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post #61 of 106 (permalink) Old Aug 24th, 16, 3:10 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 69 El Camino journey

for the radiator,

the recovery tank, its called that for 2 reasons.
1. the hose connecting the tank to the radiator is at the bottom of the tank.
2. the radiator cap is made for a recovery tank. i have a 16 lb stant. I went to auto parts and asked for a cap for a 1975 el camino 350 but pretty sure all are the same once they start installing the recovery tank. the easy way to tell is the cap will have 2 rubber gaskets.

you top off the system using the recovery tank, it will keep the radiator fill.

here is a perfect picture explaining about the cap for a recovery tank


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post #62 of 106 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 16, 2:19 PM
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rob, thanks for the info...i just read thru your whole thread on the el co central forum. sure wish my build sheet would show up. have you dug into the rear end diff yet? whats your opinion on your chin spoiler? does it cool your engine bay and motor? it does look good, i havnet seen 1 in person yet. can you post a few pics of it mounted like a above pic, looking down from top of radiator? maybe from ground level up too?? rob

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rob I will get you some good pics of the spoiler.
but honestly I dont think it does anything for cooling.
its all a look.

i havent opened the rear. hopefully before winter.
I bought some fluid and a gasket



if you search here on chevelle site 'randy's spoiler' you may find some other opinions.

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post #64 of 106 (permalink) Old Aug 30th, 16, 3:17 PM Thread Starter
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I wanted to change the plugs.
my 255hp 350 calls for AC R44.
of course they dont make AC R44 anymore.
so last time I went with AC R43.
but have seen posts saying thats a COLDER plug for a big motor and such.
my motor is bone stock 50,000 miles.
puffs a little blue on startup but oil level barely moves between 2500-3000 mile oil change.



SO I bought me some AC R45S.
say these are good for a stock 350 that might burn a touch of oil (HOTTER)
the S is extended tip.

I only put a few miles on them so far so good.




now here is a picture of the ones I took out.
these AC R43. The rear drivers side plug was different than the others. others were mostly brown. this one was almost like carbon on it. some brown but mostly black :unhappy:


take a look if you dont mind and share any thoughts.

thanks



this is the pass side. all look the same......brown


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post #65 of 106 (permalink) Old Sep 6th, 16, 6:29 PM Thread Starter
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Killing time at car show yesterday.

Here is some the contents of my glove compartment.

Owners manual. Free lube coupons. What's left of protectoplate. Few other things


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post #66 of 106 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 16, 3:44 PM
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Nice looking ride. '69 is my personal favorite year for just about everything Chevy made back then. I have a '65 chev El Camino. It's a hot rod though, and will never be stock again in it's lifetime. Wish it were stock, but it's had several owners prior with different ideas about what is tasteful. You're doing a tasteful restore. Mine looks more like a matchbox hot rod.

If the car runs well, I would not worry about those plugs. They look good for a low mileage stock 1969 V8. If you drove it at 70mph for a hour, pulled over and pulled them out, they would probably be perfect, albeit a tad on the grey side due to the fuel these days.

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post #67 of 106 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 16, 2:41 PM Thread Starter
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51,325 miles
drain and fill trans
new gasket Victor Reinz Tuff Cork W39348TC gasket
new filter ACDelco transmission filter
new drain plug dorman
lubeguard too
Dex III



so I crawl under. I see a drain plug.
what I dont notice is the small drain plug inside the bigger hole plug.
so i put the 3/4 socket on it and it seems to turn easy so I keep going and it just comes out. fluid goes in pan and drain plug too.
I remove the pan bolts (13) and drop the pan.

Pan is rather clean on bottom. no filings I could find. a bit of muck but a quick rinse removed everything.

Pan with new gasket but showing bottom of old filter.





so when i go find the drain plug to put back in pan this is what I find?
I didnt find the any nut or washer on the inside of the pan? ***.



so i thread it back in like I removed it and it gets tight then loose.
And the way it came out so easy; there wasnt a nut on the inside somehow they made it work.
like an idiot I say it must work. reinstall pan. pour in a little fluid and it immediately leaks from around the plug
ARGHHHH

so i had to fix....a trip to Oreilly and about 8 buck later I have a sealed drain plug.

trans pan had this numbers on it ??


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That's an aftermarket drain plug, and its SUPPOSED to have a nut on the backside. Looks like someone just threaded it into the pan, hard to see how it held. I have a couple of those in my toolbox now, once you secure it to the pan, you put a wrench on the big nut and hold it while you unthread the little one to drain the fluid. I put on ein every pan when I service the trans for the first time, it makes a messy job a little less messy.

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Yeah once I went and bought one I saw what I was supposed to be..

And like you am surprised it held. Didn't leak a drop in 3 yrs and 5 k miles lol

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I have converted all exterior lamps to LED except the tails. I never did them because both sides had bad sockets, loose in housing.

So I saw LED BOARDS on OPGI
I cut of the 1157 END and
I added some terminals M and F.

For ground, I used a ring terminal on ground wire attached to one of the bolts that mount the base to the car.

I owe you pics of them on; working on stereo so battery not in.


They are BRIGHT way brighter than 1157.






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another warm February

annual oil change time


2/10/17 51985
2/14/16 49356


ANNUAL MILEAGE 2629



New oil Valvoline VR1 10-30 Dino
Wix short filter 51069
Wix gas filter 33044






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i found this static ground strap in my boxes. acquired it long ago.

its new Gates 90330 Rubber ground.

I used SS Bolt and washers.

I used my steel brush on the area I mounted it.

There was a hole in the frame so I used it.





BUT EVERYONE WANTS TO TELL ME IM DRAGGING SOMETHING :banghead::banghead::crazy:

I get it. they just being helpful.




so do i DITCH IT.
or I was thinking I could move it to the rear bumper area.


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Nice El Camino! I have the same year but in black.

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changing gas filter on qjet. threads were stripped on inlet fitting.

I call SBC Living Legend Lars and he can fix.
I drop it off Saturday morning before I get home its ready for pick up.

he said heli-coil is the fix but he found that my fitting was very short on threads and said some later q-jets had a different fitting with almost an inch of thread. using the longer one, no more leaks.

so while it was off, i went a touch further and am fixing a pass side valve cover leak.

my original sticker was painted over at some point but its the same "1" that came on BB. on chevelle site we had a discussion about how factory did it.

sticker went on before paint and had a PEEL OFF cover. and you can see thats exactly what I found.

i also stripped them and will self etch prime and paint using some high heat orange.







valve covers are done.

here is the fill cap after cleared.





i used same matte clear on bolts and spreaders. I needed something on them or rust but felt orange would chip up. so CLEAR/



cover paint



painted



overspray on rocker.....proof factory paints them assembled oke:



new carb return spring



done installed



left


right


fill cap


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