AZ FRESH & REAL SS396 4 spd Chevelle El Camino Model CHILI PEPPA!!!

Price: US $27,870.00 Item location: Cave Creek, Arizona, United States
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: El Camino
  • Trim: SS 396 Super Sport 13880 Model
  • Year: 1968
  • Mileage: 130,000
  • VIN: 1388008Zxxxxxx
  • Color: 1968 El Camino Matador Red
  • Engine size: 396/454
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Transmission: M20 4 speed Muncie
  • Drive type: 2wd
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: SEE list of GM CODED OPTIONS, Buckets, 4 spd, factory ac, PS,PB, Posi,AMFM
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1968 Chevrolet El Camino

Genuine 1968 SS396 Chevelle El Camino

CHILI PEPPA! ( Slick Red skin with hotter than hot internals)

AZ fresh SS396 Model M20 4spd Buckets PS PDB Posi Factory ACAMFM Reverb Built BBC. VIDEO

A year long professional Body on restoration of a Genuine AZ/CA Super Sport El Camino with all the best and some rare additional options. Vin# 138 built at the Fremont CA plant and stayed lifelong in California and Arizona.. Free

of the rust ravages we have all seen in most of these cars this vintage.

To summarize a Genuine Super Sport performance built with all the best options that will

Ignite your soul when you put your foot in it!


As respects authenticity as a Super Sport 1968 is the year to own. Why? See following statements in tech area:"





- "5910 1968 SS396 EL CAMINOS WERE BUILT".





I have presented in considerable detail the GM coded Options the Power Plant build details

the Restoration Process and finally the Operating Summary. I expect that whoever comes to see this

gorgeous Super Sport El Camino will be a high bidder.I would always prefer to sell to a buyer who has seen the car in person.

1968 SS396 Options List & GM Codes

2015 NADA Value listedBook Increases:

SS396 Model +40% 13880

Bucket Seats + 5% A51

Factory AC +10% C60

+Factory Options observed on this car:

Muncie 4 speed transmission M20 w/Hurst

4 Piston power disc brakes J50

12 bolt with Positraction G

Power Steering N40

Performance Axle ratio AXL2

All tinted glass A01

AM/FM pushbutton radio U69 w/Reverb

Custom Deluxe Seat Belts ZK3

Heavy Duty Radiator V01

Clutch Fan (w/AC) K02

Concealed wipers (w/SS) C24

Rally Wheels (replaced) Z17

F41 rear sway bar (added) F41

1968 SS396 El CaminoValue Direction: UP =11% *

Per Keith* Martin's 2015 American Collector Price Guide

(*"What's my Car Worth" Expert)

1968 SS396 Chevelle El Camino Power Plant Details

Complete 454ci Long Block Rebuild by Dougan's Racing Engines Riverside CA

Completely BALANCED after reconditioning of all internals incl flywheel *

Partial list of Internal Parts only totaling $2650.00:

Roller Tip Rockers

Headwork Valves Springs & Ret


HYP pistons

Scat Forged Crank

Comp Cam

Roller Timing chain & gears kit

*Builder spec sheet of gram weights per component available.

Bolt-on Performance upgrades:

Edelbrock High Rise Torker 2 Manifold

Mighty Demon Dual Pumper Carb (750?)

Fuel Regulator

Hooker Headers Chrome

One wire Alternator Chrome

MSD Pro Billet Distributor

MSD Blaster SS Coil

Taylor plug Wires

Flow Master dual Chamber dual Exhaust

The Restoration Process- Body On50 miles on restoration

Body & Paint

The Body shop specializing in Classic car restoration first stripped 6 layers of paint off the car down to bare metal. Then had the bed media blasted. There was no metal repair required anywhere due to rust. Both doors and hood were removed all trim bumpers weather stripping window whiskers etc. The body appears all factory with no replacement panels tailgate doors or fenders. AZ climate has been good for this Elky.

Both doors sagged just enough to affect the fit so doors were removed and new hinges installed. Once down to metal they found there was a fist size dent in the upper side of the right fender that was poorly repaired. That was pulled and re-repaired. Primered then 2 stage Base Coat/Clearcoat 1968 El Camino Matador Red was applied then wet sanded and polished to brilliant shine. The Bed was left unpolished so appears a semi flat surface. This can be polished if buyer wants that. There is one small dent (paint is not damaged) still in the bed on the bed fender well. (Too small to show up in photos and it may be possible to pull it out like they do hail dents. (PDR)

The body work is professional no waves or runs & straight down the sides. Paint quality is excellent certainly professional even without excessive orange peel. Clear coat shows no signs of deterioration. I would grade it at least an 8.5 to a 9. and consider it at least local show quality. Anyone that has seen it says "its beautiful" or "it looks brand new" or "looks too nice to drive." "The paint is awesome"

Body & Paint are certainly NOT just driver quality but not Concours either. Anyone would be proud to show this Elky off. It was driven only to mount the new wheels and tires and flush out the brake system so there are NO stone chips! There is no sign of any color on the body except Matador Red even in the door jambs. Panel fitment is good see photos. There is enough room to add door edge guards if you want that.

