Choo Choo Customs built far more vans than it did El Camino SSs, but to many fans, the spiced-up utes are the company's crowning achievements. Despite their sometimes-ostentatious paint schemes, the van conversions often take a cushy back seat to the El Camino SS, a vehicle that never had a back seat at all.
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Back in the 90's I bought a 79 elk, swapped out the weak 305 for a built 400 small block, and installed the choo-choo front end, some Z-28 wide wheels form the era, suspension etc. it turned out to be a great boat puller and stop light bruiser...
I have an 87 Choo Choo El Camino. Here in central USA it gets a lot more comments than my British sports cars. With a 350 conversion the performance is much improved over the standard 305. Mine looks like the one pictured but bench seat, optional sport steering wheel, and side exhaust pipes.
I have a 1985 Choo Choo. The perfect family beast of burden. And suddenly in the last year seems to have women running to come look at it. Literally! And trust me I have cars that even I think are way cooler than the Choo Choo. I could have used this in high school. While it's a classic, it is still used as intended in our house hold even if its days as race car hauler is behind it. I am convinced that these (and 80's El Caminos in general) will soon become true collectables.