Specs for the 1980 Chevy El Camino

by Martin Cole

The 1980 El Camino was manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. The El Camino is considered a coupe utility vehicle, a car with the bed of a pickup truck. The first El Camino was developed back in 1959, but poor sales in its second year led to it being discontinued in 1960. It was brought back in 1964, this time surviving through 1987.


This Chevrolet's engine produces a maximum 135 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. The engine type is a V6, which means that two rows of three cylinders are placed adjacently on the engine and angled outward. Each of the six cylinders has a diameter of 4 inches, and each piston travels a total of 3.4 inches into a cylinder. For every cylinder there are two valves. The engine has a displacement of 268.9 cubic inches. The 1980 El Camino has a 9.3:1 compression ratio, which is the ratio of both the cylinder and piston volume at the beginning and end of a compression stroke. The Chevrolet's camshaft operates from within the cylinder block, using push rods to trigger rocker arms.


Without any liquids, such as gas and oil, the 1980 El Camino weighs in at 3,428.2 pounds. The car is 72 inches wide, 55.5 inches high and 202 inches long, with a wheelbase length of 117.3 inches. The rear tires are 8.1 inches wide and have a 6-inch sidewall height on a 14-inch diameter wheel. Things get larger at the front, with an 8.5-inch tire and a 5.5-inch sidewall height on a 15-inch diameter wheel. Inside the Chevy there is a total of 1,250 gallons of passenger space.

Other Features

A three-speed automatic transmission transfers the engine's muscle into the El Camino's front-wheel drive. At the front of the vehicle, 10.5-inch disc brakes handle half of the braking duties. Drum brakes on the back end of the Chevrolet supply the other half of the stopping power.

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