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post #46 of 136 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 14, 1:59 AM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Been a while since I had anything worthy of report going on.

Doing the drop back three steps and move forward in a slightly different direction dance just now.

Made a very good deal on an Eagle 327 crank and rods from another member.
So of course they do not fit the small journal 327 block I already spent the time to clean up!
I have carefully ground off all the nasty exterior casting flash.
Much nicer to handle, no more cuts to my hands and looks better too.

I actually had a high-nickel 4-bolt 350 block gathering dust for years but sold it since I was building a 327.
Wish I could get it back but there is no way.

Now kind of dreaming of an aluminum block, not LS.
Might even be possible since it seems the Gen 1 stuff is being abandoned for the LS fad.

Even with an iron block this should be a fun little engine, Eagle crank and rods, KB pistons, Brownfield aluminum heads, Victor Jr. single plane intake and 650 double pumper carb.

Still have to decide on the cam and lifters.
Was planning on a pretty nasty cam with Rhoads lifters to tame it a bit around town.
Also considering a solid lifter cam to really buzz it up but not sure how much trouble that might be around town.
Yah, local cops already look to get me any time they can.

May also be buying another Elky for the rear tub since it's cheaper than buying AND SHIPPING new rear skins.
And that's not even including getting them put on.

Didn't this start out as a budget build?

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #47 of 136 (permalink) Old Dec 12th, 14, 2:51 PM
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

I would up building an engine test stand I got the plans on ebay for $8. Turns out the fellow is also a member here. Best thing ever. If I had my engine in a car after I built it and it was leaking everything possible from everyplace imaginable I would have lost my mind. Instead I was able to walk around the whole thing and see everything and fix all the leaks one by one.


Any current pics of your project?

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post #48 of 136 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 14, 5:52 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Mostly just gathering parts at the moment.
I did just get an old Allen S.E.A. engine analyzer with the optional oscilloscope that works.
Trying to get the emissions analyzer to work too.
My test stand will be very well instrumented now, and capable of testing - adjusting just about any engine up to the mid 90's including some distributorless types.

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post #49 of 136 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 14, 3:17 AM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Pics!

Engine test stand.
I still have to reinstall the rest of the basic gauges, fuel pump, and starter solenoid.
The orange plate is for Chevy, others below are Ford and Dodge.
I hope the GM plate also works for my Buick V6.
I am making another for Alfa-Romeo right now, may end up doing one for Triumph Spitfire.
Did I mention the El Camino is not my only project?





Allen "Smart Engine Analyzer" (S.E.A.) with optional oscilloscope and "Service Manager" four-gas emissions test analyzer (E.T.A.) set for advanced tuning.


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sweet!

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post #51 of 136 (permalink) Old Dec 31st, 14, 5:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Couple of days late, but it's Christmas after-all!
Got the Eagle 327 crank and rods today that I bought from another member.
Pretty parts, too bad they don't show after assembly.

Having gone this far overboard I'm kind of looking for a used aluminum block.
Weight and rust are the enemies, I want to conquer both.

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post #52 of 136 (permalink) Old Dec 31st, 14, 8:25 PM
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Dang! I gotta go rest now - I just read the whole thing from the first post to the last.

I'm impressed! You don't let anything stop you from gettin' it done!
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post #53 of 136 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 15, 6:55 PM Thread Starter
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I'm treating it like moving a mountain, one pebble at a time.

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post #54 of 136 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 15, 1:59 PM
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

I dig the wheels and the blue color on the hood.
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post #55 of 136 (permalink) Old Jan 11th, 15, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Wheels are old school 15", I intend to resist going larger as long as possible.
Blue is a factory color.
Planning on a two-tone paint job, cobalt blue SS stripes, roof, and inside the bed.

Toward that goal I took the air chisel and heavy grinder to the rear body tonight.
Cut away the rust and ground off Bondo until I got to sound metal.
Looks like the previous owner put Bondo over rust at the wheel arch edges.
So of course it continued to spread underneath.
Found the obligatory beer can between the body panels, Colt 45.
Also found the old dent behind the drivers door, lucky it is behind the door.

Looks like I can probably use the smaller and less expensive patch panels.
Most of the rust is within 2" of the wheel arch edge except for the area below the lowest body line.
That is flat so should be easy to fix, if any bodywork is "Easy" these days.

Anyone ever reshape repair panels before installation to get another inch of tire clearance?
Seems like it should be doable.

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post #56 of 136 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 15, 3:14 AM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Rear body skins purchase keeps being delayed by their costing $220 - $240 each AND another $70 to $100 each for shipping.

Finally found a dealer outside Sacramento CA, close enough I can drive over and get them.
Even with having to pay sales tax and buy gas it should only be around $50 over purchase price to go get them.
So I hope to have them on Saturday.
Think I may go ahead and take the original outer wheel houses from the donor rear clip I bought quite a while ago.
Saving me $140 - $180.
New would be more convenient but this was SUPPOSED to be a budget build and the donor parts look to be excellent.

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post #57 of 136 (permalink) Old Feb 1st, 15, 1:45 AM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Skins, Taxes, and gas just over $500.00.
So did save a bit, at the expense of using up a Saturday.
This should have been the last items too large for regular shipping.

Also got a reference to a large salvage yard full of older U.S. cars I will have to check out.

Once I get my outer wheel house situation sorted it will be time to get serious on the rust repair.

I think I will put in the new body bushings first to help with everything being square and true.
Should be easier with the two-post lift so long as the bolts are not seized.

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post #58 of 136 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 15, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Okay, set a rear skin up against the body to see how it looks and it looks great.
The new rear skins and front fenders will finally make the El Camino no longer a rust-bucket!

Now I have to find the thread on how to do this, no instructions with the skins, supposed to "Leave it to the pro$" no doubt.
Ah no, this is supposed to be a budget build, not a blank check build.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #59 of 136 (permalink) Old Feb 2nd, 15, 7:18 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

OK, the El Camino is officially in paint jail.
Took out the tail lamps, taking off the rear bumper, and putting it on the lift to begin drilling the lower spot welds for the rear 1/4 replacements.

Need to find my balance point for the two-post lift.

At these gas prices I want it 100+ octane, leaded, and my windshield washed!
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post #60 of 136 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 15, 5:53 AM Thread Starter
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Re: My rusty '68 "Custom" rising from the dead.

Balance point found.
Did the math as illustrated at the Bendpak sight.
Turns out to be 4" behind the wind wing.
MUCH easier to get to bumper bolts and such without having to use a creeper and stands!

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