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Old 04-09-2017, 03:15 PM   #26
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

So back to this one. I was hoping to have some better pictures of the 'original' interior but we didn't have many saved. To show a true comparison of where it was vs the revised, look closely @ the pass side door panel. The original interior quality was very similar to this door panel. Crudely put together w/o much attention to visual appeal.....
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:16 PM   #27
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

Here is the 'after' version....
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:22 PM   #28
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

The same focus was put toward everything else. The seats were recovered, an a/c dash was cleaned, prepped, dyed, & swapped in.
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:24 PM   #29
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

The console was cleaned, prepped, & color matched. Fresh sound proofing, jute, & correct loop carpeting was installed. 3pt seat belts were purchased/installed. A new era correct headliner was installed. It really looked period fresh & muscle car correct when complete....
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:26 PM   #30
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It turned out very nice....
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:35 PM   #31
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

Once the interior was mostly complete (cosmetics & poor wiring corrected), he started driving the Camino to school & the old muscle car was a hit among classmates & adults. Unfortunately not long after he started driving it again, he was leaving a church event when something happened. Another member @ the church did not see him & backed out of a space as he rolled by....
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:44 PM   #32
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

Luckily it was a slow speed impact so there were no injuries (other than the other drivers pride). Insurance stepped up but once again the Camino was in limbo for repairs.

As it turns out, this was a blessing. By far, the worst area of this vehicle was that rear passenger quarter. There was an obvious repair done previously.... well, poorly done. Now the damage was replaced w/a re-pop quarter skin & the door was repaired. I welded up some trim holes on the tailgate & we brought it to the body shop so they could prep it w/the damaged areas.
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The entire pass side & tailgate was prepped & paint matched as close as possible to the rest. They did a very nice job....
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Old 04-09-2017, 03:52 PM   #34
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

They've been struggling w/performance consistency since it's been back on the road. MPG's are bad. It runs rich w/the carb leaned out as much as possible (generic Holley). Stalls frequently. So the call was made & an order placed for a spec built Q-jet for his combo. We'll swap it in place & replace the vacuum booster as it is leaking so we feel the internal leak is a vacuum related issue & should be corrected for better tuning.

Carb has arrived & he should have the booster this week so we'll bring it back over to my place for the swap & update the tuning.
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Old 04-09-2017, 05:01 PM   #35
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

Wow, a lot going on with the ElCamino. It came out very nice...anyone would be pleased to drive that one. Too bad about the damage though repairs came out nice. Did the owner help?

Where did the door panel come from? Looks really good!
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

I had a similar issue with a Q-Jet, my issue was a fuel pump that was putting out ~14lbs pressure. Put a new correct one and it ran better and fuel economy improved tremendously.
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:31 PM   #37
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

Scoti. Great thread. I suspect that I know one of the previous owners of that car. Back in 1991-1994 I went to A&P school in Fort Worth with a guy that had, I believe, that car. Sunroof and everything.
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Old 04-16-2017, 02:59 PM   #38
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Scoti. Great thread. I suspect that I know one of the previous owners of that car. Back in 1991-1994 I went to A&P school in Fort Worth with a guy that had, I believe, that car. Sunroof and everything.
Very possible then...
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Old 05-23-2017, 10:31 AM   #39
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Re: Time Out: 70 El Camino Side Project

Time for updates....

It seems there was more going on than just the generic Holleys issue. It was not just the carb. Turns out the el-cheapo notebook paper thin carb to intake gasket blew partially apart @ one point (most likely during one of it's backfires). It was actually split @ 3 different points.

Unfortunately, after swapping the Q-jet over, it still didn't seem to have the power I/we expected. It ran.... but not like a typical 350 should power wise (my 245k 6cyl/5spd 90swb had more acceleration get-up & go). After playing w/things we ran out of time so left it as is to think it through.

A buddy of mine suggested another pass through the ignition circuit. This was where we found the other items. It turns out we weren't getting any advance from the distributor. The vacuum advance canister was dead & we found the mechanical advance cams stuck. A new adjustable advance canister was swapped in place & I cleaned up the advance cams + added new springs.

What a difference. Now it pulls like a 350 should. It still needs other items addressed to be optimum but for a DD it's running the best it ever has. Future 'wants' are 3.42 or 3.55 gears, possible converter change, & an OD trans.

Last exterior item addressed was the bed area. It had a vinyl bed cover @ one point. But when the pass rear quarter was replaced, the snap bases were removed. The debate was clean up the drivers side & go w/a nice 'in-bed' solid frame cover or drill the new quarter for new snaps. This was a tough decision but ultimately the budget dictated another vinyl cover.

My buddy whipped it out over a weekend & right on time for Senior pictures.....
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