The original El Camino was introduced in 1959 as a rival to Chevy’s top competitor Ford. Ford had unveiled their Ranchero in 1957. The El Camino was a car intended for everyone’s use. It fist looked like a pick-up style car, but with the 70’s rolling out, the Chevrolet El Camino 1971 had evolved into a true muscle car. Even though some would comment that the car was a perfect combination of both, others would more likely consider it a muscle car. The trend of muscle cars was led by Impalas and Cutters, and the 1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS could be seen as the one of the few remaining of the dying breed.
1971 El Camino Specifications
The 454 cubic inches engine space held the legendary V8 engine with a bore and stroke engine coupled with five bearings that took up a space of about 4.25×4.00 inches of space. The RPO LS5 generated a 360 Horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 500 pounds of sheer strength of torque at 3200 rpm.
The solid valve lifters that were at a size of 1.88 inch for exhaust and 11.25 compressions were reduced to 8.5. The LS5 engine was then turned a fuel only engine which actually helped it gain 5 horsepower. This means that the Chevrolet el Camino ss 1971 rocked a 365 horsepower LS5 engine at 4800 rpm and 465 pounds to an rpm with torque of 3200 rpm.
The Chevrolet El Camino 1971 came with a M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic three-speed automatic transmission. The 1971 model also came with Muncie M22 along with the manual gearbox. This meant easy access to repairs and tweaking
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All El Caminos have come with a 12-bolt open hypoid differential with a standard 3.31:1 ratio but the 1971 model came with an optional ratio of 4.10:4.
1971 Chevy El Camino Review
The 1971 Chevrolet is a people’s car. It maintains all features a muscle car would possess but still has modesty to it, something an average farmer can drive around on his farm but still go to church on Sunday on. The SS454 equipment makes it even more of an ultra-high performance machine.
The great thing about the Chevrolet El Camino 1971 is the easy availability of spare parts and restoration equipment. One can easily find maintenance appliances. The car’s maim appeal is to muscle car enthusiasts who still need functionality and practical use.
Chevrolet El Camino SS 1971
In 1971, Chevy decided to give the consumer a different option with the Chevrolet el Camino SS 1971. This model showed a slight change externally, with something chopped and trimmed while something extended. The 15 inch wide tires were also a feature.
1971 Chevrolet El Camino 350
The Chevrolet El Camino 1971 was another V8 engine option for people looking to upgrade or downsize, depending on their situation. The 350 V8 had two versions, one that offered and was rated at 245 horsepower and the other that was clocked in at 270 horsepower.