A Chevrolet prototype of the El Camino had been in the planning stages since 1952. When Ford introduced the successful Ranchero in ’57 the plans were revived and put into production for the 1959 model year. For this first year the car was well received and initially outsold the competitions Ranchero.
Chevrolet El Camino entered the market on a 119” wheel base as a utility coupe with one trim level available only. This first production run is on a modified version of the two door Brookwood station wagon platform. The chassis is the “Safety Girder” X frame design mounted on full coil suspension; with a load capacity of 650 lbs to 1,150 lbs. depending on the stiffness of the suspension and drive chain chosen. For this first year a rarely seen, possibly problematic option for the uninformed, is the “Level Air suspension system” for the El Camino but only on the 1959 model-the option is dropped from the Chevy lineup at the end of its second year run. The box is lined with corrugated steel sheet metal rather than the wood deck traditionally offered on the pick-ups. The exterior trim is the same as offered on the somewhat upscale Bel-Air but the interior is more along the lines of the more basic Biscayne but any of the power train options available for any full size Chevy product could be chosen. When the model first hit the market place there was controversy regarding the excessively large tail fins, with some people complaining about the cars aerodynamics; the rear end seemed to “float” at high speeds.
.Among the performance engines offered in ‘were a 283-cid Turbo-jet V8 with two- or four-barrel carburetion, as well as the same engine equipped with “Ramjet” fuel injected version producing 290 bhp.. The largest engine is the “Turbo-Thrust” with two versions of this 348 cu in engine available; one mounted with a four barrel, and the hottest power train from the factory in 1959, is the 348 cu in V8 equipped with solid lifters and a triple carb set up developing 315 bhp (235 kW; 319 PS). Bolted to a four speed this version of this El Camino will do 0-60 in 7.0 seconds and can turn in a time of 14 seconds in the quarter mile achieving a top speed of 100 mph when equipped with a drag racing rear axle. The top speed of the '59 El Camino is 130 mph (210 km/h)
The 1960 models have similar lines to ’59 but the most noticeable difference is the rear fins are not so obvious giving this model a less flamboyant; a more conservative look if compared to the 1959 versions. The exterior trim remains along the lines of the Bel-Air while the interior is still the Biscayne with cloth/vinyl seats giving a color scheme choice of gray, blue, or green hues with a black vinyl floor covering included. The same power options are on the market but without any fuel injected choices and the entry level V8 has a small drop in horsepower output but with improved gas mileage. The El Camino could not keep up the projected sales in ’60 with the Fords new smaller Falcon Ranchero the most popular by far; the car model was discontinued from Chevy lineup while the engineers revised their plans.
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The 350 continued
The LT-9 350 variation is often known by its VIN code as the “M code 350”. This 5.7 liter engine is in the K20 and the K30 pickups as well as step-vans and motor homes on the P30 chassis marketed from ’81 to ’86. The engine has a four bolt main bearing configuration with the factory specs listing it as developing 160 bhp at 3500 RPM and producing 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 RPM when equipped with the Rochester Quadrajet carburetor.
In the 1982 model year the only engine available for the Corvette is the L83-350 with 9:1 compression and is coupled to an automatic transmission only will give up 205 bhp and offers 285 lb-ft of torque. The power option in ’82 is a twin throttle body fuel injected version called the cross-fire. There was no production model Corvette in ’83 and therefor no L83 in that year.
The first of the generation four is the new L98 for Corvettes; this 350 is in show rooms for the 1985 model year. The basic equipment tuned-port fuel injection (TPI) allows this version to produce 230 bhp in both ’85 and ’86 but for ’87 through ‘89 it is bumped up to 240 bhp but with the optional 3.07:1 rear axle ratio (’88-’89 only) the engine will develop 245 bhp. The L98-350 d the option of aluminum heads in 1986 , with “D” ports added for the 1987 models and this head option was available for the Corvette until the end of its run in the Corvette in the 1991 model year.
From January 1987 until 1992 the L98-350 is an option for the Firebird and the Camaro with the basic ‘87 edition producing 225 bhp (168 kW) while offering 330 lb-ft of torque but the power option would put out 245 bhp (183 kW) offering 345 lb-ft of torque with a modified hydraulic roller camshaft. For the 1990 model year the output is increased with the cylinder compression upped to 9.5:1 for the Camaro and Firebird while in 1990 the ‘Vette with the same L98 engine offers 10:1 compression.
In the 1987 model year Chevy, GMC, and all the rounded C/K class of trucks including the four door crew cab units can be equipped with the L05 version of the 350 engine, as well, the recreational Suburban and the K5 Blazer have this engine. Other G.M. products with the L05-350 as an available option from 1990 through to 1993 with the L05 production ceasing entirely in 1996 include the Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Brougham, Cadillac Fleetwood, Caprice LTZ, Caprice (wagon-an option), and the AMG Hummer H1 for `95-`96. From the 1994 model year until `96 the L05 is replaced by an uptown version called the LT1 in all GM `B`bodies while in the final year the Vortec heads are used in the 1996 G38.
This Studebaker Commander has been modernized inside and out; plus its powered by a Chevy 305, V8 complete with chrome valve covers/ chrome air cleaner. The engine is bolted to a 700R4 automatic transmission with overdrive and ends up at the Chevrolet S-10 differential riding on 16 inch wheels. The sub-frame is from a Camaro with rack and a pinion steering setup like the new Mustang II.
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Tribute to the infamous competition built NASCAR 1957 Chevrolet 150 Sedan known as The Black Widow. This Ram Jet 350 powered Chevy has been fitted with a Rochester style breather assembly, Black Widow paint scheme & matching interior & a 4-speed manual trans...