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Username Post: Favorite El Camino        (Topic#217431)
MANNY805 
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05-21-09 04:25 PM - Post#1702206    

i am curious what is your favorite year of el camino and why?

1980 El Camino


 
USMCVietVet 
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05-21-09 05:30 PM - Post#1702249    
    In response to MANNY805

1970 cause i bought a new SS off the showroom and later had another which i sold stupidly. the first went to the ex --currently have an 68 Elko but i'm fine with that--Glenn

I was--glenn's 3rd 55 previously
55 chevy 210 2 door 350/4L60 RIP(gone)-and missed!!

-1967 CAMARO--red Z-28 /4speed

02 dodge diesel pickup chipped and no muff 6 speed
13 Honda Ridgeline
06 Honda Ridgeline
14 Honda CRF 250 L


 
MANNY805 
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05-21-09 06:51 PM - Post#1702312    
    In response to USMCVietVet

a 1970 is what i want to get after i finish with my 1980. that sucks you lost both of them

1980 El Camino


 
elcamino 
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05-21-09 08:08 PM - Post#1702373    
    In response to MANNY805

Was at dealer looking for a Chevelle SS in spring of 1972. The dealer (big dealer) did not have any nor could I find one anywhere in the Grand Rapids area. Then a salesman said that another salesman had just got in a 72 El Camino SS350 demo. Each salesman got a demo vehicle to drive and this is what this salesman had. He had not seen the vehicle after the side decal was installed because I bought it that day and he was on vacation that week. He came back and his demo was gone. He used to needle me about that every time I went back and I went back often because it broke down a lot.

The flame decal was a late 72 model year dealer installed accessory. I never seen another like it in person. They also had a version (Eagle) for regular pickups and the dealer had on display.


btw - The paint color is midnight bronze

The 1st weekend I had the elky I got pulled over by the state coppers. I was speeding but the cop said he pulled me over because he owned a El Camino and wanted to see this one up close. All he said was slow down because I was easy to spot with this rig.

Mike
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wagonman100 
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05-22-09 03:30 AM - Post#1702445    
    In response to elcamino

'59 is my favorite year, followed closely by '70. I like my '78, but it was bought for hauling parts, not for it's looks. I only improved upon it because it was used as a test bed for doing custom bodywork.

Jay
Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon


 
74MonteCarlo 
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05-22-09 05:27 AM - Post#1702489    
    In response to wagonman100

77 SS.



 
jb2wheeler 
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05-22-09 12:48 PM - Post#1702694    
    In response to 74MonteCarlo

1959 is my favorite year and it was also the first Elky I bought. My dad totaled the 59 after I gave it to him and then he bought a 1960 and it was not near as good as the 59 was. I also had a 64 and now have the 74 and the 78. The 74 is in almost perfect condition and the 78 is not very good. JB

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bowtieollie 
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05-22-09 04:30 PM - Post#1702816    
    In response to MANNY805

Mine?

I like all of them - but my favorite is the 1970 also.

I think GM Design did an outstanding job with the one year only design of the front end. Throw in a Cowl Induction hood - and I just don't think it can get much better.

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Rollinkaos 
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05-22-09 06:49 PM - Post#1702939    
    In response to bowtieollie

My favorite is 77 mainly because that was my 1st Elco. My dad had a 68 SS with a 396 , man that car was cool... that would be a close 2nd.

63 Fleetside 350 / 4 speed


 
100 CHEVY 
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05-22-09 07:24 PM - Post#1702963    
    In response to Rollinkaos

My favorites are 68 thru 72.
I have a 67.
Something funny:
There was a 67 SS El Camino on Craig's list a couple weeks ago.
I thought it was cheap considering it is probably the only one that exists!
Mike.

"You gonna leave it like that?
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Randy_W 
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05-23-09 03:57 AM - Post#1703094    
    In response to 100 CHEVY

Yea, you could get the SS equipment, not the name.

Randy

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Randy_W 
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05-23-09 04:00 AM - Post#1703096    
    In response to MANNY805

I had a '69 and a '78 They were both 350 cars, the '78 was an SS. Both oddly enough were maroon. If I was building a performance type driver, I'd build a '78 and up. If I was strictly building for looks, etc... '68-'72.

Randy

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Old_Longboarder 
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05-23-09 07:50 AM - Post#1703174    
    In response to Randy_W

1964

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DonSSDD 
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05-23-09 12:45 PM - Post#1703317    
    In response to Old_Longboarder

I like the 59, if I was to get another, a 64-65.

Don

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towtruckguy 
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05-23-09 09:31 PM - Post#1703536    
    In response to DonSSDD

i like 59 if they have the side mouldings..i had 2 59 now i have a 71

Forget about the House, How big is the Damn Garage

60 Sedan delivery
61-63 Chevy crewcabs
64 Gmc stageway (suburban airport limo)
61 Cadillac el camino
70 el camino
71 chevelle conv
70 chevelle wagon
60-66 chevy trucks
65 chopped panel


 
Jalapeno 
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05-26-09 05:59 PM - Post#1705149    
    In response to Randy_W

  • Randy_W Said:
If I was building a performance type driver, I'd build a '78 and up.



