1966 EL CAMINO 'ZZ 454'




1966 Chevelle El Camino Custom top driven show car with the awesome new ZZ454 engine and the 5-speed transmission with working air conditioning is a fantastic vehicle with many, many hours of fastidious construction, the is an Atlanta full restoration/modification and complete build by a real craftsman, finished in a just gorgeous Marina Blue base coat/clear coat paint with a presentation with a wonderful luster, really terrific very straight sheet metal, so very solid, had an factory 396cid engine originally and now upgraded with the new GM Crate ZZ454 powerful unit, virtually no mileage the large Holley 750cfm carburetor mounted on the GM aluminum intake, air is feed by the aggressive steel cowl induction hood, electronic ignition, very high compression in the 175-180 lbs range for great power, the ceramic coated long tube headers leading to the aluminized 2 ½” dual mufflers and exhaust system, uprated DeWitt’s aluminum radiator, features now the 5-speed Tremec transmission, has the Eaton positraction 12 bolt 3.08 gear, this now also has all new complete driving systems from the engine to transmission to full new compression suspension, has the new 15” Rally wheels and new radial staggered tires to drive well and put power to the ground, this also has the very desirable 4-wheel disc brakes, one can see the loving care and profession knowledge that went into this spectacular build, all the stainless around the car has been restored, tinted windshield, the bed is lightly covered in the protective coating so this is perfect for that trip to Lowe’s for the Summer 2019 flowers or winning your class a car show, new variable ratio power steering box with the addition of the new full ‘Ididit’ tilt steering column system, really here is an exceptional build with efforts for strong street performance,

Engine: even though this was an 396cid originally, the builder realized that the new engines on the market are just simply better, have more power and very easy to maintain with the hydraulic lifter system, they are built by experts today that are factory units as completed, there is a great effort in the very expensive build process of this El Camino to have this feature a full brand new ZZ454 GM crate engine, this is installed with great care and a wonderful fit, now only as a few some 400 testing miles only, has the performance HEI electronic ignition, the Holley 750cfm carb with mechanical secondary’s and electric choke, the factory style air cleaner system for shows, the great exhaust system has the new ceramic coated long tube headers exiting the engine, they lead to a custom built 2 ½” aluminized exhaust system, the mellow mufflers yield a great sound, the street power is very strong and would think that we are the 400+ bhp today, the outstanding very high compression is at 175-180 lbs in a dry cold reading taken at Fraser Dante (LINK), this is just fully tuned, fresh high tech oil and filter installed and then highly show detailed, 

Fuel system: in order for this new big block to run well, a new HD fuel pump is installed, all new system from front to back lines except original 3/8” steel main fuel line that was fine, new Quanta products fuel tank, the gauge sending unit, fuel tank neck and hose, fuel cap, and new rubber hoses,  

Cooling system: in order to enjoy this big block and use the new air condition system, a new DeWitt’s aluminum radiator with “ice black” coating and dual electric cooling fans. New heavy duty high volume aluminum water pump, new clamps and hoses, all of these parts are to support the uprated described air conditioning system, 

Transmission and rear end: a new Tremec TKO 500 five speed transmission, new clutch, new mechanical clutch linkage, new transmission mount and heavy duty cross member, new custom drive shaft, new expensive Eaton clutch less system, also this build has the very desirable 12 bolt positraction rear end with the 3.08 gear ratio, the rear end completely rebuilt, designed to go with this 5-speed, 

Air Conditioning system: here is a great upgrade with the new Classic Auto Air Conditioning complete system and compressor unit installed, just really blows so very cold, now with the team Fraser Dante doing the last checking,

Electrical: in order for this to work in the ‘real world’, a new ‘Lectric Limited’ uprated wiring harnesses is used throughout the build, a new 140amp alternator, new bulbs throughout including the instrument panel, new electric “knee knocker” tachometer, new Super Sport gauge package…has the analog oil pressure, temperature and volt meter, all mounted in the dash, no accessory gauges.

Suspension/Steering: complete build includes the front has new A-arms, full bushings, tie rods, idler arm, new heavy duty sway bar, new heavy duty gas charged shocks, new 25% stiffer coil springs for better handling with stock ride height, the rear features new heavy duty boxed trailing arms, new heavy duty sway bar, new coil springs and gas charged shocks, again with the stock ride height, then to handle even better than stock is the new variable ratio (14-16 to 1) power steering box with the new ‘Ididit’ tilt steering column.

Brakes/wheels: great attention in this area to make this stop better than original, has the new very expensive and complete 4 wheel Stainless Steel Brake Corp disk brakes with new brake lines and correct Delco power brake master cylinder, braking system just checked (LINK), also new parking brake cables, the wheels are new proper 15” Ralley wheels with stainless trim rings, new Cooper Cobra Radial GT white letter tires are mounted, the fronts are P235/60/R15, the rears are the larger P255/60/P15,

Interior: features a factory black bucket seated interior that is so good it looks like a time warp, new door panels, arm rests, carpet over Hush mat, headliner restored, now has the rebuilt Strato Bucket seats with TMI Sport Seat upholstery and foam, OEM seat belts, these seats are a work of interior art, also has a rosewood steering wheel, factory center console.

Truck Bed: in order to protect the rear end, a new Bullet bed liner with new paint, new stainless trim rails, this truck is designed for a wonderful weekend enjoyment drive, clean and solid underchassis (LINK),

History: this car/truck was originally a 396cid/325 horsepower with powerglide and factory air, power steering, power brakes, and a black interior bench seat interior, the car was and is now a gorgeous Marina Blue with all just great rust free metal, cosmetically really so nice, the top quality Atlanta restorer well known to this writer said…“the car looked great when I purchased it, but it had the original 1966 suspension, original drive train and a bunch of squeaks and rattles. My goal was to make it a really solid driver, fun to drive, reliable, good performance….no worries about driving it anywhere. That is exactly what I did. It’s tight as a drum, handles great and will cruise all day at 80 at under 2200 rpm. Original complete motor goes with car along with some spares. I am also including receipts alone for parts and labor that I can document for a total over $46,149 plus many other expenses and countless hours plus the truck itself” , the work in this El Camino is really nice, not only does is look good but the engine power and drivetrain are top notch,

Summary:  a just spectacular 1966 El Camino that is a full documented restoration of a very original ‘393’ unit, now just completed with final road testing to bed in and check all of the systems, equipped with many options that are very desired, read for Driven Show and offered at way below costing, a great deal with strong power and air conditioning ready for Summer 2019 shows, a real value at only $38,950