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Hot Rods The El Stinko ‘60 El Camino

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  1. lewk
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    We’re going to rewind back to August. I’d been getting far too much done on my 35 3 window long term project and really wanted something old I could drive everyday without worrying about it too much. I’d been hunting for either a 56/57 wagon or sedan or a 59/60 El Camino or Sedan Delivery. I missed a couple 56s, a 57, and a 59 Elco I should have bought. My wife wanted a Highlander before I got another project. Getting her Highlander took too long and the 59 sold. I found a 60 El Camino in nearby Butte and watched the price drop for 2-3 months before I couldn’t stand it anymore.

    So I bought this:

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    See how snaggletoothed it looks. The front clip was bolted together wrong. I looked and looked for frame damage and couldn’t see any.

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    We stopped for a pork chop sandwich and a cold beer on the way out of Butte and ate with a portrait of a local hero and then drug the El Stinko back to Missoula.

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  2. lewk
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    I can get really mired down in details. I used to machine and paint appearance models and prototypes and currently do design work and drafting. That’s painstaking slow work. Not what I want to do here. I really want a old shit kicker hotrod put together fast and cheap to enjoy every day. I’ve been sitting on a couple 350s, a Saginaw 4 speed, and a bunch of 14x7 slots. I’ve got a 64 Impala bench seat too. The intent was to tear very little apart, do minimal body work, spray it blitz black before snow flies, do mechanicals over the winter, drive it in June. Plus I use up some parts that are laying around. Easy peasy, right?

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    Got it home and started going through things.

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    Greaser Bevis is pinstriped in the door jam


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  3. lewk
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    I dug deeper. The floors weren’t good. Wet carpet had wiped out the floors but the braces were all good. Whole sections had been cut out and pop riveted over. The pan that went under the bulkhead into the smugglers box was Swiss cheese at the bulkhead.

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    I blasted a little

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    The car looks like it was torn down for paint in the late 90’s and then they lost parts. They cut out the tailgate medallion and caked bondo over a lumpy patch.

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    I’ll still have it going in June, no problem...

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  4. Stogy
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    Patience and fate pays off...that'll do...:D

    Montana tin'll do too...have fun with it...
     
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  5. Stogy
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    @lewk I've shared that pic here that's under the hubcap...what's the story on that?...I just noticed that's hangin' on the wall...I thought it was on a table...It'd be quite a coincidence if it was a Family Heirloom...that'd be a dot connector...;)
     
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  6. lewk
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    I grabbed it somewhere off the internet. It must have been from you. I’ve got a 35 Ford 3 window I’m working on and that picture is so cool I pinned it to the wall next to my car. Hopefully you’re good with that... I certainly am not trying to step on toes. It’s been on my wall for a few years.


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  7. Stogy
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    No problems it has no relation to me I did the same...;)
     
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  8. Stogy
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    It's good to have period correct images around the shop to keep our builds on cue...:D
     
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  10. lewk
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    I’ve been loosely watching that guys build. Lucky guy has a 348! I hadn’t seen that he had a parts car yet. I’ve got my eyes on one locally but I haven’t pulled the trigger because then I’d have to deal with it.... I also know where there’s a 348 59 sedan on a farm but I’m having trouble getting it. Calling in weird favors to even get contact info...

    I’ll update the thread more tonight or tomorrow and get caught up to where I am now.
     
  11. Jalopy Joker
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    - bet that many of us have had that same plan when we first started a new project - instead of El Stinko, call it Nugget because of trailer in background shown in 2nd pic above - paint roof with gold flake - have fun
     
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  12. Sounds like a plan to me. I like to set a deadline and plan to use junk I already have lying around. Those are the funnest projects. Seems 60 El Camino is the vehicle to build on the HAMB in 2021. :cool:
     
  13. Nothing to add really, other than I really enjoy '59/'60 El Camino builds when they pop up on the HAMB - thanks!
     
  14. Except for the floors, it seems a pretty decent shape body. Always good to use up parts you have laying around. Here's my old 60 El Camino, kinda beater, that was DD for a couple years back in CA while I was building my 59 El Camino. The 60 had a SBC 307/T350 and did fine driving around. The car had a 400 SBC when I got it that ensured no mosquitos could live around the car, swapped in the 307 I had. Just cut coils and stock drum brakes. Nothing fancy, 5 colors of primer. Picture 001.jpg

    Edit: I sold this and it went to New Zealand around 2006? This is an older picture for sure. But an example of similar to what you are wanting to build.
     
