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some pics of My friends 1956 ElCamino

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by moparron426, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. peter johnson
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    Really nice work,probably one of the better conversions i have seen.I prefer a wagon personally,but congrats a a cool ute!
     
  2. koolkemp
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    That looks really nice ! He really nailed the proportions and excellent choice in using the Nomad stainless !!
     
  3. robertsregal
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    Wow I'm impressed, looks Awesome!!!
     
  4. Looks it came from the factory, GREAT JOB, more pics please.
     


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  6. rick finch
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    ^^^ Mmmmmmm, much better.;)
     
  7. hemifarris
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    Excellent workmanship. The only thing I noticed, AND THIS IS MY OPINION ONLY, is that the bed is too short proportionately to the rest of the body. The rear 1/4 to roofline is the same length as the front fender. Regular El Caminos have much longer 1/4 panels in relation to the front fenders, meaning it's a lot longer from the door edge rearward than the door edge frontward....Again this is JMO.........Mike
     
  8. 50ChevyFrank
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    Yea, I know that. I was only commenting that I know of another 56 Chevy car made into a pickup. The original post in this thread is entitled "some pics of My friends 1956 ElCamino"....

     
  9. El Camino Pequeño? :D
     
  10. hemifarris
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    Si !
     
  11. Nads
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    Sorry, misunderstood you.
     
  12. FC49
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    Ron, could you explain how Ray had to modify the dogleg side trim piece just aft of the door so the slant of the vertical piece would line up with the rear pillar? I BSed with Ray a couple times at cruze-ins, and my jaw dropped when he told me about it. Also, the story of why there are 9 strips on the tailgate instead of 7, as in the original Nomad, is pretty funny. You know him a lot better than I do, so I'll let you tell it. Also, here's a link to Detroit TV interviewing Ray last week at Dream Cruise.

    Frank C.
     
  13. larry woods
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    WOW! Absolutely a home run, i will be in upstate NY for a few weeks starting early Sept. hope to see it in person!
     
  14. raymay
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    The 56 and I drove to Michigan again this year for the Woodward Dream Cruise. We spent a week visiting with my son and future daughter-in-law. Did lots of cruising, got a tour of Lingenfelters collection and we visited the GM Heritage Center where they let me park the 56 in their display area out front. It also attracted a couple of Hooters girls at my sons Thursday night car club gathering.
    Been running her 3 seasons now and got a few stone chips that may need some attention soon. I have been very pleased with the car. The best compliments are the ones that say it looks factory built which is kind of the look I was going for. I did recently ad my own little personal touch substituting the GM Mark Of Excellence insignias with my own initialed RM insignias.
     

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  15. blowby
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    Love the color combo. And the truck.
     
  16. belair
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    I thought the dog-leg was just a Nomad piece. It is a great car.


     
  17. Looks like the stock color called Sierra Gold in 56. The silver is a good match.
     
  18. Barn Find
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    Here's a Pontiac Safari with similar treatment.

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  19. fab32
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    I'm a firm believer that the wheels and tires make the car. I also think that torque Thrusts are just about the perfect wheel. I can not imagine any other combination looking as good on this one.

    Frank
     
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  20. docmike
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    I was thinking the same thing about the proportions so I played with one of the pictures in Photoshop just a little. The top photo is Photoshopped, the lower is the actual vehicle.

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  21. 40fordtudor
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    Outstanding. What's not to like??
     
  22. raymay
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    Had same thoughts and concerns about this during the build. I had seen old builds using a Nomad body which has a different layed back angle on the tailgate. It would have made the bed definitely too short for me. That's why I chose to use a regular 2dr wagon for my conversion. I also did not want to sacrifice too much space inside the cab where I spend my time.
    The bed floor is actually 6'3" long. With the angles the narrowest part at the top is 5'5" which was larger than the pickup box on my 2005 Chevy Colorado. I included hold downs and a bedliner finish in my design so I could haul stuff. It has often been loaded with parts for car swap meets, lumber, my grandsons bikes and I even helped a friend deliver some couches. My license plate says "USED CAR" and that is what I enjoy doing with it.

    Checked out the picture of the Pontiac Safari. I like that one a lot.
     

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  23. docmike
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    raymay, please don't think that I have anything against your truck. I love the way you made it look almost factory original. You have great fabrication skills that I can only dream of having. Out of all the conversions of this type that, yours has to be one of the nicest I've ever seen. I wouldn't change a thing. I've often wondered how conversions of this type would look with different proportions and the photo of yours lends itself to a little Photoshop work. (In other words, this photo made it easy to hide the Photoshop changes that I made.)

    Doc
     
  24. raymay
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    No problem Doc. I am glad you like and take and interest in the build. I have always done a lot with pictures, drawings and built diecast or plastic models of several cars I built. Nice part is if I sell them I still have the model to enjoy. Never did learn how to do photoshop which would probably be another helpful tool.
    Currently making some changes to a model of a 66 Chevelle longroof for a build I have started converting the real car to a 2dr with a little bit of a Nomad style. I guess in my mind it is going to be another "They should have built one of these".
     

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  25. blowby
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    I'd like to see what the '56 would look like with Nomad B pillars.
     
  26. Deuced Up!
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    Very Cool. There is a 1957 running around Springfield, MO done the same way.
     
  27. when I first looked at the photos as it was cut up I didn't think I would like it:eek:....But after seeing the finished car I like it a lot:cool:...way cool car man
     
  28. That '56 is AMAZING.
     
  29. raymay
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    It has been several years and cruising in the 56 is still a major enjoyment. My road trips have created some noticeable stone chips so last winter I had the hood repainted.
    Recently at the Syracuse Nationals I got to meet a gentleman from New Jersey who has a 55 Chevy conversion. I had heard about his car since it was similar in color and when some of my friends saw it at an event in PA, they thought I was there.
    The owner of the 55 Vince Jackson and I checked out each others builds and took a few pictures of our cars together. They both drew some nice attention and compliments from the Syracuse crowd.

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  30. J. A. Miller
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    Ray, saw both cars at Syracuse yesterday. While the 55 is nice, I really like yours.
     

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