Welcome to the 70s. After years of cars getting better (1940s < 1950s < 1960s) there was a time called the 70s...and...well...just keep reading. You know you have always wanted an El Camino. After all, the name is Spanish for the Camino. You can be the coolest dude at the local 7-11 if you buy this 1970 Chevrolet El Camino for $3800 bucks in Long Beach (STRONG BEACH) California. This post is part of DT's 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!
The owner presents lots of pictures from the outside showing tons of cool patina. There are some minor rust bubbling issues on the body panels at lower extremities of many panels. Nothing looks too bad, and even though it is California any car of this vintage would likely get some rust. The important thing is that all the panels look original, and all body gaps look decent. It does not appear that there is any body damage due to an accident.
There is no engine shot present, but if you have seen one 350 chevy, you have seen them all. The owner describes lots of go fast parts, but doesn’t actually state if the car runs. Unless the engine number matches the vehicle, I personally would get a 350 TBI engine out of an 80s or 90s van or pickup, complete with the accessories (especially AC and PS), and run the engine on mega squirt.
There are a couple of shots of the interior, it looks pretty good overall, and the owner states he has door seals from OPGI which helps immensely with the driving enjoyment.
If I bought this car want the 4L60 or 700R4 automatic overdrive trans from the same van or truck. Yeah…an LS swap would be a little bit more trouble, but a lot more $, and I would only want to build a nice cruiser. I would treat the rust with some rust stopper from Eastwood…make sure the suspension and brakes were nice and tight, add a decent stereo, and drive around bumping NWA’s Boyz N Tha hood (A CAR ROLLS UP…WHO CAN IT BE…A FRESH EL CAMINO ROLLING KILO G).
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Al is an accomplished life long auto enthusiast. This affliction landed him in Detroit for several years working as an engineer in the auto industry. When he is not busy scanning Daily Turismo, Craigslist or one of the other fine car sites for great finds he works as an engineer on baggage tractors, or hones his tolerance for BS by landlording.