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1979 El Camino Build

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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:28 pm

80ELCAMINOFLAKE wrote:u doing some work bro, nice job, all that shaved will look sweet.

thanks man, next on the to shave list is the gas door. i might try to do that by the end of the week. thanks for looking man
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:18 pm

Tomorow is el camino night at lee speedway. Should be a good time ill make sure to take pics
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:00 am

still chopping shit up
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and my shitty welding job
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half done
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had some problems with welding cuz im new to it but i should be finished that side tomorow then on to the other side
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:46 pm

more progress on shaving the bed trim. im shitty at welding so its taking a while but i should have it done in a few days
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and a while back i got rear ended by a friend so i thought id try my hand at fiberglass. ill finish it up tomorrow
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and after a few layers of glass
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let me know wacha think and any ideas
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby L.A.X-RATED on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:15 am

Lol,great mines think alike!!! I did the same to my El last year(shaved bed rails and trim rivets) done mine the same way,but also tacked a 2" strip on top of deleted rails/tops of bed sides,and topped it off with some metal ready bondo(featheredged inner and outer edges of stip)i havent decided yet if I want to weld in the sails,as they have something to do with the rear window trim(rivets,that clips attach to secure trim)im in the process of fabbing up a spoiler on the tailgat top ledge,and also looking to cut in a 02 caddy deville 3ft long rear 3rd brake light(upper trunk)in the space between the top of the elco' :!: rear window trim and roof,now with the deleted trim rivets it should sit niCEly and be flushed in with the 5"space the Elco has in that area.dont stop now!!! Youre on a roll,do away with that hideous gas door and relocate the filler to the inside of the bed,as I have also done(nothing to it)& BELIEVE me you will LOVE that you did!if you need some reference pics lmk,ill text you some pics.keep up the KICK-ASS work,and ill have my girl get a qouate from gh this weekend,and send you some pics of the fender manana. :wink:

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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:14 am

L.A.X-RATED wrote:Lol,great mines think alike!!! I did the same to my El last year(shaved bed rails and trim rivets) done mine the same way,but also tacked a 2" strip on top of deleted rails/tops of bed sides,and topped it off with some metal ready bondo(featheredged inner and outer edges of stip)i havent decided yet if I want to weld in the sails,as they have something to do with the rear window trim(rivets,that clips attach to secure trim)im in the process of fabbing up a spoiler on the tailgat top ledge,and also looking to cut in a 02 caddy deville 3ft long rear 3rd brake light(upper trunk)in the space between the top of the elco' :!: rear window trim and roof,now with the deleted trim rivets it should sit niCEly and be flushed in with the 5"space the Elco has in that area.dont stop now!!! Youre on a roll,do away with that hideous gas door and relocate the filler to the inside of the bed,as I have also done(nothing to it)& BELIEVE me you will LOVE that you did!if you need some reference pics lmk,ill text you some pics.keep up the KICK-ASS work,and ill have my girl get a qouate from gh this weekend,and send you some pics of the fender manana. :wink:

dude like for real i already bought a gas door to put in the bed and have a spare tank that im making a new filler neck to haha. everyone i talked to said to weld in a strip of metal on the bed for the trim but im already balls deep in it so i figured id just finish it the way i started. id love to see some pics of your work. i was thinking about welding a metal lip spoiler to the tailgate too haha
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby mebe007 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:43 am

2 things with the glasswork. Doesnt appear that you went back down to glass before adding more matt and resin. Hopefully you dont have delamination issues. Secondly it looks like you may have used a tad too much hardener. This could possibly make it brittle. Anyways great job. Your putting forth a valiant effort on those bedrails. Welding is quite fun and practice makes perfect.
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:50 am

mebe007 wrote:2 things with the glasswork. Doesnt appear that you went back down to glass before adding more matt and resin. Hopefully you dont have delamination issues. Secondly it looks like you may have used a tad too much hardener. This could possibly make it brittle. Anyways great job. Your putting forth a valiant effort on those bedrails. Welding is quite fun and practice makes perfect.

oh shit i didnt even know you were supposed to do that. and yeah it was very brittle haha i just went for it i didnt look up how to do it or anything but i didnt get a chance to work on it today so ill see maybe tomorrow if it will work or not. thanks for the advice man. oh and those damn bedrails i hate so much. i need to still do another 4 hours of welding and grinding but im having fun with it and learning
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:04 pm

so i got a little side tracked from finishing the bed yesterday and took a ride down to my local audio store just to get a nice amp install kit cuz i want to do subs at some point and ended up buying a 4 guage install kit, a 550W alpine amp and a 8" alpine type r sub. its a little sub but it bumps hard. exactally what i was going for so i spend yesterday putting that it. i want to mount the amp somewhere so it looks nice and float it with some red leds so it glows
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby boatshoes on Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:52 pm

Bed trim delete looks good. :D
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:00 pm

boatshoes wrote:Bed trim delete looks good. :D

thanks man i need to finish it soon
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby Luxury Sport Elco on Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:41 pm

Damn bro u puttin in work, keep at it its coming out good. What gauge of steel are you using to shave everything?

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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:43 pm

Luxury Sport Elco wrote:Damn bro u puttin in work, keep at it its coming out good. What gauge of steel are you using to shave everything?

thanks man and on the bed um just welding the existing steel but on the doors and everything else im using 20 gauge and a little bit of 18 i have laying around. thanks for looking man
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby 1979ratrod on Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:37 pm

ok so its been a while since i posted anything on the build but ive been doing some work; new front fender, gas door shaved and relocated to the bed, i got a new tattoo on my back, went on a big cruise with my car club (ill post a video when its done being edited) i put in my subs and floated my amp. i think thats it but ive been working alot.
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i kinda like the look of white haha put it has been painted black to match
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i did the tank with gas resistant hose $27 a foot!
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shitty welding atempts haha
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my tattoo
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and then this is the new gas door on a plate i made to go with the bed. the ribs in the bed didnt permit me to mount it cleanly. and then my friend engraved it for me by hand.
just was welded today and i need to fill it and smooth it out. let me know wacha guys think and any ideas!
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Re: 1979 El Camino Build

Postby jlcustomz on Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:53 pm

For a first coat of filler over you're welding, I'd get some USC or evercoat all metal, Which is basically resin & ground up aluminum. Best thing for the rough areas for strength & to keep out moisture. Some of the OLD guys these days use it where they used to use lead filler.Final smooth with a regular grade of evercoat or whatnot. Don't skimp on quality of fillers.
Is that just a flux wire mig you're runnin? If you don't have one , a small rotary stainless wirebrush in a drill to cleanup between welds might help you out. And before final level of grinding/ smoothing , tap down any high spots. A high spot is worse than a low spot for finishing.
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