Tan66 nice example of an original, keep it that way just clean it up a bit, those shells....don't get rid of it!!
Now if you EVER, ahem....wanna get rid of the whole smog setup I know someone who regrets giving his away.
Smog stuff is not going back on the truck! I have the pump, exhaust manifolds, plumbing, intake manifold, distrib, carb, etc. sitting in a box in my garage. If you or somone has interest in the smog stuff, PM me.
The shell was a custom built deal from a small trailer repair and manufacturer in North Sacramento. All built out of square alum tube frame and white sheet trailer alum. Guy who built it is long gone, I would suspect.
Check out the phone number on the maker's name plate. I'm not sure if the shell is going to stay on the truck and I might be willing to part with it.
As for original, I'm planning on keeping it mostly that way, with a few improvements...i.e disk brakes on the front, dual master cyl, power booster, rebuild of all the soft suspension parts(rubber) with urethane parts, sway bars, Bilstein shocks. Have some Air-Lift bags to put in the back springs and hook up to the air lines, as I'm not going to put the the Delco air shocks back on it. It's gonna get a Magnaflow stainless exhaust setup with dual pipes. I still have the original wheels and dog dish caps if I decide to go that way, but right now I'm thinking American TT mags or rally wheels.
I fully understand the elements of a 'correct restoration', but decided against going that way, as when you are all done, all you have is a very shiny OLD car with all the same short-comings that they had when they were first built. My goal is to have something that is a bit more drivable with better handling, stopping, and power that original, while keeping the look of the mid-60's period. I've done the car show thing with my Vette, and that gets kinda old, boring, and nit-picky, so after much thought, I chose to go the way I'm going. After all, GM produced in excess of 25,000 of these each year they were built, so the El Camino is NOT rare, and mine certainly was not a special model. I'm old enough to remember when these things were new, and I still remember my dad telling me when I wanted to buy a 40 Ford in my youth, that "they weren't all that great when they were new...why would you think they got better with age?"