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1965 El Camino project


Been workin on this for a few months now I should have abandoned it but it seemed like it would be easy at the time. Just remebered I started a topic on this some where hear but don't remember whereconfuse. It ran when i brought it home but trans was junk now I have a trans and motor for it just have to wait for something to come on the clearance rack at summit, headers and intake might look at the craigslist. I'll check the for sale hear too unless some one says hay I have one. hears some pics of it after hours of sanding and 2 coats of primer, Im going to put 1 more coat of primer then sealer maybe this weekend.



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Looks like all your hard work will pay off in the end. That's gonna be one great ride..

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lookin good rick. yep, its gona be sharp.

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got it primed this morning while it was cool well under 80 F. going to paint the frame today rattle can it has a good coat of primer and I sand blasted it earlier then shot self etching primer on it so it looks clean



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Pics !....please.. hahaha, cool ride !


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Going to paint today if I can get the garage warmed up enough. Going with the white and a flat black strip down the side. I'll take pics of before and after.



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Waitin for pics Rick!!!...lol

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cool. waitin for pics !

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I'll get some pics here in a bit. Got to redo a door wasnt paying attention grabbed the wrong can thinking it was for wipping down and it was reducer both same kind of can just got in a hurry. Anyway wipped around not thinking at when I painted it looked like I used a brush from where I wiped. Got a little run on the corner of the hood but it can sand out. The main body of the car I'm happy with. Has anyone ever wet sanded the base coat before clearing? if so can I sand with 800 to get the deep wipe marks out then finish with 1000 or 1500, or do I just start from scratch and take it down to primer?



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Denny, you never cease to amaze me!!!!biggrin



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not much to see its a white car for now when I get the cut and buff done I'm goint to put a flat black strip on it. Couple pics show where 2 flys decided to land lucky for me on the same door that needed refinished



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1 fly was on his back the other (picture7) was on his feet and doing just like you said. I think they were the only 2 flys in the state at the time.



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hahaha, its not funny but it is. them pice tell it all. if theres a dang winged bug anywhere in the dang county it'll find that fresh paint.its lookin dang good .


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Looks good Rick! Love those Caminos....Painted a motorcycle tank and fenders years ago and had to do it outside...(young guy, no money and no smarts)...every bug in the tri county area stopped by for a walk in the clear coat!

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A few more pics, got it put back together for the most part now time to finish wireing and start on interior



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that ol big block looks dang cool stuffed up in there Rick.

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Thanks Geezer, I couldnt believe how easy it went in, I got a set of headman headers for about $120 bucks so I figured they would need some work to fit, but everything went right in. Got plenty of rrom in back for distributor and can even change the plugs kinda easy



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Nice to hear everything is going smooth.it makes building car a lot more enjoyable when it all goes good.

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Been a while since I've posted anything about this so I'll tell you about it then get some pictures up. I put new summit wiring harness in tried to put a new steering wheel on 3 different times but it takes a fitting to adapt to a fitting so the other fitting works so I gave up on it till I get the other $20 fitting. That's the least of my worries, I got the motor and trans hooked up and the new driveline. Started it backed out of the garage for the first time with out pushing it pulled up next to the garage to wash it, lots of dust from sitting. washed it started it was going around the block when I notice no oil pressure. Thought it was my new pressure gauge, fiddled with it decided to wait till morning. Next morning started it got 40psi of pressure after a minute idle went down and oil pressure went away. Put it back in the garage pulled the motor (bad oil pump) I don't think it hurt the motor cause I shut it off before it knocked. Took the trans to a guy to rebuild as long as I have it apart but he isn't done yet maybe in a couple weeks. I put the rearend from my chevelle under it and got a seat off craigslist so im just waiting to get parts



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Sounds like a lot of progress Rick! Glad the oil pressure problem was an easy fix....need pics!!!..lol

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You might want to check a couple bearings farthest from the oil pump, just to make sure things are ok. smile



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10-4 Denny, I was thinking I should check rod and main bearings before putting it back together.



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Put my steering wheel on today. First thing I've done to the ride in a while. It's amazing how some times you just get fed up with trying to make something work. I got a steering wheel off the summit clearance rack, but it didn't have any off set to it so I needed a spacer got the spacer but it wouldn't work without an adapter. So even getting the wheel off the clearance rack by the time Its all said and done I still spent the same as if I just ordered the wheel at the counter.confuse Next is a new cam and lifters for the BB provided the bearings didn't get hurt when the oil pump went south. after that just waiting for the transmission to get done and it'll go back together. Maybe here in another month I'll have that done and then take the seat to the upholstery shop and then glass. All most forgot the driver door latch is broke so need to replace it, no way to open it and get inside as its riveted together. Then wheels and tires. I wanted to go with an 18" wheel and a tire that fills up the wheel well. I think older cars look better with some tire under them.   



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Nice to hear that work is coming along on the el Camino.
You should put 31 inch tires and a transfer case on that thing!

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When I first got it I was thinkin Cummins with the exhaust sticking outa the hood and might have gone that way if I could have found a good enough deal on a whole drive train.



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