Depending on how well you know the GM product line, back in the '60s, Chevrolet stopped producing El Caminos from 1961-63. El Caminos started again in 1964. This '62 Chevy originally was a two-door Biscayne sedan. However, some unknown builder did a terrific job bringing the big back window forward and forming the B-pillar angle over the door to meet the original sheetmetal that surrounded the back window. The top angle and rear-door angle look very close to a '71 El Camino door profile. The seamless tailgate is also another nice feature on this Biscayne/El Camino. If GM had built a '62 El Camino, it would probably have looked very close to this fine custom example.
For the current owner and trucker, John Davis of Forest Grove, Oregon, this was one cool car he couldn't live without. John likes cars and trucks that are well-built and unique, and this one really rattled his chimes. John thought it was tastefully done, remarkably straight, and looked like it could have been on the Chevy showroom floor. One of the first things he did was add new matching gray and black tweed upholstery and matching carpet to the bed, and he added a rear-facing bench seat so friends could ride while cruising the fairgrounds during car shows. A black vinyl tonneau snaps over the pickup bed for town and freeway driving.
The bone-stock chassis features a stock 283ci Chevy V-8 with an Edelbrock aluminum intake and 550-cfm Holley carb covered by a Mr. Gasket air cleaner. Behind the 283 is a '69 GM 350 turbo trans that connects to a 3.08 rearend gear.
The PPG Red paint and 17x10-inch American Torq-Thrust wheels give the exterior a retro look, while the interior features more modern gray and black tweed on a 60/40 bench seat. John listens to the tunes through an Alpine stereo/CD player and steers the missing El Camino with a Grant GT steering wheel.
This tastefully done one-off El Camino must turn some heads on the street and at the car and truck shows whenever John takes it for a spin.