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post #16 of 244 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 12, 7:44 AM
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Re: Paulie's 69 El Camino build

That is looking awesome, I have always love el caminos with some serious tire under it! The big block and 6 speed should be some serious fun!

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Great thread Paulie. Keep them coming. wish I went with a rear section like that for my Elky now.


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Thanks Steve, I'll try. I like the big rubber look too. I'm limited to bias ply with these rears; kinda kicking myself now. I had planned on the S/R Sportsman Radials, should have stuck with radials but I wanted max traction, but didn't realize how few bias tires there are left. I don't like the skinnies up front. I'm redoing the front end later, might do some Touring.

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Whoa Dave, your 66 is flawless, I have so far to go from ugliness it's laughable. That exhaust really caught my eye. Are the headers chromed?

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I was reading a chassis book on how to set-up your driveline phasing and remembered back when I was transfering my measurements of the car to the floor with a string bob/plumb to figure out my new rear frame and rear-end locations, I was wishing there was a laser tool like those spinning laser levels you see now, that would help, rather than remeasuring to see if I was straight or square. Now that I'm ready to weld-up a Art Morrison tube crossmember for the transmission, I gotta go through that again. Then I looked for some kind of laser pointer online and couldn't find much shy of a grand. I knew what I wanted to do so I fumbled my way through tonight and made some pointers I can use on the yokes. Waste two mintues and see the video on U tube.

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Maybe they sell something but I couldn't find it. I still have to use the magnetic angle finder to get degree measurements for one plane but front to back I can use these pointers on the second plane so they are phased. You open a panadora's box when you change everything.

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This weekend I worked on the transmission cross-member. The stock one doesn't work with a T-56 without modifying it and it's bulky. I was looking at the X-Factor cross-members American Powertrain had for a Camaro and emailed them last year when they would do one for a Chevelle and they said it was not ready. I looked again and they got some thing I could make myself instead of that nice aluminum one for the other cars. G-force is nice but too Heavy. Then I found Art Morrison had a heavy wall tube C-member with exhaust rise and weldable. That was it. 80 bucks too.

I have the trans in position and I'm holding up this long c-member up against the frame and holding the bracket against the mount; fine. Weld it up and go back under to see how much of the ends I have to cut off for it to fit up into the frame and realize once it's up level the mounts to high. #*! -gotta cut the mount off, and flip it to the bottom. Idiot ! Ha, Learn from my mistake. I used Energy Suspension engine/trans mounts, the trany mount for me was visible about 1/8" below the frame viewed frame to frame. It comes with brackets for each side to unbolt the C-member easily.
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seems like trail and error still holds true,but it seems like your still working toward the end game it should help with some one else who wants to do the horses under the hood with learned from experiecne!
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Ha Ha Ken, that's so true. I guess if we knew it all, it'd be kinda boring. I'm trying today to get the engine/trans lined up front to back so I can get my side to side position of this cross member. String bobbing the car again to the floor to find center, then I can see how much the engine is off-center, to the side.

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Whoa Dave, your 66 is flawless, I have so far to go from ugliness it's laughable. That exhaust really caught my eye. Are the headers chromed?
Sorry Paulie I have been away for a while. No not chrome. The exhaust is silver hi temp exhaust paint. The headers are hooker ceramic coat and the collectors are stainless.
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Nice build thread, it's gonna be a handful.

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Thanks for sharing. Looking good.

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Thanks for the encouragement guys.

I did cut the cross-member this last weekend and welded one side of the frame brackets, but ran out of argon gas for the mig. I welded the brackets 3/16's back farther for an added bellhousing block protector plate and a mid-plate. I'll still have to pull the engine/trans in and out a few more times yet but at least the frame brackets will be finished. The rear-end brackets need to be tack welded in place after I get my angles fixed. Then I'll run the rear-end back to the builder to have him weld the four link mounts on the tubes in place; then the driveline will be good to go. Then I can pull the body off and do the frame up nice with brake lines, fuel lines, fuel-cell and frame painting. -Still saving for the clutch.

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I finished fabricating the crossmember. I welded the other set of tabs to the frame and it slips right up and bolts in. I'm glad nothing hangs down where you would say; whats that? The raised humps for the exhaust are about a 1/4" from the floor. With that conquered I remeasured the rear in the car and was off 1/2" to the pass. side, so I had to get the wife to push on the side while I wiggled the rear pinion up and down to slide the tubes in the brackets. Once I got the side to side, and resquared the rear to the center, I pulled up the pinion to two degrees up and tacked the tubes to the 4-link brackets and rolled it outside. Even the wife came out and said it looked like something now. Now I can pull the rear out and have the shop nicely weld the brackets on. The Dana tubes are 3/8" thick and my garage mig can't melt them.
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Wow it's been rainy, I did pull out the rear-end again to get the four link brackets welded. Off at the rear-end builder here in Ft. Lauderdale; Gears and Rears Inc. Does great work but slow is an understatement. It could set there a month. While the rears off, I can work on the tunnel hump surgery. no new pics

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