The badges on the front fenders say ‘350’ and that’s what lives inside, although in this case, it’s a fresh Vortec crate motor with a full roller valve train from a late-model. Up top there’s an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb, an aluminum intake, and a set of long-tube headers feeding a custom Flowmaster exhaust system. It’s dressed to look fairly OEM with some flash, offering an open-element air cleaner and chrome valve covers to match. A big radiator keeps it cool without making you nervous, and a late-model serpentine belt drive system for the accessories offers a neat slot just waiting for an A/C compressor. Power steering and power front disc brakes are welcome upgrades and there are boxed control arms out back, so this pickup hooks up a lot better than you’d expect. Tallish gears in the 12-bolt rear are great for cruising and the big block doesn’t need a lot of gear to deliver neck-snapping acceleration. Original-style Rally wheels look right and wear staggered 235/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Firestone radials.


Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

See listing: crate engine 1969 Chevrolet El Camino SS vintage (from December 10, 2017)