This was my High School & College car. I went thru 2
engines, 2 transmissions and several rear differentials, not to mention plenty
of other mechanical/electrical parts. At one point someone was jealous and keyed it
on all 4 corners, an axle decided it didn't want to be part of my El Camino and
took off on it's own and in the process rolled a fender, so it's not because I
was rough on it. ;-) Really, stuff just
happened. I managed to put over 100,000 miles on it in the 7 years that I
owned it and it was getting pretty beat up by the time it was retired.
From time to time I think back on the time I had with this old
El Camino and wish it was still around, but then I remember the water leaks and
the mildew smell, the nit-picky problems, carburetors, speedometer not reading
correctly, faded paint and bondo breaking free, etc. and then I realize why I
got rid of it for my 95 Impala SS.
That still doesn't stop me from feeling nostalgic about this old
71. No, in fact that's why I posted these pictures, early
in it's life cycle while under my ownership. She still sports a beautiful paint job.
This is also why I'm helping my Dad build up a 69 El Camino SS. This
El Camino got me my first speeding ticket, got me in my first accident and
plenty of other firsts, along with plenty of things that I won't go
into here. ;-) Because of that, I have many
fond memories of this 71 El Camino SS and the many nights spent harassing others
and on a few occasions, others harassing me.