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1990 Chevy 1500- Big Bird

Often Misunderstood, Never Lower

Phil Gordon
Dec 21, 2017
Photographers: Phil Gordon
In 1969, Sesame Street created a character named Big Bird, an 8-foot bright-yellow bird that is prone to frequent misunderstandings in his neighborhood. Peoria, Illinois, resident Andy Remelius used to spend his teenage years riding around with friends in custom trucks. We all have a friend who is always riding around with the guys but doesn’t own one. What his friends in the neighborhood didn’t understand is that Andy had big plans for his own ride. He purchased his first truck, a new Chevy S10. In his neighborhood, he constantly saw one specific full-size truck on air driving by his home with a Twisted Koncepts logo on the back window. It inspired him to ’bag his new Chevy in lieu of switching to a full-size.
Photo 2/11   |   1990 Chevy 1500 Big Bird Rear
Shortly it was ’bagged, his new truck was hit and totaled. So he tested his luck on a Toyota pickup, and then a Jimmy, but was constantly thinking about the full-size in the neighborhood. Finally, he found a ’90 Chevy 1500 truck that looked pretty nice online, and was already painted and customized by Sam Redding. He paid and had it delivered sight-unseen to his house. It had no motor, and the air ride was already becoming outdated. During the next few years, Andy began rebuilding the truck from the bottom up.
Once the Chevy was road ready, he brought it to Little Drop Shop in Stonington, Illinois, where Steve Little and his hard-working crew did a little bit of everything. They handled the new air ride setup, stereo install, fine-tuned the new motor, and fixed all the wiring. An AVS brain was added to control the air ride and give the Chevy automatic windows. Big Bird was assembled, and ready for Andy to enjoy.
Photo 3/11   |   1990 Chevy 1500 Big Bird Interior
As fate would have it, Andy eventually joined the club he had known about for 12 years, Twisted Koncepts in Peoria. Andy wishes to thank everyone who helped him throughout the build of Big Bird, including Brian Bong, Jared Remelius, Denny Kissner, Ryan Bernius, Aaron Lannert, and most importantly, his girlfriend and truck detailer Alexis Adams. Her support not only ensured Andy stayed on track, but also guarantees that wherever the Chevy is, it’s spotlessly clean. Andy may have been mistakenly seen as someone that just rode around with the truck guys, but Big Bird proved it was in his blood and passion all along.
Photo 4/11   |   1990 Chevy 1500 Big Bird Engine

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1990 Chevy 1500
Owner and City/State: Andy Remelius; Peoria, Illinois
Club Affiliation: Twisted Koncepts
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Dominator 2,600lb ’bags, hand-made upper and lower control arms from Little Drop Shop
Rear Suspension: Dominator 2,600lb ’bags, ladder bars with Panhard bar powdercoated, 2x3 box tube back half, two 480 Viair compressors
Drivetrain:
Engine: 350 small-block, mild cam, headers, air-gap intake, aluminum valve covers
Body/Paint: Shaved taillights, door handles, bodyline, wipers, Ford Mustang Screaming Yellow paint, purple-and-blue flames with orange pinstriping all by Sam Redding
Interior: Fiberglass painted to match, Budnik billet steering wheel with painted ring to match, billet shifter with billet knob
Stereo: Kenwood head unit, 6-inch Memphis components, two 10-inch Memphis subwoofers, four-channel Axxera amplifiers
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x10; Centerline Archer II
Tires: 265/35/22r; Nitto

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