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Concept One’s ’69 El Camino Project: A Beast Is Born

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Way down south in Georgia, our friends Randy and Kevin Redd at Concept One – makers of high performance pulley systems, are building a beast. In their build shop in Cumming, Georgia, lies a dormant monster waiting to be awakened – a high-performance El Camino. Concept One co-founder and owner, Kevin Redd gave Chevy Hardcore an update on the project truck, and what an update this low-slung hauler is getting. The truck was originally-owned by Kevin’s uncle, and is getting updated with a performance suspension, and a soon-to-be-installed LS engine that you probably guessed, will utilize a Concept One pulley system. The frame is ready to be bead blasted and powdercoated, and the build is well underway.

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The Redd brothers chose a two-tone/pin stripe paint combo, that sets the bar really high for the rest of the El Camino’s build. They bypassed the obvious single color with twin Super Sport striping, in favor of an upper and lower two-tone package of dark gray above the mid-line, and light gray-silver for the lower section, divided by a 1/2-inch blood red, fat-boy pinstripe that is visible from any distance. Inside, a red interior will make this truck quite stunning at any angle, especially when finished with Boss Motorsports 338 gray spoke rims to tie the package together.DSC_00111

Motivating the family heirloom is the previously-mentioned LS, that was built by John Tucker and crew at Southern Performance who specialize in LS conversions. The Redd’s version is a 6.0-liter LS2 with LS3 heads, and an LS9 camshaft. Being added to the mix is an Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger to truly make this one very fast truck. Fleshing out the rest of the drivetrain is a 4L65 four-speed automatic transmission, and a 12-bolt rearend filled with a set of 3.73 gears.

The combination of the Southern Performance-built LS, coupled with the E-Force Supercharger and Concept One pulley system will yield upwards of 600 horsepower by Kevin’s estimate. That will indeed make this El Camino one wicked truck to meet on the street or at the track.

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Kevin is also adding a 180-amp alternator, giving the truck a slight upgrade for creature comforts like electric windows, stereo, lights, etc. Following the frame’s blasting and powdercoating, the truck will be put back together and unleashed into the wilds of Georgia, where some peaches will most certainly be rattled from the trees.

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Kane Wickham

Born a child of the 60s, Kane Wickham grew up around, and in the great musclecar era and has been addicted to cars his entire life. An established photo journalist in California’s Central Valley, Kane is the owner of WKD Customs, a company that builds custom American classics for auction and private sale. A veteran of many car shows and events, he has been part of the Los Angeles car culture for more than 20 years.
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