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Old 12-27-2010, 10:21 PM
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I've checked plenty of sites and none detail what actually makes certain El Camino body types/models distinctive. Specifically 5th Gen, I'm curious as to what mine is and what defines it to be what it is. I know that they came in four models: Super Sport, El Camino, Royal Knight, and Conquista. The Choo-Choo special edition was also an option.

I have an 84' 5L 307 Small Block V8.

I see a lot of members have these model types selected in their user information so I'm assuming it's something more obvious than I think. Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:52 PM
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The Generations are based off of the model year of the Elk in question. Each generation under went a body restyling hence the successive generations. Just take a look at the new Camaro it is a 5th Gen, since it is on the 5th body restyle since inception. If you take a look at:
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:44 AM
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I've read through that wiki before but it doesn't explain why one is called a Conquista and another a Royal Knight and so on. I understand about the generational body change, but I'm questioning the body types within the 5th generation. If someone said, "I have an El Camino Conquista" how would you know? Was it based on year or something physical about the exterior or interior of the car? I've looked them all up but almost all the images have similar looking car styles. That's more of what I'm asking.

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It's just badging/decals, all cosmetic stuff. Back in the day an SS designation got you some performance upgrades but not when it came to 5 gen Els. Some were sold as GMC's (Cabelleros?) but they are the same as all other 5th gens.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:34 AM
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The only way that you would really know the truth is to look at the build sheet. I have a 79 Royal Knight, SS. In the later years it was just smoke and mirrors! If you want a true muscle car you need to reach back to the 60s and early 70s. After about the mid 70s the government got their panties all bunched up and screwed over all the American auto makers!
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:50 AM
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Ok good to know. I just figured I'd try and find out since I never really knew and my 84' doesn't have any decals or indications about its type. Thanks!
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im likely incorrect, so please please correct me for myself and everyone!!!
years ago i was told the SS was created by these things...
engine, posi-traction rear, guages with tach, bucket seats, dual sport mirrors, and a couple other simple cosmetics.
so, HOW INCORRECT IS THIS!?!? its good info for everyone to know. im still unsure about my '78 as well.
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im likely incorrect, so please please correct me for myself and everyone!!!
years ago i was told the SS was created by these things...
engine, posi-traction rear, guages with tach, bucket seats, dual sport mirrors, and a couple other simple cosmetics.
so, HOW INCORRECT IS THIS!?!? its good info for everyone to know. im still unsure about my '78 as well.
Way back when you could go to a dealer and take an order sheet and literally "build" your car, you could get the SS option with a 6 cyld. and a three speed bench seat and standard gauge cluster. It went from an option to a model then back to an option depending on year. I'm pretty sure all 5th gens were a cosmetic package ( stripes and badges) not so much performance.
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Old 12-29-2010, 04:30 PM
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Thats true. 5th gens were more badges and crap. One guy told me that he could beat me in a race because i didnt have an SS! I said WHAAAAAATTTTT?????!!! SS's came with 305's and there isnt anything close to a 305 under my hood. Long story short, I smoked him and said "HA!" U got beat buy a car that wasnt an SS! 355 sbc btw!
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Way back when you could go to a dealer and take an order sheet and literally "build" your car, you could get the SS option with a 6 cyld. and a three speed bench seat and standard gauge cluster. It went from an option to a model then back to an option depending on year. I'm pretty sure all 5th gens were a cosmetic package (stripes and badges) not so much performance.
I believe the 64 Chevelle was the only A-Body Chev that you could get the SS package with a six cylinder. I'm not certain, but I think the 65 SS would have a 327 in it.
When 66 rolled around, the SS was ONLY available with a 396. and 68 was he first year of the SS 396 ElCamino.

By 71-72 you could get the SS package with a 350, but the big block cars required the SS package.

By 74-75 the six cylinder was no longer available in any of the elkys until the 5th gen cars and the coming of the v-6.

As far as the different names on the 5th gen cars-----trim level and price difference.
More insulation, better stereos, nicer seat coverings and interior appointments
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