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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1350 on: March 19, 2017, 08:27:13 am »
Finally replaced the bent fuel pump yesterday. Went ahead and upgraded from a rubber line to an aluminum hard line while I was at it. Much pretty, very like.


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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1351 on: March 19, 2017, 10:04:40 am »
Radiator puke tank.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1352 on: March 19, 2017, 12:17:49 pm »
Windshield washer fluid.

Radiator overflow is at the bottom of the pic, round black half circle
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1354 on: April 20, 2017, 06:31:43 pm »
I think I fixed the poor radio reception. I have a little black box antenna stuck on the windshield next to the passenger A-pillar. Reception has always been so-so unless you're within 10 miles of the station. My two suspicions were the location and the power/ground wire. I tried to pull out the Motorola plug from the headunit and the wire pulled out, so I think a poor solder connection was the culprit. Ordered a non-solder plug from RadioShack and reception seems much improved. :praise:
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1355 on: May 05, 2017, 06:03:32 pm »
Radio reception is not improved. Might try a different antenna.

Bigger issue: One of the brackets for the clutch Z-bar broke while I was driving this evening, rendering the clutch pedal useless. Was able to get it home without too much trouble, but obviously turning the car off at every stop light is not a good solution. :lol: I think I found the correct bracket on Summit so I went ahead and ordered it. Hopefully it'll just bolt in.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1356 on: May 05, 2017, 06:08:37 pm »
Fun fact: clutchless upshifts were actually way smoother than when I use the clutch. Downshifts were horrible though.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1357 on: May 05, 2017, 09:39:33 pm »
Z bar. My truck has one of those!  ;)

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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1358 on: May 10, 2017, 09:04:31 pm »
New bracket is on. A little annoying to access but not terrible. She lives again!
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« Reply #1359 on: June 07, 2017, 08:42:04 am »
Couple new things under the hood:



New air filter element that fills out the air cleaner better (full 14" diameter instead of like 13.5") and the red matches the new breather I put on last month.

Also a chrome radiator top support. Old black was always dirty looking.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1360 on: June 14, 2017, 10:57:06 pm »
The other yellow fog light went out. Apparently they don't last very long. Should I replace it with another yellow, or put the white lights back on? I'm probably gonna install LED low/high beams as the outside lights, so the center lights are mostly just for looks.

Current look, with yellow fogs:



Stock look, white hi beams:

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« Reply #1361 on: June 15, 2017, 06:08:38 am »
I like the look of the yellows.

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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1362 on: June 15, 2017, 10:42:06 am »
The other yellow fog light went out. Apparently they don't last very long. Should I replace it with another yellow, or put the white lights back on? I'm probably gonna install LED low/high beams as the outside lights, so the center lights are mostly just for looks.

Current look, with yellow fogs:



Stock look, white hi beams:


I think you should put the clear lights back and paint the car a bright shiny red. :huh:
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1363 on: June 17, 2017, 09:18:39 am »
I like the Yellows! And good call on the LEDs! I find that the LEDs in my fogs are just as bright as any HID Kit I've had! All while not melting the housing in the process!
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« Reply #1364 on: June 17, 2017, 10:43:35 am »
I like the Yellows! And good call on the LEDs! I find that the LEDs in my fogs are just as bright as any HID Kit I've had! All while not melting the housing in the process!

Yeah, the LEDs should be a huge upgrade. The housings have a much sharper cutoff and beam spread, plus the LEDs are bright and won't draw as much power.
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« Reply #1365 on: June 24, 2017, 11:22:58 pm »
This is one of the best upgrades I've installed. It's just a simple frame brace that ties the front frame rails together and also triangulates them with the engine crossmember. The test drive showed markedly improved ride quality. There's less crashiness over bumps as the frame can't twist. The steering is less affected as well.

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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1366 on: July 03, 2017, 11:49:03 pm »
Just got the brace back from the powder coater.

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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1367 on: July 14, 2017, 06:00:48 pm »
Final install. Much easier to see in this pic.

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« Reply #1368 on: July 29, 2017, 10:31:15 pm »
I had a little fun coming home from work last week and went maybe 3/4 throttle in 2nd gear, coming out of a corner. Since then, it's been a bit difficult to get it into 2nd or 3rd when I'm not just upshifting normally. Double clutching is now necessary to downshift into 2nd. And it's making a lot of gear whine in 1st-3rd. Apparently this is a sign of input shaft bearing wear. 4th is unaffected since it's 1:1 and locks the input shaft to the output.

I'm now trying to figure out what to do. I could

1. try to rebuild current transmission, not 100% sure I can get the correct parts. If I can, it'd be $200 + time and hoping I don't screw it up
2. get an already rebuilt Saginaw for ~$300-400
3. get a Muncie for $900, same size and everything, but stronger. Negative: taller 1st & still no overdrive
4. get a TKO500 for $2400 + cut floorboards up and shorten the driveshaft and get a new 26 spline clutch
5. switch to an automatic. 700R4 gives me a lower 1st and an overdrive gear. would need a torque converter, trans cooler, shifter, and little bits and pieces, but $2k seems possible. http://www.monstertransmission.com/700R4-HD-Transmission-Master-Conversion-Package-2WD_p_5055.html

I'm leaning toward #5.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1369 on: July 31, 2017, 01:43:58 pm »
You're going to automatic swap your car? :cry:
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1370 on: July 31, 2017, 05:04:13 pm »
I guess the girl wants to drive it :huh:.
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« Reply #1371 on: July 31, 2017, 06:28:52 pm »
When you have a 400 hp V8, the transmission doesn't really matter - it's a ton of fun either way. The current manual isn't really all that great - long throws and not much precision. A TKO would be better, but I'm not really in the mood to cut up the floorboards.

I'm also spoiled by the VW and my bike, which both rev faster and make it fun. I never do blip-throttle downshifts in the El Camino because it revs too slowly. A lighter flywheel might solve that, but I wouldn't know until after spending $2800
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« Reply #1372 on: August 10, 2017, 08:10:07 pm »
An auto swap is gonna be a lot of work and still a lot of money - about $3k. A TKO600 would be about $4k.

Might just find a Muncie. M20 or a M22W if I wanna be a cool kid with a rock crusher.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1373 on: August 12, 2017, 10:34:35 am »
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« Reply #1374 on: August 12, 2017, 12:57:45 pm »
I also got a Hurst shifter and linkage from the guy. No clue what car it's meant for, but it should work. It's not like my car is stock. Neither the current shift location or floorboards were original...
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1375 on: August 12, 2017, 01:12:02 pm »
So what the heck is it?
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« Reply #1376 on: August 12, 2017, 01:22:08 pm »
Son, I am disappoint.

It's a wide ratio Muncie. Pretty fresh rebuild. Should swap right in without any changes.
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Re: El Camino project car
« Reply #1377 on: August 12, 2017, 01:57:09 pm »
Son, I am disappoint.

It's a wide ratio Muncie. Pretty fresh rebuild. Should swap right in without any changes.
Okay, good for you.
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« Reply #1378 on: August 12, 2017, 03:20:28 pm »
From the ad:

"M-20 4 speed with less than 800 miles. Rebuilt per specs. The following are new parts: syncros, reverse main shaft gear, reverse idler, torque lock sliders, cluster gear shaft (1"), main shaft plug, gland nut, shifter fork, thick front bearing retainer, all new bearings, syncro key set, gaskets and seals. Main housing number = 3885010, tail housing = 3857584, side cover = 3884685. No cracks and no stripped threads."

I think it's out of a 1967 model year vehicle. Has studs for the shift linkage instead of bolts.
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