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post #16 of 106 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 15, 10:10 AM
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Re: 69 El Camino journey

What a fun journey! Thanks for sharing, love the car.

My "Time Machine", sold and gone. Looking for another.

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Very nice truck. I especially like the color combination. Very nice and tasteful mods. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

I hope you don't mind if I suggest you consider restoring your steering wheel too. It will make the interior that much stronger.

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Re: 69 El Camino journey

Alan I do appreciate the comment about the wheel. I have bought a near perfect one except the color. Maybe it's faded or maybe it's just another color but it's sort of aqua in some areas. So that has slowed me down.

I need to get it out and do some further assessment in full daylight.
My current wheel is bad in the rear of the horn area...splits and twists.

And thank you all for the comments.

It's been a fun year of ownership.
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[QUOTE=robpp;7633418]Hi All.

New to me 1969 El Camino
Purchased on 7/12/2014.
ODO reads 46,300 ????

Purchased new in Aurora, CO.
Been here its whole life.


VIN 136809K443662

Body Plate
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ST 69 13680 KAN307261 BDY

TR 764 53 CPNT

050 05964
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Glacier Blue with Dark Blue Vinyl Top(53)
Metallic Dark Blue Coated Fabric (764)




GOAL: Keep as original as possible. However I do want to drive the car. So mods that may not be true to the original but add driveability are not out of the question.

Example: I am adding a expansion tank to the cooling system. Not just an overflow. I will post pics when its in.



14x6 Rally wheels on it now.
Am shopping some 15x8 vette rally wheels. will then add some redlines.


picture in front of sellers home day I drove it away.



bought some 15x8 corvette (AZ code) rims.
came with aftermarket rings. seller had 3 100K camaro's, he restores 67-69.
i wasnt sure of the vette rings but I know the chevelle ones arent smooth at lip. I questioned, he said GM with a dirty stare so I guessed I was wrong. Instead I got played on them.
but the bonus was a set of 215/70R15 tires that are almost new. all balanced and ready to go. paid $300. not disappointed just dont like to be lied to/ next time I will do my homework and not let that happen.

a few pics






also, installed a new ac/delco gas cap. other one seemed like vent wasnt working as I got a bit of a swoosh sound.

i added a coolant recovery tank.
i did a bit of research and found that many were using a 82+ camaro tank.
while it didnt fit perfect it was close.
you will see in one of my pics I added a rubber mount ( from the old harley days) to the lower area. i could not get it mounted otherwise. on the top its bolted to the inner fender directly. only the bottom needed a spacer.


cracked the thermo housing. found a decent one at oreilly. painted it engine orange.

So new parts included:
GM Recovery tank and lid 14070997 & 15630112.
Stant Radiator cap that allow recovery 10331.
New Stant SuperStat 195 degree 45359.
New thermo housing (murray) and gasket.
New upper radiator hose. (gates)(lower looks new and feels soft so left it as is)

gas cap GM 3931449 new


some pics

here is a shot of the lower mount.


side view

frontal


and here is a shot of my hard wired battery tender plug sticking out the grill



15x8 AZ code wheels
OEM centers
Aftermarket rings
215/70R15 ru

Nice! You just convinced me to use the 15x8 rally wheels that I have on my 68.

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Looking good clean El Camino

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Cool Camino!
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post #22 of 106 (permalink) Old Jun 21st, 15, 7:45 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't touched the suspension yet.....


But I did install a Craftec Tonneau Cover in Indigo Blue.

It needs a little bit more stretch to the frame to tighten up the vinyl but looks good and fits real well.

The latch system with the straps has to go. I need to cipher on it but will come up with something. Was even thinking of a few small nagnets. Velcro won't stick to the rubber edges....its some type of rubber.

I'm thinking about like a cabinet latch where you push down and that releases it.

I'll come up with something.

Anyway a few pics





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Wow, nice find! It looks like it found a good home. Keep up the good work!

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Very nice Rob indeed , really like the upgrades too !! Keep it up and keep
us posted with those pics

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eventually I will have 100% LED bulbs in all the stock lamps.
Interior is done in blue dome and courtesy.

for the rear I bought some oem 68 reverse lights for $20.

68 had reverse lights in bumper in same exact place as 69 had red reflectors;

i replaced the red reflectors housing on my 69 bumper to the 68 housing but re-used my guide original red reflectors. I put some Phillips RED LED 1156 bulbs in there and tapped into the license plate light.

so when my headlight switch is out the first position it looks like this:

I considered using them for brake lights but I have a plan for a third brake light.


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Too much corporate travel this year. Hardly even used my elco

Today I installed Morris classic 3 pt belts. Took about 1 hour. Very nice parts and fit.

I sent them some belts and they removed the date labels and put in new ones. Also reused the old buckles and gave me some new blue plastic buckle covers.

I also got a middle belt to match as the color is a bit darker than original. That's about as close as they had.

Upper mount I reused my blue original cover. Over winter maybe blue dye retractor. Lots of pics on my camera but for now


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Very nice truck. I especially like the color combination. Very nice and tasteful mods. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

I hope you don't mind if I suggest you consider restoring your steering wheel too. It will make the interior that much stronger.


I found a near perfect one.....that I hope is the correct color.
called it medium blue and it sure looks right.

It will be here friday or early next week.

mine has the malibu emblem and i actually have an nos spare to put on this wheel.

the coolest part might be i bought it from wayne scraba the author of all sorts of muscle car books.



any tips on the install? anything I need to be extra careful with? I have a bunch of pullers in the tool box I suspect i can find one that will work.


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That's a good looking wheel. A couple of things to consider: Center your steering wheel then take a scribe or chisel and make a mark at the top of the steering shaft to indicate when the shaft is centered. If possible, remove Make sure you have a good steering wheel puller. Those horn shrouds are flimsy. Be careful bolting it on (2 screws from the back) and don't over torque it. The wire lead connector for the horn buttons may attach a couple of different ways. Just be deliberate in your actions. Good luck.

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Enjoyed looking at your post. Really nice Elco. I just bought a 68 SS396 Camino and I really like the looks of your bed cover. I didnt know anyone made anything like that. I might have to get one on order.
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Enjoyed looking at your post. Really nice Elco. I just bought a 68 SS396 Camino and I really like the looks of your bed cover. I didnt know anyone made anything like that. I might have to get one on order.
Thanks

I am very happy with the bed cover. They give a 3 or 5 year warranty on the vinyl. I assembled it and installed it in one afternoon. I only needed help with the final install.

The locking mechanism is crap. I am working on an alternative.

And drilling holes in the bed is required. could be a deal breaker on the condition of your bed.

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