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Ronnie Martinez
1990 454 SS

Bakersfield, CA, USA

Final assembly: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Exterior: Black

90001-100000

Ronnie Truck
The Story
I have always wanted a 454SS. Boy did GM perform some marketing wonders with this truck. I still remember watching the commercial on TV saying “Motor Trend Magazine calls it the truck from hell”. Then it became the official truck for the Indy 500. Not letting up GM dropped another bomb by airing a new commercial stating that the 454SS broke a new record for driving 108MPH for 24hrs straight. The last blow that I recall came with a commercial bragging on its massive torque numbers exceeding 400lbs (very stout for that period). Ok back to the story… I never thought that I would ever own a 454SS. I was a senior in high school when they came out so needless to say it was way out of my reach for me. In 1995 I was looking through a local photo ads magazine and there it was. I couldn’t believe it! These trucks were rare around my parts. I didn’t waste any time. I went to go see it and I was amazed at the condition that it was in! It looked like it rolled off of the showroom floor. I couldn’t resist. There were no negotiations involved. SOLD!         
The Mods
Engine: Original Mark IV Block

Bored .30 Over
Balanced / Blue Printed
Milodon “Diamond Stripper” Windage Tray
Clevite H Series Bearings
Scat 4340 Steel Crank
Eagle “H” Beam Rods
SRP Forged Flat Tops (8.5:1)
Total Seal Rings
Edelbrock True Roller Timing Set
Crane Cam .515/.510 216/228 @.050
Edelbrock 454 O Heads
Cometic Head Gaskets
Comp Cams Push Rods
Comp Cams S.S. Roller Rockers

Induction:
Edelbrock MPFI “Port Matched”
Aeromotive Adj. FPR
K&N FIPK

Ignition: Jacobs Ultra Team


Exhaust:

Edelbrock Ceramic Coated Headers
Random Technology 3.5” Cat
Edelbrock 3.5” Muffler “dumped”


Body:

Molding Removed
Smoothie Front Bumper
Smooth Wiper Cowl
Roll Pan

Suspension:

Drop Spindles
1” Coils
Shackles
Hangers
Overload Spring Removed
Energy Suspension



        
The Future
Extrude Hone Intake
44lb injectors
4-5" Exhaust (single).
Spray in Bed Liner
4/6 Drop
18" Billet Specialties wheels        
The Album

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