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DJenkins '68 el Camino

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Big milestone! Finished dis-assembly and got the body and frame delivered for acid dipping.

Metalworks in Eugene, OR has a great rep and I was immediately impressed with the care they took in handling the car and parts during the drop off. They are going to do a great job!

Project will get a lot more fun from here on out as it is re-assembly with clean and/or new parts!

Year and Model: 1968 el Camino
Engine Specs and Modifications: Will be GM performance crate Big Block, probably ZZ502
Drivetrain Specs and Modifications: Will be Speedway or Currie 9 inch housing with 3:40 Posi. GM performance auto trans (probably - my son is trying to talk me into 5 speed)
Suspension Specs and Modifications: QA1 level 3 suspension package
Exterior Specs and Modifications: Will be stock(ish) sheet metal. Adding SS hood and badging. Black with white '69 style SS stripes
Interior Specs and Modifications: Stock black vinyl with upgraded buckets and adding console
Electrical Specs and Modifications: All new, upgraded wiring harness
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I decided to work on this custom dash for the el Camino. It’s been in the back of my mind for awhile and I spent way too many hours on YouTube watching various approaches. I mostly got my inspiration from the guys doing door panels and speaker enclosures.

***Warning: For the “I like factory best” guys, this will not be your thing.

For the dash on this project, I wanted to put in Dakota Digital VHX gauges and a 2 DIN stereo/video head.
I’ve seen lots of guys who put 2 din stereo heads in a custom console, but I just didn’t like that look. I wanted it in the dash.
I was hoping someone made a custom part for this, but could not find one, so I decided to make my own, using the factory dash insert as a starting point.

Here is what I started with:

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And here is the final product:

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I’m really happy with it! It took a “ridiculous” amount of time, but apparently that is what it takes. I learned a lot and could do the next one in only an “absurd” amount of time.

I recorded a video of the process for anyone who is interested in how I did it, or crazy enough to want to do something like this. The final approach includes some unlikely things like; Spandex and Bed Liner, seriously!

I think ECC member @DogBunny has got some competition!
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