70 Chevy El Camino 3rd Generation 1968-1972


70 Chevy El Camino 3rd Generation Custom 4x4 from VivaChas! - Click Pix or the text link to shop this print and products!

70 Chevy El Camino 3rd Generation Custom 4×4 from VivaChas! – Click Pix or the text link to shop this print and products!

1970 Chevy El Camino 4×4

70 El Camino 4x4 Tee and Even More - Click Pix to Shop for Gifts!

70 El Camino 4×4 Tee and Even More – Click Pix to Shop for Gifts!

1970 Chevy El Camino 4×4 3rd Generation is art by Chas Sinklier aka VivaChas! Chevrolet’s direct competition for the El Camino was the Ford Ranchero. These UTEs exist in a land between the Pickup Truck and the Street Rod. But as we see in Chas’ automotive art this Chevy is a Muscle Car and sporting aftermarket four-wheel drive! This El Camino is an SS 396 model as well! It’s a rare bird indeed! You Should Really Get This One Just For the Wow-Factor associated with its location! Best of Two Worlds is this 1970 Chevy El Camino on a Golf Course! – Fore!!! ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Hot Rod Stories! Click Here to shop 70 Chevy El Camino Stuff from Chas!

Can You Handle The Truth!!

Haa! – Just a bit of Showmanship going into some pertinent information about this generation of the Fab El Camino! – Stat Stuff!! – Chevy introduced a longer El Camino in 1968. They based it on the Chevelle station wagon/four-door sedan. It had a wheelbase of 116 inches. It’s overall length spanned 208 inches! It also shared Chevelle Malibu exterior and interior trims. The interior was revamped including cloth and vinyl or all-vinyl bench seats and deep twist carpeting. All-vinyl Strato bucket seats and center console were an $111 option.

70 El Camino 4x4 Laptop Pouch and So Many More Gifts! - Click Pix to Shop!

70 El Camino 4×4 Laptop Pouch and So Many More Gifts! – Click Pix to Shop!

Power front disc brakes and Positraction were optional. A new, high-performance Super Sport SS396 version found favor amongst anxious buyers. The Turbo-Jet 396 had 325 bhp or 350 bhp versions. Returning to the official options list for the first time since late 1966 was the 375 bhp L78. It had solid lifters! Banging big-port heads and an 800 cfm Holley four-barrel on a low-rise aluminum manifold. A three-speed manual was standard with all engines. – And a four-speed or automatic led the option list. In 1968, the SS was a separate model – the fabled “SS-396”!! – Whatta Ride!  Source: 68 ElCo Wiki

1970 Chevy El Camino vs 2004 Chevy SSR Video

In the latest episode of Generation Gap, the guys explore the “pickups” of the collector car world. But these “pickups” are a bit more car than you would want on the construction site. Davin’s choice is a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino that gets its power from a 454 CI V-8 with a Rock Crusher 4-speed. Matt’s choice, a 2004 Chevrolet SSR, has a supercharged 5.3-liter V-8 with an automatic transmission and a retractable hard top. Which one of these would you rather see parked in your garage!  Video Source: Motor Trend Channel

68 Chevy El Camino 3rd Generation 1968-1972

68 Chevy El Camino Stuff from VivaChas! - Click the Pix or text link to shop for Great Gifts featuring this fab ride! ~;0)

68 Chevy El Camino Stuff from VivaChas! – Click the Pix or text link to shop for Great Gifts featuring this fab ride! ~;0)



The ’68 Chevy El Camino marked the beginning of the 3rd Generation of Chevrolet’s popular UTE! It’s a Pickup! It’s a Car! The 3rd Gen ElCos ran from 1968-1972. They were longer and more powerful than before! They became true Muscle Cars. Though some called them Street Rods they were rolling works of Automotive Art! This ride is all about the Dream! – You could use some Hot Rod Dreaming in your life! Get a print or product with this little bewdy on it! You’ll be glad you did! Makes a Fab Gift! – Do It Now!!  ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Hot Rod Stories!!!  Click Here to Shop for 68 El Camino Gifts! 

