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Bruce Gann

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Time for a different daily driver so back to old school. 1971 El Camino turned out to be a project more than a daily driver.
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Bruce, Welcome to the forum, WOW !!!! Daily Driver? Even a bad day is a good one I bet. That is a really sweet Elco. Do you have more: pics, specs, and the story behind it. That would be cool. Again, Welcome aboard, Mike
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Thanks Mike!
Here goes.
My 99 S10 Blazer is on it's last leg so for a daily driver I decided to go old school with a Ranchero or El Camino. I found a 71 El Camino SS clone on Craigslist that sounded great. Between the add and text messaging he said everything has been gone through and would be a great driver, so I bought it. I drove up to Danville Il and headed home with my wife following me. At the first gas stop she said something was leaking out the back by the exhaust, raining so I thought it was water. Made it to Louisville and had to repair the left front wheel bearing, downhill from there.
Repaired items
Wheel bearings, all steering links, ball joints, tie rods, rear control arms, replaced engine wiring harness and added 110 amp alternator, valve covers (leaking), fuel tank leaks (all return lines cut), heater control, cowl vent (leaking into cab).
Working on now
Water leaks into cab, repaired holes drilled in floor to let water out, repaired rust holes from bed and added bed liner, driver door leaking, vacuum to heater control.
Audio rack.
Things in the future
Wood bed to cover the sheet metal bed that was covered up with home made bed liner.
Install 350cid as advertised and remove the 305 that is in it.
Bucket seats.
Repair some body rust and paint.
Lesson to me, don't buy without seeing first.

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Lesson 2 Have a buddy follow you and don't let your wife know how much you spent. Now every time you say something about what she spends, She will just point to the garage and end the conversation. LOL. It looks like you have your project under control.If you run into a snag this is a great place to get info (and inspiration)  Shame on the liarhead that sold you the car.
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Floor is ready for the carpet now, can't afford new carpet so putting down the old painted black faded out green carpet. [frown] 
Seen this trick on Garage Squad using sticky back HVAC duct wrap, cost about $45.
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As an h.v.a.c tech, I would suggest doing the roof too before your headliner. This will keep the inside climate well, inside. I did the roof of my project with the non-sticky wrap and spray adhesive before installing the headliner. The real deal insulation mat cost me $130 for the floor and only $28 for the headlined
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Asanh.v.a.ctech,Iwouldsuggestdoingtherooftoobeforeyourheadliner.Thiswillkeeptheinsideclimatewell,inside.Ididtheroofofmyprojectwiththenon-stickywrapandsprayadhesivebeforeinstallingtheheadliner.Therealdealinsulationmatcostme$130forthefloorandonly$28fortheheadlined


Wish I could but the headliner was already replaced and I'm not messing with it...
Need to get this back on the road, it's my dd.
Hard to work on it in the driveway in the heat plus I'm having heart problems, 2 small blockages at bottom of heart they can't get to so they are trying meds... Doing all I can to work 8 hours and then work on the Elky.
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Don't over do the work in the heat.

Slow and steady.  Take plenty of breaks.  AND HYDRATE -  A LOT!!

LOVE the ElCo... Definitely old school

Welcome to the forum

Love the pix you've posted.  Thanks for those

again, welcome
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Don't over do the work in the heat.

Slow and steady.  Take plenty of breaks.  AND HYDRATE -  A LOT!!

LOVE the ElCo... Definitely old school

Welcome to the forum

Love the pix you've posted.  Thanks for those

again, welcome
Thanks Here is yesterday's work, got the audio rack covered today, install in a couple days.
First picture is the RCA cables running along the factory taillight wire harness and covered with thin pvc plastic heat formed to the floor, smooth as silk... Second and third are the RCA's running to the amp locations.

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Rack is covered in black vinyl, the top above speakers and amp has a 45 degree angle so the speaker area has more depth and face is plumb. Speaker, RCA and main power wires will be ran behind the board but the power leads from the distribution blocks will be ran on the face. Ypu think the 6x9's and the 6.5's in the kick panels will be enough?
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Finally installed and it sounds great but don't look at the carpet, it's getting replaced soon I hope.
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Where's the Azek in the bed? LOL
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Bruce Gann

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Where's the Azek in the bed? LOL


On my list to do. Thanks to a you I know how to do it without adding 2,000 pounds. [smile]
I finally got the bed to stop leaking into the cab. It had a custom carpeted bed liner covering up a bed floor made out of thin sheet metal, HVAC type. I fixed all the rust holes and leaks then covered with bed liner, now it holds water like a redneck swimming pool.
There are other things I need to fix/modify first plus I'm waiting for a contractor to return some decking so I can get it cheaper, I work at Lowe's....

elly bed.jpg  elly bed 2.jpg 


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Where's the Azek in the bed? LOL


It's not Aztek but at $0.10 on the dollar it will work. I got 7 1"x5.5"x16' in autumn brown for $24.00, these are returns with defects, way more then I need and should work good for what I need. The color is a little off from what I wanted but it will be under a tonneau cover.
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Decking is precut and I can peel the vinyl covering off to get the gray color I want. Not bad for $24.00...
Now to find the skid strips and bolt kit. Like to get polished stainless at painted cost. [wink]

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Kurganhunter!

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