In 1985 while he was in the Navy stationed in San Diego, Larry picked up this 1966 El Camino and it has been with him in many forms ever since.
When he bought it, the El Camino was painted black and came equipped with a 275hp 327 small block, which was also paired to the original 4 speed Muncie transmission.
Through the years, the black paint began to chip, and at one point Larry could see red peeking through the chipped black. He looked up the code and it turned out to be the original Madeira Red paint!
2012 would be the year that Larry had the body work done to put the El Camino on the mend, culminating in a fresh paint job which brought back the original Madeira Red paint code it came with from the factory.
“The car has been registered and insured the entire time I’ve had it.”Larry
The 1966 El Camino is currently more resto-mod than restoration. The original 327 small block was swapped in favor of a 427 big block and an M22 “rock crusher” Muncie transmission was paired to the new power plant which makes around 495 hp. It sports a 12 bolt rear end with 3.55 gears as well as a 4 wheel power disc brake conversion to stop the additional ponies in their tracks. Lakewood ladder bars ensure that the Camino tracks straight when the power is put to the ground.
“I’ve owned this car since 1985. There is a tremendous amount of history between myself and this car. The years I was in San Diego, this car was up and down the west coast from north of LA to as far south as Ensenada Mexico. When I was discharged from the Navy, I drove it home to New York. It has always captured a lot of attention.”Larry
Larry is proud of his 35 years of El Camino ownership and the fact that he’s driven it across country in more ways than one. He plans on hanging onto this one for quite a long time, eventually passing it along to his children and perhaps grand children in the future.