Lets see your Yank tanks!

Lets see your Yank tanks!

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Mikebentley

2,726 posts

107 months

Wednesday 2nd June
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Ructions said:
I’m still wondering why I bought this, for some unknown reason I always wanted one, even though I had never seen one in the flesh, let alone driven one. When I say driven, you don’t actually drive it, it’s more like herding.
One day I’m planning on adding a lot of power and a race chassis and keeping it and then I seem to come to my senses, but I can’t quite bring myself to get rid of it. Possibly one for the drunken eBay purchases thread.

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Edited by Ructions on Saturday 22 May 13:34
Ructions, I’ve got a brand new carpet set for that in my garage all the way from the good ole USA in a metallic grey colour. You are more than welcome to it.

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Wednesday 2nd June
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What engine, roadtoad?

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Wednesday 2nd June
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Mikebentley said:
Ructions said:
I’m still wondering why I bought this, for some unknown reason I always wanted one, even though I had never seen one in the flesh, let alone driven one. When I say driven, you don’t actually drive it, it’s more like herding.
One day I’m planning on adding a lot of power and a race chassis and keeping it and then I seem to come to my senses, but I can’t quite bring myself to get rid of it. Possibly one for the drunken eBay purchases thread.

|https://thumbsnap.com/8XJehguP[/url]



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Edited by Ructions on Saturday 22 May 13:34
Ructions, I’ve got a brand new carpet set for that in my garage all the way from the good ole USA in a metallic grey colour. You are more than welcome to it.
Thanks, that’s very generous of you, very much appreciated. There is a ‘new’ carpet in it, but it looks like something that has been made to fit rather than a genuine or replacement item.

I’ll happily cover any P&P costs, but it may be an issue sending it to the Republic of Ireland. I’m not sure if it could be sent as a free sample to avoid any charges or with a value of a few pounds.

Edited to add, my wife will be driving over to the UK to see her parents in the next few weeks, she hasn’t seen them in over a year due to Covid, she could collect it if you are anywhere near the route from Holyhead to the midlands.




Edited by Ructions on Wednesday 2nd June 22:00

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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some bloke said:
What engine, roadtoad?
305 V8 (5 litre)

It's all pretty much as it left the factory... I'm undecided whether to leave it stock, or play with it a bit!

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Plenty of potential in a 305 - they were the default engine for so many years people figured out how to perk them up a bit. It depends on your pockets though

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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I'm thinking I may go for an exhaust you can actually hear, and one of those nice flashy edelbrock filters, but I probably won't go down the tuning route. I just want to drive and enjoy it really

Ructions

4,663 posts

88 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Is there any point trying to extract more power from my small block 350 Chevy V8 or should I follow my head and buy a wrecked Camaro ZL1 and cannibalise it for parts.

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Thursday 3rd June
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yeah, an exhaust that sets car alarms off as you rumble past would be cool. You should be able to find a set of headers that will let it breathe a little easier too. A quick search found these:
https://www.classicchevy.com/el-camino-black-short... and a good local exhaust place should help with the twin pipes for the rest.

When do you get it?

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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Oh nice one, thanks for that. I'm completely new to the yank game so why UK resources are very much appreciated!

It's in for MOT today, then it's a case of sending off the V55 and waiting for DVLA...

Am I correct in my interpretation of the literature that insurance is not required for first registration? Only stipulates it's necessary for NI

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Thursday 3rd June
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That was a US co but I think you can gets parts shipped easily enough. I had a carb sent that arrived in about a week. Someone else may chime in with a UK supplier of parts for your car though.

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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Yeah I just clocked that. I'm just itching to get hold of it now haha

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Yeah, I think we all know that feeling. They are pretty basic too, so easy enough to work on/upgrade etc. I haven't looked but I bet there are thousands of youtube videos showing how to do everything on one of these. Pretty sure all sorts of suspension upgrades are available too.

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Ructions, it depends on the engine you have. The ZL1 will probably start with more streetable hp and torque than you can extract from the 350 but if we lived in the US it would be simple - order an install kit with harness kit, and pop down to a parts store for the bits you need, instead of waiting 3 weeks for the wrong parts to arrive. An option might be a 383, available in the UK from a few suppliers - will basically bolt in as it's a 350 block with a longer stroke crank. It' will make good torque which is what you need for heavy iron like this.

I had a 350 years ago that was a '70, hi compression engine. I had a magazine article that said how to get 300-325 hp from a 350, followed that, and it would lay 400 feet of rubber. Which was nice...it just had a torquey cam, valve job, ported heads and headers with a factory Q-jet manifold. If you have a smog engine that is only putting out 190hp it will take a bit of cash and effort to get more hp. An Edelbrock top end kit might be the cheapest option for you. You get alloy heads, cam, intake etc, all designed to work together.

Like this - I think they are in Ireland:
https://www.gooze.com/2081/2038-edelbrock/e-street...

Edited by some bloke on Thursday 3rd June 14:56

Ilovejapcrap

3,075 posts

79 months

Thursday 3rd June
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Ructions said:
I’m still wondering why I bought this, for some unknown reason I always wanted one, even though I had never seen one in the flesh, let alone driven one. When I say driven, you don’t actually drive it, it’s more like herding.
One day I’m planning on adding a lot of power and a race chassis and keeping it and then I seem to come to my senses, but I can’t quite bring myself to get rid of it. Possibly one for the drunken eBay purchases thread.

|https://thumbsnap.com/8XJehguP[/url]



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Edited by Ructions on Saturday 22 May 13:34
Love it any interior pics

Ilovejapcrap

3,075 posts

79 months

Thursday 3rd June
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RoadToad84 said:
Just put a deposit on an 87 El Camino. Waiting for the MOT to come through so I can get it registered.

First Yank and ridiculously excited about it!

Would that be from a certain Yorkshire dealer, I always drive past the fence for a quick look when passing.

some bloke

386 posts

34 months

Thursday 3rd June
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^^ actually I only just noticed the 39/40 (?) Ford behind it. I'm losing my touch...

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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Ilovejapcrap said:
Would that be from a certain Yorkshire dealer, I always drive past the fence for a quick look when passing.
Sure is. They're winding the business up as they're both retiring with nobody to take over. Sad times

RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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some bloke said:
Yeah, I think we all know that feeling. They are pretty basic too, so easy enough to work on/upgrade etc. I haven't looked but I bet there are thousands of youtube videos showing how to do everything on one of these. Pretty sure all sorts of suspension upgrades are available too.
Yeah I'm hoping it can be a good car to learn on. Interior needs a little bit of tarting up, and things like window rubbers need replacing, I'll start there, then work my way up to the more scary stuff haha

aeropilot

24,687 posts

194 months

Thursday 3rd June
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some bloke said:
^^ actually I only just noticed the 39/40 (?) Ford behind it. I'm losing my touch...
laugh

Can't see the rear lights so can't tell if its a '39 or a '40....but it is a Ford.






RoadToad84

29 posts

1 month

Thursday 3rd June
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aeropilot said:
laugh

Can't see the rear lights so can't tell if its a '39 or a '40....but it is a Ford.
It's a '39 according to their website:

https://www.americancarspares.co.uk/american-vehic...