The 350 with 170 hp 127 kW offered in 1979 was dropped. The El Camino's payload rating ranged from 650—1,150 lb 290—520 kg , with gross vehicle weights ranging from 4,400—4,900 lb 2,000—2,200 kg depending on powertrain and suspension. The small block engine was capable of producing an astonishing 350 horsepower. However, Ford also introduced the 1957 Ranchero, and established a new market segment in the U. El Camino engines were mostly V-8 engines, ranging from a 283-cubic-inch V-8, 170-horsepower engine in 1960 to a 305-cubic-inch V-8, 150-horsepower engine in 1987. My father bought it new in Florida and drove it for two years as his daily driver.
Coupe This Chevrolet El Camino Pickup is in the care of its third owner and has just 59,000 miles on the odometer. A three speed floor shifted manual transmission was standard, but most got the optional three-speed automatic. The 350 V8 became the base engine and a 400 V8 engine was new this year. Obviously, the big block options were long gone. Now the car is very basic when it comes to accessories, but here is a quick list 1980ss , with a 65-78 350block cut. In some vehicles, a V-6 engine was also available. Also standard was the Synchro-Mesh three-speed gearbox with the four-speed or two-speed Powerglide automatic available as optional equipment.
Fifth generation El Caminos are an inexpensive way to buy a collectible that is both practical and a certain attention-getter. Hardened engine valve seats and hydraulic camshafts made these engines reliable for many miles, and allowed them to accept the increasingly popular unleaded regular gasoline. The interior is in excellent condtion and has a rhino liner in the bed but the paint has faded some in the sun over the years. Offered from 1978 until 1980 only, the Laredo was a Caballero equivalent to the El Camino's luxurious Conquista package. However, when the El Camino Super Sport gained a new dealer optioned aerodynamic front end from Choo Choo Customs for 1984, the Diablo stuck with the same square front end it had carried since 1978. The updates mimicked the changes that occurred on the Chevelle. Two engines were offered, a 283 and a 327 cubic-inch V8.
The body style did not reappear on the American market until the release of the 1957. The 1977 models were little changed, except the 400 V8 was gone. A year later sales slumped to 14,163 and Chevrolet made the decision to cancel production. A structural improvement was a stronger design for the side door guard beams. A year later sales slumped to 14,163 and Chevrolet made the decision to cancel production. Horsepower increased from 94 to 115 hp 70 to 86 kW.
There is power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat and factory air conditioning. The base engine was a V-6 that started at 200 cubic inches and was later enlarged to 229 — a welcome change as the 200 made only 95 hp whereas the larger 229 made 115 hp. Obviously, the big block options were long gone. The Sprint has the same design, features, and equipment as the El Camino, with some renamed. Now I have to go outside and change the shifter cable that broke and left me stuck about 20 feet from th scale.
It was not available on Malibu passenger cars with exception to coupe and sedan Malibu 9C1 police vehicles. Horsepower ranged from 325 through 375. Most models with automatic transmission carried the shifter on the. It has been recently refinished with a new base coat, clear-coat paint job in the original two tone brown and tan scheme. The 454, the top engine, was available with the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic or 4-speed manual transmission.
Suspension upgrades offered a quieter ride, and radial-ply tires became standard. This was changed for 1981 to a more conventional round dial format, with some further minor tweaks for 1986. This allowed the adjustment of the suspension depending on the cargo load. New engine options became available. For the first time, though, the El Camino had a unique chassis — it was shared with no other Chevrolet.
Introduced in the 1959 in response to the success of the coupé utility, its first run lasted only two years. The El Camino shrunk in size and given a modern, updated styling. Chevy launched this car-truck hybrid vehicle to be a competitor for the Ford Ranchero. Little was done, or needed, to improve upon the aesthetics of the vehicle. The name, El Camino, means 'The Road' in Spanish.