1965 Chevrolet El Camino
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September 2010 - Highly factory optioned El Camino
327/350hp SBC *
09C = September 3rd week
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As Purchased September 2010
RetroSound Radio with AUX (IPad/MP3 input)
American Racing Wheels - Torq Thrust II
Wheels - 17*8*4.75 w/4.81 BS or +8mm offset (#5157863)
Tires - Goodyear Eagle GT P235/50R/17
All 4 corners -- SAME
New Garage I finally got around
to building the El Camino I have wanted for a long time. Had 3 El's
in the past (1974-79-85) all black SS's but all were daily drivers.
Found this one at Mecum auction in Chicago Sept 2010 and it
definitely was a good starting point. Been wanting a '65
Malibu or El Camino for many many year - preferred El Camino but
either would have been OK.
(numbers) is gone and replaced with correct dated block built to L79
(350HP) specs. Powerglide is gone and replace with Turbo 350. Front
drum brakes upgraded to power disc. Factory A/C upgraded to Vintage
Auto Air, the under hood firewall box and dash louvers remain intact
for looks. Power Steering box upgrade to newer version. While a somewhat RARE El
Camino due to options there was enough changed for me to move
forward with changes to make it "MY El Camino". Besides I'm not a
purist but a customize-it and drive-it kind of guy.
SC&C Front End Kit (Stage II Plus)
Adjustable Upper Control Arms
Tall Ball Joint (upper & lower)
SPC Performance Springs
Bilstien HD Shocks
2001 S-10 Extreme Bump Stops
The suspension modification allow me to lower 2-3 inches and drastically improve driving capabilities. This took some time to get it ironed out but with the help of Marcus @ SC&C it is dialed-in with NO - I repeat NO rubbing.
This project, like most car projects, has had project creep. After you get tearing things apart you find items that need replacing which is normal BUT you also get in the while-Im-at-it mode and start adding items and more items. You would think that after 50+ years of doing this I would know better. NOT!
This has been both a fun and miserable project. The fun was adding lot of new goodies and getting them to work. The miserable is it seems like every bolt/nut/screw/wire needed special attention. AND worst of all was the after-market imported replacement parts (should be called JUNK). I think I filed, cut, bent or some form of alteration to most NEW parts. Having said that, parts like Flaming River, Dakota Digital, American Auto Wire and Alumitech to name a few USA companies everything was perfect. "End of Soapbox"
I started out with needing to replace extremely bad wiring and decided to add some sparkle to the engine compartment by adding the 65 Corvette engine shielding, valve covers, intake, carb & air cleaner which were parts I had laying around after I upgraded my Vette.. Ended up with those and
Alumitech BB Radiator & Shroud
As you can see I got more than that new wiring but I think that knowing
me I would have eventually done all this stuff sooner or later like
I always do.
With above mods now have:
|Starting Point||Starting Point||Starting Point|
|Mock-up Before Chroming||Back from Chrome Shop||Modified Exhaust
|Final Mock-Up||Plug Wires Added|
|New Wiring||New Stuff||Lokar Stuff||Body -> Door Power Window Conduit||Bad Wiring|
|Bad Wiring||Bad Wiring||Out with the Old||Insulation|
|Sound Deadener||Adding Power Door Locks||Wiring Fun||Relays||Buttons|
|Door Locks||Manual & Remote||Remote Windows||Relay Diagram||AAW to Rear Harness|
|Starting Back||Correct "461"||Holley 650||Wires/Cables||Getting Closer|
|Lokar / Cruise Cables||Lokar Pedals||Pulleys/Belts Done||Alumitech Radiator|
|DD Wires||DD Wiring Done||Dash||Complete|
|Flaming River Collapsible Shaft||Flaming River Collapsible Shaft||FR Tilt Column
DD Cruise Handle
GM Sport Wheel
|'66-'67 BB Radiator/Shroud||Booster/Master
Cylinder - Wipers
|Needs Hood and
Here is a few photos to show underneath of car. Definitely driver quality here but as you can see Frame is solid and original floor pans are rust free. New items include exhaust, air shocks, rear heavy duty stabilizer bar, front & rear springs and front shocks.
Skip forward to Fall
Runs cool, starts easy and sounds GREAT :)
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