Your Ride: 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Some people may find weeding through scrap metal and stripped cars in a junkyard to be an ordeal, but not Michael Fink. Rummaging through a yard full of old Chevelles and El Caminos to find the completely gutted shell of an old drag car was Fink’s dream. After procuring the perfect shell for just under $700, Fink restored the El Camino to the beauty you see above. He shares the story behind the overhaul with BoldRide below. BoldRide: What have you done to make it a bolder ride? Fink: I had two El Caminos. One I was using purely for parts and the other that I bought with intentions of using the body to build my El Camino from the ground up. I overhauled the motor from a 454 Big Block bored .60” to a 468 ci. The transmission is a M21 close ratio Muncie 4 speed. The rear is a 12 bolt 3.73 gear with Richmond gear PowerTrax Posi. The rear control arms are boxed lift arms and the upper arms are adjustable. The shocks with this set up gets great traction at the track and no wheel hop. What was most challenging about the restoration process? It was more frustrating than challenging in my case. I converted my El Camino from an automatic to a 4 speed manual shift. I ordered a new flywheel from GM and they ended up sending me the wrong one. Little did I know it was incorrect and I put it all together. Then I began having all sorts of problems. It took a while before I figured out what it was. What do you love about it? Driving my El Camino is a blast. It is a torque monster. I barely touch the gas and it smokes the tires. What’s a dream accessory you'd love to get for it and why? A new Tremec TKO 600 5 speed transmission because that's the best on the market. It'd also make the car easier to drive and it would have better gas mileage. And I would love to add a blower to the motor.
What do you feel like when you drive it? Like a teenager back in high school. I had a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 4 speed back then and it was the hottest car around! Driving my car makes me happy no matter how bad I feel. When I get in and fire up that Big Block, I always smile and feel better. What is an inside fact about the El Camino that only an owner would know? The El Camino is every bit as much of a muscle car as the LS6 Chevelle SS 454 or a LS5 Chevelle SS 454. People don't always think so, but it’s the same car with a pickup bed attached. What's your favorite memory of your car? In October of 2011, in Rockingham, North Carolina, I won a plaque for Best in Class Street Class at the Super Chevy Show at the Rockingham Dragway. I even got a jacket. It was a very proud moment. What’s your favorite place to drive it and why? I like to drive to car shows and cruise-ins because I meet new people that have a love for cars like I do. I’d die to go on the Hot Rod Power Tour because if your car makes the tour - there and back without any breakdowns - you know you have a great ride. And the bragging rights that accompany that are endless. THE BASICS Make: Chevrolet Model: El Camino Year: 1970 Price (base when new): $3500 - $4000 Estimated Price (now with restoration): $20,000 Engine: 7.7L V8 Horsepower: 500 hp Torque: 550 lb-ft Car Type: Muscle Car See more of the 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS here Have a Bold Ride you would like us to consider? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!