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post #1 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 9:11 AM Thread Starter
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El Camino - strip car build :)

Hi Everybody
I'm really happy to let you guys know that i got a super deal on an El Camino 69 here in Italy , car already licensed and certified historic ! Actually it was a steal , basically the guy got the interior apart in his garage to install some modern dash etc etc and had no time to do this nor pay someone to do it and continue his project... plus the wife could not park the new car inside the garage so he needed it gone ASAP i was 8 month after this deal , and i got it with NO ENGINE will post pics asap !

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post #2 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 9:53 AM
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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

Good find especially where you are!
I bet vortecpro gets a call from you soon lol

Whats your plans for it
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post #3 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

The idea is to " retire " the chevelle to street duty . i enjoy racing very much even for a few times a year i wanted to go faster but i needed a roll cage , plus with the risk of breaking parts or worse on an original ss car . I was looking for a project / strip car until this Elco showed up here in italy , many parts interchange also with the chevelle like the suspensions , shocks , springs 12 bolt differential ...anti roll bar , fuel system upgrade etc etc . It seamed the logical choice at this point! It will be powered by Vortecpro

First thing will be a roll cage install while the interior is still out

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468 Vortecpro 585 HP back to street cruiser
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4000 lbs street car

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post #4 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 10:57 AM
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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

Oliver nice buy/pickup

I will miss seeing your Orange and White 69 Chevelle SS396 going down the Track

Will the car be racing this year ?

When do you expect to have the El Camino ready for the Track ??

Did you keep the old BBC/396 from the Original Chevelle and is it going back into the Car

And Mark's Engine into the El Camino ???

What Trans for the El Camino ????

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post #5 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 11:11 AM
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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

Congratulations. Will you go stick shift or automatic for the El Camino?

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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

Cool deal. I like it. Post up pic's as you go if possible.

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post #7 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 2:03 PM Thread Starter
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Oliver nice buy/pickup

I will miss seeing your Orange and White 69 Chevelle SS396 going down the Track

Will the car be racing this year ?

When do you expect to have the El Camino ready for the Track ??

Did you keep the old BBC/396 from the Original Chevelle and is it going back into the Car

And Mark's Engine into the El Camino ???

What Trans for the El Camino ????
Hi Greg ! Thanks at the moment the Chevelle will still be racing , there is no plan set in stone for this Elcamino deal but i want a MJ BBC engine for sure
it all came so quickly and i could not pass this opportunity.
need to figure it out still and open to opinions


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1969 396 SS monaco orange (72)
468 Vortecpro 585 HP back to street cruiser
M20 4 speed - 3.31
Prosystems 1000
BEST ET 11.62 (with 4.10)
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BEST 60 FT 1.64
4000 lbs street car

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Congratulations. Will you go stick shift or automatic for the El Camino?

Steve R
Thanks Steve

i want to keep it auto bench seat too !

it has probably a stock th350 and 10 bolt 8.2 rear end , not sure even if posi.
how much power can they take ?

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1969 396 SS monaco orange (72)
468 Vortecpro 585 HP back to street cruiser
M20 4 speed - 3.31
Prosystems 1000
BEST ET 11.62 (with 4.10)
BEST MPH 121
BEST 60 FT 1.64
4000 lbs street car

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467 Vortecpro Tunnel ram 730+ hp TH400
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post #9 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 2:17 PM
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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

Oliver ,congratulations on your new purchase ! I am very excited to see where you take this project. Having a dedicated track car can be a very good thing with out all the street/strip compromises. High compression,high stall converters, weight reduction and deep gears etc., can be very fun. By the way,love your new car .

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Thanks Steve

i want to keep it auto bench seat too !

it has probably a stock th350 and 10 bolt 8.2 rear end , not sure even if posi.
how much power can they take ?
If you are planning on racing the El Camino on a regular basis I'd upgrade to either a 9" or Strange S60, cost permitting. How much would it cost to get towed home from the track?

Not everyone needs to upgrade from an 8.2, but it would be wise. I have a friend that ran one in her 69 Camaro when she started racing. She ran it in the high school class with an Edelbrock crate engine, her and her dad got it to run low-12's. They had more than 1000 runs on it, without a rear end failure, they eventually upgraded the entire drivetrain and went with a 9" when she graduated from college. But that car never saw slicks with that rear end or it never would have lasted.

Since you are racing, consider the associated cost of a parts failure. Those include the possibility of losing a race, possible points implications, down time to get it fixed or replaced with better parts and more. It's the guys that tend to only run test and tunes or grudge nights which cut corners on fragile parts. The guys like you, that are racing, eventually figure out the downsides of part failure is too high.

Good luck with your new car and the decisions you will need to make as you build it. I hope you start a build thread.

Steve R

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Congratulations to the new car!
A well built th 350 can handle 600hp+but at that level the 8.2" 10 bolt wont live long with sticky tires.
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post #12 of 438 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 17, 4:31 PM
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Nice find! That El Camino would be super easy to tub and fit some big tires on it. Roll cage, converter and one of Mark's motors and you will be clipping off 9s all day long.
Congrats on the new car.
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Re: El Camino - strip car build :)

Yeah i thought so about the 8.2 ... ..i just might swap my 12 bolt temporarily until i find a decent piece here , we will see.

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468 Vortecpro 585 HP back to street cruiser
M20 4 speed - 3.31
Prosystems 1000
BEST ET 11.62 (with 4.10)
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4000 lbs street car

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El Camino drag car??Nah,no one does that.
Wise decision,you won't regret.One to beat on,one to cruise,has worked for me,congrats!
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Yeah i thought so about the 8.2 ... ..i just might swap my 12 bolt temporarily until i find a decent piece here , we will see.
swap your 12 bolt for now and put the 8.2 in the chevelle till you find a good 9" or 12 bolt for the elco. I am running a th350 in the malibu with my 402 properly prepped they will hold 600 without issue with some smaller upgrades. if no trans brake aka foot braking only! If you decide to go with trans brake there are other parts you will need to look into. This is just from my personal experience and opinion. The converter is gonna need to be matched to the engine you plan to run and since your going MJ power ask him what converter he recommends since he built the engine he will know what is gonna work best to start and since you have to import parts the less you have to spend on shipping the better so do it once and do it right the first time. that is really all I can say other then the automatic will like a little different shock tuning then the stick car other then that you know what you are doing thus far. Great choice on the Elcamino.

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