1969 Chevrolet ElCamino SS396
I purchased the El Camino in 1998 from a friend, who in turn purchased it from the original owner of 27 years, and am happy to say, it is an original black plate, California native. The restoration had already been started by being stripped of the old paint and put in primer. I then continued with the restoration by putting patch panels (small ones) in some minor rust spots in the fenders & quarters, and fixed a few small dents. The original color scheme was silver w/black accent stripe on the tailgate, and since there was no paint code on the body tag, I decided to flip the color scheme to black w/silver accent. This being the case, I blocked & blocked & re-blocked it until I was absolutely satisfied it was as straight as it would ever be. Once again, I used Deltron, single-stage black & two-stage silver paint, and color sanded & buffed it. The Car was then reassembled using mostly NOS and refurbished parts (I hate aftermarket, sure they look good, but they fit like shit). Anyway, the engine was rebuilt to stock with new suspension, interior & lots more.
NOTE: In December 2002, the car was used in a GM video commemorating the SS at the 2003 Detroit and Chicago Auto Shows. See link below.
325hp 396ci Engine, 4bbl Carburetor, M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission,
W26 Hurst Dual-Gate Shifter in Console, 3.23:1 12-Bolt Limited-Slip Differential,
FE2 Rally-Sport Suspension, Super Stock I Wheels, Dual Exhaust System,
Black & Silver, Black Interior.
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