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1972 El Camino-'Rear View

In Retrospect, This Seems Way Wrong

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Is this month's cover car giving you acid flashbacks? Don't freak-you may just be having subliminal recall. This pile of a '72 El Camino (now with a '71 nose) has appeared on CC's cover five times: Sept. '98, Feb. '99, May '99 (where it was Photoshopped yellow), Apr. '00, and now Sept. '07 (faked yellow again). That body count's gotta turn Troy Trepanier green. The car was acquired for $400 from now-Hot Rod Editor Rob Kinnan, who was then escaping California for Florida. The tale began in Feb. '99 and was followed up in May '99 when Project El Cheapo ran an uncorrected 12.93 e.t. at 103.46 mph with a used 350, 2.56 rear gears, and a big nitrous shot, all for a bumper-to-bumper investment of $1,994.87. In Sept. '99 we tossed a used 454 into it for another thousand and ran 12.43 at 105 mph. In the Apr. '00 issue we painted it all pretty Hugger Orange. Then it sat for seven years totally untouched, as we had more pressing things to do, like making sure the Disco Nova never runs either. In May 2007 the body and frame got sold back to Kinnan for $2,500, and it's turning into a big project direct with GM. At about the same time, Glad got roasted by management (moi) for shooting a "Hot Rod project car" for the cover of Car Craft. Douglas loves his job.

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