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Iíve owned a bunch of them over the years and actually used them as pickup trucks. I just sold my 68 Big Block 4 Speed 12 bolt 68. I still have 2 of them, an 84 with a first Gen LT1, and my current favorite.

1983 El Camino with 78 Monte Carlo Front clip and doors. Cadillac 500, TH400,and Ford 9:Ē Lots better gas mileage than the 68 BB, and would outrun it hands down.

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'59 with a 409 and Muncie M22.
I love 409's and 59 Elcaminos,but my favorite is a 69 black on black with a healthy big block or a 409 even though they did not come in those.
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I have owned a 66 with a 327 TH350,and the 76 blue and white special Bicentennial model with a 350/350 and of course the kind of one that I am custom building now. I like them all.The small ones are nice but it depends a lot on the color and options. I have seen a few that just looked wrong and some that I would love to own.I have done more work on it but don't have pics yet.
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Had a '65, 327 with a 350 turbo. Loved that car!!! '59-'60 for a close second choice.
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I'm with techinspector.... '59 or '60. Everything else is too common for my taste.
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The 59 is my all time favorite Elky
with a 454 and 5-spd
4-wheel disc, AC, Tilt, and power windows


Then comes the 66
This one is powered with a very old 307 but has a 5-spd (lookin' for MPG)
Front discs, power windows, tilt.
The interior was finished last week---this week I hope to get it started again after 5 years.
I'll try to get updated pics sometime this coming week.

Don't let the pics fool ya-----only about 10 labor hours from driving out on it's own---completed.




I'm also diggin' the 65 Ranchero my uncle left to me---a car that I rode around in between the ages of 5 and 15. He bought it new.
Factory 289 High Performance with a 4 spd-----yeee HAAAW

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65 as my name suggests. Like the front end the most. Pics to come soon
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I have a 1987 El Camino. I was looking for an older one when this one came up for sale. I had looked at a 1972 that needed a lot of work and I almost bought that one but the 87 came up on an auction and I bought it for almost half of what the guy with the 72 wanted and the 87 ran and drove at the time.

I knew where a 1959 was sitting in the weeds about thirty years ago that I was going to go ask about but before I got around to it the El Camino disappeared. I really like the 59s.
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I never understood how Bill is short for William. If anything, Bill should be short for Billiam.
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I've got to go with the 67, especially with a BBC.
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Bryan59, if it hasn`t been started in that long make sure you cycle it as if the cam were new, otherwise it`s asking to wipe the cam out. You likely already know this but wanted to make sure. 307`s weren`t popular due to the cams going flat not long after leaving the new car lot, this is what gave them such awful reputations. I`ve heard many a old timer say "307, worst engine chevy ever made"
I like 307`s, with the right parts they perform nicely plus blow the doors off a 305. When I do my mileage build it`ll be with a oem roller cam 305. If they had made 307`s with oem rollers I`d be all over`em with both feet.
Also by the way that`s a really sweet 66.
Okay now, to user Playmouth Hemi, I like how the monte front end looks on the Elky body, it`s unique. Plus many good name options for the hybrid such as:
El Carlo
Monino
Monte Camino
Camino Monte
El Monino
Carlomino
El Carlmino
Carlmino
Monte Carmino
El Carmino
If GM had put that out image the fun they would`ve had with the name.
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Plus many good name options for the hybrid such as:
El Carlo
Monino
Monte Camino
Camino Monte
El Monino
Carlomino
El Carlmino
Carlmino
Monte Carmino
El Carmino
If GM had put that out image the fun they would`ve had with the name.

My favorite would be: El Monte Carlomino, which would roughly translate to the mountain road?? or heap on the road??
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:57 PM
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I've had a couple, but Tech is right, as always. A 59 409/4 speed would be the ultimate.
currently a 65 383/4 speed in my garage, formerly had a 72 350/stick 20 years ago
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My dad had an 83 ss when i was a kid. I now own (my second car) an 86, and just put in a 1972, 350. My first engine build and project car. Love it to death and I'm learning something new everyday from it it seems..at a price$$$$ I'm partial to the double headlight style malibu nose myself. They're getting hard to find in new England. The frames rot out too fast. Still drive it year round snow and all.
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1959 and I don't have to say why. They are art, that's why.

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