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Weimer 02-05-2005 07:50 PM

1978 El Camino SS
Does anyone have any parts sources on this generation of El Camino? I am aquiring one from my wifes grandfather and am looking for any info about them. What makes them an SS? Are they a special performance package or just a trim package? It is a fairly CarTrucko:P I am pretty happy about getting this truck also(look for my Olds post) The body has some small rust spots starting to bubble here/there, but the frame, floor, doors, rockers and quarters are all pretty solid. It has a 350/th350 in it with a 4bbl carb. As far as suspension,frame,engine parts go I am pretty hip to it. I do know what parts will swap from which cars. But I am looking for someplace that specializes specifically in Elkys. You know for glass, sheetmetal, interior, etc.
Thanks for all the help!:thumbup: I will also post pics of this when I get it.

Hippie 02-05-2005 08:22 PM

Congratulations :thumbup: !!! Check here: they have tons of info. Might as well sign up while you're there.

Beginning in '74 the SS was just a trim package but there are lots of goodies available for the 5th Gen El Camino's as they are very popular so making it a bit more than just an SS in name only is pretty easy. Plus that same body was in production from 1978 through 1988.

Weimer 02-05-2005 08:33 PM

I did find out that the 88's were actually the last 740-sumptin cars that were left over from '87....Probably a good thing that they killed it before it became some fwd,sheetmetal framed grocery getter with a 4cyl.

Thanks for the link...I will definately check it out and sign up.

akm 02-06-2005 12:38 AM

finish your truck, before you start on it nigg :thumbup:

M&M CUSTOM 02-06-2005 04:00 AM

As it shares the same front clip as the Malibu I have found quite a few links to places selling parts.

I currently get catalogs from 4 sources and look online at 3 other places for parts.

You will have MUCH better luck than I, in finding what you need as the El camino shares parts with the Malibu coupe, and as I own a sedan I have been having a difficult time in finding weatherstripping, trim, door panels, and many other things.

I have actually parted out a few sedans in a couple junkyards for some of the "sedan only" hard to find parts.

Hippie 02-06-2005 07:54 AM

Re: 1978 El Camino SS

Originally posted by Weimer
It is a fairly CarTrucko:P
I think the Aussie's have the best name for them...... "Ute". I also like the term "Pickoupe".

RCastle 02-06-2005 08:20 AM

ElCaminos are cool,I have an 85 SS,does not have the ChooChoo front clip which is fine with me. Needs to have some work done to it though. I drove it the last two summers,but it is about to get the body lifted this summer. Which should be fun,since the bad is not seperate like a truck is. Get my family to gather round and then say"Well since everyone is already here."

RCastle 02-06-2005 09:15 AM

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willowbilly3 02-09-2005 04:46 AM

I have a retired friend who is into those. He buys and sells maybe 2 or 3 a year and only top shelf models. He just sold a 78 or 79 with the original 350/4 speed. I don't even like Chevy's all that much but that was a sweet ride. I think he got around 11 grand for it.

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