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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 19, 1:59 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

Had an older discussion about this but time passed and it's now locked.
Adventures in moving and changing jobs got in the way but I'm back on course now.

Looks like a U.S. Body Pro front end and 2" cowl hood are in my '68 El Camino's future!
They seem to be the only company making a clip that can be made to look stock, using an original grill, lights, and trim.
Was going to go with their standard one piece front but it has an SS (Big block) type hood and I'm using a 327 with Webers.
They offered to splice in a cowl hood but it's significantly less expensive to get the "Pro" front and a lift-off hood.
I think I can make the cowl hood tilt forward for checking oil, brake fluid, etc., and still have the whole front clip tilt for spark plugs, valve adjustment, and such.

Basically $2,200 with shipping to Reno/Sparks freight dock.

I cannot get the desire for this tilt front out of my head so I'm going for it!
Which means all the new front metal I bought needs to be sold.
It's a pain to ship damage free, so probably best to put it on local Craigslist.
Not sure of price, something less than new but not going to give it away.
Only the cowl hood and new hinges have ever been on the car.

If anyone else out west is thinking about getting 'Glass shipped from Florida combined shipping might save some money.
If nothing else I will be able to critique U.S. Body quality.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 19, 7:37 AM
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

Looking forward to your build, please post photos and info as you go.

My plan for the 64 is a one piece front from Glasstek (only one that makes a 64 front) with the grill and trim.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 19, 1:39 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

Stock grill and trim are why I have to use U.S. Body parts.
Hoping to have an accurate weight from them in the morning.
Wondering if anyone here might know what a stock steel front clip weighs for comparison?
Partly going with glass for the weight reduction as well as convenience.
Would still like an aluminum engine block but the cost is just too much.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 19, 2:56 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

So it seems my new front clip with hood and fiberglass front bumper will weigh about 65 Lb's.
That is 10 Lb. less than just the stock hood!
In reality the savings will not really be that much, as I have to fabricate supports, mounts, and probably a frame re-inforcement.
But with the AC delete, headers, alloy manifold, alloy radiator, etc., I expect to shed 200 - 250 Lb's off the front end of the car.

Considering going really crazy and doing fiberglass doors, 15 Lb. each before modifying for street use.

Not a lot of info available on stock front clip weight but I did find this article interesting, https://www.hotrod.com/articles/ccrp...ght-reduction/

The 'Glass is costing abouty half what an "Economy" aluminum block would run.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 2:08 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

Finally got my US Bodysource "Pro" front clip today.
Unfortunately there is some shipping damage.
Not sure yet how that will be compensated.

Glass looks very good otherwise, will need an assistant to set it in place for a better look.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 19, 1:01 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

And here it is, just loosely set in place.
Still waiting to hear what is to be done about the shipping damage.
I went with this company as they are the only ones making a stock appearance 'Glass front.


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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 19, 10:52 AM
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

NICE!! That looks way better than I expected. Would love to do this on my 70.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 19, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

I will be making a support structure for it since it will be a street car.
Aluminum if I can get the hang of welding it, steel if I run out of patience.
Took pictures today of an older BMW flip-forward hood setup I hope to copy, or maybe even use.
It slides the hood forward a fews inches before opening toward the front.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 19th, 19, 7:20 AM
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Re: 68 El Camino getting a 'Glass front clip!

Thatís about the only cowl induction hood Iíve seen that I like on a Ď68. The angular lines are complimentary to the stock body lines. These glass parts are flimsy. Donít be afraid to add glassed-in wood blocks on the backside to assist with your support structure.

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