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Old 08-23-2016, 04:59 AM
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I picked this up earlier in the month. I have a 355 shortblock sitting on an engine stand without a home, and I found this El Camino on Craigslist that was in need of an engine. It seemed like the perfect match:





The plan is to drop in the 355 with a Crane 2032 cam, Vortec heads, and a FiTech EFI system, and put a 2004R behind it.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:06 AM
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I decided to pull the interior out and check the floors. Everything looked good on the underside of the car, but I wanted to check inside, as well. After poking around with my trusty painters tool, I found some trouble spots:







Since dealing with my dad's '64 Impala SS project, I looked at this floor and said, "Whatever."

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Old 08-23-2016, 05:14 AM
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So, I started patching away at the front driver's side floor:







Some brush-on seam sealer for good measure:


Primer:


And a coat of Rustoleum that I had laying around. It'll look great under the carpet:
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Good looking El Camino.
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Yep! I think that motor will feel right at home in that elky. Good luck keep us updated.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:59 AM
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I got the heads back from the machine shop yesterday. The shop said that something was off with the retainers and keepers that I had ordered for using the LS6 valve springs. I found that odd since I had ordered Comp 787-16 retainers and 648-16 locks, which is what is needed to make these springs work. Well, something clearly isn't jiving:

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Welcome from Alabama. Nice welding and great looking job on those floors
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Good job on the floor Jeff. Looking good.
Did not know you could use LS6 springs in the SBC heads. Interested to know how it orks out for you. I have a set of LS6 springs laying around.
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Thanks for the compliments.

Yes, you can use LS beehives on SBC heads. You just need the Comp 787-16 retainers and 648-16 valve locks. Comp just needs to make sure they put the correct stuff in their bags.

I wound up ordering a Vortec spring kit from Alex's Parts. I had an issue with the springs being much tighter than I liked around the guide bosses. This isn't an issue with other SBC/LT1 heads and is just unique to the Vortec variants.
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Hi Jeff and welcome from So Cal. Good luck on your project.
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From South Florida. Sounds to me like a match made in heaven.
Also nice job on the floor repair. I had a 63 Impala S/S 327 4 on the floor way back when. Loved that car.
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The '64 is a bit of a basket case. However, it was built at the Boxwood plant in Delaware, so that was a bit of a match made in heaven, as well. That one is getting a 5.3 and a TKO500. It was originally a 327/4 speed car, and then someone started using it for drag racing. They cut out the bottom of the X-frame and welded on an angled floor to allow for a one-piece driveshaft, and then installed the drivetrain from a '68 Chevelle, from the 396 to the 12 bolt posi.

Of course, we had no idea when we bought the car and told the guy to keep the big block since we were planning on a 5.3 swap and had no use for it.
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Welcome & good luck! Looks great!
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I decided to start tackling this floor last night since the FedEx guy dropped off the patch panel from Rock Auto:



After prodding more with the painter's tool, I decided that this was the best course of action:


And after some measuring, cutting, fitting, and recutting, I was able to get the patch piece tacked into place and call it a night:



By the way, the Kobalt wire wheel drill attachments from Lowe's are all I have been using on the Elky and my dad's 64 Impala SS to clean things up. They work very well at stripping paint, rust, and other crud off the sheet metal.
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