of careful workmanship: preserving the OEM look and feel without going crazy with the shiny stuff. A powerful electric fan on the giant radiator keeps it cool even with the ha
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