This Modded El Camino Is an Incredibly Versatile Track-Run Daily Driver

There's nothing this car/truck hybrid can't do, really.

This El Camino is owned by a friend of mine named Alex, who I’ve known since before I could drive. I’ve watched this car (truck?) evolve from after-school project, to an autocrosser, to a jack-of-all-trades sports truck.

  • Car: Chevrolet El Camino
  • Location: Somewhere en route to Utah
  • Photog: Alex Giesey
  • Camera: Unknown

As the car’s owner told me (edited for formatting):

“I bought it on eBay in 2008 in pretty rough condition. The VIN says it started life as a six-cylinder automatic car, but when I bought it it had a 305 with a rod knock and a four-speed Saginaw transmission. It was supposed to be my first car that I would drive to high school, but I only drove it a few times. Had to replace the floorboards and freshen up the front suspension and brakes, among a lot of other things. We got it running and decently reliable the summer after I graduated, then sent it to get painted my entire freshman year of college. After that, it was my main car for the rest of college, and I drove it from Kentucky to Utah and back multiple times. It’s super practical as a college car, since you can fit all your junk in the back for the road trip and two seats is plenty for taking someone out on a date every weekend.”

This Modded El Camino Is an Incredibly Versatile Track-Run Daily Driver
Image: Alex Giesey

Now, Alex’s truck has a small block Chevy 355, along with Dart heads, Edelbrock 650 carburetor, and a few other goodies to make it go fast and sound nice. 

The real story is probably the suspension. “QA1 coilovers, Hellwig sway bars, Hotchkis style tubular control arms, Speedway G-comp tall forged spindles, Pro-Forged & Afco ball joints, 4 wheel disc brake conversion from The Right Stuff, Vision wheels (18 x 9.5″ all around), and 275/35/R18 Bridgestone RE-71R tires front & rear,” he told me, via email.

The truck absolutely dominates on the autocross circuit, much faster and better handling than people would expect an old boat to be. 

I mean hey, track racing isn’t just for cars. 

Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin's been into cars his entire life, anything from the tiny kei cars in Japan, to the maybe not-so-good American barges of the 1980s. He's flipped more than 25 cars, only lost money twice, and has known how to make his dollar stretch as far as it can. If he ain't talking about cars, he's probably snacking on something sweet and cakey. Contact the author here.