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Todd Copic's 1970 El Camino SS454

Todd Copic Jun 22, 2017
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With just over 26,000 miles, my 1970 SS454 LS5 El Camino is a one-family survivor car. It was ordered on December 6, 1969, and delivered to my dad in January 1970. I was born on December 5, 1970, and took my first ride home in the car. My brothers and I grew up in the car in the summers of the 1970s and early 1980s before it went into a barn for more than 20 years.

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It was pulled out of storage in the early 2000s when my dad asked me to keep it in my garage to give him room for another restoration project. In 2004 he finally gave in and signed her over to me.

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I upgraded the wheels to 15x8 with some modern tires, had new exhaust installed, and cleaned up the engine compartment. But mostly she sits like she did in the early 1970s. Original paint, interior, drivetrain, hoses, and if you look at the washer bottle it still is holding factory washer fluid. Been in the rain only a handful of times.

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I have all the paperwork, build sheet, order sheet, transit and delivery paperwork, Protect-O-Plate, and the receipts for the hard tonneau cover and eight-track player he had installed right after he picked it up. I even still talk to the original salesman. The old photo is my brother and me in front of it in 1973.

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