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Did late 70s el caminos have a curtain at the rear of the cab which revealed more space?
Would it be possible to create a smugglers box accessible from inside the cab of my 64 el Camino instead of the typical latch at the top of the bed? And maybe fit a spare tire that was mostly in the smugglers box portion and partially in the cab if the tire were laying flat.

What is this panel?

maybe someone can help me make sense of these photos.
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I already have rust to remove at the rear panel of the cab.
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The 1st pic if from a 5th gen and the access to the smuglers box is from inside the cab. The 2nd pic i am not sure of. Maybe someone with that yr will know.

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Can you make access from the inside in a 2nd gen?
 

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Did late 70s el caminos have a curtain at the rear of the cab which revealed more space?
Would it be possible to create a smugglers box accessible from inside the cab of my 64 el Camino instead of the typical latch at the top of the bed? And maybe fit a spare tire that was mostly in the smugglers box portion and partially in the cab if the tire were laying flat.

What is this panel?

maybe someone can help me make sense of these photos.
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I already have rust to remove at the rear panel of the cab.
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The second picture looks exactly like the smuggler's box in my '68 EC. With the plastic smuggler's box insert removed the sheet metal looks NOTHING like the bodyshopprice.com part. Don't buy one.
 

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The first picture is from a 5th Gen - accessible from inside the cab with a curtain cover - and will fit a spare tire. The second picture is from a 2nd Gen and is accessible from inside the cab but, is way too small to fit a tire. Also, they are notoriously hard to seal and frequently leak. The third picture is the pax side floor and rear bulkhead of a 2nd Gen. It would be really difficult to make an opening similar to the 5th Gen and, it would still not fit a spare. Plus, sealing it on the bed side would be difficult.
 
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The third photo is mine by the way. I’ve never seen a 2nd gen like the second picture above. I’d really like to make my 2nd gen fit a spare tire 135/60/16 and i think I could do it but would probably have to modify/lower/reinforce the cross brace between the cab and smugglers box. The middle portion of course would have to make room for the driveshaft. It may have to be a dream for a later time.
 

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Middle pic is a 3rd gen. 68-72
 

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I gave up on the spare tire idea in the smugglers box. This guy on Instagram made a really good one (@chuckmotorsports). Login • Instagram
I can’t see the welds on the square tubing to the bed panel.
 
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