The current owner has owned this car since 2007 and before that it was a family friends for many years. He does not know the information prior to that but as far as he knows and can tell, this has been an Arizona vehicle its entire life.
Original drivetrain, body panels, floorboards, glass, trim, emblems, bumpers, etc. - it is a mostly original restored 1977 El Camino. Has not had any rust and certainly does not have any now, but it got Chassis Saver underneath anyways. Got it on the suspension parts, floorboards, inside the frame, on top, all the little crevices, etc.. Paint is factory GM Ermine White but in BC/CC so it will resist the elements quite well, some bodywork to smooth out panels. Bedliner for proper bed use.
This is the Classic Trim (highest available) with not many options but equipped with the largest engine for the year, 3-speed automatic tranny and a posi-traction rear end. Manual windows, locks and seats so it will remain trouble-free for a while. Factory basic radio and dummy lights but got mechanical gauges in place of the factory clock and a tachometer. The entire drivetrain (engine/transmission/driveshaft/rear end) was rebuilt within a few years of each other but all have the same 2000 miles put on since completion.
Engine is the 350/5.7l small block now at 355ci, Transmission is the TH350 auto, rear end is the 8.5inch 10 bolt. All were stock rebuilds with some minor performance improvements.
Most, if not all wear items were replaced with new name brand stuff:
Brakes - calipers, rotors, hubs, pads, rubber lines, shoes, springs, wheel cylinder, master cylinder
Suspension/Chassis - shocks, rubber suspension bushings, rubber body mounts, tires, pitman arm, driveshaft joints
Electrical/Ignition - bulbs, sockets, some wiring, HEI distributor, ceramic spark plug wires, shorty spark plugs, battery, alternator, starter
Cooling - radiator, water pump, hoses, thermostat, hat
HVAC - compressor, condenser, lines, oscillator/dryer, switches, blower motor
Body - weatherstrippings and seals, hinges, mirror glass, wipers, cowl vent, door bumpers
Engine/Fuel - Fuel pump, harmonic balancer, v belts, rebuilt 600cfm carb, throttle springs, fuel tank, rubber hose lines
Interior - steering wheel, carpet, headliner, speakers, door panel vinyl, window cranks, locks, seats, dash pad, sun visors
Lots of new bolts and all new fluids/filters. Lots of small stuff not worth mentioning as well.
This is a pretty detailed project - parts were rebuilt and bake painted while being put together so that everything continues to both function and look nice for a while to come. Lots of chromed stuff throughout. Doors close solid, door handles are firm and feel great, switches function with their appropriate clicking sounds, steering is straight, comfortable ride, etc.
Performance stuff include:
Matching aluminum raised intake with torque converter and camshaft/valvetrain, higher compression pistons, SFI flexplate, shift kit and valvebody, gated lockout floor shifter, tach with shift light, phonelic carb spacer and mesh air filter, ceramic long tube headers, true dual exhaust with H-pipe, rear sway bar, rear air shocks, 3.73 gears, Sanden style A.C. compressor
Goal was to make it one of the best in condition and a nice cruiser with a little bit more 'positive feel' in its driving experience. The owner feels he has achieved that.
There is a paint imperfection on the rear fender well lip and the factory stereo does not work. It has an aftermarket alarm that he chose not to wire back up, but the stuff comes with it if you want.
It has undergone a five-year long frame-off (non-rotisserie) restoration that was completed nearly a year ago. Since then it has gone roughly 2000 miles of occasional weekend drives and reliability testing. Before he started, it was in original good shape and did not need a restoration, but he wanted something 'very nice.' Sort of lost interest over the years and now that it is completed, he is selling it. He is fairly motivated and will help arrange shipping throughout the states. This generation seems to be climbing in value more quickly than most according to NADA, especially for excellent examples; he would attribute that to the lack of aftermarket support and actual quality examples available, but says he's certainly not an expert. This generation is the largest of the El Camino generations at nearly 4000 pounds and 18 feet long. It has a fully boxed and quite heavy perimeter frame, light-impact shock absorbing bumpers, a 26 gallon fuel tank, front disc brakes with rear drums, 4-link rear suspension with coil springs at all corners and upper/lower A-Arms up front. No computers or any of that yet. Another fun fact he found out while working on it: there is a lot more changes in form and body lines on this car than he once knew.
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