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Post by 73 EL CAMINO SS on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:50 am

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Post by IndyG3 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:00 am

First of all, welcome to the site!
That's a good looking el camino. Care to give us any specs on it?
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Post by abajc3 on Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:36 am

sharp looking elky! i was always wandering, why such small air filters?

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Post by Limey SE on Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:01 am

Very Nice El Camino swivel buckets but column shift, nice.

I see by the pics you plan on changing that at least , keep us posted buddy on your way to a sharp ride. you leaving the S-10 wheels or going bigger width wise

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Post by The Dude on Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:07 am

Welcome to the forum! I dig the satin black look. Thumbs up

Judging from the valve covers I'm guessing you have either a 305 or 350 with 88-95 Swirl Port heads? Also nice score on the tach dash. Not too many of those around.
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Post by Limey SE on Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:19 am

I just noticed his shirt as well every state should allow that

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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:04 pm

Nice. Welcome.

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Post by pila on Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:13 pm

Welcome to the fun!

Black is beautiful...........!!

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Post by JB2wheeler on Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:07 pm

Welcome. Its good to see another Elky saved from the crusher, where dozens of them go every day. Looks to be in great shape. JB
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Post by 73 EL CAMINO SS on Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:49 pm

Thanks to all of you for your comments about my ride.
The only thing i have done so far is replace the entire suspension front to back. New close ratio steering box, PST super front end rebuild kit, PST springs at all 4 corners, KYB shocks all around, PST Pro Touring Front sway bar 1 5/16" and a PST GMAX 1" rear sway bar (the factory never had one on this car.) The vehicle is as I purchased it with the paint on it. I provided the stripe kit.
I need to replace the floor pans next.
In Feb I am putting in a new turnkey crate motor from Phoenix Engine Rebuilders. A 350sbc with 1st gen vortec heads, dyno rated @ 350hp./375ftlb. most of the torque is low end and mid range.
I am going to replace the wheels with ION ALLOY 625 in 15X8 with 255/60R/15 rubber all around.
As soon as my center console gets here from ebay, I am installing my B&M ratchet shifter. The rear brakes will be converted to discs, The wiring harness will be replaced with a more modern Painless 18 circut unit, The entire interior will be restored and Autometer gauges will replace the stock ones.
Exaust will be full length Hooker Ceramic coated backed by a Summit Stainless dual header back kit.
The headlights will be converted to Xenon cool blue lamps and the other exterior lights will be converted to LED. The final part of this transformation, will involve shaving the door handles and converting to old school suicide doors. A new stereo is going in once I have decided what will fit and sound good. I may put an XFI fuel injection self learning unit on the engine if it looks like it will be worth the money.

This project will hopefully be done in the next 12-18 months.
I will post updates as some of these things get completed.
Let me know what you think of my vision for this SS Thumbs up
BTW Merry Christmas to everyone.
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Post by The Dude on Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:45 pm

That sounds like a very well thought out plan. Suicide doors will be interesting to see. 235/70 or 275/60 tires would fill in the wheel wells better than 255/60s though.

I have the headers you are talking about. They are a tight fit, but quality is definitely there. Also you will have to remove the support bars by the crossmember, but it doesn't seem to affect anything.

If you want to drop some weight, tuck the front bumper. Since you have a 73, it is easier to accomplish.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:16 pm

Your plans sound great to me, except the shaved handles and suicide doors. Its your car, you have to please yourself or its not worth having. JB
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:20 pm

73 EL CAMINO SS wrote:Thanks to all of you for your comments about my ride.
The only thing i have done so far is replace the entire suspension front to back. [b]New close ratio steering box, PST super front end rebuild kit, PST springs at all 4 corners, KYB shocks all around, PST Pro Touring Front sway bar 1 5/16" and a PST GMAX 1" rear sway bar
[b]In Feb I am putting in a new turnkey crate motor from Phoenix Engine Rebuilders. A 350sbc with 1st gen vortec heads, dyno rated @ 350hp./375ftlb. most of the torque is low end and mid range.

KYB shocks are great, I have them in my 74, also have vortec heads on mine, very happy with those.
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Post by 73 EL CAMINO SS on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:54 pm

Rago wrote:That sounds like a very well thought out plan. Suicide doors will be interesting to see. 235/70 or 275/60 tires would fill in the wheel wells better than 255/60s though.

I have the headers you are talking about. They are a tight fit, but quality is definitely there. Also you will have to remove the support bars by the crossmember, but it doesn't seem to affect anything.

If you want to drop some weight, tuck the front bumper. Since you have a 73, it is easier to accomplish.
https://www.g3gm.com/body-f6/bumper-sink-in-t273.htm?highlight=bumper

Great idea!!! I will do that. and get a roll pan for the rear.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:56 pm

Erik, thank you for your service to our country.

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Post by 73 EL CAMINO SS on Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:13 pm

It was an honor to serve our country.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:18 pm

My grandfather was a Korean War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient. He was very proud of his service, and of his Heart.

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Post by BlackChevelleSS on Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:30 am

Nice ride welcome to g3gm

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Post by bigredlaguna on Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:57 am

Welcome Erik, Nice ride. I was floating in the Red Sea while you were eating sand during Desert Storm Razz

I like the plans you have for the vehicle. I'm curious to see how the suicide/swivel combo turns out.
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Post by pila on Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:15 am

I was working for Uncle Sam during the Korean war, three years. Not in Korea though. In Europe, keeping track of Ruskys.
A nice ride there for sure, and you will have fun with it.

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Post by 73 EL CAMINO SS on Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:42 am

pila wrote:I was working for Uncle Sam during the Korean war, three years. Not in Korea though. In Europe, keeping track of Ruskys.
A nice ride there for sure, and you will have fun with it.

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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:12 am

Welcome, love the car!
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:19 pm

Cool El Camino ... WELCOME!

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