Cole D’s 1979 El Camino

Built From The Ground Up

Cole D’s 1979 El Camino

The story all begins with a man named Craig D (Cole’s Father) who fell in love with this 1979 El Camino when he first laid eyes on it in 1980.

Craig bought it from a local dealer and drove it for just about 10 years when he decided to buy a new 1989 GMC pickup. At that time Craig’s father-in-law asked if he could buy it, and without a need for it, Craig sold it to him.

Craig’s father-in-law proceeded to drive the 1979 El Camino until 2008, when he surprised Craig’s 14 year old son (Cole) with the title in his name for his 15th birthday!

Craig and his son Cole spent the following year fixing it up with the intentions of it being Cole’s first car that he’d drive to high school. Now another 7+ years have passed and Craig and Cole have finally taken the original anemic 300,000 mile 305 small block out and are installing a fuel injected LT1 along with a 4L60E transmission.

This 1979 El Camino is still going strong, and more importantly after 39 years it’s still in the family!

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1978-1987 El Camino Front Bumper, Without Pad Holes

Part #: MAU-E78F


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1978-1987 El Camino Rear Bumper, With Pad Holes

Part #: MAU-E78RH


You Save: 11%

1978-1987 El Camino Remote Side View Bullet Mirror, Left Hand Driver Side

Part #: MK-870


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1978-1987 El Camino Side View Bullet Mirror, Right Hand Passenger Side

Part #: MK-855


Best Price Available

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