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Tomorrow(May 3, 2021) I'll be continuing my teardown/cleaning/rebuild of the 76 El Co's heart. Never heard it start and run but I did get it to attempt to crank when I visited it on Christmas before I brought it back out here to Vegas. Carb was flooding then tho so there wasn't much I could do since I was visiting for Christmas, so family came first. Got a lot of replacement parts and what not since it came home since I had the money to do so after selling my '88 firebird. Sold the bird to dump the dough into the El Camino. New Edelbrock intake manifold, air filter, and valve covers, rebuilt my Edelbrock 4 barrel 1404 carb (600cfm electric choke), got a battery for it today for whenever I'm ready to try to start it. Had to replace the ignition cylinder before I even started the engine pull much less the clean and rebuild. Unfortunately the deeper I get into the heart of the motor, the more stuff I see that id LIKE to just replace if i was made of money. Things like the rusty old water pump, the alternator more than likely, the exhaust system (besides the hush thrush), motor mounts, etc. Since the frion for the AC compressor that was in it has been outlawed, I just pulled it out and chucked it since it's useless now anyhow. Anyone know what other AC components I can remove without affecting the running state of the beast? Like the lines with the ports used to vacuum and restore the frion on an AC recovery? Safe to get all that junk outa there now or no???
 

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The plastic case behind your red circle contains the AC evaporator and the heater core. There should be a condenser in front of the radiator.

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Tomorrow(May 3, 2021) I'll be continuing my teardown/cleaning/rebuild of the 76 El Co's heart. Never heard it start and run but I did get it to attempt to crank when I visited it on Christmas before I brought it back out here to Vegas. Carb was flooding then tho so there wasn't much I could do since I was visiting for Christmas, so family came first. Got a lot of replacement parts and what not since it came home since I had the money to do so after selling my '88 firebird. Sold the bird to dump the dough into the El Camino. New Edelbrock intake manifold, air filter, and valve covers, rebuilt my Edelbrock 4 barrel 1404 carb (600cfm electric choke), got a battery for it today for whenever I'm ready to try to start it. Had to replace the ignition cylinder before I even started the engine pull much less the clean and rebuild. Unfortunately the deeper I get into the heart of the motor, the more stuff I see that id LIKE to just replace if i was made of money. Things like the rusty old water pump, the alternator more than likely, the exhaust system (besides the hush thrush), motor mounts, etc. Since the frion for the AC compressor that was in it has been outlawed, I just pulled it out and chucked it since it's useless now anyhow. Anyone know what other AC components I can remove without affecting the running state of the beast? Like the lines with the ports used to vacuum and restore the frion on an AC recovery? Safe to get all that junk outa there now or no???
I have an Edelbrock 1404 on my 86 & it is a 500 cfm with a manuel choke .
 

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Why not convert the A/C to 134a. Inversion kits are available and not really hard to do. Just my .02. Wish mine had A/C
 

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Just can't see myself spending the money on that before I spend it on more power. Haha it's extra weight I don't really need but I get what youre saying
 
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