1987 Chevy El Camino 5th Generation could be the last El made! Read on if you want to know! ~;0) VivaChas!
This 1987 Chevy El Camino 5th Generation 4×4 at a beach on the Gulf of Mexico is beyond the four wheel drive sign. The four wheel drive sign marks the end of the pavement. And it’s the beginning of soft sand requiring a 4×4 vehicle to navigate. The Texas Coast has miles of such shore-line. See the whole series here at HotRodneyHotRods.com. This UTE or pickup truck is the last year of the 5th generation of Chevrolet’s popular ElCo! The Fifth Gen ran from 1978-1987. If you’re a Chevy fan and like “Els” you should get yourself a print of this custom four wheel drive for your collection! There are lots of products emblazoned with this image – You’ll find something you like! Buy it Now! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!
1978 El Camino Commercial 1st Year of the 5th!
Catch this Classic 78 El Camino TV Commercial with a celebrity of the day! Tells the story in 30 seconds! – A Real Teaser! There’s a Special Video at the Bottom of the Post! Video Source: Adpocalypse
Here’s the Stats on the 5th Gen ElCo!
Details! For those of you who want to know! Here’s those 78 Stats for the first of the Fifth Generation Els! – These 5th Gens had more sharp-edged Malibu styling! The front end sheet metal and doors were shared with the Malibu. While the rear tailgate and bumper were shared with the Malibu station wagon. For the first time though the El Camino had a unique chassis shared with no other Chevrolet. The front end featured a new single rectangular headlight design. The base engine was a 200-ci V6 making 95 horsepower. Naturally in California to meet emissions standards the 231-cubic-inch Buick was the base engine .
You had Two Engine upgrades – a 305-cubic-inch V8 with 145 horsepower or a 350-cubic-inch V8 with 170 horsepower. And that was only available in El Caminos and Malibu station wagons. It was not available on Malibu passenger cars except for coupe and sedan Malibu 9C1 police cars! Among GM makes the era of bigness was fading into history. They were overtaken by a new age of efficiency and economy. – Bummer! Stat Source: Wiki ElCo
1978 El Camino onna New Zealand Beach
1978 El Camino onna New Zealand Beach is more ElCo automotive art from VivaChas! El Caminos look right at home at the edge of the ocean. Hauling Surfboards is just their cuppa tea! Like most pickup trucks the El Camino does the work regular cars just won’t do! If you’re a fan of the 5th Generation 1978 El Camino then this is the Print, t-shirt, mug – whatever! – you Need! Buy it Now b/4 we remove it from the menu! – Haa! – Click Here to Get Some Stuff Featuring this Bewdy at the Shore!
Going for More on the 5th Generation!
That’s Right! We’re going for more wealth of knowledge about these fab Fifth Gen ElCos! – The 1978 through 1987 El Caminos sprouted in four trim levels! The Classic that I think was a basic clean build. The fabled Black Knight popped in 1978. The Royal Knight they offered from 1979–83. Then Chevy built the Conquista and Super Sport for the remaining years! Little Bewdies all they were! Alterations to the 1979 El Camino amounted to little more than a new divided grille. However, a small-block 267-cubic-inch V8 joined the options list! And it fit in between the standard 3.3-liter V6 and the optional 5.0-liter four-barrel V8. – So many engine options and not one a real goer! That’s why God made the Performance After-Market!! – Haa! ~;0)
Let’s Talk ’80s Els!
As we Trek on toward the 1987 Chevy El Camino 5th Generation we’ll remember this gen ran for about 10 years. Chevrolet made tweaks and subtle changes to the El Camino in these years! – The 1980 El Camino started out the 1980s with few changes. Though engine choices shuffled a bit. The base V6 displaced 229 cubic inches! That was more than the year b/4. Horsepower increased from 94 to 115. Optional again were a 267-cubic-inch V8 with 125 horsepower and a 305 V8 now with 155 horsepower. Chevy dropped the 350 with its 170 horsepower. A three speed floor shifted manual transmission was standard but most got the optional three-speed automatic.
The 1981 models received a new horizontal tube grill. The 1981 engines mostly continued from 1980 but now used GM’s Computer Command Control (CCC) emission system! The base 229-cubic-inch V6 made 110 horsepower down from 115. It was the same with the California-only 231-cubic-inch Buick V6. Optional engines were the 267-cubic-inch V8 with 115 horsepower and The 305-cubic-inch V8 with 150 horsepower. The three-speed automatic added a lock-up torque converter to aid highway mileage. – So it goes when the Feds go to designing our rides! ~;0) Stats Source: Wiki ElCo
Let’s Keep Trekking Toward the Bitter End of ElCo!
It’s heartbreaking I know to see such a fine ride end with the 1987 Chevy El Camino 5th Generation. – But! – Always Remember! – There is the Performance After-Market! – The 1982 and through the final 1987 El Camino sported a new frontal appearance with a crosshatch grille! It lighted the road with quad rectangular headlights. New under the hood for 1982 choked a 105-horsepower 350-cubic-inch Diesel V8. Though mileage with the diesel was commendable it was an expensive option! And would eventually amass a dismal repair record. Gazoline-engine choices were unchanged but for Chevy’s 229-cubic-inch V6. That mill stood standard in California-bound cars replacing Buick’s 231-cubic-inch V6.
The Horror – The Horror! ~;0)
It’s a sad tale I know! But isn’t there light at the end of this tunnel? – Maybe! – In 1983, the 4.4-liter V8 was gone! That left the 5.0-liter version as the only optional gas V8. The standard engine was again Chevy’s 3.8-liter V6 with 110 horsepower though California cars got a Buick V6 again. The diesel continued to chug on! – But!!! – The 1984-87 El Camino SS was offered as a conversion from Choo-Choo Customs! Yeah! You could get a Custom ElCo outta Chattanooga, Tennessee! It included the aerodynamic front end similar to the Monte Carlo SS! – Cool But! It got no L69 engine package. – Insult to Injury for 1985 GM moved El Camino production to Mexico! Ack! – American Jobs Go South! – Literally! – And the new 4.3 L became standard through the 1987 Chevy El Camino 5th Generation.
Well! – There You Have It!
Yeah! There you have it! The end of the 1978 through 1987 Chevy El Camino 5th Generation! – And! – The End of Chevrolet El Camino! – Yeah I know! Lot’s of Promises! Lot’s of Concept Cars! There was even the Grand Experiment – the Chevy SSR! Believe me! If the SSR was to be the replacement for the El Camino Badge Chevrolet would have named it – all together now – the El Camino! Even the Aussie Holden UTE the Maloo or Lumina in Zoid Afrika was tagged as the next ElCo! – Didn’t Happen! – Not saying the El won’t be back but it would likely take a New Ford Ranchero to raise Chevy from its slumber! – Haa!
Gotta Have One More Thing – A Video!!
Yeah! Love those videos. Let’s see an El Camino Introduction video! – It’s one of those – Seeing is Believing – Educational Things! Know everyone has been bred to watch rather than do or read! – Me Too! – So Let’s Watch It Together!!! – Haa! Video Source: compu85