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Projects 57 El Camino chop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by PRANK, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. PRANK
    Joined: Nov 30, 2009
    Posts: 16

    from NYC

    I sold my 64 Chevy Pick Up and got this 1957 210 Townsman 4door
    327,and a 4 speed. Iwas thinking mabe choping it in to an El Camino type of car are there any plans or guide lines out there that I can read up on or any suggestions
    erwin seemann likes this.
  2. i'd leave it as a 4-door wagon and drive it
  3. Your name is on the title...... but I'd leave it alone.
  4. Only suggestion would be don't do it. If you have to ask, and don't have your own plan, then leave it alone. Pick up a clapped out body if you really want to try this.
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  5. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280


    I know you didn't ask opinions, but I'd leave it a wagon. Sell it and buy an el camino if that's what you want...

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  6. Steelking22
    Joined: Jun 3, 2010
    Posts: 47


    as others have said, It's YOUR name on the title. A 4-door chop is incredibly hard (or expensive) to get right. :)
  7. He wasn't looking to Chop the 4 door - he is looking into making it a ElCamino :eek:

    And I Hope this is just a "PRANK" by him
  8. 32-3 WINDOW
    Joined: Nov 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,696

    32-3 WINDOW
    from utah

    leave that wagon as is if you want a camino i have one in my albums ill trade you and then some , the 57 looks likea great car , dont waste it , just my 2 cents
  9. EEZI
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 108


    This is a late April Fool's joke, right? Please let it be.
  10. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 15,187


    Folks, his name is "Prank". Nobody is idiot enough to really do this.
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,589

    from California

    wouldn't it be easier just to crash it into a tree?
  12. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280


    He's only posted three times since he joined in 2009 so we will probably never see the carnage anyways...

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  13. I would hate to see you do it, but if you must, post pictures of the entire project. I wanna watch. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
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  15. 90 mph under a semi trailer should make quick work of it.
    Don't Forget to duck
  16. Sting Ray
    Joined: Mar 24, 2012
    Posts: 920

    Sting Ray

    The ones I've seen done in the past started as two door wagons, I think having four doors would be a real challenge to make right. None of them look "right" anyway.

    From an El Camino owner.
  17. Sting Ray
    Joined: Mar 24, 2012
    Posts: 920

    Sting Ray

    Oh yeah, don't make it a shorty wagon either.
  18. It would Look nicer if he used a Pontiac safari Two-door wagon
  19. 64Cyclone
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,496


    It would be cute as a Ute.


    Just kidding, leave it alone.
  20. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    plenty of stock 57's go for it...
  21. redroaddog
    Joined: Apr 1, 2011
    Posts: 328


    i would shorten it up! always like the stubbie wagons no
    difference in cutting this up than a old ford or anything you make a custom out of. elkie would be cool but hard to get the back window area right. take some photos and cut them up before you cut on the real thing the go for it.....Dave:cool:
  22. Smokey2
    Joined: Jan 11, 2011
    Posts: 920


    Hey guys & gals, Anyone eles interested, I have the detailed plans to execute this Build. $650.00
    m.o. only
    1 st requirement is find a really nice
    '57 Wagon

    2nd The work must be performed outside,
    No Garage Builds, Please. That way The Pics
    will turn out better for Thread Posts.
    3rd Prefer work done in Colder Climate area,
    Or/ Rainy section of Country.

    pm Me if Interested

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  23. Gerrys
    Joined: May 1, 2009
    Posts: 327


    Little late, April fools was 4 days ago.
  24. Mark T
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 1,859

    Mark T

    I personally don't think any of the '57 Chevys turned into El Caminos look very good, most of them have a back window that leans forward which doesn't look right with the tailfins leaning rearward.

    Turning it into a 2 dr. wagon would be a better idea in my opinion.
  25. I dont have any plans, but I say do it. Find a pair of twodoor doors, bring back of the,roof forward & do a bunch of finish work.
  26. PRANK
    Joined: Nov 30, 2009
    Posts: 16

    from NYC

    Saw some on that link an thats what started the el camino idea. Yes my name is on the title. I see lots of 4 doors and they all look the same only the color has changed. did i mention its a 4 door. I would not cut up a Nomad or a handy man 2 door. And for the ones keeping count now my 4th post
  27. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    Done a few car-to-truck chop jobs, never had one turn out any good. Too shakey without the roof. They are always rattletraps. Leave it a wagon, buy a Camino.....
  28. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    I'm thinking you'd be better off making a C-1 Vette pickup. Fiberglass is easy to work with, older Corvettes don't really hold their value, and you'd be able to haul a lot of the manure that's related to your original idea.

  29. Although I have done several,so that makes me an idiot -I see....
    I personally think this is a pretty darned nice car and should be enjoyed as it sets,and am recommending that you get a rougher project type body and do it on it instead......just makes money sense.

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