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Grace
Hagerty Employee

Choo Choo Customs helped Chevy deliver a proper-looking El Camino SS

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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55longroof
New Driver

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...

Britishcarguy
Passenger

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.

Rider79
Instructor

A bit overwrought, perhaps, but certainly worlds better than a custom perversion van - one of the ugliest and most useless vehicles ever devised.

GlenGetchell
New Driver

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.