1959 Chevrolet El Camino
THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD
1959 El Camino; Slight Resto-m0d with a 350/350 fuel injected Ram Jet with 700R transmission and disc brakes, also has PW and PL. This is not a muscle car nor a hot rod; it is a sweat little updated mild custom. The paint on this vehicle is now nearly 16 years old and was built to be a driver but still was good enough for a multi-page feature in Chevy High Performance magazine a few years back.
Katrina and I purchased this car in 1999 to be a pick-up to drive to Home Depot and haul stuff with. It hadn’t been in our garage for more than a few days before we started ripping into it for improvements. One thing led to another and before you know it you are deep into a major project.
When we got the car it was powered by a 455 Olds and the motor looked like it had 400,000 miles on it. The interior consisted of two Silverado bucket seats and a huge console out of the same truck. The bed of the El Camino was beaten severely and the paint was dull.
Today, it has a 350/350 fuel injected Ram Jet motor with a 700R4 behind it, disc brakes, PS, PB, Power Windows, Power Locks and Power Antenna. We straightened out the bed out and put a snap on cover over it. We also added Vintage Air, a new set of BFGs. We also redid all the gauges and installed a bench seat and upholstered it to vintage style and redid all the chrome. I buffed and buffed and buffed on the paint until it looked acceptable.
Next up is a complete new wiring harness for the entire car, just don’t like the looks of the old stuff plus the electrical is a little skittish on when it wants to work and when it doesn’t.
PROVENANCE:-Original owner’s manual; reproduction;
-Route 66 San Bernardino, CA 2004 Cruisin Award and Parade of Champions (twice);
-Chevy High Performance Magazine; Feature April 2004;
-Chevy High Performance Magazine Calendar; Issue February 2005, April car;
-Super Chevy Magazine Las Vegas 2003 Editors Choice Top 10 Show Cars.