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Post by pila 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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Post by clanceman427 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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Post by Limey SE Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:40 am

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

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

Congratulations, you must be happy
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Post by Tom77 Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:28 am

Always good to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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Post by Dinomyte 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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Post by 77mali Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:55 am

CONGRATS Bill! That's gotta feel good!
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Post by pila 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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Post by knightfan26917 Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:39 pm

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


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Post by pila 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.

finally took it for a ride.. P1011730_zpseda7e96b

And the rear....

finally took it for a ride.. P1011735_zps67936566

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

Beautiful ride.
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Post by knightfan26917 Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:10 am

Wow ... looking good, pila!


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