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Finally got my barn find home...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FoMoCo_MoFo, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. FoMoCo_MoFo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 1,666


    last fall while I was in Montana I found this `59 El Camino in a Barn. it is the first chevy I have ever owned...
    I secured the deal with the owner and then winter set in making it hard for me to drive up there and get it. I have lusted after this car every day until I could finally bring it home...
    pretty much all I have done is wash the car, the old 14" bias ply WWW off of my T-bird on it, found the missing hubcap on eBay for $14, re-built the carb and she is running great!

    I think all I am going to do is torch the coils to get it setting right and DRIVE IT!
  2. muffman58
    Joined: Oct 24, 2003
    Posts: 999


    Holy Cow! That`s a mint Elky. You are one lucky sombich. It would be hard to do anything to her, but maybe lower it a tad! Very,Very Nice!
  3. kornbinder
    Joined: Oct 19, 2005
    Posts: 514

    from Sonora, CA

    Holy crap, did they just park it in the barn yesterday? What a find.
  4. UnIOnViLLEHauNT
    Joined: Jun 22, 2004
    Posts: 4,824


    I notice the same plate # in both pics, did you drive it home?

  5. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    I've lusted after a '59 Elky since riding in a new one in 1959. Looks like you found one thats almost like new. Congrats.

  6. 286merc
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,793

    from Pelham, NH

    The only worse way to lower it than torching the coils is to run on the rims!

    Since it is so nice DONT ruin it with Mickey Mouse work. Go to a spring shop and have them make 4 new ones to give you the height you want without sacrificing handling. Not at all expensive to do it correctly.
  7. MichaelDorman
    Joined: Apr 27, 2001
    Posts: 849


    I agree, Don't torch the fucking coils or cut em'. Go through the spring guide and find which ones will cross over. Look for springs with the same hieght and diameter but with a lower wieght ratio. This will drop the car (by way of the vehicles own weight), but keep the spring hieght so that when your' haulin' ass and hit a dip, the springs won't fall out of their perches and leave you fliping down the road. Those 59-60 Elky's and impallas had a nasty habbit of doing that when you would cut the coils and shorten them up.
    Nice car by the way, but you would never catch me dead in a chevy...FoMoCo por vida holms.
  8. rocknrods
    Joined: Feb 1, 2006
    Posts: 217


    I love the dash on those units.
  9. Arizona Geezer
    Joined: Oct 18, 2005
    Posts: 499

    Arizona Geezer

    Well, if you hate Chevy's that much, I'll take it!
  10. RetroSpeed
    Joined: Jun 25, 2001
    Posts: 128



    Congratulations on the excellent score.
  11. Derek Mitchell
    Joined: Nov 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,796

    Derek Mitchell

    Very nice, Elcos are beautiful.

    Good luck with the bowtie.

    I've been a Chevy guy forever and suddenly find 2 Fords in the garage, kinda the same thing. Very strange.
  12. FoMoCo_MoFo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 1,666


    dont worry guys it has the 40+ year old driver's side "lean" to it and if I were to keep it at stock height (or even lower it correctly which i will do in the NEAR future) I would have to get new springs on it anyway, so torching them isnt that big of a deal.

    trust me FoMoCo guys, I feel weird driving this car... but it is a `59 elco :) and can make some serious cash within the hour of anyday I wish to sell it
  13. brainfrz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 572


    Beautiful car...what a difference a little sunlight and a bath!!

    Nice find.

  14. plymouth_man
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 50

    from WI.

    Nice find,I would make a homemade spring compresser,out of 2 pieces of flat and put it on and take it for a spin,and see if that is the feel you want. Dont cut the springs,and than find out it handles like sh**. I would leave it stock.
  15. Zumo
    Joined: Aug 30, 2004
    Posts: 1,389


    Very nice find. Wish I could make a barn give birth to a car.
  16. 133
    Joined: Dec 30, 2003
    Posts: 1,655


    that is an awesome score! congrats. just slam it and slap some Radirs or Supremes on it.
  17. buschandbusch
    Joined: Jan 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,294

    from Reno, NV

    I would get the proper springs simply for the fact it's an Elky- it's meant to haul! Or at least get some airbags for the rear

    Nice find!
  18. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,974

    from DFW USA

    Damn, nice find! If I had to own a Chevrolet, then that's the one I'd want. :D
  19. FoMoCo_MoFo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 1,666


  20. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,067

    from Germany

    That looks so nice and original and such a nice color I think you should leave it stock. Hell it's a '59 El Camino. It's super cool the way it came from the factory. Keeping it stock may be worth more too.
  21. FoMoCo_MoFo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 1,666


    like I said before. The car's current springs are sagging to one side and will be torched. that is the only modification that this car will have...

    I will get real lowering springs made for it if I end up keeping it.

  22. Fresh469
    Joined: Jun 12, 2005
    Posts: 343

    from Benton, KY


    i love 59 elco's, but i love 59 impala's even more :p i would love to have either one though!
  23. FoMoCo_MoFo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 1,666


    ok guys, it's now for sale in the NEW classifieds...

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