Project El Camino Verde: THE ENGINE
Out with the old... No time was wasted getting the car torn down. First things first though, we removed the doghouse, followed by the stock 305 c.i. engine.
The El Camino Verde's new E–Rod LS3 engine is emissions compliant and will deliver 430hp and better fuel economy too.
Engine & Tranny On Frame
The LS3 engine and the GM 4L60E automatic transmission were mounted onto the El Camino Verde's frame. Since the car has been finished the trans has been swapped in favor of a 6–speed T–56 by Tremec which has offered more control while autocrossing.
Test fit- front shot
A new exhaust system with a cross–over pipe was fabricated for this application. The stock exhaust manifolds were used to remain emissions compliant. The rest of the exhaust was routed through a set of Hooker Aero Chamber mufflers. While the exhaust manifolds were used here, a new set of LS Engine swap Headers will be offered under the Hooker brand, for G–body's using an LS engine swap.
Project El Camino Verde: FINISHED VEHICLE| 07/22/2010
Since El Camino Verde has been completed we've had a blast driving it, and we wanted to find a cool place to photograph the El Camino and ended up finding a gem. These old grain bins are located just inside the city of Bowling Green and made for a killer photoshoot!
Project El Camino Verde: BODY & PAINT| 06/15/2010
Pictured here is one of the last photographs of the El Camino in it's pre–transformation attire.
Things didn't look like this for long....