All the weather stripping was replaced rubber bumper/stopper pieces throughout whiskers at windows cowl vent screens and usual paint kit from OPGI installed.

SS Stripes & SS Blackout Grille************Not done so Buyer can decide.

I purposely did not blackout the front grille even though all SS396 Elkys had that. I

will have that painted if buyer requests it at no charge. It will be a perfect job and it will last.

I also did not paint low gloss black under the moldings as I personally like the car ALL red

especially with the Chrome Torque Thrust wheels. Buyer can do what they want.

Also The striping options are up to the new owner. You can do Hood Stripes like a 70 SS and

I have a picture of what it would look like with hood stripes.

Or do Factory header panel stripes and side stripes that run above the side moldings.

The stripe kit is about $150.

Chrome & Brightwork & Lenses

Just about everything replaced with the best NEW reproduction parts available mostly from OPGI. Both bumpers front and rear SS Badges tailgate bowtie badge side marker units Drip rails window surround complete stainless bed surround exterior door handles side moldings tailgate molding set complete grille system including front light bezels and hood lip trim..

Brake lights headlights front and rear signal lights and side marker lenses were replaced with new. There are some very fine hairlike scratches on the side door upper window metal frame. It's a shiny metal finish and these might be able to be polished out I don't know for sure.


Very nicely reconditioned. The headliner sail panels and both door panels and SS396 emblems were already replaced. Installed DYNMAT over entire floor and up behind rear kick panels. Floors were very solid only one hole the size of a pencil eraser that we filled with metal material. Replaced dash pad Floor shift boot and factory cover Glove box interior dome light cover all door & window cranks mirror cigarette lighter Lock knobs piller covers SS396 dash plaque carpeting Re-upholstered Bucket seats with PUI covers and new foam seat side shells and metal trim added. New GM authorized reproduction deluxe seat belt kits.

Dash and rear shelf and lower area repainted front kick panels repainted and new rear speaker kick panels installed to accommodate special 8ohm speakers for the FM Reverb system. All new wind lace and new sill plates..


Grant wood steering wheel Custom storage box slips concealed into bed wall and a rebuilt factory AM/FM push button radio a rare option was installed with under dash Reverb unit "Stereo Magic." Its really a concert hall kind of sound that's really cool and really rare They were seen more common on Pontiacs and installed by dealers usually. I think 1968 was the last year they were available for GM. It sounds awesome.

A three gang set by Autometer shows Alt Oil pressure & Temperature and work perfectly. Winning bidder will get a Vintage Sun Super Tach & harness that goes with the car.

Engine Bay

Rust free and mostly factory looking and complete with chromed accessories just needed cleaning up & detailing. No wiring messes no fluid leaks. Inner fenders sanded and re- painted hoses and belts replaced as necessary. Engine was painted new factory style BB valve covers air cleaner pcv elbow & hose etc. new plugs and Red Taylor wires added. MSD ignition system. New Hood insulation will be installed before delivery.

Mechanical- Recent Repairs

Mechanically a sound car with a very powerful engine and smooth shifting 4 speed but it was stored a very long time so some repairs were needed.

Power steering leaked so that was fixed. The A/C unit was missing a lot of parts under the dash as well as under the hood. A lot was spent on completing the system and making it operate. Flushing it all then it was charged and leak tested and blows strong and cold.

We installed a new Power Booster and CPP master cylinder and since one of the 4 piston front calipers leaked repaired/ replaced those and had the system power bled. Plenty of stopping power now although of course the Comp cam lope is big enough that it does deplete the vacuum level at idle. Also replaced the fuel sending unit.

Amazingly No leaks from rear end rear brake cylinders radiator transmission or the engine. Valve cover gaskets were replaced when the new valve covers were installed.

As for mileage on the rebuild the prior Arizona owner said that after the CA owner had all that work done on the motor he then primed it and parked it for years never getting to the cosmetic restoration he planned. In fact he said the break-in oil was still in the motor before he changed it and added Zinc additive. Compression is high enough to require 91 or better octane.


Front Windshield was already replaced with a Pilkington soft ray match and it is chip free uncracked and clear.

Original Factory tinted Side windows roll up and down fine not scratched up might have a couple short tiny scratches. Rear window is the LOF original and has a few scratches at the molding but uncracked and does not affect visibility.

