Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
For three decades, the El Camino was a bona-fide hit for Chevy, and today they can be some of the coolest old cars you're likely to see. This very attractive and still practical 1964 Chevrolet El Camino brings all the usual V8 fun to the table, plus a few surprises like a slick Ember Red livery and dialed-in, super comfortable A/C interior.
This truck/car was originally Ember Red, and the owners made the right move by sticking exactly to the factory script when it came time for this Elky's first repaint. It was stripped down, disassembled, and the finish was precisely applied from there. The top-end driver quality results speak for themselves, with an arrow-straight car that has a shine so deep it looks like you could fall into it. It's not a trailer-queen paint job, but any imperfections found are very minor (mostly swirl marks left-over from car washes) and a buff-and-wax could easily kick things back up a notch if you wanted to show this beauty. The bright red accentuates the simple El Camino design, highlighting things like the crease along the quarter panels that gives them a muscular flare as well as the beautifully formal hood. Nothing was shaved, modified, or replaced, so there's no cowl induction hood, no stripes, and no roll pan in back, but rather factory-issued stuff that's been beautifully finished to a very high level. You'll note the reflections in our photo studio are distortion-free and super sharp, which only comes from a lot of tedious sanding and buffing, but the results speak for themselves. And with paint this nice, you can't just throw any old trim on there, so all the chrome and stainless was polished up before being reinstalled. The bed wasn't an after-thought either, as it was painted to match the body and boasts such clean sheetmetal you'll think twice before hauling anything heavier than freshly cleaned laundry.
It's especially cool to see a bright red interior in an El Camino, and the combination is as classic as the name Chevrolet. Finished in correct patterns and high-end vinyl materials, the split bench seat looks right at home in the cabin that offer enough room for three, although two is obviously preferred. Matching door panels were created at the same time using a traditional pleated pattern, and retaining original details like the chrome accented armrests, handles, and painted window sills. The bright dash was finished to match, with smooth red paint and lots of aluminum accents keeping things elegantly simple and clean, and the factory gauges were augmented with a trio of auxiliary units underneath to help keep an closer eye on the V8 under the hood. An original dual-ring steering wheel anchors the cockpit ahead of the driver, and it's joined on the original column with the shifter for the automatic transmission below set it and forget it, and try to resist wrapping your right arm around the top of the bench seat. As a '64, options are limited, although an aftermarket A/C unit was added to keep the cabin comfortable, you get an original AM radio in the dash (needs service), and seatbelts were added for safety. Simple, clean, yet very pretty reminds you of the exterior, right?
The engine is a sweet-running 283 V8 that has been dressed and detailed very close to like the factory would have done it in 1964, along with some smart upgrades. The block, heads, and valve covers all wear traditional Chevy Orange paint, and they really pop out against the glossy black firewall and engine bay. A small diameter chrome air cleaner adds a little flash, as does the chromed alternator, billet-style radiator hose, and bright yellow plug wires. The carburetor was upgraded to a 4-barrel Edelbrock, and it sits atop an Edelbrock aluminum intake, so the 283 is definitely being used to its full potential. An HEI distributor and ignition system help the engine fire with ease, while stock exhaust manifolds dump into an H-pipe dual exhaust system with throaty Flowmaster mufflers that helps bolster low-end torque for improved performance and features a muscular but subdued sound. The suspension shows signs of recent work and from what we can tell there's zero evidence that this Elky has ever been rusty. A rugged 10-bolt rear end is assisted by air shocks to ensure this truck/car can still carry a load and it sits on a set of flashy 15-inch American Racing mag wheels and staggered 195/65/15 front and 215/70/15 rear BFGoodrich radials.
A nice little car/truck with a few surprises up its sleeve, this El Camino is a great way to have fun without spending a fortune. Call today!
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