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Any Experience With An El Camino?

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  • #289625

    groundrules
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    and if hauling furniture from ikea is your main gig, get an equally ugly and shitty cargo van. Same aesthetic, only you don’t have to worry about the weather.

    maybe you can paint some pictures on the side or something.

    #289626

    Tigertree
    Member

    I also see me getting a paint job and fixing up the el camino and like you said, it would loose it’s utility. I would be scared of hurting it once it was nice.

    #289627

    Hael
    Member

    Tigertree wrote >>
    I also see me getting a paint job and fixing up the el camino and like you said, it would loose it’s utility. I would be scared of hurting it once it was nice.

    ignore the cosmetics, let it ‘rat out’. At the same time, have the engine rebuilt and make it a rumbling beast. i want one!

    #289628

    Tigertree
    Member

    How about a thumbs up or down on the following
    Any Mazda Pickup
    Any Nissan Pickup
    Mid 80’s – late 90’s Ranger
    GMC Sonoma
    90’s S-10
    And I already know a Tacoma is what I should be aiming for.

    #289629

    blammo
    Participant

    I worked with two different painting crews that used 80’s Rangers as their main vehicle. No problems ever with either of them, even when I drunkenly plowed my S-10 into the side of one and caved in the whole bed. We just hammered it out & kept using it.

    Of course, this was in the mid-90’s so keep in mind an 80’s Ranger is going to be a 20+ year-old vehicle. Pickup trucks are designed to be tools, and if they weren’t properly maintained, they’re going to be hand grenades. You get what you pay for.

    #289630

    Tigertree
    Member

    So basically if I don’t know who I am buying it from there is a lot of luck involved huh?

    #289631

    blammo
    Participant

    Hael wrote >>

    Tigertree wrote >>
    I also see me getting a paint job and fixing up the el camino and like you said, it would loose it’s utility. I would be scared of hurting it once it was nice.

    ignore the cosmetics, let it ‘rat out’. At the same time, have the engine rebuilt and make it a rumbling beast. i want one!

    Exactly, drop in a crate 454 & flat black paint job, cragar/keystone mags. spray liquid bedliner on everything. terrorize neighborhood. haul lumber, gravel, and ass.

    #289632

    Motorist
    Participant

    blammo wrote >>

    Hael wrote >>

    Tigertree wrote >>
    I also see me getting a paint job and fixing up the el camino and like you said, it would loose it’s utility. I would be scared of hurting it once it was nice.

    ignore the cosmetics, let it ‘rat out’. At the same time, have the engine rebuilt and make it a rumbling beast. i want one!

    Exactly, drop in a crate 454 & flat black paint job, cragar/keystone mags. spray liquid bedliner on everything. terrorize neighborhood. haul lumber, gravel, and ass.

    Thats what I wanted to do when I couldn’t find a reasonably priced el camino but i don’t think the look will work on my ’95 dodge dakota. At least, not until it naturally rusts a little more.

    #289633

    Hael
    Member

    hooker headers

    thrush mufflers

    ahh….memories.

    #289634

    blammo
    Participant

    Tigertree wrote >>
    So basically if I don’t know who I am buying it from there is a lot of luck involved huh?

    Yup. I have sunk thousands into every used vehicle I have purchased. What you don’t want to do is sink thousands into something you don’t really like. So either get a disposable piece of shit you can dump when something goes wrong, or find a truck you dig & mentally add a grand to the cost & set that money aside for if/when disaster strikes. And don’t be surprised when it happens. If you GOTTA have that El Camino, find a nice, straight, clean example, as cheap as you can get it, find a mechanic you can trust, then drop in a new/reconditioned tranny & engine. You’ll get a relatively new & reliable yet vintage car for 5-6K, and won’t always be waiting for the shoe to drop. OR you can get a bargain for $2K and gradually put that much back into it as each part fails. It’s a hell of a lot less frustrating to get it over with.

    #289635

    groundrules
    Participant

    I recommend this. it’s kind of a Blammonator:

    http://columbus.craigslist.org/bar/1283413096.html

    #289636

    Motorist
    Participant

    groundrules wrote >>
    I recommend this. it’s kind of a Blammonator:
    http://columbus.craigslist.org/bar/1283413096.html

    Bitchin’

    #289637

    Tigertree
    Member

    Part of me wants to get something huge and ridiculous and airbrush a wizard/unicorn/native american scene on it, but I think i’ll just continue my quest for a tiny, rusted red pickup.

    #289638

    Motorist
    Participant

    Come on, go for the painted panel van.

    #289639

    blammo
    Participant

    Motorist wrote >>

    groundrules wrote >>
    I recommend this. it’s kind of a Blammonator:
    http://columbus.craigslist.org/bar/1283413096.html

    Bitchin’

    there you go! trade him a Royal Enfield for it, download episodes of “The Fall Guy” for reference, and dominate Sullivant/Hague Avenue.

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