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1969 Chevy El Camino - Nothing Special

In A World OF Pro Touring Cars, Old School Still Rules. Especially When It Runs 10S AND Drives Anywhere With The Stereo Blasting.

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Heads: Again, a somewhat retro approach was taken with iron GM "990" castings. These are a GM Performance version of the LS6 crate engine open-chamber, rectangle-port heads. They run stock-size 2.19/1.88-inch valves and 119cc chambers. Westside has done some port work and treated the castings to better valves, springs, and a precision valve job.

Camshaft: The Engle solid-roller grind is 0.680/0.670-inch lift with 268/272 duration at 0.050, though on a 112-degree lobe separation angle, which seems to help the idle. The lifters are Isky rollers and the rocker arms are Crower 1.65:1 rollers.

Induction: More GM stuff with an aluminum dual-plane as spec'd for the '80s-era LS6 crate engine. It mounts a BG Gold Claw carb; that's the pre-Demon version of the removable-sleeve model, currently running red sleeves for 775 cfm. A Nitrous Pro-Flow nitrous plate lies between the carb and intake, jetted for about 250 additional horsepower.

Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp headers are coated and connected to a custom 2.5-inch exhaust system that uses Flowmasters and ends in the stock location behind the rear wheels.

Transmission: It's a Turbo 400 fitted with a Continental 2,800-rpm 10-inch converter, but it's an original four-speed car.

Rearend: A '64-'67-style Chevelle rear axlehousing was selected for its width that's 1-inch narrower than the '68-'72 axle, allowing more room for rubber. Inside is a stock-type Eaton Posi mounting a set of 3.42:1 gears.

Front suspension: Stock '69 El Camino with Koni adjustable shocks, SS 396 sway bar, and close-ratio power steering by Lee Manufacturing.

Rear suspension: Stock '69 El Camino with Koni adjustable shocks, individually adjustable airbags inside the springs, Hotchkis lower control arms, and stock uppers running rubber bushings, as it was found that urethane caused wheelhop on launch.

Brakes: The stock '69 El Camino power front-disc/rear-drum system seems to do the trick.

Body: The El Camino body is unmodified, save for the two holes that allow the custom rollbar to pass through bedwall.

Wheels/tires: GM Rally wheels; 15x8 front, 15x10 rear (customc made) with BFG Radial T/A 235/60-15 front and BFG Comp T/A Drag Radial 275/60-15 rear.

'CC QuickiesPop Quiz: Name the Car Craft staffer who:1)Once built a V-6 Vega and was proud of it.2) Bought a $7,600 car on eBay by accident.3) Once paid a $1,200 impound bill.4) Falls off motorcycles once in a while.

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