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1964 Chevrolet El Camino - Think Of The Possibilities

After 10 Years Of Evolution, An El Camino Is Born

By Mike Harrington, Photography by Andrew Schear

In his quest for the ultimate streetcar, Steve Schreiner must have had other ideas that didn't include a '64 El Camino. But in his automotive crusade, he ended his journey right back from where he started it. Steve learned to drive in this El Camino, and used it throughout high school. After graduating, he decided it had to go, and sold it to his parents for a meager $500. For the next several years, it sat in their backyard. Even more years passed by until the bug bit Steve again, and so he bought the car back from his parents for the same price that he sold it, but it was the worse for wear. There was no front end or rear ends, no motor, trans, nor a tailgate. To any non-automotive enthusiast, this would be the end. But for the typical gearhead, who can normally be caught reading this magazine, this would only be the beginning.

Step by step, Steve started stacking up the parts he ordered. Meanwhile, back in his little two-car garage, Steve turned his attention to doing what he could, including the bodywork. After all this, the car was painted teal green, but that didn't seem to satisfy Steve's thirst. After a few years, he wanted something more. After once again going over the body, it is now an eye-catching orange tangelo pearl.

A 383 stroker now sits under the hood, balanced and blueprinted with Dart Head, Federal Mogul pistons, a Crane cam, Edlebrock intake, Milodon oil pan, Zoops air cleaner, K&N filter, MSD ignition, Headmen headers, Flowmaster mufflers...the list goes on. With 410 hp and 445 lb-ft of torque, saving up his pennies certainly paid off in the performance department. Underneath this El Camino is no slouch, either. Global West upper and lower tube arms, True Connection springs, KYB adjustable gas shocks, and ABS disc brakes on all four corners, Steve boxed in his frame. When you start from scratch, you have only one way to go-up. We think Steve has proved that here.

By Mike Harrington
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