James S’s 1979 El Camino

Built From The Ground Up

James S’s 1979 El Camino

James Smith took delivery of his 1979 El Camino in April, 1979.

It started life as a Royal Knight SS, he ordered it with a 350ci engine but it came with a 305. Instead of refusing it he kept it, upgrading it over the years. After three years he upgraded the transmission from a T200 to a turbo 350 and drove it daily for 10 years before parking it.

When James’s son turned 15 he decided to make it a father and son project, beginning the restoration and upgrading! He replaced the 305 with a 400ci bored small block, added Edelbrock Performer aluminum heads, Crane 3/4 race cam, Edelbrock RPM air gap intake, and a Holley 750 cfm carburetor. This car is considered family, runs good, sounds good, gets lots of looks and better yet…

“Not many El Caminos are around anymore so it’s really good at winning trophies and plaques at the car shows we attend.”

– James S

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

El Camino Window Crank and Door Handle Removal Tool

Part #: TRIM-02

$5.95

Best Price Available

El Camino Window Roller Tool

Part #: TRIM-WR

$14.95

Best Price Available

El Camino Door Panel Removal Tool

Part #: TRIM-01

$9.97

Best Price Available

El Camino 5-pc Door Panel & Trim Removal Tool Kit

Part #: TRIM-KIT

$24.95

Best Price Available

Shop our huge selection of El Camino Parts!

1964-1988 El Camino Parts

We want to see your Built From The Ground Up Ride!

Submit your car to be featured here!

Share this car with your friends!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

More Articles From Ground Up SS396.com

brian s's 1967 el camino
El Camino

Brian S’s 1967 El Camino

The story began after seeing an ad on Craigslist two years ago. Not really intending on a purchase of a 1967 El Camino, but after seeing it and speaking with

Read More »
El Camino

Hiro M’S 1970 El Camino

Hiro M. found this El Camino on Craigslist back in 2018 and it checked all the right boxes for Hiro. While it is an original SS396 El Camino, the previous

Read More »