1979 Chevy El Camino
Hamilton, New Jersey
Body work & painting done by Maaco. The color is a Honda Blue color. Last year I replaced the Windshield, the undercarriage has new brake pads & lines (as well as the proportioning valve), air bags, and shocks. The passenger side floor board needs to be replaced, some rot under the carpeting. The rear axle assembly changed to a 3.73 posi-traction rear. The Rims are a classic & lightweight design, Weld polished aluminum “Draglites”, 15”x 8”, with 4.5” backspace, locking chrome lug nuts. Rear tires are Futura Super Sports, size 275/60R15, no curb rash and less than 500 miles on them! Front tires are 15” x 4” Bridgestone TA radials, giving the car a hooked-up “rake” profile & look! Exhaust is custom built out of 305 Stainless, 2.5 inch, from the front headers to the rear, where you will find a set of “Pypes” race flow mufflers, also 305 stainless steel, also just installed last summer. Oh, bed liner painted in about 2 years ago, Duraliner.
Engine and Transmission
Motor is Bad Ass! In its basic form it’s a 350 Chevy with one piece rear main seal. For those that want “specifics”, here you go – everyone else, just hang in there. Engine has a “roller” timing chain, steel crankshaft with strong 4 bolt mains, LT1 powder rods, LT1 hyperutectic pistons, with plasma molybendium rings, a Bullet Cams steel billet hydraulic roller cam set at 243 degrees at .050, 108 lsa, and a 530 lift. LS1 hydraulic roller lifters, Manley chrome-moly pushrods, stainless steel full 1.5 roller rocker arms, GMPP head gaskets, where we utilized grade 8 Head bolts, coupled to ported Vortec Bowtie heads with 180cc intake ports, Manley valve springs and stainless steel valves, screw in studs and guide plates, with centerbolt tall style valve covers, outside of an Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap for Vortec heads, tightened with ARP intake bolts, Holley Street Avenger 670 Carb; fully built summit racing HEI, aluminum water pump, serpentine belt drive setup, and a 8” SFI Damper, with an SFI flexplate. “Viola!” Oh,
Transmission is a heavy duty Jackson Racing transmission, it’s a rebuilt Turbo 350 S/S (short shaft) with stage 3 shift kit, external trans cooler, mounted to a TC 3,000 Stall convertor, and coupled with a three speed B&M Shift Kit inside. New universal joints installed on driveshaft, and new air bags in the rear suspension springs.
New B&M Shifter & Kit, 5” Tach column mounted, and a three style bank of chrome gauges, (Oil, Water & Amperes). A new dash cover sits atop the dashboard. There is one crack across the center radio speaker area, shame as rest of the dash top is fine. (I have heard they were notorious for cracking, all the little holes drilled through it and then the sun beating on it.) Headliner I put in new last summer, I glued it but too lightly I guess, it droops, so it has to be glued with more glue. Which concludes with ine of the reasons I’m selling it, I simply have no time anymore…That’s about it on the interior, this was going to be the next phase of the ongoing restoration, so not much was done here.
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