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Post by g3chevy on Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:24 am

Just found my old 77 El Camino on Ebay that I sold back in 2011. It was an original 42k mile car in need of a restoration after sitting out in the Texas Sun for 20+ years. It turned out very nice! Below is the link to the auction and a few pics I took before I sold it. Hope it finds a good home.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-Chevrolet-El-Camino-Classic/302873639157?hash=item4684acf8f5:g:8o4AAOSwBzpbkbyJ&vxp=mtr



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Post by 77camino on Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:22 am

It does looks nice. Love that color combo. They did not drive it much in the last 7 years. Wonder why they put white buckets in it?
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Post by g3chevy on Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:49 am

Yeah, that was the first thing I noticed was those white bucket seats. Not really a fan since it sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, they did a nice job. Very curious what it will end up selling for. They also have it listed locally here in Houston on Craigslist.

https://houston.craigslist.org/cto/d/1977-el-camino-swivel-bucket/6692496739.html
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Post by Hawk03 on Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:38 am

Looks good, although I wish they would have redone the dash and not installed a dash cap and freshen up the door panels with some paint. New carpet would have been good too.
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Post by 77camino on Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:25 pm

G3chevy, did you give the new owner all of the paperwork with the car. If you did, do you have any copies of the original paperwork(not the manuals)? Would like to see a break
down of the original prices.
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Post by g3chevy on Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:56 pm

Yes, I did give the new owner all the paper work. But I did make copies of most of it. Here are a few documents that I did copy. I have a few more documents like inspections at the dealer, a letter from GM regarding A/C issues with this vehicle, etc. if you're interested. I never found the build sheet as I never had an opportunity to drop the tank. But it looks like the current owner did. One of the pics shows a very rough portion of the build sheet.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:00 am

g3chevy wrote:Yeah, that was the first thing I noticed was those white bucket seats. Not really a fan since it sticks out like a sore thumb.

That was my 1st thought when I saw the white bucket seats, so I'm glad to see you agree on not being a fan. Looks good, otherwise, tho I did notice the dash cap, too. I absolutely love the blue-white 2-tone combo ... wish I could afford it!


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Post by 77camino on Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:31 am

$7168, that’s about $1000 more than I estimated my was new. The swivels were $129 and pw and pl were another $68. I may have to go back and check my numbers. This is the reproduction window sticker I made. I got all of my prices off of an original set of dealer order pages.

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Post by g3chevy on Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:23 am

Unfortunately I never received the window sticker when I purchased it from the second owner. But below is a list of options it came with to help you figure out the total price.

Engine/Trans: 350-4BL/350
Rear Axle: 2.56
Rally Wheels
Heavy Duty Radiator
2 Tone Paint
Bumper Impact Strips Front & Rear
Bed Rails
Air Shocks
Tinted Glass
Wheel Well Trim/Rocker Panel Trim
Sport Mirrors
Power Windows/Power Door Locks
Tilt/Cruise
Auxiliary Lighting Package (Under Hood Light/Map Light/Headlight Reminder Buzzer)
Econominder Gauge Package
Pulse/Delay Wipers
Interior Trash Receptacle
Swivel Bucket Seats/Center Console
Air Conditioning
AM/FM Stereo
Dealer Installed Camper Shell




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Post by crice63 on Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:29 pm

LOL I almost posted a link to this auction to the list when I first saw it.

What does a map light look like in our cars? I've never seen one.




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Post by g3chevy on Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:19 pm

Hey Clai! It's a small light placed between the two sun visors. Here's a pic.

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Post by S3SS on Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:11 pm

I saw it on ebay... Looks good. I see they did some work on it and changed bucket seat color. The covers installed look good...
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Post by crice63 on Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:20 pm

Wow, that must be as rare as hen's teeth. I've considered adapting some from other cars but haven't seen anything that looks just right. I got one of those rear view mirrors from a Bravada once that has the lights on the bottom, but you have to get the wore from under the top windshield trim to the mirror and I don't like the look. Now that I know this exists I'll be on the lookout.

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Post by S3SS on Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:23 pm

Have one in my el camino also...and Laguna (Map light) they do come up nos on ebay from time to time...
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Post by 77camino on Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:39 pm

g3chevy, I added up all of your options plus a few more that I can tell from the pictures and came up with a sticker price of about $6700. The dealer installed camper shell probably would add that price up to what the paper work states. I think the price on my window sticker is probably close. I did find a couple items that I left off. Yours had several more options than mine has. The window sticker that I made gets a lot of attention at car shows and I just want it to be as accurate as possible. Thanks for the info.
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Post by g3chevy on Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:40 pm

Clai, if you need a map light I have a couple extra that I won't be needing as my 75 Laguna and El Camino already have them. I think these were more commonly found in Monte Carlos than in El Caminos since these extras I have all came from Montes.
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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:04 am

crice63 wrote:Wow, that must be as rare as hen's teeth. I've considered adapting some from other cars but haven't seen anything that looks just right. I got one of those rear view mirrors from a Bravada once that has the lights on the bottom, but you have to get the wore from under the top windshield trim to the mirror and I don't like the look. Now that I know this exists I'll be on the lookout.

FWIW, when I added an auto-dimming mirror, I ran the wires back to the dome light and then toward the driver's B pillar, then down and into the floor channel to go back up front. It's longer, but it looks a whole lot better.
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Post by 77camino on Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:35 pm

Sold, $16.500. The only problem I have is that I don’t think it said new paint anywhere in the ad. We know this because of g3chevy’s comments. Hopefully the new owner asked questions and is not expecting an original paint car.
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Post by REVINKEVIN on Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:33 am

Did you really have a ‘74 Pinto Runabout?  Pics! I want pics!

Oops. I see that was the original owner. I am working 91 hours a week right now. A little tired. For all you guys who like gasoline, think of me. 7-13’s in a refinery so we can make some fuel.
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Post by g3chevy on Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:06 pm

I for one greatly appreciate your sacrifice since I am one of those gasoline junkies!
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