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 #384793  by FIREM
One day short of bringing FIREM back to life a year ago, (viewtopic.php?f=49&t=36395)
The El Camino moves and stops under its own power!

Long Long way to go but its another step in the right direction.
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 #384797  by EasyRider300M
There goes the neighborhood!
Congrats on getting it running.
 #384802  by StealthM
Ohhhh the neighbors are gunna love you...haha.... rock on brother. Looking good.
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 #384809  by Sneke_Eyez
Awesome to see that, Bob! Hoping to have a similar video for my wagon before too long.
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 #385408  by FIREM
Little Update: :( Turns out the FRAME is rotted and rusted so bad it is beyond repair. One body mount completely gone, left side front and rear suspension attaching points Swiss cheese.
(Thought I had already posted this)
Then this happened:
Rolled the frame with suspension and drive train right out from under the body.
Found a frame for $300 but it is 4 hours away. Just happens to be near my buddy in the Greenville area. So he picked it up ( has a utility trailer) and next time they come to visit us I will have the replacement.
Then the Chrysler's will have to live outside for a short time.
Body in one bay, old frame in another and swap drive train /suspension to the "new" frame in the 3rd bay.
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 #385409  by EasyRider300M
:eek Most people would have given up once seeing the frame being non-repairable. But not Bob. You are very ambitious and mechanically talented.
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 #385410  by FIREM
There are already so many new parts already installed it’s hard to give up on this project. Every suspension part including Eibach lowering springs, complete brake system including stainless lines, refurbished dash pad, Holley Carb, Hedders, the list is endless. Even a full set of poly body bushings! The body work and paint was a given, frame was unexpected, but the amount of $$ already in parts made the decision easier.
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 #385413  by Sneke_Eyez
With all of the new parts and only $300 for a good frame, it seems like a no brainer to swap the frame out and keep going!
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 #386336  by FIREM
Frame Rot : Left rear wheel arch
More Rotten Frame
It was so bad I easily cut it up with a Sawsall, loaded into FIREM and took it to the scrap yard.
Replacement Frame arrived (no pic) got cleaned up and painted.
Pressure washed, wire brushed, acid etched, Rustoleum Primer & Satin Black top coat.
Next transferred everything to the "new" frame.
Front & Rear suspension, Engine, Trans, Brake and Fuel Lines, Steering Box, etc, etc,
Ready to Remount body and frame
Body aligned and installed on frame, reinstalled front clip, and continuing on reassembly.
Obviously this is the "Readers Digest" version of the build. Freeing up rusted hardware, cleaning, painting, restoring parts etc takes a lot of time as you well imagine.
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 #386337  by dcsally97
Starting to look like a car again. Great work Bob! The poly bushings will be good for the new life of the car.
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 #386338  by EasyRider300M
You could make a mean looking GO-Kart from that, at this stage! :D .
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 #386344  by First Lady
Wow!!! You’ve been busy filling those retirement days!!!

So awesome to see the progress!!!
 #386346  by StealthM
Looking good Bob.
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 #386406  by LUNAT1C
Frame-off resto is certainly a way to spend one's retirement days... you must feel perfectly at home and content doing it! Looks great so far.
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 #386720  by FIREM
Rather than retyping everything here is a link to my build.
Almost street legal!!! ... st-2539686
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 #387000  by FIREM
Titled, Registered, street legal, 50 miles of tweaking ...
Full details here ... st-2542343
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 #387004  by LUNAT1C
I see that plug for the M there about the seats :lol:

Looks to be very well sorted now. I was just thinking this afternoon driving around, wondering how far along the project is. Looks to be in an excellent cruiser shape before the bodywork begins.
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 #387012  by Sneke_Eyez
Awesome progress, Bob, congrats on getting her "on the road again!"
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 #387806  by FIREM
Driving the Elco regularly as I slowly make progress on making it look good.
Latest job while I wait for some parts is dressing up the wheels.
From this : Image
To this: Image
Funny thing is I have only seen 1 or 2 M's in my travels and get only very few comments about it.
Everywhere we go in the Elco draws good comments and have seen a few dozen in the area. It will be interesting to see what happens when it looks like something i would actually be proud to say it was mine.
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 #387811  by StealthM
Looking good there Bob....