Awesome 85 El Camino street rod. Both bumpers have been completely removed and replaced with fiberglass replicas. The rear is molded in as a roll pan. Very nice job.
Custom LED tail lights. No front marker lights, although they could be replaced. All side trim and door handles have been removed and filled. Also done very well. Has an all steel cowl induction hood. All body panels fit very well.
The car is painted in Black Satin with burgundy flames on the front. The flames are very subtle. I would call the paint job a high level amateur job. And, it is showing some age in a few places. Somehow, it really just fits this car. I take this car to local shows and it is always a real attention getter. It just has a cool, aggressive look. The flaws are never pointed out by anyone.
All body mods were done by the previous owner before I purchased the car.
Interior is custom with a custom padded/fully upholstered dash, custom headliner,(no sunvisors) early buckets with embroidered SS headrests, large bowtie emblems in the door panels.
Car has the full gauge dash with everything working except the warning lights since the car no longer has sensors. Factory molded rubber carpet. Fits the look of this car perfectly
Engine is a 350/300hp crate motor with less than 5k miles and with the following done this month: new Edelbrock e200 heads,new Edelbrock polished intake and dual Edelbrock carbs. New Hooker headers. Comp cams camshaft, pushrods, lifters and roller rockers.
The carbs are 1405's which have been restricted and re-jetted down to 400cfm each. Gives excellent throttle response but still the awesome look and sound of dual quads. Plus, the total of 800cfm is perfect for a built 350 street car. I knew from experience that 1200cfm from dual 600s makes for a very soggy bottom end. Since all my driving is around town and a little stop light to stop light action. I went this way. The restrictors are very easily removed. And you would just have to re-install the factory jets.
Factory A/C is complete and fully charged. I have not put a belt on the compressor since adding the tall valve covers which required slightly relocating the compressor. You would have to get a correct length belt and possibly fabricate a brace. But it is complete and functional
Also done this year: new water pump, alternator, power steering pump, power steering hoses, battery, starter, brake master cylinder, rotors, calipers and front wheel bearings, tie rod ends, idler arm, drag link.
Trans is a TH350 with modified valve body and B&M convertor. Trans shifts very hard and has no kickdown (passing gear). I purchased the transmission from a private party as a rebuilt. I cannot verify that, but it shifts perfectly with no slipping or overheating.
Stock rear axle with 4:10 posi gears. These gears were in the car when I purchased it and I have not had the rear end apart to verify the ratio. I am going on the previous owner's info. However, I can tell you that based on simple math, it is, at least, very close. So, the car is quick for a Gbody. But you won't be winning any top speed competitions.
True Centerline wheels in excellent shape. Front tires are new, rear tires are about 40%
I have had many hot rods, but this is easily the most fun car I can remember.
Now for the bad (but not so bad).
The car still needs front control arms and ball joints. But drives fine.
There are 2 spots of rust: one over the passenger door, and the window sill of the driver's door. I have included pics of each. The rest of the car, particularly the undercarriage is remarkably rust free.
The paint really does look planned and has a great look from 10 feet. But, it is beginning to look a little tired. The one problem with satin paint is that spot repair is almost impossible. That said, you will not be embarrassed to have it as it sits.
The stereo is a cheap unit with large speakers in the spare compartment behind the seats.
Because the Edelbrock heads relocate the exhaust ports 1/2" higher, the Hooker headers fit VERY tight. If you plan to test the HP limits very often, you should consider going to half lengths like the patriot clipsters. But the headers are brand new and connected to the welded 2 1/2" dual exhaust. Sounds Awesome!!!!
As with most hobbyists, I have come across a new project which I simply can't live without. So, this one has to go. I put the heads and intake on intending to take the car up a notch for the local shows. The engine runs perfectly and is very quick. But, the entire top end only has 3 miles on it. The headers still stink when they get hot. So, I wouldn't recommend jumping in and driving 800 miles home. No problems, at all, that I know of. But aluminum heads are expensive so I would put a few more easy miles on them before spending 12 hours on the highway. The heads were done right, and retorqued after the first heat cycle. But better safe than sorry. Remember, a TH350 with these gears turns around 3600rpm at 60mph.
Plus, feeding two 4bbls would probably cost more than renting a trailer. I removed the tag when I decided to make the change, and I am not going to register and insure it to put more miles on it. As I said, I am changing projects.
Because of this, and since I live near the end of the earth, I will deliver this car (on a trailer) as long as the car and delivery costs are paid in full before I leave my driveway. Contact me to work out a price if you want.
Lastly, I have to say this: this is an old hot rod. Not a new show car. There will be dents and bruises. I have mentioned those that catch my eye. Also, this is not a race car and I did not build it to be a race car. I don't know the dyno HP, and I don't know the top speed. But I do know that this is a very fun, and so far, very reliable ride. It has been my weekend cruiser for a little over a year and I have enjoyed every minute.
Also, please remember that you are bidding to own the car. Not to come check it out. No joyrides. You are absolutely welcome to check the car out before you bid. Ask any questions first, and I will answer them as honestly as possible. I'm a 60 year old guy who has been building cars my whole life. I'm not out to scam anybody's money, I just want a happy transaction.
This is a great deal for somebody. The buy it now price just about covers what I have in the engine and transmission.
Thanks for looking!
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