1978 Chevrolet El Camino 454 V8 from North America
Ownership comes complete with celebrity status
The original 305 V8 engine had already passed away before I purchased this unit, however this era of small blocks were known to be plagued with an untimely demise.
The heater core leaked internally, but was simply bypassed because I store the vehicle for the winter.
The tailgate straps appear to have worn and broken over time.
The original interior was fairly sun dried and crispy due to it's southern origin.
Most of the rubber mouldings and seals have long since dried up.
All fussing aside, my gorgeous little hybrid machine accelerates like a slingshot and rumbles like deep thunder.
The original 3 speed automatic was ditched for a more pleasing manual shift arrangement from a 1981 Chevy Malibu, and a Super T-10 4 speed from an early Camaro.
The original 305 V8 was dumped for a 7.4L 454 V8 from a 1973 Monte Carlo.
Chevrolet has the most impressive interchangeability I have ever seen. Oh the possibilities!
My vehicle is fairly plain as far as toys and trim are concerned, therefore all my controls and equipment are working well.
Fuel economy obviously lacks, but the looks and stares from onlookers are priceless.
These vehicles in stock form were always a little more of a specialty than a true job site beater work truck, however the reasonably simple and almost infinite modifications available can easily make this a true muscle car by any universal standards.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th August, 2002
22nd Aug 2003, 23:13
I would just like to know who posted this remark. I am needing info from this person.
1st Mar 2005, 22:13
I recently bought a 78 El Camino myself. Love the body style of the 78 to 87 El Camino. Haven't really had the time or money too build it up yet, but plans are for a mildly built 327, 700r4, and a possi rear end with 3.73 gears. I'd like too go with Air Ride Tech suspension system.