1968 Chevrolet El Camino "Custom", and will be with a 327 and Jag IRS.

Started on Sept. 12 by RichardSIA

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'68 El Camino being built like no other. Somewhat "Old School" at least from the outside but with some upgrades. NOT building a "Pro-Touring", cannot stand the new giant wagon wheels. Building up a crazy 327, Muncie 4 speed, Jaguar IRS, second fuel tank. Better suspension, all wheel disc brakes, and l;ots of fuel capacity for the long open Nevada roads.

Currently working on getting rid of the rust so that the rest of the car is worth doing.

This one may also see some hill climb and Silver State Challenge action.

Current pic, lots of work to complete.

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Mar 12, 2019 11:16 p.m.
RichardSIA:
Minor update, I'm about to drop a little over $5K into the drivetrain and a fiberglass front end. Sadly, that will NOT make it a runner, or even a complete running engine. Fiberglass about $2K. Overdrive parts $750.00 Custom Jag rear diff build with 4.27 gears and Pwoer-Loc, just under $1,500.00 Brownfield heads to be rebuilt, new JE forged pistons, and a cam. Doing these items now as they are the "Big Ticket" parts I have to get while I have a bit more funding than usual. The rest of what I will need should all be under $500.00 per item so more easily funded in a normal manner. Despite this seeming extravagance I really am a cheap skate! It's just thaty what I want from this build cannot be done any cheaper.
Apr 18, 2019 1:13 a.m.
RichardSIA:
Blasted check is still "In the mail"! I have a confirmation it has been sent, just waiting on my &#@&#*! bank to post the deposit. Going nuts waiting to drop about $5K into my build! So I've been playing with on-line calculators. If they are at all accurate it seems I'm building a "Ten second car", and I'm not even into drag racing! With the Muncie, GV OD, 4.27 gears, 27" tires, I get a 3.33 final drive ratio. That and an estimated 400 HP combined with a target weight of 2600 - 2800 Lb's leaves me with a supposed mid 10's 1/4 at around 125 MPH. Top speed on the open road around 165 MPH, limited by the low gears but also more likely to be true than the claimed 197 MPH 3.54's calculate out at. Really wish I could find the frontal area and CD of these cars. But what I wish more than anything right now is that the check would clear!
Apr 19, 2019 12:41 a.m.
RichardSIA:
Money showed up, not going to last long at this rate! New custom forged pistons, 'Glass front clip, etc. as above.
Apr 25, 2019 12:22 a.m.
RichardSIA:
Parts are starting to show up! Got the GV overdrive adapter and cam with lifters today. Once the pistons get here in a few weeks the bottom end will almost be ready to assemble. Still need an RR oil pan, pump, TC (Belt?) and a few other minor bits.
May 2, 2019 12:51 a.m.
RichardSIA:
For my B'day I'm dropping the Muncie and GV overdrive off at a trans builder who has done a lot of GV installs. Going to be a fairly long package when assembled but supposed to only need minor floor clearancing. Adding up all the "Deals" I got while pulling the parts together I will still have about $3,000.00 into this transmission setup. Ex-Corvette Muncie M20, vintage scattershield, GV overdrive, overdrive adapter, OD assembly, linkage and Hurst shifter. Does not include a clutch! But it's "All good!" so long as I remember what retail on these items would have been. I could view it as having paid full price for the GV and getting the rest for free.
May 10, 2019 11:51 p.m.
RichardSIA:
Got my Muncie and OD back today. Cost an extra $325.00 since the M20 "Freshen" turned into a full rebuild including a new second gear.

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