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  1. Engine Topics
    I was driving my 1982 with the 229 3.8L V6 yesterday and the oil and choke light came on didn't think anything of it but about 5 miles down the road i had lost all acceleration she would rev to about 2300 rpm then quit then she shut off I checked the oil level after I got her towed and it was...
  2. Engine Topics
    I have an 87 el camino. It has the original 305 with a new intake manifold and carb. There’s some blow by. It doesn’t die or have trouble starting. But the stock auto transmission does shift hard until it warms up. I need to get it about 500 miles. Recently the farthest it’s gone was 200 with...
  3. Engine Topics
    I just replace alternator & starter plan to do an oil change and coolant as of right now she struggles to turn on and have to give it gas so it turns on but as soon as she’s on she’s good anyone have an idea what it could be ? I really just want to get her right so I can drive her confidently
  4. Ignition Upgrades & Discussion Forum
    I recently bought a 1970 El Camino and shes been sitting in the open since at least '97. A few nights ago I got her running again, and last night I got her driving. New plugs and wires, new battery, new belts, oil change and tranny fluid. I know old cars dont like to be pushed in general, but...
  5. Electrical Systems
    I bought myself a Dakota Digital gauge assembly and I need to install their sensors for it to work. I found the oil pressure sensor no problem, but I can’t seem to find the coolant temp sensor that sends a signal to the gauge anywhere. Anyone know where it’s at? I have an ‘81 with a 229 v6.
  6. Engine Topics
    So i’m going to be changing my oil soon i’ve got a 71 350. I was wondering what would any of you recommend? From what i’ve gathered 10w30 is good for me (i live in west texas really hot summers) But id like to know what you guys think I should use.
  7. Engine Topics
    Anyone know where I can go get my 84 el Camino smogged I live in canoga park california ??
  8. Engine Topics
    I currently have a completely stock 305 small block in my 84 El Camino but I'm ready to make this thing a power house! This will be my first real engine assembly besides basic fix-ups and service. Right now I'm taking a look at this motor here, but I'm willing to go bigger if possible. ZZ502...
  9. Engine Topics
    Ive had my 1978 GMC Caballero for about two years now and it has been awesome. It was my first and car and I'm definitely going to keep it forever. One thing that I have been having trouble with is the tired 305 in it right now. It leaks major oil and it lacks major power. Im not very...
  10. Engine Topics
    I did a v6 to v8 engine swap in my 1982 elcamino. I timed it and it ran great for a few days. I even drove it to work. But on my way back from work it started sputtering and backfiring. I had to limp it home. Now I can start it up and it idles and runs great for around 15-20 minutes until...
  11. Engine Topics
    New guy here. Have been perusing ECC for a few months and learned a lot. You guys are great. I have an '85 SS Choo Choo recently purchased with a 350 low torque truck engine (<300 hp) that is about 12-15 years old. I'd like to upgrade the engine and have been looking at Smeding 383's...
  12. Engine Topics
    Today i took the valve covers off and noticed i am missing a pushrod. I guess this explains why the engine was misfiring and running boggy. Anyhow, the pushrod mustve hopped off the cam lobe and bent itself, until it eventually broke. I have about a quarter of the pushrod missing, and i need...
  13. Electrical Systems
    So I picked up this 1981 el camino about three months ago. After about a month, the car needed a new carb and distributor so I decided to get rid of the 267 and drop a 307 in that I had sitting around. Over the course of this, I noticed I have about 13 connections and wires dangling over the...
  14. Engine Topics
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  15. Engine Topics
    i have a 79 el camino, i have a 350 in it. i just put a super charger on and and have been monitoring the temp, it was doing great untill the weather started to get warmer, i now sometimes am pushing temps close to 250. still seems to run fine, but i will be taking it to a car show a little...
  16. Engine Topics
    Hello everyone i have an 86 305 5.0 and Im wanting and need to clean it up a hell of a lot and was wondering what I could be taught about the vacuum system that needs new line but i know some replace lines with just filters? I also will need to know what each piece is cause I am smart as a rock...
  17. Engine Topics
    Am I ok to reuse the headbolts that were in there? They look to be in great shape and don't have a lot of miles on them. I've been told to just torque the 10-15lbs over spec
  18. Engine Topics
    So we finally got a warm day here in Ohio so I pulled the car outside and fired it up. Let it warm then I shut it down and went in the house for a bit. When I came back a few hours later I started it, and when it fired up the starter was still engaged and turning is I killed the ignition and the...
  19. Performance Modifications
    Anybody use one? I'm all about trying to save some weight (well, sorta :lildevil:) on my el camino, and I'm already looking into aluminum heads, an aluminum intake manifold, lightweight wheels, lightweight fuel pump pushrod, and a lightweight driveshaft. So, anyone used a lightweight flywheel...
  20. Engine Topics
    Here in the next couple of months I'm going to be pulling my smallblock and 4 speed tranny to make painting the engine bay easier and it needs a new oil pan gasket and rear main seal and the tranny needs a few new seals. What I want to know is what am I getting myself into? I'm not doing a...
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