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  1. Engine Topics
    Looking into swapping instead of sinking money into the 305 that came with my 1987 El Camino. Any thoughts or concerns about this engine I’m looking at? I don’t have pictures. I trust the owner of it. Just wondering if there are caveats or concerns with this particular engine or things to...
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    I'm in the middle of pulling the V6 231 Buick engine from our recently acquired '84 El Camino as it has an oil leak around the sump pan. The transmission also feels like it slips even after adding a bottle of Lucas transmission treatment. I noticed that the oil pan on the transmission has 350...
  3. Transmission & Drive line
    Hey guys. Sorry if something similar has been posted but I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. This is my first builder and am still learning as I go. I have an ‘81 that originally had a 229. I swapped it with a 350. It’s got a rebuilt TH350. First gear gets me to around 25 mph, second...
  4. Engine Topics
    Howdy all, I have a 350 from an older GM vehicle in my 1980 elco. I am wondering what y'all are using/would suggest for headers. The 350 still has the basic manifolds and such up to the cat, to which I then ripped it off as it was rusty and now the exhaust just exits right after the cat. I...
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    Just bought my 1979 El Camino. Big plans believe me. 6 days in find out (after a compression test) that i have a cracked block. I need to find a good and honest mechanic in the northern San Diego area
  7. Engine Topics
    Hello all, I am at a point of beginning to build my new engine. I have an opportunity to purchase a 350. It is said to be out of a 1961. My Elco is a 1981. will a 1961 fit into my 1981? Oh and I took all of my smog and ECM out of my elco. Or I could also purchase a 1999 350. The 1961...
  8. Engine Topics
    Anyone got a '65 with a 350 HO? Looking for Radiator / Shroud / Fan setup recommendations. Read hotrod mag's '65 elco cooling problem fix with a flex-a-lite radiator + single 16" fan setup. https://www.hotrod.com/articles/1965-chevy-el-camino-overheating-fix/ Clearance is tight against the...
  9. Engine Topics
    Hey guys. I have been working on dropping in a 350 crate engine in place of the tired 305. I opted to remove all of the computer controlled components (have the wires were missing or already unplugged) and the emissions (half of the emissions components were missing). I have the new 350 in and...
  10. Engine Topics
    Hey fellas so my question is this. Could I go find a doner car with a 305/350 with all of its CA smog equipment, OBD I like the 231 system on it now , and put all of its CA Smog material on my 84 El camino then toss in a SBC 350 from Jegs? Will ANY of the smog equipment currently on the 231...
  11. Engine Topics
    I'm hoping for some engine advice. I have a 1969 El Camino with a blown 1974 350 engine. I'm considering a GM 350 crate engine with 200 HP which is about $1,800 from Hawaiin Racing in Simi Valley. I'm concerned I will not be happy with the low 200 HP. How much HP would I be satisfied with and...
  12. Electrical Systems
    Hello i have a 86 elco working on it to run a 350 l31 vortec 5700 but it does not have power at all. But that is not the case here i noticed my knock sensor pigtail is missing and it was connected to a green/dark green wire coming from the left (drivers side) of my vehicle where the bulkhead...
  13. Electrical Systems
    When i turn on the headlights they stay on for a second then go out. There was a burning smell right before is happened, so i thought is was the headlight switch but that didn't fix it. I'm stuck and have no clue what else to try. I didn't see any obvious messed up wires behind the dash or under...
  14. Engine Topics
    today i was going to do some compression testing, pulled off the distributor cap (i am now aware i could have just pulled the plug on the side) and found the rotor in a big melted mess. the flat spring that makes contact in the center was basically glued down by all the melted plastic. So i went...
  15. Engine Topics
    Hi I own a 77 elco 350 engine the problem is that it keeps stalling when accelerating but runs fine in reverse but in drive it loose power and stalls aalso I must wait a minute or two before restarting or pour gas directly in the carb to start. Before when accelerating it did loose power for a...
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