The 1970 Chevrolet El Camino belongs to the third generation models which was launched in 1968 and has seen substantial remodeling over the years.
1970 Chevrolet El Camino
The El Camino was based on a similar platform to the Chevelle wagon and sedan, and so the modifications to the Chevrolet El Camino 1970 shows the modifications effected on the 1970 Chevelle. The most obvious variation is the squared up the appearance of the new cars.
The total number of 1970 El Camino built was down a little from the year before, but merely by about 700 units. All through the model year, 47,707 Chevrolet El Camino 1970 were manufactured.
1970 El Camino interior
The 1970 El Camino interior was remodeled to offer more luxury features to the driver. The seats are either manual or power-adjusted Strato-bucket with an optional center console. It also has standard all-vinyl interior, while the vinyl door panels in El Camino Customs vary from those in base El Caminos, other interior items presented are seat covers, dash covers, seat foam, carpeting and switches.
1970 El Camino specs
The 1970 El Camino specs include engine options that remained the same from the year before, though with a few distinct alterations. The first was that both versions of the 396 CID V8 still retained the SS396 emblems, the engine size was increased to 402 CID to allow for some modifications to meet up with new emissions standards. The power output remained the same, though.
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Three versions of the 396 existed previously rated at 325, 350 and 375 horsepower, but in 1970 the 325-horsepower model was suspended. This was possibly owing to the truth that Chevy’s 350 CID V8 was first installed in El Caminos the year before, and gave 300 horsepower. The last V8 option was a 307 CID V8. At the base of the power variety was two six-cylinder engine options: the base 230 CID version and a 250 CID option.
Top of the performance model was the 454 CID V8, which was introduced to the Chevy assemble that year. The engine gave 454 horsepower together with 500 lbs. /ft. torque, and was fitted in a small number of El Caminos in 1970.
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1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
The 1970 El Camino SS, fitted with 396- or 454-CID Chevy big-block power, is the crucial El Camino of the muscle car age.
Chevy presented the El Camino SS in two forms for 1970, the SS396 and the SS454. The SS396 transitioned to 402-cubes with no a alteration of the name mid-year and the second model was presented in “standard” 360-horsepower LS5 trim, or in 450-horse LS6 Turbo Jet 454 appearance, rated at an SAE gross 500 pound-feet of torque at 3600 RPM. LS6s are exclusive, top-dollar collectibles to car collectors.
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454
The 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454 Z15/LS5 package featured a 360hp 454-cu.in. V-8, chrome engine accents, chrome wheel-arch moldings, power front disc brakes, dual exhausts, a black painted grille, and 14 x 7-inch styled steel wheels. Paying $263.30 for the Z15/LS6 package added the high-rated 450hp LS6 V-8, turning the 1970 El Camino into the fastest truck in the world.
When fitted with the LS6, the quarter-mile was completed in 13.4 seconds. A close-ratio 4-speed manual or a Turbo-Hydromatic was the only engines offered with the dominant 454.
Till date the 1970 Chevy El Camino model remains a collector’s prize and remains highly sought after as it was one of the last muscle cars built.