Just Finished my Choo Choo SS El Camino Update Project.

roger1

roger1

Master Mechanic
Aug 23, 2010
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I started this project back in March of 2017 and did a build thread for it over on the elcaminocentral site. I wished I had done a concurrent build thread on this site also but it was too late by the time I thought of it.
Anyway, now that I've got it completed, I'd like to share what I've done with a set of photos I just took of it.

First of all, I bought this genuine '83 Choo Choo SS in 1993. I bought it from the original owner in all original condition. It had just 50K miles on it then and even now it's only about 76K miles. It was black with sand beige interior.
In 1998, I changed the 305 out for a '96 LT1 engine with it's 4L60e transmission. It was a new factory take-out from a '96 Impala SS. At the same time I upgraded the rear to a 3.42 posi.
The following year I re-painted it the original black. I did paint the dash, change the carpet and headliner but the seats and door panels were still original.

For many years after that I kind of neglected the car but used it for hauling stuff when I needed to. Even though I only put 26K more miles on the car everything was showing it's age. So last year I decided to give it the attention it deserved and here is a list of all the big things I've done during this upgrade process:

Colors:
Exterior color change from black to white
Interior color change from Sand Beige to black

Bodywork:
Correct bad quality factory gaps at hood, fenders, doors and tailgate.
Change fuel door lid to open from bottom open to side open.
Repair dents on both sides of tailgate.
Strip entire car to bare metal
New windshield and door glass both sides

Upgrades:
Dakota Digital VHX dash panel
Dakota Digital radiator fan controller
Complete front suspension rebuild using Moog Problem Solver parts
Rear spring air bags
New Gas-A-Just shock absorbers
New Header and dual exhaust system
New fuel tank with internal Walbro pump
Front brake conversion to '98-'02 Camaro "LS1" brakes
New 1" Riviera brake master cylinder and 11" Caprice vacuum booster
New 16" GTA wheels and new tires

Of course there are a lot of details and photos to go along with all these things and here is the link to my build thread if anyone is interested:
https://www.elcaminocentral.com/showthread.php?t=200250

Photos I took at home yesterday and the day before:

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roger1

roger1

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Aug 23, 2010
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Interior and engine compartment:

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AZRegal

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Aug 20, 2017
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She sure is a beaut Clark!

Seriously though, excellent work. Nicely done. I really like the black interior.
 
KCP

KCP

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Oct 11, 2018
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Wow, just wow!
What's the tire size on the GTA's?
 
Tomeal

Tomeal

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Apr 17, 2016
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Clyde,pa
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I followed your build thread on ECC. Lots of inspiration there!

Looks fantastic! Good job!
 
roger1

roger1

Master Mechanic
Aug 23, 2010
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San Angelo, TX
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Thanks guys!

KCP, I've got 225-55R-16 on the front and 255-50R-16 on the rear. They are Goodrich Sport Comp-2 tires and they must be a fairly sticky compound as they seem to really grip well.
 
Turbo Zach

Turbo Zach

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Very sharp! You did an awesome job.
 
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Michael Watts

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I have a 1981 El Camino SS and have wanting to do this for years ,Very nice job.
 

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