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1980 Chevrolet El Camino SS

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The 1980 Chevy El Camino SS, ONE AWESOME RIDE

This car is on the Super Chevy Magazine, Reader's Ride.The name of the car, Blue Thunder.

This car is on the Super Chevy Magazine, Reader's Ride.The name of the car, Blue Thunder.

This is a 383 Stroker motor. making this car close to 500 Horse power. One fast ride.

This is a 383 Stroker motor. making this car close to 500 Horse power. One fast ride.


1980 Chevy El Camino SS

Are you a fan of the Muscle Car? What a wonderful thing. They are still around and looking good.The owners of these fabulous rides even give them names.For instance this 1980 El Camino is called, BLUE THUNDER. And when you hear it come screaming down the street, it sounds like thunder.This car was once headed for the junkyard. The paint was scratched and faded, big dents in the side. But the owner couldn't bear to part with it,he has had it for 20 years. And we are glad that he didn't. Owner of this car, Don Wilson brought it back to life with a lot of hard work, sweat and a lot of time looking around for parts.Making this classic car one awesome ride.When he drives this car, heads turn, and people give it a thumbs up.This car is currently featured in the Super Chevy magazine.Don Wilson also painted this good looking, fast ride. The color is dark blue pearl metallic. This 1980 Chevy El Camino has a 383 stroker motor and a turbo 350 transmission with 3.73 posi traction rear end. If you also love this car, shouldn't we be asking Chevy to bring it back? They brought back the Camaro, the Charger and the Challenger. Wouldn't you also like to see the El Camino come back too? I know I would, after seeing and riding in this one. This El Camino is one awesome ride with a lot of horsepower. It looked good back then, It still looks good now. The Chevrolet El Camino filled the niche by offering a pick up truck in a passenger car body.The El Camino was mounted on a station wagon platform , giving the owner the feel of a passenger type car but with truck capabilities.The word El Camino translated in Spannish as "The Road". It was brought out in 1959 and was styled after the famous Impala car, they added the batwing fins on the rear, but this design was too showy for the public and the vehicle was discontinued in 1960. Then Chevy brought the El Camino back out in 1964. This time based on the Chevelle. This style went really well with the public. The many styling changes and engine options in 1967, put the El Camino in the muscle car category.The El Camino all together was discontinued in 1987.This was around the time that Chevy brought out the S10 small sized pick up trucks.The generations of the El Camino are,The first generation 1959-1960, the second generation1964-1967, the third generation 1968-1972, the fourth generation 1973-1977 and the fifth generation 1978-1987.The El Camino[Blue Thunder] is the fifth generation of the El Caminos.They call this one the SS Classic.Other versions of the El Caminos are, Royal Knight and the Conquista. In 1984 production was moved to Mexico, where it continued until 1987.The El Caminos are still as popular today as they were yesterday. The owners of the El Caminos restore them, putting the awesome looking rims on, and giving them shiny new paint jobs, some even paint murals on them to give their car character.Taking us back to the good ole days when the muscle car was just as popular as the hot dog or Mom's apple pie.A historic road leading through California is named "The El Camino Real," Real means, Sincere,True, Royal or Kingly. So you could call it, many things, The Royal Road or The Kings Highway.But Chevy did not want to confuse people,so they kept it. The El Camino. This is the true blue muscle car classic You can call it a classic or call it a muscle car. Either one fits the El Camino.To sum this car up in one word, Awesome! and that is exactly what people say who see this car, not only do we, the older generation love this car, but also our children and grandchildren too can enjoy this beauty.The El Camino is still a popular car at the car shows, right up there with the Mustangs,the Chargers and the Corvettes.And to some it almost brings tears to their eyes, remembering the days of the era known as," The Muscle Car Era." The older men really get a kick out of seeing these cars.We even see these classics on television.Like the 1973 red El Camino on the show, My Name Is Earl. This car was seen in every show. It had '77 blue doors,454 V-8, and had an '87 Camaro transmission. Earl drove it and again this car was popular. The El Camino not only looks good, it also is a very handy vehicle too, it can be useful like a truck. For four years, GM has been rumored to be considering bringing back the El Camino. GM already has a vehicle ready in Australia, in the form of the Holden Ute. When I ask Mr. Wilson about this car, he had a smile on his face the whole time. When asking him what about this car he liked the most, he said he loves the El Camino SS and the next, his favorite color is Blue. He had put many, many hours in this car, first getting it to run and then many hours painting it. The hard work sure did pay off, because we love to look at it.

1980 El Camino SS

1980Chevrolet El Camino SS

Debraw50 (author) on July 21, 2014:

It is not a Chrysler motor. It is a 350 bored 30 over with a 3.75 stroke. It has flat top pistons with 10.5 compression. It has the dart iron eagle heads, 2.08 space intake valve and 1.60 exhaust valve. Has a comp extreme energy cam with 490 lift. 1.6 roller rockers. Weiand intake. 750 Double Pumper Demon. It also has a D.U.I. Distributor at 50,000 Volts, and Taylor 10mm wires. I hope this helps.. And thank you for your comment.

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Kelley Marks from Sacramento, California on July 20, 2014:

Hey, that's one hot machine you've got there! It takes lots of time and money to restore such cars and I'm glad Don Wilson did it. Anyway, I'm surprised a 383 would provide 500 hp. That's a Chrysler engine, isn't it? Are you sure you don't have a 454 in this Blue Thunder - that's a Chevy engine. At any rate, thanks for the link. Later!

Debraw50 (author) on June 10, 2013:

What do you guys think of this 1980 El Camino SS?

Debraw50 (author) on June 07, 2013:

I love this 1980 El Camino, The color is awesome. It is called Dodge Viper Blue.

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