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So Much to Tell! – So Little Time!! – The 1969 models showed only minor changes led by more-rounded front-end styling. A single chrome bar connected quad headlights, and a slotted bumper held the parking lights. New round instrument pods replaced the former linear layout. For the first time, the Chevrolet 350 V8 was used in an El Camino. The Super Sport group included a 265- or 325-horsepower 396-cubic-inch V8 beneath a double-domed hood, along with a black-out grille displaying an SS emblem. More potent editions of the 396 engine, developing 350 or 375 horsepower (280 kW) also made the options list. Options included power windows and locks. Curiously, back-up lights moved from the rear bumper to the tailgate, where they were ineffective when the gate was down.

1968 Chevy El Camino – Mainly Muscle Cars Test Drive

Check out this Test Drive of a Classic 68 Chevy El Camino! Video Source: Mainly MuscleCars

70 Chevy El Camino Info!

68 Chevy El Camino women's soft tee - click pix to shop for lots of tees!

68 Chevy El Camino women’s soft tee – click pix to shop for lots of tees!

The 1970 Chevy El Camino got some good stuff! – The 1970 models received sheet metal revisions that gave the bodies a more squared-up stance. – Curious – And interiors were redesigned! – They just keep messing with them! – The new SS396 actually displaced 402 cu inches even though all emblems read 396. Chevrolet’s largest and most-powerful engine of the time found its way into a select few El Caminos. The LS6 454 CID engine, rated at 450 hp and 500 lb·ft of torque gave the El Camino 1/4-mile times in the lower 13-second range at around 108 mph!

The 1971 El Camino got fresh front-end styling! That included large Power-Beam single-unit headlights, a reworked grille and bumper, and integral park/signal/marker lights. For 1971 mandated lower-octane unleaded fuel necessitated a reduction in engine compression. Power and performance were reduced. Engine offerings for 1971 included the 250-6, small-block V8s of 307 and 350 cubic inches; and big block V8s of 402 and 454-cubic-inch displacements. Horsepower ratings for those engines ranged from 145 for the six to 365 for the RPO LS5 454. The LS6 454 V8 was gone forever. A rebadged El Camino, the GMC Sprint debuted in 1971. It shared the same engine and transmission offerings as its Chevrolet counterpart.  Info Source:  More ElCo Wiki

Finnegan’s Garage Ep.8: LS3-Powered El Camino

It’s no secret that Finnegan’s wife wants her car painted and that he refuses to make it happen. Her car is way too much fun to be locked up in paint jail when it could be mechanically improved. He’s always looking for things to fix in an effort to prevent the inevitable from happening. As luck would have it the front suspension started falling apart, providing yet another in a long line of excuses to keep the car dull and dented instead of shiny and bright.  Video Source: Finnegan’s Garage

1972 Chevy El Camino Stats!

68 Chevy El Camino Men's Tees! - Click Pix to Shop for gifts!

68 Chevy El Camino Men’s Tees! – Click Pix to Shop for gifts!

For 1972 – last year for the 3rd Generation – saw these – Improvements! – Not sure I want to share this tragic rodder info! – – – The 1972 El Caminos wore single-unit parking and side marker lights on their front fenders but little else changed. For 1972, horsepower measurements were switched to the “net” figures as installed in a vehicle with all accessories and emission controls hooked up. Engine offerings included the 110 horsepower 250-6 – a 307 V8 – 350-cubic-inch V8 – and – big block V8s of 402 and 454 cubic-inch displacements. The 402-cubic-inch – still known as a 396 – produced 240 horsepower. The 454 managed to put out 270 horsepower under the net rating system. Super Sport equipment could now be ordered with any V8 engine, including the base 307-cubic-inch version. All 1972 El Caminos with the 454 ci engine have a “W” as the fifth digit in the VIN. And the 454 was only available with Super Sport trim. – – – How the Mighty Have Fallen!  Source of Sadness:  ElCo Wiki

Now – Just One Thing More! ~;0)

This has been the 3rd in the Series of Chevrolet El Camino Generations. We’re simutaneously running The Generations of Ford Ranchero. We’re alternating one for the other each week! Next Week the Fourth in the Generational Series on Ranchero. I think you get the drift! – Anyway – Sign Up for the VivaChas Newsletter and you’ll always know what’s up. You can sign up for free at the top right of each page and likewise the bottom of just about every page. We don’t sell, rent or give away email addresses. About once a week you’ll get an email sharing what’s been posted that week. – Til the next time – G’onya!  ~;0) VivaChas Automotive Art and Stories!!!!

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