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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old May 16th, 19, 1:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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67 el camino, but there are so many fewer el camino owner that i figured you guys could help from time to time...
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67 el camino, but there are so many fewer el camino owner that i figured you guys could help from time to time...
Pictures, details please!
Here is mine.


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looks like you have done a lot of the things I intend to do to mine....
mostly the new tank and EFI. Id love to hear your thoughts.

I take possession of mine this weekend (I hope)

Tell me about your wheel/tires.... size backspace? Is your car at stock height?

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Plenty of El Camino owners here........and a few wanna be El Camino owners. I happen to be one of the latter.

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Welcome to Team Chevelle.....

From another '67 El Camino owner.
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looks like you have done a lot of the things I intend to do to mine....
mostly the new tank and EFI. Id love to hear your thoughts.
The tank and EFI I did on the cheap, could have saved a smidge more, could have spent a lot more.
I got the idea from a guy that did a complete drivetrain swap from a Roadmaster Wagon, he did it like the factory would have if they were still making El Caminos in the 1990s.
Some info on my swap.
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/89-...zz4-700r4.html
I got the FiTech GO EFI 600 for $800 with a 10% off coupon, and a $100 rebate. My total was just over $1100.

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Tell me about your wheel/tires.... size backspace?
They are 14" 1980 Camaro Berlinetta wheels that I masked and painted. I think they are 14x7, no idea on backspace. And they just barely fit over the single piston calipers (1969 style discs). One wheel self clearance for a couple hundred yards, and never made another noise.
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/17-...efinished.html
I also got them cheap WITH brand new lug nuts. (they take a special shanked nut, I guess mag style with washers could work also). They are very similar to the 1980ish Z28 Wheels, and 1987? Monte Carlo wheels. The Monte Carlo ones take normal lug nuts, and have a different backspace.
The tires I had were 227/70-14 in the rear, and 215/70-14 in the front. They were very old with about 15 years in Las Vegas, so last year I saw these at Walmart and bought 6 of them, why? That is all they had! They were Douglas 205/75-14 and while they look a bit boring, they are a great size for just normal driving. They were $30 each! and for $220 total for all 6, 5 of them mounted, and 4 of them balanced out the door with taxes and disposal! And made in Ohio! I really like the Cooper Cobra's and was ready to buy 4 new ones until I saw those on sale.
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/17-...%94-tires.html

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Is your car at stock height?
No idea. With 215/70-14 on a high crown bumpy back road, it would hit the road surface on the K frame on a bump. I like it how it sits, well it sits with right rear low, until I get in.
I also replaced the air shocks and they can sit months and still have pressure. I am installing a GM vacuum operated pump and controller to vary the pressure while driving. My dad got it in 1996 in Las Vegas with 66,000 on it (now 99,000) and who knows what is stock.
It was a 327, 3sp manual column. Now a ZZ4 350 700R4 OD.
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Well Pioneer your pics pretty much sold me on going with 225/60 15 and 245/60 15.... same over all diameters as your as it fills the wheel wells really well.
I would go with the Cobras, but they only do a 225 in a 70 profile which i think will just look too big in the front.
Maybe I'll go down to 215. Is 245 and 215 too far apart for a good ride?

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Well Pioneer your pics pretty much sold me on going with 225/60 15 and 245/60 15.... same over all diameters as your as it fills the wheel wells really well.
I would go with the Cobras, but they only do a 225 in a 70 profile which i think will just look too big in the front.
Maybe I'll go down to 215. Is 245 and 215 too far apart for a good ride?
Those sizes are probably a fine starting point, others will know more.
As for mine, first, I'd have to check those 2 pictures. I think that the top one on the road is with the 225/70-14 in the rear, and maybe the 215/70 in the front. And I think the bottom one is with 205/75-14 all the way around. But the height difference is minimal between all 3.
Personally I would love something in a cast/mag wheel in a 15" with as wide as I could get in the rear, and something like I have now in the front. Those guys with the 2nd gen running 275s in the back look great to me. With 15" the choices are minimal, but probably 5 times as many as 14".
I make it a mission to save as much as I can, AND, get what I want, or as close to it. My El Camino had 14" steel wheels with trim rings and poverty/taxi caps, and I liked them, but wanted something more unique. I happened to find those 14" N90s on Craigslist. I got them for $110 with brand new lug nuts, plus I bought 5 new caps for something like $68, new chrome valve stems, 2 cans of paint. I have just under $200 in them, maybe $325 total counting the new tires (not counting the 2 spares). And on crappy roads it rides better than any modern car I use.

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Those sizes are probably a fine starting point, others will know more.
As for mine, first, I'd have to check those 2 pictures. I think that the top one on the road is with the 225/70-14 in the rear, and maybe the 215/70 in the front. And I think the bottom one is with 205/75-14 all the way around...
Yep, confirmed. I found the original larger pictures. The one on the road is from 2015 with Cooper Cobra 225/70-14 in the rear and Futura 215/70-14 in the front. The picture at Summit is last year after I got the 205/75-14 on all 4.
FWIW, here it is with the Cobras on steel wheels, I forget what was up front, maybe 205/70-14.
This was near Area 51 before I drove it back to Pittsburgh with my dad.

And again later that same day after 20 miles of dusty unpaved roads.
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Thanks for all the extra info...
I have my heart set on white letter tires, which means 15" wheels
15" wheels means anything bigger than 245 is getting into a 27" diameter tire which is starting to get truck tire big...

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Welcome to the site.

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Welcome from another El Camino owner from the South Bay. Quite a few El Caminos in San Diego.

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