Bought as a weekend driver and a project to occupy downtime while stationed out in 29 Palms, CA. Turned out to be a great project to entertain and frustrate a small group of friends and gearheads, haha.
1980 Chevrolet El Camino (Blue)
Had a mildly worked over 1970 350 4-bolt .030 over, stock crank and rods, flattop pistons, cast iron 76cc heads with mild porting, 1.5 roller rockers, large lift hydraulic flat tappet (lift unknown), victor jr intake, edelbrock 650 carb, MSD 6al box, long tube headers and 3" flowmasters. Burned oil like crazy. Decided to pull motor after starter ate the flexplate, took it to a local engine builder. Finished product: Same block with clean-up hone, stock crank (turned), Scat forged I-beams, Keith Black hypereutectic flattops (5cc trench cut), Comp Cams .520/.540 roller, Procomp 64cc aluminum heads (assembled), TRW 1.5 roller rockers, same Victor Jr intake, Holley 750 mechanical double pumper, Holley 130gph fuel pump and 4-9 psi regulator, Edelbrock waterpump, same ignition. Compression ratio of 10.2:1.
Bench seat removed and a pair of Scat buckets installed, column shifter removed and B&M ratchet floor shifter installed by previous owner. Had one of the crew install a dash cover and another install an Autogage tach and voltmeter/oil pressure/water temp gauge. Prior owner also had a full sound system installed, to include a sub and amplifier in the rear storage compartment.
Already had a coat of blue paint and the black stripes on the hood when I bought it. Noticed some body work had been done previously tho, the bubbles and pockmarks under the paint show in several places due to the poor quality. Chrome has also been removed but I enjoy the look. Overall not too bad for the time being.
Turbo 350, running to 3.73 gears in the stock 7.5" rear. Had a 3K stall in it when purchased, swapped it out for a 2K B&M stall due to the hills in this area.
Stock suspension, replaced air shocks in rear. Have a full Energy Suspension bushing kit to replace original bushings in the future.
Wheel and Tire
Aftermarket set installed by previous owner