We’ve been working on this El Camino a lot longer than it typically takes us to do a full build. This car had been through a couple of shops before coming to us which resulted in a lot of extra work and missing parts. The lack of used or reproduction parts for these cars and the custom features that the owner requested also slowed down the build a bit. Despite some delays, the ’67 LC is in the final assembly stages. It’s been a while so I thought I’d remind everyone what we started with. Note the condition of the steel in the back corner. There were places like this all over the car.
The engine compartment is almost finished in this shot. The owner wanted this space un-cluttered. Most of the hoses and wiring have been tucked out of sight. The car does have AC and it is fully plumbed in this photo.
The owner wanted to update the dash with a look that combined new, hot rod and original features. This is what we came up with. The interior is still a work in progress but you can get an idea of how it will look.
A traditional 1967 Chevelle/El Camino SS hood would not work with the monster motor. We had to go to a cowl type hood and do an “interpretation” of the old style SS hood stripes to make them fit. the stripes are not decals. They are painted satin black. We will use the satin black in other areas as an accent color.
Nothing sets off a restoration like a new set of shoes ! We went with 17″ diameter, 7″ width in the front and 9″ width in the back.
The car was originally a bench seat, automatic, column shift car. We converted it to bucket seats, five speed manual with a Chevelle factory center console. We went with after -market bucket seats for their improved comfort and safety. More pictures coming soon. We expect this beast to be wearing down the back tires in a few weeks.