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Old 05-14-2016, 09:33 PM
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Default CaminKid's 69 / 99 Dually El Camino

For that last couple years My dad and I have had a couple 69 El Camino's under tarps wondering what to do with them. You see, they're pretty much basket cases. Rusted out floors, quarters, etc and there both non-SS's. We've tried selling one, but she kept followed me home. About 2 years ago my 99 Chevy 3500 Dually broke the crank leaving me stranded towing my "other" show car, 8 hours from home. Major bummer! This left me with another vehicle that I didn't know what to do with. And, I had just spent about $800 rebuilding the complete front suspension. I thought about rebuilding the 454, but that old tired truck just wasn't worth it.

Then one lazy day a year later, this crazy idea came into my head about creating a Dually El Camino. Why not. I have the vehicles, the tools, a garage full of spare parts and not so much time... I talked it up with Dad and we decided to give it a go.

At this stage, I'm going to make it a rat rod Dually El Camino. But you never know what may come when it's all said and done...

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1969 El Camino #2

My 1999 Chevrolet C3500 Dually


About a month ago we stripped the white El Camino from the frame. Then the following weekend we pulled the cab and bed off the 1 ton. Last weekend was when it all came together. The El Camino is now sitting on the 1 ton frame.

More on that in my next post. This was a long day for me and I'm beat because today I welded the front body mounts onto the frame. More on that tomorrow too...

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Welcome! Curious to see what it looks like now! Keep us updated!

Is the wheel base the same or will you have to cut/extend the truck frame?
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more pics ,I need more pics . cause I wanna see how cool it looks......
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Welcome from Yuma AZ! It'll be interesting to see how you handle the dual wheels....Buddy of mine had a 4x4 / Elky (way)back in high school. But I've never seen a dually.
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Old 05-15-2016, 02:11 PM
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Default RAIN.... Somewhat delayed

Rain, RainÖ Go AWAY. If I cannot go outside and have fun, Iíll go inside and play on the computerÖ

OK, to bring everyone up to speed, last weekend I my Dad and I did a lot of slicing and dicing. We built some massive saw horses to hold up the El Camino so we could test fit the El Camino to the Dually frame.

A Frame:

Misfit marriage:

As you can see the dually frame is way too long. After careful measuring and much discussion, we decided to cut out 15 inches.

Section frame:

At this point the anticipation of seeing the two together was almost too much. The first test sat way too high. It was obvious the floor and rear access had to be cut out to clearance part of the frame and leaf springs. Once the majority of the floor was cut out we tested again and looks acceptable.

Diced floor:

Together:

Together 2:

More in next post.

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I like it!! Cant wait to see how you do the rear wheel wells covers,,, Nice work,, keep the pics coming!! Matty man
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Default RAIN.... Somewhat delayed

This weekend I wanted to mount the body mounts and finish welding the sectioned frame as itís only tack welded together. But, mother mature decided it was going to be a wet weekend.

Saturday morning was dry enough for me to get the El Camino centered, height adjusted and the front two mounts tacked in place, then the rain came.

Centering:

Front Mount:

Mid Mount:

Sunday, I decided that it would be a good idea to put a floor brace in place before lifting the body off. I welded a piece of 1 inch square tubing to the back of the 3 inch wide plate steel to create a secure brace. I was able to weld the pieces together and set in place before the rain came. I was thinking this would be a permanent floor brace, but it looks like the driveshaft will hit the 1 inch square tube I welded under it. Oops. Iím sure there will be plenty more of these to comeÖ

Floor Brace:

Road trip run next weekend. My dad has a crank for the engine I plan on using, along with a bunch of other parts. Iím mostly a weekend warrior as work keeps me busy during the weekdays. Glade I have a job, but I hate it when work keeps getting in the way.

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way cool ,you have me hooked...
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That is awesome! hardly looks legal though, heck the military might start running these.
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I didn't make any progress on the frame this weekend, but I did make an 18 hour round trip to pick up a car load of parts. I should have taken a picture of my Buick loaded down with everything we could fit in the truck and back seat (rear seat folds down to pass thru to the truck) and front floor board. I brought home a crankshaft & rods, newish front window, and a couple front bumpers, tilt steering column, all the door hardware and several boxes of misc. stuff.
Having some free time on the road got me thinking on how to get the front bumper to hide the dually front frame horns. I started thinking it would be nice to have a deep skirted front bumper that still meets up with the original grill and hangs down enough to cover the frame. So, I googled Custom El Camino Grills, then Customer Chevelle Grills and then Mad Max Grills... Here's a few idea's I'm tossing around...

I like the deep front bumper.

I love the idea of the air inlets, brakes and radiator.

Ramming spikes???


I just hope it doesn't rain this weekend. Lots to do!

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Making some good headway this weekend. Dad came down and we finished the middle and rear body mounts. The rear dually frame wasn't long enough and Dad came up with the idea of sectioning the rear part of the El Camino frame. This way we could reuse the rear body mounts along with the bumper mounts.

After figuring that out, we lifted the body off again and I went to town welding everything up.

Front mount:


Front of box mount:


Rear of box and bumper mount:

Oh yea, you can see the gooseneck hitch my 99 used to have. Guess I'll leave that on, who knows, maybe one day I'll need to pull a gooseneck trailer with my Dually El Camino..

Once I finished welding everything, we popped on a couple body mounts and set the body back on the frame. It dropped right down with no issues.

Now on to figuring out the front core support. I really want to use the dually radiator because it's HUGE, 21" X 42" wide 3 or 4 core (cannot remember). This would mean redesigning the El Camino core support. OR I can repeat what I did in the rear and section off a part of the El Camino front frame and attach it to the front of the dually frame. Then I could just easily bolt on the El Camino core support and front bumper. Hmmm... Will have to sleep on it.

So, after dinner we headed back out as I really wanted to see it as a Dually El Camino. This looks like something right out of Mad Max. OMG, it looks CRAZY. I cannot wait to start widening the rear fenders. But, first need to finish the front end, then the floors. So, be patient with me.

Here she sits as a true dually.




Been a good couple days.

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