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I just read Bryan Shook's region 3 introduction and thought it was a good idea so i figured i'd go ahead and do one too.

Hi, my name is Chris Hughes, I'm the region 9 director (IN-MI-KY). I found and joined NECOA/ECC.com 10Jun03 and have been hooked ever since and visit the site whenever i get a free moment (usually at work) to ask some questions and answer as many as i can. I'm 25, married, and have a young daughter (who refers to the camino as her car). I am currently attending Ivy Tech State College part time working on my CIS multi-vendor networking degree. Currently I am a government contractor work at a air force base in indiana as a warehouse specialist. I live outside Denver, IN a small town of a couple hundred people, pretty much right between Indianapolis and South Bend. My El camino is a 1981 which i bought over 5 years ago but have just recently really started working on it again (getting married and staring family put a hold on my project). Right now i'm working on reassembly since i pretty much took it completly apart, just got the motor, tranny, and rear back in a month ago and completed 83 front end swap a couple days ago. So here's a little bit about myself to give you an idea who i am, feel free to contact me for anything you guys may need, all my contact info is in my profile, and i look forward to serving region 9.

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Chris Hughes 8)
 

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Chris,

I have a 1969 SS-396 Tahoe Blue El Camino that I have recently purchased and I need lots of help in figuring out if it is a true SS-396. I haven't taken pictures of it yet but I will soon. I am new to this forum and I look forward to talking to you and other members.

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Welcome!

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Welcome to the family J.D. 8)
 

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i got questions hope you have answers

hey i have an 84' camino and it is in pretty good condition and i am a camino freak i just sold my 76 and hate myself for it i was just wonderin if there is anythin goin down for elky lovers in nothern indiana or therabouts hey email me please thanks.
 

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Hey guys, my name is Brian. I just joined this forum a couple days ago looking for my insights on my el camino project. I have an 83 SS which i've torn the 305 out of it and i have a ZZ4 on the engine stand just waiting to go in. Currently im working on suspension work because im worried that all im going to do is light the tires up real good and thats it. Im pretty savvy when it comes to new cars and their rebuilds, but this is my first 20+ year old car that im working on and having a difficult time finding what can replace what and who makes what....if you know what i mean. But anyway, suspension first, then ill move to the next department....rear-end??? Let me know what you think. I can post pics of my progress.
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Hey devin what part of northern indiana you from?
 

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I have a 76 camino with a 74 ss dog house ,427 30 over,r700 trs,373 pose,3000 stall I love this car pictures in member cars. I live in Hammond ,Ind.
 

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Welcome to the family Mike
 

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Howdy from a newbie in Indiana. I'm a non owner so far, but hope to get an Elky real soon. I'm near Terre Haute. Looking for a third generation SS. Guess I caught the bug for an El Camino when I was about 13 or so when the 3rd gen was brand spankin new. Looking to get a license then and just loved those cool SS's. All of them. But I always thoght the Camino was just the smartest thing going. So now I wanna get me one. Finally. Better late than never, eh?
 

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Welcome to the family Doc!, Have you checked in the Indiana Auto&RV yet, lately i've been seeing mostly 5th gens in there but every once in awhile i see some nice 3th gens in there too.

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Chris, you know I hate looking at that thing! My wallet can only stand so much.
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Everytime I look at one of those mags, I find at least one from each category that I'd like to own. I think I need to get a larger garage first. Like 60x100 or bigger. What I need is a 1 br house with a 4+ car garage.

There's a 1940's two bay garage/gas station that went up for sale down the street a couple months ago. Almost. They thought it was worth the "business" value. Well, the tanks and pumps are long gone, but the lift is still in one bay. Sold it to a guy selling hunting stuff. Maybe next time it comes up for sale, it'll be even cheaper. Sure would be fun to have a nice shop to tinker in!

In the mean time, I went to look at a 71. It was an ss clone. A BAD clone. The side metal was pretty good, but the doors were shot and there was rust all along under the rear window. The guy bought it two weeks ago from a guy that bought it 6 months ago. The newest owner started adding stuff on it to sell it. Put a grand in it and raised the price while I was going to look at it. He didn't seem to understand that I would have preferred he left the AC in tact and left the entire thing alone. Since it's a clone, I would probably have torn into it myself. But since the doors need replaced, as well as that back window base, I passed. Especially since I figured the car was priced about twice what it was worth.

The search continues. I like this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=6153&item=2453879255 This guy has gone through several ads, and has not gotten his price. I think if he came down to about 12, I'd go out there and buy the thing.

If you get any tips or know of a 3rd gen that comes up in the Midwest, post it for me PLEASE.

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greetings to all

My name is Bob.
I have recently joined NECOA, and have posted an album in the "Members Cars", gallery. It is on the 5th page of the 4th Generation gallery. At this time it is the only entry on the 5th page, but as more are added, it will be no 1.
It is a 73 SS. I have all the original paperwork from GM and the delivery slip from Saddleback Chevrolet, in Phoenix, Arizona.
My father-in law owned it for from 1984 until his death in 1998. I went to Sherman, Texas and drove it home. It is pretty solid, but needs a little body work and then fresh paint. Interior is solid, but seats have been replaced with black, painted over red. The original was cream color.
I have driven it for the past 6 summers and garaged it when the roads are wet. I am now ready to start on it. (Recently retired). I have lots of spare time, so I am anxious to get started. I will update the photo gallery as I go.
I have spent probably 20 hrs in the last week reading the different forums on the site. A lot of good information. Very little nonsense.
Keep up the good work.
Bob
 

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Glad to have you join us, Bob. You'll find our members a very gracious, well-mannered group of enthusiasts.
Be sure to contact our Region 9 Regional Director, Chris Hughes, about events in your area. Email address is [email protected]

Keep us posted with new photos as you progress in the restoration.
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Hi,

My name is Bob Spence. I have been hiding here for a while.
Like Chris I have an '81 Conquesta under construction, but will be rolling by spring. May be still in primer, but rolling.

I am a retired instructor for Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 apprenticeship program. For now we are still calling Evansville, IN home.

It would be nice to have a regional meet in 2005. Does anybody have any suggestions?

Bob (drsmtl)
 
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