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Post by riddick75 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:36 pm

well bought my 75 el camino classic a few years ago. finally starting to get some work done. sorry about the clarity of some of the pictures, crappy camera.
started to tear it down 2 years ago
doing a frame off so the body is next
had the frame acid dipped and clean inside and out


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Post by riddick75 on Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:39 pm

where it sits now is the frame is painted and currently rebuilding the engine, hope to have a painted roller by the end of 2014
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:52 pm

That's a lot of work in a short amount of time. Best of luck, and keep the progress photos coming!
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Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:13 am

That's a great project car. Can't wait to see it finished. What color will it be? JB
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Post by riddick75 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:42 am

thatfnthing wrote:That's a lot of work in a short amount of time.  Best of luck, and keep the progress photos coming!
Thanks, 2012 was when I did the initial tear down, last year was busy and crappy weather. the tedious part will be the shell. lots of metal to replace there.

JB2wheeler wrote:That's a great project car. Can't wait to see it finished. What color will it be? JB
when its all said and done it will be the two tone; antique white and dark green metallic. when I looked for pictures I didn't see any with that color scheme but it was an option and I think it will look good and unique.
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Post by pila on Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:19 am

Good progress on that project ! Mine is a '75 also, and I've been at it since 2009.


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Post by riddick75 on Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:27 pm

Got the remainder of my suspension parts, cross member, and some engine brackets cleaned and painted with the chasis paint.
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Post by dynchel on Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:10 pm

Looks nice. Thumbs up good luck installing the control arm bushings, and coil springs w/o scratching up the control arm.
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Post by pila on Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:20 pm

Are you gonna run dual exhaust ?  That cross member looks to be a single, with the off-set for the converter.
 I see Summit Racing has cross members, but don't know if they have them for our Elcos.

Great progress on yours !! Very Happy
I just bought these rear frame braces for mine, from Global West.....not a good pic though.
Hope to get them on soon.


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Post by riddick75 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:21 am

dynchel wrote:Looks nice. Thumbs up good luck installing the control arm bushings, and coil springs w/o scratching up the control arm.
yea it will be interesting and also a good test of the eastwood extreme chassis paint. Supposed to not chip easily. Figured I'd do the freezer trick and see how that goes, worked in the past on other cars but I wasn't worried about the finish of those cars.
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Post by riddick75 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:24 am

pila wrote:Are you gonna run dual exhaust ?  That cross member looks to be a single, with the off-set for the converter.
 I see Summit Racing has cross members, but don't know if they have them for our Elcos.

Great progress on yours !! Very Happy
I just bought these rear frame braces for mine, from Global West.....not a good pic though.
Hope to get them on soon.

Thanks, its going slowly but steady. I'm gonna run single no converter with a turbo muffler. Either that or side pipes, haven't decided on that till I'm looking at it completed and see what she wants on her.
and when you do get those rear frame braces on get pictures, I looked up the description but I just cant picture where they bolt and how.


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Post by dynchel on Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:07 am

If you are referring to side pipe mounting I can awnser that. Each side has two L brackets that you have to mount to the body or frame to support them. (I have mine mounted to the frame)
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Post by riddick75 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:50 pm

dynchel wrote:If you are referring to side pipe mounting I can awnser that.  Each side has two L brackets that you have to mount to the body or frame to support them.  (I have mine mounted to the frame)

How do you like those? Do they tend to get in the way of the leg when you get out and how much lower do they hang below the car? And is there a picture of your car with them on, Id love to see how they look.
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Post by dynchel on Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:45 pm



They are pretty low to the ground (maybe 5 inches)  A muffler shop could make the pipes to go under the frame tighter and the pipes couuld be mounter tighter to the rocker panel.  I like them but it dosn't feel good if you hit a bare leg against them (lol)  The only issue (if you want to call it that) was my daughter used to use them as running boards.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:33 pm

I like the look of side pipes!
Awesome job so far Riddick75, that is a lot of effort!
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Post by riddick75 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:37 am

Thanks chevellelaguna. So far the hardest part was the moving of the body, not really looking forward to the move back to work on that part. lol

And I do like the side pipes, I know the feeling of bar leg on hot pipe with my Shadow. How loud are they?
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Post by dynchel on Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:42 am

They aren't too loud when idling, but step on it they make some noise.  They are 2 1/2"  glasspacks that dump out three feet from your head so they would be annoying on a long freeway ride.  as a added bonus they act like ground effects and make the car look like it sit's lower than it really does. jocolor


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Post by riddick75 on Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:08 pm

got some more work done on the motor assembly,
the gray is the high temp primer before I go with Chevy orange



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Post by JB2wheeler on Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:46 pm

Can't wait to see it finished, keep up the good work. . JB
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Post by driveit on Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:54 am

That is looking good.
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Post by riddick75 on Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:14 pm

orange and waiting on new covers.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:22 pm

Looks awesome, like it did when it was born!
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Post by dynchel on Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:23 pm

chevellelaguna wrote:Looks awesome, like it did when it was born!
Probably better.
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Post by pila on Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:32 pm

Looks like ORANGE to me ! Very Happy 

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Post by riddick75 on Sun May 11, 2014 11:52 pm

got a few things done, welded holes in hood from the other guy having one of those fake snorkles riveted on
pulled off the fiberglass skin on the quarter

and this is what was under it,

Im not quite at the point of working on the body yet but it was driving me nuts not knowing what was under the panel.
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