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Chevrolet El Camino third generation 1968 to 1972

Chevrolet El Camino for 1968 is still on the Chevelle platform  and the trim features it sports-both inside and out- are from the Malibu. Optional choices include carpeting, cloth with vinyl or an all cloth bench seat or the vinyl Strato buckets with a center console. Other optional offers in  “68 include  posi-traction and front power disk brakes to increase stopping power. The high performance SS is introduced  in ’68 with two choices. The  basic 396 cu in engine produces 325 bhp (242 kW) or you can kick it up a notch to a version putting out 350 bhp (260 kW). Back on the options list is an engine not seen since ’66 – the L78 supplying 375 bhp (280 kW) its equipped with solid lifters, big port heads and topped off by the Holly 800 cfm carburetor bolted to the low rise aluminum intake. All models come with the basic three on a tree standard but the automatic and a four speed standard transmission are available as an option for the Super Sport in 1968.

For the 1969 model year all the changes are minor ones with a slightly rounded front clip and the four headlight set up is connected by a chrome bar in the grill with the slotted front  holding the clearance lights. The interior has four round pods for the instruments and optional equipment includes power windows and power door locks. The tried and true 350 V8 is available for the El Camino for the first time in ’68. The SS power options display the SS emblem in a blacked out grill and the engine is  under a double dome hood. The basic 396 cu in engine puts out 265 horse power or a 325 hp version is another choice, but also on the table are a 350 hp version or the ultimate 396 SS  will deliver 375 hp (280 kW).

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The El Camino for 1970 has a more squared up look outside and the interior as well receives a makeover. The El Camino in select models, can now be ordered with the largest power plant in the GM arsenal, the LS6 454 cu in engine putting out 450 hp (336 kW) and producing 500 ft-lb of torque. This combo enables the  El Camino to do the quarter mile in the 13 second range and reach a top speed of 108 mph (174kmh). The SS396 still displays “396” emblems and the basic engine is still the same but it has been bored to 402 cu in (6.6 L) now.Capture

Again in 1971 the El Camino gets a revised front clip with the grill now holding two double lens headlights and the bumper holds the parking lights, signals, and side marker lights. The EPA order for the ’71 model year is “reduce emissions” so lower compression and the exhaust cleansing catalytic converter have dropped the output of all the GM engines. The power is further reduced with the addition of the GM “A.I.R.” system to the exhaust which does help with emission reductions.  The LS6 454 is gone, never to return as an option and the newest model addition to the lineup is the rebadged “G.M.C. Sprint” with similar lines and also the same power train as the El Camino.

Other than the El Camino having side marker lights moved to the fenders in 1972 there are no other obvious changes The numbers for horse power ratings took another drop with the more accurate net figures being used; although the actual output is no different than the ’71 models. The SS versions have a “W” added to their VIN number and can be equipped with any engine and transmission combination available from Chevrolet Division.


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2 weeks ago

Muscle Car Fan

Friend searching for a 66-67 set of Chevelle Doors and a Trunk lid Contact Pat pjimprov@yahoo.com ...

Friend searching for a 66-67 set of Chevelle Doors and a Trunk lid Contact Pat   pjimprov@yahoo.com

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Why do people keep putting mopars down the best of the best

Jack the radiator cap up n drive a dodge under it..fixed..

I know where there is an SS for sale asking 8500 needs restoring ?

Make your own...

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3 weeks ago

Muscle Car Fan

These guys haul anything. Friends of mine I have known for 10+ years ...

3 weeks ago

Muscle Car Fan

How NOT to load a classic car with a 3 on the tree. Recent car hauler experience caught on camera. ...

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Why didn't the guy drive it up there for him since the hauler could NOT and save a clutch and battery

Come on people send somebody that can drive a stick hard to watch

I would have but then that puts the liability on me I could’ve drove it up there in 30 seconds. We didn’t hire the car hauler. And I stated several times even to the dispatcher send me someone that can drive a clutch three on the tree. And of course they didn’t

If you know of a good car hauler or car haulers that aren’t brokers please let me know

Jesus christ. I can't watch it any more. That dipity doo dah needs to get out and let them drive it up

Must have been a new clutch as it still drives good

I’ll be moving to Kankakee in a month or so, shoot me your info please?

Wow not good! Lol

Get in it and drive it for him dam it !

first gear would work!!!!!!!

Grown ass man couldn't drive a manual

Ugh, painful to watch 🥺

Thomas Photsios

Nancy Hillewaere Crittenden 😫

Way to watch him toast the clutch?????

I took a video of this one because the last one which was a 61 Catalina 389 three on the tree the idiot driver wouldn’t take it out of third gear. I wasn’t there to stop him. And of course he burned up the clutch

Back and down . IDIOT.!!!!

Moron.

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4 weeks ago

Muscle Car Fan

Any ideas of the make and model car? ...

Any ideas of the make and model car?

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Definitely from Pontiac I'd say 58 to 63

This speedometer assembly belongs to a 1961 Chevy coupe or sedan, Maybe a Biscayne or Impala, be-lair🚦

Looks like 60 Pontiac. Seem to recall my uncles Pontiac had that.

Early 60,s ford,to small for galaxy, more like comet or falcon

Looks like a early/ mid 60's Ford dash,for a falcon or a Fairlane

60’s Ford Mustang

Plymouth..50s.

Love the variety of answers.

Early 60’s molars? DeSotos were wider, Dodge maybe

Cadillac Plymouth ford mustang

50's Mopar...not sure of the make

definitely looks like ford late fifties maybe

Ford fairlane 64 maybe

60’s Corvair Monza

'63 Pontiac tempest

Definitely looks "Ford like"60's era

60’s Ford , I think 🤔!!

Nope! Looks like part of a dash to me! 🤣🤣🤣😂😂

68 Ford Mustang

Couldn’t begin to even guess but sure brings back memories

Not sure on the year but i'm going to say american motors

1960 pontiac

I believe it’s a Ford Falcone 62 or 63

65 ford comet

It's American from the Midwest

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4 weeks ago

Muscle Car Fan

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! ...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS..

nice Road Runner love to have and merry Christmas to all of y'all Amen

Merry Christmas to all !!!

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I want that green ‘70 Santa. Merry Christmas.

MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎁

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!⛄⛄

Awesome looking Roadrunner

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Nice color!!

Merry Christmas

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Roadrunner or GTX?

Merry Christmas

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