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Old 03-13-2016, 10:27 PM
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Some of my other vehicles are Chevy El Caminos. I'm just finishing a body-off restoration on a '75. I have a 507 inch Cadillac in that one, with a Currie 9 inch Ford rear, and TH400 trans.

The next project is an '87 El Camino, which is still factory stock. I may put that one on the rotisserie also, & get the body off the frame & & get the under-body & frame sand blasted. I intend to keep this one in stock form. It's well equipped, with power windows, locks posi rear end, cruise, and a 2004R OD transmission among other items.

It's all fun I tell ya !
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:58 PM
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Pics? My brother had an 82 with an ls swap, power windows, true duals, air shocks in the rear... I'm still mad at him for selling it
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If you need any help with parts i know some g body sites.
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I see that some of the folks on the El Camino Central forum have done the LS engine mod. I guess those engines are capable of some serious power..

This '87 isn't going to get modified. I don't have the time on this one. Would like to have it run good though... I'll ask the guys at Comp Cams about a computer type cam, to maybe give the 305 a little more zip...


This is the '75, before the new wheels & tires went on....

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My wife has been nudging me about getting a Camino for a couple years now. I just don't think we have the budget to do the Jeep and a Camino restoration. The ones that are already built are way outside my price range, so I'd be looking at getting one that needs a lot of TLC and managing most of that work myself.

The other issue is kids.....we have 4 of them, and the local law tend to frown if you have more people in the truck bed than you do sitting in the cab. I told her maybe when the 3 oldest are gone, and we just have the nephew left. I love them and would love to do one up proper!
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This '75 is the 4th one I've had, of that generation. I did buy a new one in '77, but over the years the Michigan cancer ate it up, and then a guy not too far from me had this '75 body....so, I was off & running with it !!

The '87 will be a new thing to me, being a G body. Only other G body I ever had was a black 1984 Buick Regal Limited, which was a year old then, and a really nice car....
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got one...if you look hard enough you can see the jeep in one of the pics

1972 factory ss 82k miles. originally gold with white stripes and a white vinyl top. 350/350 with 12 bolt rear, bench seat, column shift, clock ordered in place of tach, air conditioning truck. in the family since 6k miles and/or 1973. now it is sporting a ls1/4l60e, 433 gear, 4400 stall, rear disc conversion, etc. disregard the air intake, it was still in the planning stages hence the flex hose.

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my grandpap has a 66 camino with a built 350 in it with a TH400, it used to belong to a guy that owned an upholstery shop, a guy brought it in to get it re upholstered and the guy never payed so the guy put cheap seats in and sold it. i think my pap got for 3k it is a teal with purple flames lol, ill have to get a picture. i think it does mid 13s in a quarter mile, dont quote me though its been a while since ive seen it.
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That elcamino above is super clean. I love that body style.
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That '72 is really nice ! And even though I've never owned one, it's my favorite year and body style !

That engine swap is really a clean installation !!
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This is where was just getting started on the '75 Elco. My son (pictured) helped me lift the body off..

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and outside on the rotisserie for sand blasting...inside, outside, bottom, firewall etc, except for the out side finish surfaces, which I stripped with paint stripper.

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full resto thats gonna be nice
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Originally Posted by steelybill View Post
That '72 is really nice ! And even though I've never owned one, it's my favorite year and body style !

That engine swap is really a clean installation !!
I'm not crazy about the body style, but the truck has been around for awhile and won't be leaving any time soon. there are roughly 8 lsx swap experiences into that vehicle. and thanks. a good friend of mine is all but responsible for the repinned harness and wire tucking. every bit of it is/was done right and it shows. we've been around this stuff for awhile. the truck got a panel resto in 87 and basically a body off resto in 09. it's got a lot of money and even more time in it. trying to convince dad those wheels have to go, but old guys...
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oops ....

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Another pic of "work in progress"
And I'm afraid to add up all the receipts from the last 6 years on this !!


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I tell people that it's just a 305 Chevy with new paint...

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