BIG BLOCK AD­DICT

One en­thu­si­ast’s love af­fair with the “Truck from Hell”

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY TRAVIS NOACK

THE YEAR WAS 1990. With the sport truck craze in full swing, GM de­cided to of­fer a fac­tory fast/per­for­mance pedi­gree pickup to the pub­lic to ap­peal to the en­thu­si­ast with a heavy right foot and a need to haul and tow. The

454 SS was born and filled a niche with a power packed ½ ton, short wheel base truck that hadn’t ex­ited GM assem­bly lines since the 70s.

Its rounded, mod­ern day body lines, 454 SS badg­ing and graphic pack­age, dis­tinc­tive and sin­is­ter egg crate grille and chrome sport wheels com­bined with the torque mon­ster un­der the hood made the “Truck from Hell” a force to be reck­oned with. Pro­duc­tion ran from 1990-1993 with just a mere 17,000 trucks hit­ting the streets across the coun­try. Fast for­ward 28 years, and the 454 SS trucks are rarely seen and highly col­lectible with price tags that war­rant a dou­ble take.

Sriyan­tha Weera­suria from Austin, Texas, has de­vel­oped a love af­fair with the 454 SS trucks and cur­rently has three in his col­lec­tion pre­ceded by ap­prox­i­mately 20 over the years. Like most gear­heads, Sriyan­tha’s cam shaft thump­ing pas­sion came from his fa­ther who in­tro­duced him to the world of power and speed at the ripe young age of 14. To­day Sriyan­tha is the owner and op­er­a­tor of Elite Mo­tor­sports in Austin, Texas, and turned the tire fry­ing pas­sion of his youth into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness where he spends his days buy­ing and sell­ing high-end ex­otic cars such as Porsches, Lam­borgh­i­nis, Fer­raris and BMWS. With more than 30 years in busi­ness, Sriyan­tha has been able to live his pas­sion fu­eled by a life­time of ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind the wheel of ev­ery­thing from Trans Am’s to ex­otics and of course his cov­eted 454 SS trucks.

SRIYAN­THA WEERA­SURIA HAS SUC­CESS­FULLY AS­SEM­BLED THE UL­TI­MATE TRI­FECTA OF 454 SS PICK­UPS. THE “TRUCK FROM HELL” MADE HIS­TORY WHEN GM IN­TRO­DUCED IT TO THE PUB­LIC NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO.”

trans­mis­sion with a 2500 Stall speed con­verter hooked to an alu­minum drive­shaft de­liv­ers the

648 horse­power and 610 ft-lbs of torque to the fac­tory 14-bolt rear end loaded with 4.10:1 gears. Grif­fin Metal Shap­ing in Austin set the truck down right with a 4/6 drop com­plete with a flip kit and C-notch out back and Bell­tech drop spin­dles and QA1 coil-overs up front. Set­ting off the slam are 20x8-inch front and 20x10-inch rear Amer­i­can Rac­ing Grey Spoke Torque Thrust II wheels mounted on P245/40ZR20 front and P295/40ZR20 rear Yoko­hama skins.

For cruis­ing tunes Sriyan­tha went with an

Alpine head unit, JL Au­dio 1000-watt am­pli­fier, MB Quartz speak­ers in the fac­tory lo­ca­tions and two 10-inch sub­woofers be­hind the seat. Friend Nathan Gon­za­les in­stalled the spine tick­ling beats in the SS’ cabin.

PHOTOS BY GRANT COX

SRIYAN­THA’S RED 1993 454 SS WAS PUR­CHASED NEW IN AUSTIN AND DROVE DAILY UN­TIL 2000.

THE AD­DI­TION OF A BIG BLOCK 502 DE­LIV­ERS THE 648 HORSE­POWER AND 610 FTLBS OF TORQUE TO THE FAC­TORY 14-BOLT REAR END LOADED WITH 4.10:1 GEARS.

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