A 30 year Murrieta resident who has just moved to Fallbrook, Bud Reid proudly showed his 1964 Chevrolet El Camino at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals March 31 to April 2. “That event is probably the largest in Southern California if not the whole state” he said.
Reid said his entry is the result of a 25 year dream and with the help of friend Shawn Parker of Wildomar it came out perfect after a four year “build”. Reid said that although it’s stock from an outside appearance it has a modern drive train and a small block Chevy engine putting out over 500 horsepower. The engine and drive train work was done by Parker at his shop.
Commenting on the “build”, Reid told his story: “If I was to do a car, I’d want to do an El Camino and I’d do a ’64 since it was the first year they came out. I think the Chevelle body style was wonderful and with an El Camino bed it was really classic. But finding one is difficult because there aren’t many left. This was an original Wildomar car with only one previous owner and it came from the factory with power steering, power brakes and power windows along with air conditioning which very few had as original equipment. It was a ‘good bones’ car to start with and it came out laser straight after the restoration.”
With only 40 miles on it after finishing just two weeks before the show Reid says they trailered it to the event to avoid driving it in traffic.
Asked about the biggest thrill of it all his response was: “It will be passed down to my son and grandson. It’s in the Will and Family Trust that way.”
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CAPTION: Recent Fallbrook transplant Bud Reid stands next to his rebuilt 1964 Chevrolet El Camino at the Goodguys Del Mar Nationals.