The 1973 El Camino in the Dunes! Chevrolet and Ford tussled for decades with their ElCo and Ranchero! The beneficiaries of Car Wars are the Pickup Truck buying public. So many choices – which shall I buy! – You’re the fortunate one because you can own all these Classics you can handle! That’s Right! Chevy El Camino on your walls! Prefer a Ford Ranchero? No Prob Bob! Viva Chas offers them all to you by virtue of the Series on El Camino and Ranchero here at HotRodneyHotRods.com! You can read all about the Generations of both Ford and Chevy car-trucks! This bewdy is complete with dunes at the sea shore Storm Clouds at the beach! What could be more fun! – Get your Print or Product with this and other Automotive Art! You know you want it! Go Get it Now! Click Here ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!!!
1973 El Camino
The 1973 El Camino spelled Redesign! The Chevelle station-wagon chassis made this the biggest of El Camino! Two different trim levels of El Caminos maxed this Generation 4. The base model and SS option shared interior and exterior appointments with the Chevelle Malibu. The El Camino Classic introduced for 1974 shared its trim with the more upscale Chevelle Malibu Classic. Improved suspension and front disc brakes were standard on all ’73 El Caminos. El Caminos shared the “Colonnade” frameless door glass with other Chevelles, and would continue this feature into the next generation as well. Source: ElCo Wiki
Selling Forth Gen ElCos!!
If you make them you gotta sell ’em! Here’s a celebrity touted Chevy El Camino Commercial popular in 1975! – Don’t know the Celeb? – That’s why there’s Google! – Just to say Camino buys knew this guy! Let’s watch it! Video Source: Bionic Disco
1973 El Camino Mills
Cars and Truck aren’t much fun unless you get them moving! – The 307 2-barrel V8 of 115 hp (86 kW) was the base engine. Options included a 350 2-barrel V8 of 145 hp (108 kW), a 350 4-barrel V8 of 175 hp (130 kW), and a 454 4-barrel V8 rated at 245 hp (183 kW). Hardened engine valve seats and hydraulic camshafts made these engines reliable for many miles. Hardened valve seats allowed them to accept unleaded regular gasoline. Three-speed manual transmission was standard on ElCo. And 4-speed manual and Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed automatic transmissions were optional. Crossflow radiators and coolant reservoirs helped prevent overheating on these elegant work-horses! Stats Source: Wiki ElCo
1976 El Camino Restoration!
Hey – Here’s a Treat! – This video starts with a Rust-Bucket ElCo and shows your the work they put into it to make it – A Show Car! – Watch this bewdy to see what’s involved in making an Old Classic new again! Video Source: FixEuro.com Corporate
A Favorite 4th Generation El Camino from VivaChas!
Check into the Hotel California and then head North up Hi-way One to where the Big Trees grow! If you’re cool you’ll be driving a 1973 El Camino up into Northern California. Chevrolet’s 4th Generation of El Camino is quite the ride for a Cruise on up the Coast! Ford and Chevy have been at it for years with their competing El Camino and Ranchero. These rides are Pickup trucks built on station wagon chassis and for the ocean or the shore there’s nothing finer for the drive! Chas Sinklier aka VivaChas from HotRodneyHotRods.com is the automotive artist with the ElCo flare long as it’s to the beach! Get your El Camino print or product now! These rides are classics and they belong in your den or game room! Buy it! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!
1974 El Camino
The 1974 El Caminos sported an elongated, Mercedes-type grille. Inside, the new top-of-the-line El Camino Classic featured luxurious interiors with notchback bench seats (or optional Strato bucket seats) upholstered in cloth or vinyl, carpeted door panels and woodgrain instrument panel trim. The 350 V8 became the base engine and a 400 V8 engine was new this year. The 454, the top engine, was available with the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic or 4-speed manual transmission.
1975 El Caminio
1975 models featured a new grill giving a fresh appearance. The 1975 high energy ignition (HEI) provided spark to the plugs with minimal maintenance and increased power. The larger distributor cap also provided better high-RPM performance by decreasing the likelihood of the spark conducting to the wrong terminal. The 250-cubic-inch in-line six of 105 hp (78 kW) was offered as the base engine. The 454-cubic-inch V8, downrated yet again to 215 horsepower (160 kW) made it into 1975 as an El Camino option. It was not available in California and the optional four-speed stick was no longer offered. Buyers could now choose an Econominder instrument package that included a vacuum gauge to encourage better gas milage.
1976 El Camino
For 1976, El Camino Classic models featured the new rectangular headlights that other high-end GM cars were sporting. These were quad units in stacked arrangement. The base model retained the previously used dual round headlights. Engines included the base 250 I6 engine, a new 140-horsepower 305-cubic-inch V8, two- and four-barrel 350s (with availability still depending on California delivery), and the 400-cubic-inch V8, still good for 175 hp. All engines except the 250 I6 came with the Turbo Hydra-matic automatic transmission as the only transmission available. The 250 I6 came with a 3-speed manual or an optional Turbo Hydra-matic.
The 1977 models were little changed, except the 400 V8 was gone. The El Camino Classic was again the top model and the SS option continued. All Stats Source: Wiki ElCo
And Now for Something Different!
Here’s an El Camino Engine Swap from the Guys at Motor Trend Magazine! It’s not a Gen 4 Swap – But – Who Cares!!! – Robot Rules of Order Still Apply!!! So kick back and pick up some engine swap pointers from the Motor Trend Mob!! ~;0) Video Source: Motor Trend Channel
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