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"El Meano"
El Camino
Light Maple Metallic & Ultra Bright Silver
It was nicknamed and known to some by "HaulinSS" for many years. I had the plate when I lived in Michigan. Unfortunately, that name was taken when I relocated to Indiana. Best I could get was "EL MEANO", so that's why it's still kinda both. I don't particularly like it having a different name than what's on the plate...I'm weird I guess, so hence the "a.k.a.".
Mom bought new in 1983. I started driving it my Junior year of H.S. in 1989, and have had it ever since. Still have my first car...and mom's receipt for it! Going on over 31 years now...
Never getting rid of it because I've heard way too many "wish I still had it" stories!
Both my kids swear they're getting it... Planning on building another one with my son for his own instead! ;-)
1983 Chevrolet El Camino (Light Maple Metallic & Ultra Bright Silver)

Taken in front of the dealership it was purchased at new in September of 1983.


GM Performance Parts ZZ-3 crate engine; Powermaster 100A chrome alternator; lots of chrome & billet; Jeep steering shaft upgrade; Caprice Master Cylinder & Wilwood Prop Valve; stainless brake lines; Dual electric fans on custom aluminum shroud behind a 3-row HD radiator; K&N filter & breather; Holley Street Avenger 650cfm carb. with painted throttle body and chrome float bowl kit; Accel Super Coil; Mallory 8.8 wires; Braided Stainless hoses & hose covers; Billet pulleys; A/C compressor converted to supply air suspension. Allstar Performance 3.23 gears on 7.5" GM Disc-Type Limited Slip; TCI Streetfighter TH350 trans. & convertor; Pro-Form Aluminum Diff. Cover.
Recaro buckets; billet wheel with carbon-look half-wrap; Cyberdyne digital gauges in billet panel; '87 Monte Carlo dash panels; custom center console; carbon-look & chrome graphic inserts; custom door panels; paint & graphics; Cranberry Tweed; Burgundy Vinyl; 1" thick Bowtie graphic headliner; B&M Megashifter floor shifter; 90's Monte Carlo rearview mirror with map lights; tinted windows.
Custom wrap-around graphics paint (Light Maple Metallic & GM Ultra Bright Silver w/ low-strength Black airbrushing in PPG Global, House of Kolor Cardinal Red striping); hand-made billet grille (made before you could buy them for G's); ground effects; custom Billet & Carbon-look "SS" emblems; Fiberglass front air dam with frenched LED driving lamps; Fiberglass rear roll pan, custom billet taillight covers; 80's Trans Am rear wing; side-access tailgate; carbon-look wrapped plate bucket; custom hard tonneau; custom ZL-1 style, fully-functional cowl induction/extractor hood; ELCOHaulicSS Hood Strut conversion kit.
750W sound system: Alpine HALO-9 head, Alpine amp, BBE processor, Blaupunkt 10's in ported enclosures with Lexan fronts, 5.25" components, 6.5" midbass drivers, 6.5" components in the bed.
LED headlamps & bulbs throughout; OPT-7 AURA RGB LED Underbody & Interior kits.
Stainless shorty Headers, 2.5" custom bent tubing; Flowmaster 50-Series Mufflers with turn downs at the axle.
Bell Tech 2100 2" Drop Spindles (S-10); custom-built air ride: Self-fabricated S-10-based front spacer cups, custom-designed & built rear cups, Firestone 255C 2500# bags F&R, 3/8" lines, 1/2" electric valves, 5 gallon tank, dual 480C compressors, engine-driven compressor; KYB Gas-A-Just shocks; Boxed upper & lower factory rear control arms; F&R GM Sway bars painted, w/ Energy Suspension Urethane Bushings; Corvette C5 front & rear disc brake upgrades with drilled & slotted rotors, stainless lines & Russel SST braided hoses, Russel Speed-Bleeders; Fly-N-Bye rear caliper brackets; self-fabricated front caliper brackets, & OE rotors converted to hubs.
Wheel and Tire
Tucking custom-built Pro Billet "TwistedSS-5" billet wheels: 18x8 front (4.75" BS), 19x10 rear (5.125" BS) with a fat 5" lip; Nitto 555G2 tires: 225/45 front, 275/40 rear; Gorilla hidden valve stems; Tuner lugs with red anodized dust caps & carbon-look accents.