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haulzazz 10-29-2019 08:17 PM

Old Member with a New Ride
 
Not trying to compete with Done Deal Donny (not that anyone could) but I just acquired El Camino #10 (9th 3rd Gen and 4th '72). After selling my '69 to pay for the kitchen remodel on our retirement home in Aransas Pass, I thought I would find another 3rd Gen to use as my daily driver. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey radically changed my financial situation and the search was delayed. About a year ago, I started looking for another rust free '70 with a small block and working A/C only to find those are virtually non-existent.

Fast forward a year after several wasted trips to Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, Texarkana, and Las Vegas and I finally ran across an affordable '72 in Phoenix. Originally Mojave gold with a 307, 350 TH, 3.08 open end, and factory AC, it was upgraded circa 2004 to a Mr Goodwrench 350 crate motor with a 700R-4 trans. Although it needs a lot of cosmetic work, it is an original AZ car with virtually no rust and has tons of potential. I have already started stripping the trim which is in horrible shape in preparation for paint. The worn and shoddy interior will be replaced as time and money permits.

Please excuse me for not posting any pictures as I would really prefer no one sees this poor cruk in its current condition. Am hoping to have it road ready for Belton 2020 but am already finding this will be a bigger project than I had originally envisioned-hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew!

87ls5.3 10-29-2019 08:51 PM

Donny had one for sale at the 60th! Good luck and have fun!

Joe

78 Elk 10-29-2019 08:58 PM

That's great! We work on making them better. Good luck and have fun with it.

DONE DEAL DONNY 10-30-2019 03:12 AM

I always like to see the finished product!! Good luck on the build and maybe you'll end up with the one you want!!:banana:
Remember ( no pictures, it never happened!):poke:
Donny

rushgator 10-30-2019 09:23 AM

Hey Fred, welcome back! Glad to hear that you're getting back into this Elky addiction we all share. And a '72 no less. Nice choice!

haulzazz 10-30-2019 06:15 PM

Thanks for all the words of encouragement guys.

Unlike Donny, this will definitely be my last El Camino--I cannot afford another build -or- another wife.

My counter to Donny's corollary is "no pictures, no public humiliation".

Am still hoping to show up at Belton 2020 with something worth taking pictures of. Meanwhile a lot of time, money and effort will be required. Sometimes it seems like I am working harder since I retired than I did while working!?

rushgator 10-31-2019 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by haulzazz (Post 2513128)
--I cannot afford another build -or- another wife.


You are a wise man. :hail2:

Looking forward to following your progress leading up to Belton.

TF Design 11-08-2019 07:24 AM

Best of luck with your restoration. It sounds like a great find! I'm also hoping to get mine road worthy to take to Belton 2020. We'll see.


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