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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 19, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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I just happen to read a post on another thread that 1966 el caminos are really light and have better frames??
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 19, 2:40 PM
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Re: El caminos

My first car was a 66 El Camino with a 283 and a powerglide. Sure didnít feel light. Ha.

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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 19, 3:15 PM
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I know the 68-72 has a massive frame. I don't see why the 66 would be different. The front to rear weight bias is better then the Chevelle because the elco is longer and has more steel in the back..
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For what it's worth, NHRAracer.com says a 66 El Camino weighs about 10 pounds more than a 66 Chevelle two door hardtop.

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 23rd, 19, 7:11 PM
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Like wagons they are boxed...if that means better.
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Like wagons they are boxed...if that means better.
The Camino and wagon frames are dimensionally the same, but the wagon frame isn't boxed. I thought they were also but was recently corrected by a wagon owner.

The convertible frames are boxed, though.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 19, 4:18 AM
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I weighed my 66 el Camino in the scale. It came in at 2,800 lbs. my 69 Chevelle weighs 3,500 lbs


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Boxed frames, I also thought wagon frames were boxed


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Boxed frames, I also thought wagon frames were boxed
I have one 71 and two 72 wagons. None are boxed. An el camino frame swap is a popular upgrade for a wagon (direct interchange).
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I was always told that convertibles and El Caminos used the same frames because they needed structurally beefier frames to resist twisting. Don't know how true that is, but it makes sense to me.

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I was always told that convertibles and El Caminos used the same frames because they needed structurally beefier frames to resist twisting. Don't know how true that is, but it makes sense to me.
It's true that they are both boxed but they have different dimensions. The convertible frame is a boxed hardtop frame and the Camino frame is a boxed wagon frame. The Camino/wagon frames are longer than the two door frames.
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All 1964 to 1967 Chevelle frames (including wagon and El Camino) have
115 inch wheelbases and are dimensionally the same in front of the rear axle. The El Camino and wagon have a longer rear overhang than other Chevelles and therefore a longer overall frame.
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I weighed my 66 el Camino in the scale. It came in at 2,800 lbs. my 69 Chevelle weighs 3,500 lbs


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My 64 El Camino was 3394 when I bought it. See post #2 of this thread for car details and photo of the scale readout: https://www.chevelles.com/forums/17-...el-camino.html


I'll reweigh it when finished (many changes including alu head 383, EFI, glass hood, T56, alu center 9", alu driveshaft, 4 wh disks, buckets, AC, PS, PB, tilt, etc.......) and I'm hoping to not gain much if any weight due to the hood and aluminum parts but everything else I added is heavy so likely gained some pounds... To pull ~ 600 lbs out to match the 2800 would take extreme measures, wish I could but I don't see it happening.



As another point of reference, my 71 El Camino (Alu head 383/700R4, steel hood, PS, PB, tilt, alu center 9", alu driveshaft, 4 wh disks, etc...) is about 3700 (I have scale photos somewhere).
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My 67 frame *camino* is boxed.

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