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American Muscle 79

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jan 29, 2018
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San Diego, CA
Well. Just like Lays potato chips, I guess you can't have just one! A few weeks ago I scooped up a 1979 El Camino. I have been looking for a '78-'81 for some time now. I finally stumbled across one with a relatively clean body and interior, complete AC and smog equipment, and in running, driving condition. It's got a th-350 sitting behind a sad, saggy, 305 v8. Now I have no intention on turning this thing into a hot rod by any means, but I do intend on making it something more daily-driver friendly than my Malibu currently is. It's going to be a budget project for me. I intend on sinking around $2-2.5k into it so I can enjoy it for a little while before I sell it(at least that's what I've told my wife). I just got a set of Cragar Soft 8's(15x7s & 15x8s) and some BF Goodrich Radial T/As(245/60s & 255/60s) to start, knowing that this will likely be the most expensive upgrade. I have a vision to make this thing like a slow version of David Freiburger's F-Bomb Camaro. We'll see if that translates over to an El Camino without looking like an absolute monstrosity. I'll post major updates as I complete them.

Have a good day, all!
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pontiac guy

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Royse City, TX
That's a good find, you'll love having it. I had a 79 4 spd el camino before my GP. Loved it. It was my DD for years before it went to car heaven. I used it like a truck, like a car and never got tired of it.
 
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American Muscle 79

Not-quite-so-new-guy
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Jan 29, 2018
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San Diego, CA
That's a good find, you'll love having it. I had a 79 4 spd el camino before my GP. Loved it. It was my DD for years before it went to car heaven. I used it like a truck, like a car and never got tired of it.

Thanks! I've already found some great utility out of it. My wife is into home DIY projects, so it works great for hauling wood and other supplies. Hopefully I can get it to look cool so it's not relegated to my garage for fear of being a blight on my neighborhood.
 

American Muscle 79

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Jan 29, 2018
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San Diego, CA
It looks like you got a great deal....you have one lowered and maybe you should consider putting 28's on this one.... :popcorn:

Not sure about that! With budget in mind, I'd like to be able to trickle parts down from my Malibu to the El Camino. Plus, the diameter on those wheels might actually be higher than I have available in funds!
 
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