List my Goals and outline the major aspects of the Project.
Information about the donor cars and other assemblies I used. Includes tear down information and photos.
Discussion about the fabrication and fabricated tools used for this build.
Outline of the assembly process of my El Camino.
Listing of the people, companies and web pages I have found useful.
Copyright 2013, Leo Stearns
After being away from heavy car modifications for almost 20 years and after a very stressful 4½ year run at a tech start-up, I decided to spend some time in my garage and build a custom car.
I’ve always liked El Caminos. I’m not sure exactly why, but it has something to do with their impracticality. So, I decided to build a custom El Camino to be used for everyday driving. Because El Caminos have not been made in over 25 years, this will require a good bit of modernization to meet my requirements. The first step was to pick which generation El Camino to use as the base for the project. There have been 5 generations of El Camino to date. I find the first generation beautiful and unique examples of automobile art from a signature period for US auto design. However, the cars are just too big and the frames are too small to be able to truly modernize them as I envision. Past that, I prefer the 5th generation’s angular shape and more compact dimensions.