Pristine Chevy El Camino SS: Your Ride
It’s a car, it’s a truck— no, it’s a Chevy El Camino. The original El Camino was introduced in the U.S. for the 1959 model, and over time, this lovable ute garnered quite the fanbase. One of those El Camino faithful is our reader James, who keeps his SS looking pristine. While he drives all kinds of classic cars, the El Camino is one classic that he says truly tugs at his heartstrings. Here’s his story: RELATED: See Photos of the 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
How did you acquire your ride?
I found it at a small car lot and paid wayyyyyyyyyyy more than it was worth at the time.
What drew you to it when you bought it?
It had all the good stuff!! A big block 454, th400, 12 bolt, power brakes, front discs, buckets floor shift, and a center console.
Does it have a name?
Besides" the money pit"? I call it either the "SS" or "Rat."
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What do you feel like when you drive it?
I feel "connected." I work for a auto auction, so on a daily basis I have the opportunity to drive all kinds of new cars. But the "rat" is so different. I can smell if the carb is running too rich, or I can hear when there is a slight miss in the engine that tells me it's probably time for a tune up. I love the feel of the "horseshoe" shifter in my right hand and the "click, click, click" sound it makes as I upshift or downshift.
What you would change about your car, if anything?
I'd get rid of my chrome Crager SS's and put some American Racing Torque Thrusters on it. I get real tired of trying to keep those Cragers clean.
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What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
I could say a lot of things at this point about upgrades to the suspension and cooling to better induction but I won't. What makes my El Camino a "Bold Ride" happened forty plus years ago before it rolled out of the factory doors. The guys that decided to build a car that's not really a car and a truck that's not really a truck made it a bold ride, not me. It must have had something to do with those "three martini lunches" they had back then.
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Dream accessory for it and why?
Rear disc brakes. I've owned three Corvettes so I'm real big on not only going fast but turning corners and stopping fast too.
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