Randy, if you were building a 78-87, what mods would you do? Specifically engine and trans.

Jalapeno


 
jb2wheeler 
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05-26-09 06:47 PM - Post#1705176    
    In response to Jalapeno

  • Jalapeno Said:
  • Randy_W Said:
If I was building a performance type driver, I'd build a '78 and up.



Randy, if you were building a 78-87, what mods would you do? Specifically engine and trans.


Well, I am not Randy, but my opinion on that subject is an LS2. JB

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USMCVietVet 
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05-26-09 06:58 PM - Post#1705183    
    In response to jb2wheeler

I'm not Randy either but i'd use the ZZ4 engine with the 4L60 OD trans set up to shift on pressure not computer--but thats just me--Glenn

I was--glenn's 3rd 55 previously
55 chevy 210 2 door 350/4L60 RIP(gone)-and missed!!

-1967 CAMARO--red Z-28 /4speed

02 dodge diesel pickup chipped and no muff 6 speed
13 Honda Ridgeline
06 Honda Ridgeline
14 Honda CRF 250 L


 
Randy_W 
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05-26-09 07:05 PM - Post#1705186    
    In response to USMCVietVet

Well, I am Randy and I would use either an LT1/4L60E, which I have a lot of experience with and love the torque/h.p. combo or an LS whatever and 4L60E because they make so much power so easily.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 
jb2wheeler 
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05-26-09 08:36 PM - Post#1705239    
    In response to Randy_W

The LS engine makes more sense for that model because of the light weight and long wheelbase you need as much weight off the front as possible, much more than a shorter wheelbase car. Now for the big monsters like my 74 with its 1 inch smaller wheelbase a huge..er..I mean..big block makes more sense because you need torque to move all that weight. JB

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Randy_W 
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05-27-09 03:19 AM - Post#1705286    
    In response to jb2wheeler

JB, it would take a strong big block to out run an LS2 properly tuned and then it would suffer badly in the stopping, handling and mpg catagories.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 
jb2wheeler 
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05-27-09 10:03 AM - Post#1705532    
    In response to Randy_W

  • Randy_W Said:
JB, it would take a strong big block to out run an LS2 properly tuned and then it would suffer badly in the stopping, handling and mpg catagories.


Maybe...but you will not find an LS motor with the torque that my 540 has, and I specifically built mine to have low torque in favor of higher and quicker RPMs. JB

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Randy_W 
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05-27-09 11:27 AM - Post#1705562    
    In response to jb2wheeler

I understand 540's, I ran a pair for years in my Donzi. If torque is the goal cubes rule. Having said that, an LS7 crate motor with stage 3 cam makes exactly 600 h.p. and 530 ft lbs. Not bad for a 427 LS motor which is essentially a small block.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

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MrCryptic 
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05-28-09 06:48 AM - Post#1706077    
    In response to Randy_W

hey ya'll

the ones i like the best are the early 70's and the 80's

I'm a 90's kid but i grew up with a brother who grew up in the 80's so everything in that era rubbed off onto me, the boxy front ends gets me, but i still ogle the classics.

i currently have an 81

1981 Chevy El Camino (305)


 
jb2wheeler 
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05-28-09 10:47 AM - Post#1706229    
    In response to MrCryptic

Welcome to the board, take care of that 81. What kind of shape is it in? Around here we are photo fanatics, hint hint. JB

If you can't hum it, it ain't music! http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&am p...


 
Masamunect 
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05-28-09 10:27 PM - Post#1706685    
    In response to jb2wheeler

My favorite El Camino?

Well mine of course!



It's not restored or anything but yah know, it's still cool.

1968 Impala
1964 El Camino
1962 Mercedes 190C (I need a welder)
1946 Willis Jeep


 
MrCryptic 
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05-29-09 01:30 PM - Post#1707033    
    In response to Masamunect

very overall clean looking car there Masamunect!

1981 Chevy El Camino (305)


 
Masamunect 
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05-29-09 03:56 PM - Post#1707142    
    In response to MrCryptic

Thank you!
You should see the frame.


Just as solid if not more.


1968 Impala
1964 El Camino
1962 Mercedes 190C (I need a welder)
1946 Willis Jeep


 
elkiebob 
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06-09-09 05:43 PM - Post#1714207    
    In response to Masamunect

Same here. Mine. 1980 El Camino.

I didn't touch it, really.


 
shakatak 
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07-03-09 04:19 PM - Post#1728521    
    In response to elkiebob

Hi All

New here seems like a nice bunch of people.

I would have to say my favorite years are 65 and 69.

I'd post a picture of my 1969 SS 396 Elky, but haven't figured it out yet.

Happy 4th of July to all and God bless America.



 
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