Welcome to Ed's 1970
Chevy El Camino
Third generation (1968–1972)
History about El Camino

Chevrolet El Camino was a coupe utility vehicle produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors between 1959–60 and 1964-87. Introduced in the 1959–1960 model years in response to the success of the Ford Ranchero, its first run lasted only one year. Production resumed for the 1964–1977 model years based on the Chevelle platform, and continued for the 1978–1987 model years based on the GM G-body platform. Although based on corresponding Chevrolet car lines, the vehicle is classified and titled in North America as a truck. GMC's badge engineered El Camino variant, the Sprint, was introduced for the 1971 model year. Renamed Caballero in 1978, it was also produced through the 1987 model year.

In Spanish, El Camino means "the road".

Click this link for more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_El_Camino

Here you see the 350 being dismantled for removal.
Ready for removal.
Bye Bye Small Block.
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ready to pullReady for removal.
Bye Bye Small Block.shes outNow is the time to clean. Learned that on chevy small block you can not use flywheel on a big block. flywheel for big block must be balanced.
Found out from Ed. Small block engine mounts will work on big block.Placed on a rack and put to the side.Customer wants all bilit parts back.vale covers, intake, carb. things like that.
Removal of the Small Block.
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Preping the big block.Went to install a fuel pump push shaft and someone used Aluminium in a steel block. thats a No NO! I had to drill it out and re tap threads.All fixed and ready to receive fuel pump.Well we shoe horned it in place, had one hell of a fight. Look at brake booster. its less the a 1/2 away from vale cover. go to junk yard and find a smaller booster so when you nail her it will not hit or chain the left side of the engine to frame.bolting in starter, flywheel, engine mounts, bell housing, Etc.looks good.here are the two flywheels. one is 350 only and other is 454 only. one is balanced and the other is not. Thanks to Ed we saved from replacing berrings down the road. We didnt know. we mostly biuld Pontiac and Fords.Intake installed. Headers as well.a 2nd look. Note the short water pump. it will come to play later on into this job.
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Installing the big block.
Now the real fun is about to start. After going back and forth with Ed about who makes all the braces needed to mount the power steering and alt. We found to be at at alls that no one make the parts needed for a big block with a short water pump with no steering rack. We wanted to keep it as it was with the gear box. And tuff stuff was no help what so ever. I'm sure they make very good parts for other rods. but nothing for us.So with my ability to forge, weld, and shape steel to just about anything I want. I made what was needed. So look at this as I post to help you make the same parts for your rod.
Good Luck!
Well start by noting the holes on the right side of the block. Tranfer them to a 1/4 inch plat of shrap steel if you have it.Mount to block. Now for the fun kids stuff. draw out what you want.This is what I came up with. be sure to note that to install all the pulls you wish to use on your job. cut an old fan belt. and clap it to your lower crank, now go over your water pump to reach your ALT. unit. you cant be out of alinement no more the a 1/16 inch or your belt can pop off or burn up.
Alt build.
Bend to what you need. use heat. or it will not bend.weld in support. anything over 3 " will flex.After all done look.
Now for the uper brace for Alt.
go to parts store and pick up a Mr. Gaskit una alt arm. it will save you a lot of work.
Now install your alt. and check belt alinement. then paint or coat.
once more find a good size of plate steel.
usea bolt in drill press and a high speed grinder to make this tool.making back mount.
Now for the hard one. Power Steering.
All done look.
had hole from others placing what ever there.grind and welded.All clened up and installed new box.looks nice.
Wheel well repair.
more pixs finshing it up.