Wheels & Tires/Suspension

Suspension is factory w/ Air shocks in rear. There is what I think is a F41 rear sway bar

which is not factory for an El Camino. Rides really well without suspension

noises or squeaking or undercarriage rattles.

Wheels are brand new 17" American Racing Torque Thrust Ms & Lug kit wrapped

in Brand new 235 Falkan low profiles.


Awesome Un-detailed dry undercarriage. This is just the way I like to see them. No overs prayed cover ups or POR (paint over Rust. )Dusty with surface dirt but DRY DRY DRY. Bed underside isgood Floor pans good frame is good Rockers shock towers Core Support all solid. ask for more pictures if you like. Before the Dynamat was installed I re-sealed the drain plugs with factory color seam sealer. It looks white with the flash. There is somefactory undercoating that is peeling offin the pictures it is not rust. No frame damage.

Rear End is Positraction and seems to be a performance axle. Id only be guessing

but maybe 370 or 410?

OK....So how does it DRIVE???????

It drives super!! The more I drive it the more I love it.

Engine starts immediately accelerates rapidly and effortlessly idles easily. Not a trace of smoke. Drives arrow straight at highor low speed no pulling no front end noises no rear end noises no brake noises and virtually rattle-free. (something in glove box rattles over rock bumps up here) Oil pressure is great and so far it has not overheated when its 95 degrees outside. . It's not 115 degrees here yet. It has the heavy duty big block radiator but out here in AZ we like 4 core aluminum radiators with a puller fan.. Power Disc brakes Power Steering & Positraction are all MUST HAVES on this beastie not to mention Air Conditioning.

Wipers headlights fuel gauge turn signals speedo a/c htr controls all work good. Horn is wired but inop.

AM/FM push button Radio sounds great and despite a seriously rumpity rump motor with dual flowmasters and a lot of moving accessory belts its pretty quiet in the cab. (Dynamat!)

Stops good clutch works great and shifts easily and smoothly with no apparent synchro issues and shifter is not shaking all around like some do. That big El Camino frame is perfect for handling all that power & Torque. An El Camino's weight distribution is excellent with 56.1% over front tires as compared to Chevelle Coupe at 56.5%. Not overly light in the rear as I once thought!

So why selling?

I have two other cars in restoration. One is a rotissarie Z10 Camaro I wish I

had never started. Its making me broke! I decided it was best to sell the Elky while it

is a fresh restoration and before the other two are done and have to go in the garage.

Title/Trim Tag/Vin

Vin Tag is correct and matches AZ title exactly and has undisturbedfactory rivets asd oes the Trim Tag. Email for pictures. Car is registered and titled in my name.

Arizona Regulartitle not salvage and not non op. Non Refundable deposit is $1500 immediately with 7 calendar days to complete the sale. I will photograph the loading of your carby your shipper and provide instructionsto get here. Car will not be released until funds clear. Storage available at 100/mo. Check my feedback on the few cars I have sold.

AS IS/No Warranty disclaimer

This vehicle is not a new car! Please come and inspect it for your self before you buy it. My standards may not be yours I describe it as I see it you may see it differently.This vehicle is being sold as iswhere is with no warranty expressed written or implied. My description is not an inspection its just to give you feel for the car before you come inspect. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description authenticity genuineness or defects herein and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness imperfection defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

60 Second Video. (amateur) My little digital camera cannotclarify the rumpity rump so sound is distorted. The rumble shakes the garage door overhead.

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On May-29-15 at 09:10:42 PDT seller added the following information:


On May-30-15 at 13:44:36 PDT seller added the following information:



Axle ASSEMBLY CODE CY 0325B. THATS 1968 3.08 gear ratio


On May-30-15 at 13:52:41 PDT seller added the following information:

The Muncie might well be a close ratio (M-21) with that low axle ratio according to what I researched.

SO I was wrong about the rear end ratio its not that much higher but that is a good thing for street use.

On May-30-15 at 13:57:27 PDT seller added the following information:

TYPO ERROR Ratio is 3.07 not 3.01.

On May-30-15 at 22:32:21 PDT seller added the following information:

ENGINE SPECS PER BUILDERS PARTS LIST:COMP HYDRAULIC CAM 11-318-4. Street performance cam with choppy idle per distributors description.TRW PISTONS L2399. LS6

On May-31-15 at 22:04:47 PDT seller added the following information:

I have sold to zero bidders whowere completely legitimate however to be fair to rated bidders zero bidders must contact me and give me some basic info so I know they are willing and able buyers. If not contacted their bids will be cancelled. One zero bidder has contacted me and we are good.

On Jun-01-15 at 19:43:45 PDT seller added the following information:

second zero bidder is legit local and cleared to bid.