EL CAMINO Restoring my 1986 el camino

HK_Camino

Not-quite-so-new-guy
May 25, 2021
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Houston
Hey guys, working on restoring my el camino. I lost my job+company car recently, so I'm working on getting the el camino back in good shape to drive daily again. I started out thinking I would just bleed the brakes and work on things as I drove, but now the engine is out of the car and I'm in the process of replacing a blown head gasket and the entire front end. wish me luck!
 

mclellan83

Royal Smart Person
Jun 27, 2017
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Pgh, PA
Sorry to hear, welcome to the site. We love seeing pics of progress around here
 
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5spdCab

Royal Smart Person
Supporting Member
Dec 29, 2019
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Tukwila, Wa.
Hello HK-Camino, from Seattle, Wa.
I'm 5th gen Elco also with a '78 Caballero, and a '79 El Camino.
Whereabouts do you call home?
We have have members all around the U.S., Canada, and even overseas.
 

HK_Camino

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Thread starter
May 25, 2021
29
3
Houston
Hey guys, here's a couple pics of my ride. I'll post some better pics once I get her out of the garage again.

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So far I've replaced front and rear brakes, various issues with windows and locks, and most recently I discovered lots of coolant in my oil, so I took the engine out of the car and removed the heads to get a good look into the engine. There was a bad freeze here in Houston (where I'm located) back in Feb., so I was worried about cracks in the block but I haven't found any. The intake manifold gasket looked pretty bad, so I'm hoping that was the culprit. I dropped the heads off at a machine shop today to be rebuilt. I'm going to get new seals and gaskets for the engine too while I have it out of the car.

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while I'm waiting on the heads, I'm going to install a new Moog front end, including 5660 springs. All the parts just arrived today. I also have a new Jeep cherokee steering shaft I'm going to install in place of my stock worn rag joint shaft. I found these gauge overlays on ebay I'm waiting on installing with some LEDs to brighten up my gauge cluster.

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Thats what's currently on my plate. Thanks for the warm welcome y'all, I'll keep things posted as progress continues.

-HK
 
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