The engine is a built-up, numbers matching 355 cubic inch small block V8, a strong runner that provides more than enough “oomph” for this “truck-car” to adequately scare the neighbors. Fitted with a few hot-rod parts like roller rockers, forged rods, a QuickFuel 4-barrel carburetor, a ProComp intake, and a set of long-tube headers. Dress-up is limited to a low-profile triangular air cleaner and finned valve covers, but it runs well and pulls the relatively lightweight Elky around with a real authority. The chassis is solid, the floors are clean, and the Flowmaster dual exhaust system has turn-downs that exit on both sides of the car before the rear wheels and sounds great. It’s cool to see the Chevelle’s coil springs under a pickup truck, but they endow the El Camino with wonderful road manners and a pleasant ride, and all the upgrades available for Chevelles are virtual bolt-ons. A 700R4 automatic transmission spins the 12-bolt rear-end, 4-wheel disc brakes bring the Elky to an abrupt stop, and power steering means you can sit back and leisurely cruise whenever you want. Finally, a set of American Racing “Old-Style” wheels wear a set of staggered 245/50/16 performance radials.

Fort Worth, Texas, United States