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!