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Old 09-20-2005, 07:06 PM
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Default Approximate value of a 1959 El Camino?

Hey everyone!

Well, it's been a while since I've posted here. Been real busy over the summer and being a college student and all, but I can never forget about my El Camino buddies.

Anyway, I took my '87 to some shows recently and even won some trophies with it, and restored my NEED for another El Camino after I sell this one off.

As some of you may know, I've been wanting to sell my '87 for a while now because it's so original and I want something I can tinker with. I've been thinking a lot about 1959 El Caminos and I think I may want one after selling my '87. Do any of you know how much they usually run for? I'm looking for something with fairly new paint and little or no rot. What I'd like to do is put in a crate 350 to combine new technology with the old.

Anyway, your help is always appreciated. Thanks, guys!

P.S. - Anyone have some other suggestions other than '59? I'm still open to a lot of ideas for the replacement. Thanks again! -L
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:14 PM
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The 59-60 ALL have some rust unless you get one that has been fixed already. A decent one that has all the parts and runs, drives and stops with reasonable interior and paint will be $10K. Can go much higher. You can find for less, but then you have to do all the repairs and rebuilding. You will have $10K in it by the time you are done and that will not be anywhere near show condition. Depends oin how much work you do yourself as to how much you can keep the costs down.

A crate 350 is not really any technology improvement over the stock 283. Both small block Chevys. Any small block will respond to better intake, headers and some cam swapping. Many of the 59 have the 235 six, that is a decent engine, but parts availability is a little tough. Plus power wise they are not real high. A good improvement for any of the automatic cars would eb to upgrade to a turbo350 or even better an OD automatic.

My daily driver 60 has a 283 with turbo350 and 3.08 rear gears. My in-progress 59 will have a 350 with 700R4 and deciding on rear gears still. You can not go wrong with the 59 and 60 El Caminos, only going up in value and becoming more desireable as time goes on.
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I just got into ownership of a 1959 El Camino in May 2010. Truck was outstanding in its field from 1988 to 2010 when I found it. Fortunately, the field was in relatively dry El Paso Texas. It was buried up to its hubs in mud - we had to drag it out and back a trailer under it to get it out of there. It was all there with virtually nothing missing and stock except for replacement interior. I didn't know if it would run, but I took a chance and paid $5,000 for it. After a year of replacing or repairing virtually all mechanical components except engine and rear end, it's now my daily driver. However, with the additional $7,000 in parts and labor, this restoration won't be cheap. And I still have a possible engine overhaul (it's a 235 cu in 6) and paint and interior to go. But I just love the look of these vehicles.



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Thats one awesome Camino
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Don't be in a hurry yo buy. Keep sticking money away for the right one so hoh can snap it up.I also love 59's. I would put a 427 or built 348 in it because I love the looks, especially the porcupine valve covers and tri-power
I also love my 64. Everywhere I drive it people come up talk to me about it. Be prepared to spend lots of loot!!
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