  15. Looks like a great project! I did pick up a 4 door parts car up here in Alberta that I’m just about done picking off what I wanted to. If there are some things you need, PM me and I’ll let you know if I’ve got it. I don’t have any El Camino specific parts up here though.

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  16. lewk
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    That thing is sweet, and you’re right, I want to keep mine simple like yours for sure. If I didn’t already have the slots I’d think seriously about Supremes. If you remember, size were your wheels and tires? I’ve got a 63 SS that’s probably getting Supremes in the future.


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  17. lewk
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    I’ve been enjoying your build and am jealous of that 348! Aside from the long side strip, I’ve got all of the El Camino specific trim. I’m still tracking down front bumper, grille, valance, and trim parts but I have a couple options locally. Where in AB are you?


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  18. lippy
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    Lloyd!!!!!!!!
     
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  19. When in Alberta I’m just outside of Edmonton.
     
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  20. bchctybob
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    Oh hell yeah, another early El Camino project!! Can't wait to see this one going together.
    I don't know why but last summer I got the bug and started looking for a driver '60 El Camino. Unfortunately, even though I had some ready cash from selling my F100 I didn't find one that ran ok and wasn't a Bondo'd up rust bucket for big $$. I guess I'll be living vicariously through you, Lloyd and Al T. Very cool.
     
  21. lewk
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    So I pulled the bed floor to deal with the smuggler’s compartment rust.

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    Thin metal Under that dirt.

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    My other X frame Chevys

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    Got the rust and bondo out of the top. There are a couple dings, but it’s not bad.

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    The front clip was barely on anyway, so I pulled it off. Frame still looks ok.

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    Started on the floors

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    Removed the bulkhead to deal with the smugglers box




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  22. lewk
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    More floors

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    So I guess I won’t get it sprayed before snow flies....

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    Saginaw is coming together

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    Smuggler box origami. This is 63 sedan roof plus 63 seat pan welded up. They make a full pan for the main floor and pans for this area, but I’d be a grand plus into my floor and childcare with schools closed is killing my fun money. Small eBay pans and origami will get me by.

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    Squint. There’s still grinding to do...




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  23. Jacob Foster
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    Theres a 59 elco been sitting axel deep in a dirt field since i can remember, bet it has flintstone floors by now. It could always be worse!.hey i love that 60 though!

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  24. bchctybob
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    Nice shifter on that 4 speed, gonna be fun.
     
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  25. lewk
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    So I’m pretty well caught up with where I’m at now. The floor is nearly done. I’ve got a 4 bolt 350 under my bench and I needed better heads. Some guy up in Kalispell bought a storage locker with a blown up SBC in it and put it on FB cheeaap. He had 8 guys in line for it but was kind enough to hold it for me while I drove an hour and a half up to get it. It had a broken rod. I scored vortec heads with dual valve springs and 2.02s, a roller cam, roller rockers, and a GM Performance TBI intake. I figure I can sell the intake and get enough for a 4 barrel intake. The heads look healthy. I’m not sure if I wanna spend the money to run a roller cam in my old block. Flat tappet cams and lifters are so cheap. I’m not sure I can even re-use a roller cam. I’d take advise there.... I also scored an Edelbrock 750 carb from a guy’s mud truck that needed more carb.

    If talking about vortec heads bums anyone out, I’ll delete this part. This car is about cheap and fun, ported big valve camel humps aren’t in the cards.

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    My wife was kind enough to get me hotrod parts for Christmas.

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    Now I’m going to have to do a blue flaked roof.

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  26. scrappybunch
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    Wrong spark plug in the head, unless it's not screwed all the way in.
     
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  27. lewk
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    You’re right, absolutely the wrong plugs. I think someone spent $$$ on parts and kinda slapped it all together and it blew up.


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  28. bchctybob
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    You think that was her subtle way of saying she wants the El Camino blue? Lol.
    My wife and I have been negotiating what color to paint our Morris woody since before we even bought it. If she had bought me a nice new steering wheel in her favorite color I would probably be painting it her way.


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  29. I think they were 15x6. I know 15 inch diam for sure. Can't completely recall tire size, but it seems 215/75R15 sounds familiar. Been too many years and too many vehicles.....memory is foggy on some details for the old 60 El Camino. I do think those Supremes just look so good on the early 60's vehicles.
     
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