ONE NASTY EL CO! 454 BUILT BY NHRA JOEY GROSS TO 462CI, CPP SUSPENSION, AUTO, AC
With the handsome good looks of a Chevelle and the utility of a pickup, the El Camino offers the best of both worlds: performance and practicality. This incredible big block-powered 1972 El Camino has been built to further blur the lines that separate vehicles: big performance, great looks, and a lot of comfort.
The point wasn't to build a restored stocker or a pedigree car, but rather a vicious performer that has show-stopping looks. There's an argument to be made that the single-headlight look is the most attractive of the bunch, and you can't argue with the bright yellow paint in terms of eyeball appeal. The bodywork is beautifully finished and the workmanship is shown to great effect thanks to the fresh two-stage urethane paint job. These vehicles typically led harder lives than your average Chevelle, and finding a clean one, let along investing enough to bring it to this condition, is tough. Gaps are good and a lot of time was invested in getting the body panels this straight. A few details were shaved, including all the emblems, and a cowl-induction hood was fitted to give it just the right aggressive look. The grille was blacked out and the bed is fitted with a rubber mat, just in case you want to actually do some work with this one.
Custom ProCar bucket seats offer a new look that matches the exterior. They're aggressive, sure, but this car has the kind of performance that needs that kind of body-hugging hardware. Carpets, headliner, and door panels are reproduction pieces that look good and fit right, and in basic black, it's hard to go wrong. The dash is original, but a few Moon Eyes gauges have been fitted in a custom engine-turned panel, along with a period tach mounted under the dash. There is no stereo, but Vintage Air supplied one of their direct-fit systems that makes it look like a factory-installed system, and with modern hardware working behind the scenes, it's quite effective. Power steering, power brakes, and an automatic transmission all make this a no-compromises hobby car that's a blast to drive.
If your idea of entertainment runs more towards G-forces rather than decibels, you'll be relieved to know that the engine is packing heat. The big block V8 was built by NHRA legend Joey Gross about 6000 miles ago, and you'd better believe it's nasty. It was punched out to 462 cubic inches, fitted with 10:1 pistons, a Comp Cams 280 Extreme camshaft, roller rockers on a set of Edelbrock aluminum heads and a high-flow oil pump. Induction is handled by a Quick Fuel Technologies 750 double pumper carburetor and an Edelbrock Air-Gap intake manifold, and there's a beautiful set of Hedman headers handling the dual 3" exhaust. There's a big aluminum radiator up front, along with a trick billet aluminum accessory drive setup made by March Performance that makes the big block look super sanitary. The transmission is a built TH400 3-speed automatic feeding a 12-bolt rear with 3.42 gears on a Posi, so you shouldn't have concerns about dropping the loud pedal now and then. The suspension is upgraded with parts from CPP, so it sits right, and traditional-looking Billet Specialties wheels stuff the wheel wells, wearing 245/45/17 front and 275/40/17 rear performance radials.
This is a really nice car, er, truck. The motor sounds downright vicious blowing through those pipes, and you won't be keeping a low profile with that bright yellow paint. But if there are times when you just feel like relaxing, the air-conditioned interior is a great place to be. Call it a truck, call it a car, either way you're going to love this El Camino. Call today!
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- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Interior Color
- Transmission Spec
- Rear End
- 12 bolt, 3.42 Posi
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Heavy Duty Drum
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