To car guys, an El Camino is a truck. Some truck guys think its too much of a car. When we saw this 67 sitting on the pavement at the Paso Robles Chevy/GMC Truckin Nationals, the distinction didnt matter. Its got a bed, and its just plain perfect. Maurie and Lynne Hoovers Elco was a three-year project that began when they found a hulk of an El Camino at the March Meet swap meet in Bakersfield, California. The 67 was primarily owner-built with help from painter Ed Fuhrer of Antioch, California. Paso was its maiden voyage, and the cool 67 took First Place in its classa big thrill for the Hoovers. No doubt, by the time youre reading this, there will be plenty of awards to the cars credit. Uh, make that truck.
Drivetrain: What did you expect? Its got Chevy 350 power with ported and polished camel-hump iron heads, 9.5:1 compression, a Comp Cams camshaft and roller rockers, a Pete Jackson gear drive, an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb on a Performer intake, and Sanderson headers with Flowmaster mufflers. The custom air cleaner is from Walter Prosper. The trans is a TH350 and the rearend is a 12-bolt with 3.30s.
Chassis: The slammed stance comes from a combination of 2-inch-dropped spindles and four-corner Air Ride Technologies airbags. The front control arms are stock, but the rear uses Hotchkiss parts including a 1 ¼-inch antisway bar. The car was converted to Mullins quick-ratio power steering and Classic Performance front discs.
Wheels & Tires: Those are 17-inch Weld Split 6 wheels mounting Goodyear Eagle GTs in P215/45ZR17 sizes front and rear.
Body: After the flames and mono-chromatic paint, the two most noticeable body modifications are the 96 Cadillac taillights with LEDs in the rear quarter panels and the painted Honda Civic door handles. The bumpers are filled and painted, the hood peak was removed from the cowl, and theres a sunken antenna in the right front fender.
Paint: Ed Fuhrer coated the truck in PPGs 76 Corvette Yellow with a gold pearl overlay.
Interior: Skips Custom Upholstery in Concord, California, used Sandstone leather and tweed with carbon-fiber details that are a refreshing change from the usual billet jewelry. Auto Meter gauges with carbon-fiber faces reside in a custom carbon-fiber dash panel insert. Even the wheel is a half-wrap carbon-fiber Billet Specialties model mounted to an ididit column. Cruisin tunes are provided by an Alpine CD player and speakers. A custom center console neatly mounts rocker switches for all the electrical controls. All the wiring is from Ron Francis, and includes power windows and doors and keyless entry.