1959 Chevy El Camino - Sidetracked Truck

Fourteen Years and This Short-Term Project Is Finally Ready

Tony Kelly Nov 1, 2002 0 Comment(s)

It was 1988 when Bill and Leslie Chesser bought their '59 El Camino, took it home to Glendale, Arizona, and tore it apart. After 10 years of working on other things, Bill finally got back to his project with the idea of having it done in one year. Right! The shop that was working on it closed, so once again, everything went on hold. In October of 2000, Bill connected with the folks at Master Street Images in Chandler, Arizona, and they completed the car. Of course, Bill is the first one to admit that no car is ever really done. He's still looking for new parts and ideas.

Tech Specs

Owner Bill and Leslie
Vehicle '59 Chevy El Camino
Engine '99 Chevrolet 502ci big-block, aluminum heads,
  Holley 850-cfm double-pumper carb, Billet
  Specialties air cleaner, Hooker headers, Master
  Street Images 3" exhaust, Flowmaster two-
  chamber mufflers, Billet Specialties dress-up
  equipment, March pulleys
Transmission TH400 with Art Carr Street converter, 3,500 stall
  speed, assembled by Performance Transmissions,
  Glendale, AZ, Hurst Nostalgia Shifter
Rearend FAB 9, limited slip with 4.11:1 gears,
  by Fast Lane Motor Sports, Phoenix, AZ
Front Performance Suspension 2" dropped spindles,
  Master Street Images airbags, Toxic Shocks,
  Wilwood brakes
Rear Master Street Images airbags, Toxic Shocks,
  Wilwood brakes
Wheels Centerline, Convo Pros, 15x7 front with 3"
  backspacing, 15X15 rear with 3" backspacing
Tires Mickey Thompson, front 205x75x15,
  rear 39x18.5x15
Body custom hood scoop and rolled rear pan by
  Master Street Images, Chandler, AZ
Color PPG, MSI Custom Mix Blue with Violet Pearl
Painter Richard Cassone, Mesa, AZ
Interior Gray leather/tweed by Chuck Booth, Glendale, AZ,
  Billet Specialties steering column and wheel,
  Dakota Digital instruments




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