1971 El Camino
1971 el Camino interior restoration
this 1971 came to us with a great base, black on white, monster 502, nice stance. it just wasn't all the way there yet. we converted the interior back into its true ss interior but added a full dakota digital gauge package. floor console with floor shifter, new seats and steering wheel made it all factory correct with a little hot rod style. we installed all the parts to make the factory cowl induction hood work again and just like that, a wicked big block chevy hits the streets.
This El Camino came in and it runs, it looks great from the outside but just wasn't ready on the interior for the Sunday cruz. What a cool car. Nice big 502 engine that really knows how to open up. Great suspension, but, the weekend warrior interior needed to be replaced with something more fitting to the car.
You can see here the original builder had the right plan, wicked AutoMeter gauges but just didn't get them in perfect. It made for a strange view of the gauge face and a bad look overall. Final details can make all the difference on a build. Do it right and it blends in, or, do it wrong and see it from a mile away.
Below are some before and afters, Really some of the nicer before you will see but I think most would agree that going back to the true SS dash makes for a better feel and look to this great Muscle Car.
Bringing things back to factory is not normally what a Speed Shop is known for but we love giving these great cars new life and making them look as great as they should.
Great blend of the factory true SS and the modern and clean Dakota Digital gauges. We love these gauges and we really do love the AutoMeter too, these just have a little better feel for this build. Along with everything fitting correct, this makes the total build better. You look at the dash every time you drive, it needs to be clean and right.