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Post by Sinister on Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:07 pm



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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:28 pm

It looks pretty sweet.

What's the story?


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Post by Sinister on Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:02 am

Transplant the 454 into the 73 grand am?
Just leave it unmolested and drive it?
Cost me $2500 shipped.
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Post by Sinister on Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:35 am

Truck gets delivered in the am!
Driver called and asked if I had a vehicle available to pull vehicle from the well on the stinger...Gassed up the El Camino..ready for service!
Felt great cruising the El Camino again!
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Post by Sinister on Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:38 am

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Post by Sinister on Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:48 pm

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Post by ant7377 on Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:36 pm

Fix it up. They are getting kinda valuable,looks complete.
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Re: 73 camper special 454

Post by Sinister on Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:38 pm

Shopping list

True Trac posi
Rear disc brake conversion
Total front brake replacement
HEI ignition system
Headers and new dual exhaust
Aluminum wheels with fat tires
Rebuild tilt column
Windshield replacement
Stereo upgrade
Wiper washer motor and pump
Cowl induction hood
Bed liner and tonneau cover
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Re: 73 camper special 454

Post by Sinister on Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:43 pm

Your looking at the worst part of the truck.
The under carriage is beautiful.
81,000 miles..lots of original parts...unmolested.
Truck was well cared for.
All fluids were clean..
Missing valve cover breather resulted in oil covered engine compartment..easy fix.
Notice the ignition box on firewall?
Runs good for point type system..but HEI should wake it up some.
I'm pretty happy with my $2500 cost including shipping from the West coast.
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Post by 73ss on Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:00 pm

Sinister wrote:.
Notice the ignition box on firewall?
Runs good for point type system..but HEI should wake it up some.
I'm pretty happy with my $2500 cost including shipping from the West coast.

Thats actually a battery isolater. Used to charge the truck and camper batteries both when running. When you shut the motor off and camp, It will only draw from the camper battery and not the truck. This way the truck battery won't be low when you start it. I replaced one a few years ago on my dad's RV.

Beware HEI's have lots of mechanical and vacuum advance. If you want to keep the old school stock look, get a pertronix for the original dist. I put one in my vette 20 yrs ago and still going strong. Point dist is more tuner friendly in my opinion.

Truck is a nice find. Lots of aftermarket sheet metal and support for the square bodies. Good luck!!!

Are those split rims? Yikes!!
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Post by Sinister on Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:47 am

I noticed the gap on the rim.
Dont think they are split rims..but not 100% Shure.
Point type ignitions are susceptible to moisture problems.
Love HEI.
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Re: 73 camper special 454

Post by jerry46765 on Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:13 pm

Drive it around some before you start pouring money into it.

I had a similar big block truck with similar rust but was 3/4 ton. It was one rough rider and the bodywork would have cost a small fortune. I yanked the motor/trans and sent the rest down the craigslist road.

One thing I found on the '73s, the firewall is scary close for an HEI and rubber motor mounts. FYI.

It's cool color and big block...


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