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finally took it for a ride..

Post by pila on Sat Sep 19, 2015 11:41 pm

I brought the '75 El Camino out into the light, and took it for a ride down the runway at the private airstrip where I restored it.
Since it's a grass runway, I didn't do any crazy stuff with it. I really wanted to see how the transmission shifted etc. It does run nice. The Caddy engine has great response for as big as it is. The Camshaft is fairly mild, with 274/282 duration, and 523/531 lift. CR is about 8.7:1, so pump gas works....
The tires & wheels on it are old stuff, so it wont get on the road until I get new tires for my new wheels.
Still doing a few small items on it, like cleaning the buffing residue off in seams etc....

It's been a long project, like since May of 2009 ! Rolling Eyes Very Happy

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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by clanceman427 on Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:39 am

Congratulations on the first ride! That's the major accomplishment of the build! Must have been great.
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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by Limey SE on Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:40 am

YEA BABY Great feeling Pila .............
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Post by thatfnthing on Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:57 pm

Way cool! Congrats!
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Post by dynchel on Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:50 pm

Congratulations, you must be happy
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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by Tom77 on Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:28 am

Always good to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by Dinomyte on Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:29 pm

Enjoy the ride. I still remember the thrill after getting my 355 running or going for the first ride around the block. This has got to be even better . Smile
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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by 77mali on Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:55 am

CONGRATS Bill! That's gotta feel good!
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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by pila on Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:18 pm

Thanks for the comments.  I have determined that it's gonna be fun to drive ! Very Happy  May even take on a few guys at the traffic lights ! Very Happy

I still have to bolt the frame braces in there yet.....

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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by knightfan26917 on Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:39 pm

Awesome, pila ... congrats on the 1st ride!


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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by pila on Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:39 pm

Here's a pic of the front. Still lots of buffing residue on it to clean off.  I have the bumper guards impact strips on since I took this pic.



And the rear....


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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by driveit on Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:46 pm

Beautiful ride.
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Re: finally took it for a ride..

Post by knightfan26917 on Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:10 am

Wow ... looking good, pila!


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