1987 Chevrolet El Camino SS Choo Choo
This is the last year model of a vehicle that was built to take to church on Sunday, and haul produce from the farm on Monday. A truck with car like comfort, but with truck like utility. What's not to like? Why don't they build these anymore? Who knows. But if you like the idea, and want to own one, then this car, (um,... truck) is for you. This is an El Camino SS. That means that a V-8 optioned car was sent to Choo Choo Customs in Chattanooga Tennessee, for upgrades that included an aerodynamic front end like that on the Monte Carlo SS. And it looks great! A crosshatch grill is flanked by quad headlights, and a hood scoop lets you know there is some power rumbling under it. The doors are car-like and familiar, but then it does its chameleon act and changes character. The roofline slopes down stylishly into the bedrails to provide that utility. A Futurex drop in bed liner keeps whatever you are hauling from scuffing up the bed itself, and those bedrails provide something to tie cargo off to so it doesn't slide around. There are little splashes of flash in the brightwork around the windows and along the rockers as well as the rear bumper with Silverline exhaust tips peeking out. But the real flash comes from those great looking, chrome 5 spoke REV wheels. Inside, this vehicle has car like comfort and conveniences. Comfortable seats with a center console and arm rest make traveling to and from the farm, or to and from the beach, a pleasure. A special, two spoke, El Camino steering wheel is mounted on a tilt column with a stock dash and gauges visible through it. A/C controls are in the center console above the Alpine head unit that is driving Pioneer speakers behind the seats for your listening pleasure. Below that is an Auto gage cluster to keep additional tabs on critical functions. Starting with the original 305-cubic inch V-8 means there is plenty of power on tap to haul cargo, or haul the mail. Pop the hood and you will see that there are some chrome pieces including the air filter housing and valve covers that make the engine compartment look good. There is a Holly 4-bbl carb under that air filter, feeding the stock intake and cylinder heads, because those stock pieces make good torque and reliable power. But what also looks good are the signs of regular maintenance evident throughout. New Megafire spark plugs and wires were installed as well as a new alternator, A/C compressor, condenser, belts and hoses. Power steering helps you keep things pointed in the right direction, and power brakes help you stop even if you are carrying a heavy load. The three speed Turbo Hydramatic sends the power back to a 10-bolt rear end then to those 17 inch tires. Come on down and check out this, original, and last of the breed, Sport and Utility, vehicle. Then haul it home.