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Old 08-26-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default 1979 Elcamino

So I picked another project. This car was raced at the track a few years ago and I'm bring it back to life.

I'll be running my little 355 small block, a power glide with a brake and 4500 stall.

This is a project that I'm build and gathering parts for, and being a single daddy with two kids this will be as much of a budget build as a drag car
can be!! There are a ton of little parts I have to get to finish it up but it will be at the track the first weekend next season.

I'm still up in the air if I'm going to run that stock style suspension or if I'm going to put a tube chromoly back half and four link under it. I do know I'm going to go with a 9" and guessing 4.56 gears.


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This is what I'm towing it to the track in.

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Old 08-26-2010, 03:12 PM   #3
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thats the cleanest your garage has ever been
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:21 PM   #4
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thats the cleanest your garage has ever been
That's because I have a car to build
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:37 PM   #5
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was that the old blue one with a rat and a cage?
BTW,

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Nope. This was always yellow when it ran out there.

It will not be yellow when it goes back out. If been doing body work after work when I have time. I hope to have the body perfect before summer with new paint. I am just to **** picky when I am doing bodywork.
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Good looking cruck. The stock suspension should suffice, a lot of G-Body guys run it and have no problems, with cars as quick at 9 seconds even.
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Not much of an update on the car but I got my new tow rig. Here's a picture of it.

1987 31 foot motorhome.

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Old 09-05-2010, 02:40 PM   #9
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Hey cool, a Gulfstream? Of course is has a 454! right?
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Yep a gulfstream and has a 454. It's carbed but I am going to put a stock 454 tbi injection on it as soon as I can.

Found the original sales slip and it sold for 50,600 back in 87!! Crazy how much they ran back then!!
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Are you gonna run small tires?
If so, I know where some are.
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I sure am running a small tire. I'd like to get it to hook on stock suspension and a 10 wide tire.

Pm me the info on the tires, I need wheels front and rear but am kinda picky on those.

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There was a good deal on CL last week I think. skinnies and 10.50 if I remember right.
I really like the small tire cars on stock suspension. Lots of fun and they can hook VERY well.
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I like the big tire look but want to do something differant this time. Low buck build with old technology, sbc, small tireand stock suspension. With all that I want torun in the nines and show these big block guys what can be done with 200 less ci's.
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So I picked up a rear axle and suspension. Couldn't pass it up for the price. It's a narrowed Dana 60 with ladder bars. It's no narrowed so much that I have to run huge tires but could if I wanted. I'm still going to stick with a 10 wide tire.

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Hey post a list of what you seek, I got TONS of crap, most of it for sale.

That ladder set up will go right under that frame pretty slick... make sure the frame isnt rotten in front of or behind the rear tires, they are bad for that.

Far as I know the south side machine, traction action lift bars work the best if you dont use the ladders. (if you can find them)

Just my .02, but that car is way too heavy for a glide and 4500 stall, unless you are planning to FOG this PiZZ out of her....I would run a 400
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Hey post a list of what you seek, I got TONS of crap, most of it for sale.

That ladder set up will go right under that frame pretty slick... make sure the frame isnt rotten in front of or behind the rear tires, they are bad for that.

Far as I know the south side machine, traction action lift bars work the best if you dont use the ladders. (if you can find them)

Just my .02, but that car is way too heavy for a glide and 4500 stall, unless you are planning to FOG this PiZZ out of her....I would run a 400
Thanks man I'll shoot you a pm with the parts I still need.

This car ha been lightened way up. Last time it ran race ready with driver it was 2700 pounds and I've shaved another 200 off that. It should weigh somewhere around 2500 when I'm done. My combo I have should work very well and I already has all of the drivetrain.


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I've done some work to the car. Just a couple pictures.

The front needs to be lowered another inch. Wheels just got back from powder coat.



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'Glides are fine for your purposes, a TH 350 just eats more horsepower and is more expensive. I've seen many glides live behind 500+ inch BBC's. And since you already have it, why not? Cheaper to rebuild than a TH too!
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'Glides are fine for your purposes, a TH 350 just eats more horsepower and is more expensive. I've seen many glides live behind 500+ inch BBC's. And since you already have it, why not? Cheaper to rebuild than a TH too!

Yep, glides are lighter too and every pound makes a differance at the track.

My glide is freshly built too, it should hold 1000 hp although I'm nowhere near that number now though. Hopefully with the help of a procharger and new engine I'll be over that for the 2012 season.

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Looking like it's coming along nicely, is that an all steel car? The hood is probably fiberglass I know, but is the rest steel? There are fiberglass parts available, fenders, doors, bumpers, and I think even the tailgates used to be available. Something to plan for in the future! I think I told you about this place before, I can't remember, but if not check out El Camino Central when you get a chance, http://www.elcaminocentral.com/ really good EC website.
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Looking like it's coming along nicely, is that an all steel car? The hood is probably fiberglass I know, but is the rest steel? There are fiberglass parts available, fenders, doors, bumpers, and I think even the tailgates used to be available. Something to plan for in the future! I think I told you about this place before, I can't remember, but if not check out El Camino Central when you get a chance, http://www.elcaminocentral.com/ really good EC website.


It has fiberglass hood, front and rear bumper. The fenders and doors are gutted and mine right now might weigh 2 pounds heavier than fiber glass stuff. The tailgate might have saved some weight but it's already welded up and I'm in the process of smoothing it out.

I have tubular front upper a arms coming so that will save some weight. I'm not putting tubular ones on the lowers yet just because of the price and amount of parts I still have to get for it.

My plan is to have the fabrication all done by the first of Feb and have it ready for paint by the first of march. That will give me plenty of time to finish the small details after paint and also give me time to repaint my enclosed trailer.

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Painted the car over the weekend. Its cooking over night and I'm bringing it home tomorrow after work. This is my first ever car that I've painted and it turned out pretty good. I had the direction of my dad who has painted for over 40 years so that helped.





Paint booth was too small so I painted this outside and the rest inside my trailer.





Should be mostly put together by the end of the week.

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Picked the car up. Working a lot the next few days so the car is going to stay in the trailer till I have the time to get it out and put together as fast as I can before I move at the end of the month. Its going to be a busy few weeks....





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