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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 15, 9:48 AM Thread Starter
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65 El Camino LS2 Project

I bought a new El Camino in 1965 and kept it a couple of years and traded it for a new 67 Camaro. I've had a number of El Caminos over the years (69, 72, 83, 86 Caballero) and, I've always wanted another 65 but, they've always been out of my price range or, total rust buckets. I stumbled on to this 65 on Craigslist in Sacramento a couple of months ago and, as luck would have it, my best friend has a business about 1/2 mile from where it was for sale and he was able to check it out for me. It is a "project" but, all the "issues" seem to be within my capability to correct. It has a number of minor dings and the interior is a disaster but, the only major rust is the floor.

The plan is for a frame-off (not necessarily 100% nut and bolt) resto-mod;

-- I already have an LS2 engine out of an 06 Corvette and a built 4L60E transmission that I was planning to put in my 83 - until this 65 came along.

-- Media blast and paint frame.

-- Complete suspension/steering component upgrade with poly graphite bushings, 2" dropped spindles, upgraded sway bars front and rear and 4 wheel disc brakes.

-- Complete interior refurb with 5th gen buscket seats and 3rd gen console and horse shoe shifter.

-- Vintage or Classic Air and Dakota Digital instruments.

I live in Texas, just north of Fort Worth, and the truck is in California. It's currently in a media blast shop getting the really old spray-in bed liner removed. When that's done, my friend will move to a shop there in Elk Grove and we will replace the floor before shipping it to Texas.

It will probably be several months before I'm able to document much progress. I have a Caballero project that I need to finish enough to get out of the garage before I can move the 65 in.

Here are a few pictures - as it is now. YES - the wheels have to go!


















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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old Mar 4th, 15, 11:16 AM
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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

Looks like a good start. I think I`ve seen your friends shop in the old depot. I`m a truck driver and have delivered in there a lot. There is a shop that has a lot of old hot rod builds going on.

Anyway, love 65 el caminos. Looking forward to see how your turns out.
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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

There's a hot rod shop there in the Depot but, it's not my friends. He owns Total Service Logistics. They're a warehousing/shipping business.

I'm looking for a left fender for mine. If you happen on to one in good shape, please let me know.

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They repop the fenders now but a friend of mine has some left over 65 sheet metal. I`ll see if he has one.
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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

Great start for another resurrected 65 Elky. Mine was a lot worse and it all came together in the end. Keep us up to speed as you go. Ed

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Nice!!

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Looking forward to this!
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post #8 of 53 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 15, 11:06 AM
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Certainly have your work cut out for you. Looks to be doable. Love the 65' Caminos.

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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

I think it looks great, a heck of a lot better than what I started with. Mine had plywood on one side for a floor board and a TV tray on the other and 5 gallons of roofing tar to cover everything up. Do you have any plans as far as paint, solid or two tone.
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post #10 of 53 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 15, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

Looking at a solid color. 2010 Corvette Crystal Red with saddle interior. Something like this;


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I think it looks great, a heck of a lot better than what I started with. Mine had plywood on one side for a floor board and a TV tray on the other and 5 gallons of roofing tar to cover everything up. Do you have any plans as far as paint, solid or two tone.

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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

I like! Of course I'm kinda partial to the early Caminos!

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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

Got the floor out.


I can't believe how some PO butchered the floor. There was huge hole in the area that I cut out. I didn't discover the additional area by the gas pedal until I cut the rest out and ripped off the fiberglass on the forward part of the hump.



Looks like I am going to get the floor piece(s) from Rock Auto. They sell full length (left and right) sections, by Goodmark, that go all the way forward into the footwell and will take care of the butchered section by the gas pedal.

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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

I spent a few days in California earlier this week and got the floor trimmed and secured with screws. Also installed a used replacement hood. just waiting for my buddy to get the floor welded in and it will be ready for transport.




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Overall - I'm happy with the quality fit of the floor from Rock Auto (after much trimming). I had the bed and inside of the tailgate media blasted and epoxy primed. The bed has some small dents but, all will be an easy fix.

I can't wait to get it home and get started on the chassis refurb and engine install.

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Looking good, never heard anyone say fixing those fricking ribs in the bed, easy ; )
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Re: 65 El Camino LS2 Project

Thanks Nick,

Fortunately, the ding you can see in the lower left of the picture is the worst of the lot and, it's in the removable panel. Being able to remove the panel and pound the dent out on a flat surface should make it a lot easier. The rest of the ones in the bed are shallow enough that they could probably be filled - as they are - but, I'll make an effort to smooth them out some after I get it up in the air and get the frame out.

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