Engine & Drivetrain
Phillips & Co. began with the Foose-donated GM Performance Parts 454 short-block filled with an all-forged rotating assembly and took it from there. L&R Engine in Santa Fe Springs, California, did the balancing and machine work. Phillips raided the Edelbrock inventory, seizing a 2264 hydraulic roller (248/256 degrees duration at 0.050, 0.632/0.648-inch lift), lifters, valvesprings, pushrods, and roller rockers. He put the cam to engine with Comp timing gear. He put stainless valves in from-the-box Victor 24 rectangular-port cylinder heads and mated them to an RPM Air-Gap intake manifold. On top of it, a Holley 830-cfm HP carburetor capped by a repro Chevy air cleaner assembly. On the bottom, a GMPP oil pan and a Melling high-volume pump. An MSD Digital 6 Plus box and Pro Billet distributor disperse the fire; Hedman 1 7/8-inch primaries kick the hydrocarbons into a 3-inch system featuring (mild-until-stomped-on) MagnaFlow mufflers. Every last fastener is from ARP. Since driving on the street is Rafael's pleasure, the drivetrain reflects some crafty innovation. The elephantine Turbo 400 was built by SW Performance Transmission in Huntington Beach. It operates off a 2,800-stall converter and ends with a bulletproof Gear Vendors Overdrive unit. Wade King at Drivelines, Inc., in Mission Viejo put up a custom 3-inch prop shaft that spins torque to the Currie 9 axle. Accompaniments include Detroit Truetrac differential and 3.73:1 gears. Credit goes to Greg who polished all the stainless stuff.
Wheels & Brakes
Flash Foose Fishtails, 19x8 and 20x10, wear high-zoot Pirelli PZero 35-series rubber commensurately sized at 245 and 295. Though a tad bright for some, the Fishtails really pop that dark pigment live. Not hiding very well at all behind this tire/rim combo, formidable 14-inch Baer brakes clamped by 6P six-piston calipers. The iron grip of the Pirellis and the energy-burning force of the six-piston calipers could easily detach a retina or two.
Phillips: "We kept the solid, straight, rust-free body basically stock but removed the reverse lights and emblems from the tailgate, the side marker lights, door locks, and antenna, then smoothed out the bumpers by removing the bolts and front license plate notch." Indeed, the omission of the plate recess virtually changes the look of the El Camino. Five Axis Design in Huntington Beach applied the BASF 90 Glasurit Line/Foose signature color Huntington Pearl and the Titanium Silver. Many miles from the Beach, noted flame expert and graphics guide Dennis Ricklefs laid down the subtle pinstripes at DR Design in Murietta, California.
Behind it all, is an M&H wiring harness, rubbing shoulders with Classic Auto Air HVAC system. Dipping his head below the Lecarra Mark IV steering wheel, freelancer Joseph Weitz began the audio package from the floorboard up with custom kick panels and subwoofer enclosures with a Stealth amp rack. The system proper is composed of an Alpine IDA-X305 head unit; Kicker equipment is nestled everywhere else: RS 6.5-inch component speakers, 10-inch L7 subwoofer, ZX1000.1 subwoofer amp, and a ZX850.4 multi-channel amp. Thanks go to Chad at subesports.com, who provided the seats and harnesses. A&M Upholstery in Norwalk worked over the Cobra Misano carbon-fiber seats, installed the stock Super Sport dash arrangement. Redline Gauge Works in Santa Clarita brought the decidedly different silver-faced Super Sport meters to the build. The shifter is a gennie GM Horseshoe.
Chassis And Suspension
Rob began by stripping the chassis and powdercoating it semi-gloss black. Then he hyped the details with cadmium-plated fasteners in white. A 12:1 quick-ratio steering box guides the stock spindles, while complete Hotchkis front and rear suspension assemblies (upper and lower control arms, springs, anti-sway bars, adjustable top and tubular bottom links) dictated the valving characteristics of the specific Bilstein shock absorbers. The Currie axle that these parts support was narrowed two inches to maintain the integrity of the package as well as afford the proper wheel-space visual.