What: 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Where: Turner, Oregon
Like so many of us, the addiction to car and racing started long before we cold ever drive. For so many of us, memories of our youth are filled with images of handing dad wrenches or gathering various tools and assisting in any way we could – so is the story of George and his 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS. But even before this El Camino, George and his father shared their time on the track racing both their 1970 Chevelle and 1970 Camaro against each other as far back as the Hot Rod Nationals in 1995 – who got the best of who can only live in their memories now.
Sadly Georges father left us on May 14th 2014, but not before they had a chance to enjoy one last build together with family. Starting in 2012 George and his father set out to make something special out of what started as a $250 shell complete with a hideous sunroof cut into the top. After the ‘Elco received a full frame-off restoration along with all the proper goodies to make consistent passes of 10.60/70s – with a best of 10.57 by George and the fastest time-slip belonging to his father at a 10.56, all the hard work to completely redo all the wiring, interior and cage-the little ‘Elco was something special to not only George, but to his entire family.
George is still racing the El Camino regularly and with tons of success, but not one run is made without his fathers cowboy hat at his side inside the cab.
– 461 cubic inches
– 4-bolt main GM block with factory steel crank
– SRP Pistons with Callies rods
– GM Performance Parts Aluminum Rectangle-Port Heads/10.1:1 Compression
– Comp Cams Solid-lifter Flat-Tappet Camshaft
– Edelbrock Intake with Holley 1050 Dominator Carburetor
– MSD Ignition
– Hooker Super Comp Headers
– Machine work done by Hatch Engine Inc.
– Bill Gee built THM400 with TCI Transbrake/JW Torque Converter
– B&M shifter with shiftnoid solenoid/Just-n-time Transbrake Button
-Factory Disc Front, Ford Drum Rear
-12-Bolt Rear with Spool/4.10:1 gears and TRZ rear anti-roll bar
– 28×11.50 Mickey Thompson slicks on Weld Pro Star wheels
Here is George doing a pre-run burnout to heat those Mickey Thompson slicks up…
…and a little video of George taking off from the lights at the Woodburn Hot Rod Nationals.
One of the best parts of this El Camino…it gets used a lot and the stack of 10-second slips show it.