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Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by joe31862 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:36 pm

Hey I was wondering if anybody knew the answer to this question. I have a 1977 El Camino but the frame on it needs help, but, I can get a 75 two door Malibu (no motor or trans) cheep. The Malibu has a great frame will it work under my El Camino?
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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by Limey SE on Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:55 am

The El Camino has a boxed frame where as the Malibu doesn't ...Where the 2 door has a 112" wheelbase the Elky has a 116" same as the wagon and four door cars
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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by JB2wheeler on Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:58 am

No! The frame you mention has a 112 inch wheelbase and is not boxed. The Elky has a 116 inch wheelbase and is boxed. In my old age I forget whither the 4 door frame will work or not. It might. JB Oops, I did not type fast enough.
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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by pila on Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:09 am

Occasionally there is an Elco frame for sale on Ebay or Craigslist, or on El Camino Central forums.

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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by dynchel on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:12 am

About two months a go there was a frame on Craig's list (Cleveland). It was a abandoned project. I saw it first hand, it looked nice. It was from a '75 elcamino. Very Happy I don't remember the what he was wanted for it though $1000.00?
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thanks & by the way

Post by joe31862 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:28 pm

Thanks for the info but how about the doors and front clip from a 75 malibu will they fit my 77 el camino?
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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by dynchel on Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:31 pm

Doors fit but the windows need to be changed to the el Camino windows. (Rear part is shaped different). The front clip should be a direct bolt on. Smile
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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by dragons_lair59 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:52 pm

Near me is a 73 4 dr project car with 6 banger for 650

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Re: Frame Swap on 1977 Elcamino

Post by pila on Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:08 pm

My "75 Elco has '76 Malibu fenders, core support, and '77 grille, and '77 hood. Front bumper is Malibu, rear is Elso of course.
You can choose the grille & headlight combo you want ! I would rather have single headlights, but I had 2 sets of quads, so....

The '77 model Elco has some subtle differences from '76 & earlier.

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