The frame had a couple of holes at the front around the steering box, so instead of trying to make a patch, I decided to let GM help me out. Why not just tak... Show moree my saw to the Cutlass? It took me about 20 minutes to peform the dissection with my B D saw.
Clickity click, Barba trick it just bolts right up. You gotta love GM. The El Camino was built in Mexico and The Cutlass is from the Quebec line, but the holes are all in the same locations. Nice!
Flinstones, meet the Flinstones....Ok it's not that bad but it does need some work. Won't be able to raid the Olds for this, it's just as bad.
At the left is my big box of destruction. The clock was a cool X mas gift from Brian and Max. As it strikes each hour, it makes the sound of the coresponding muscle car. At the right is my inspiration: To build a vehicle worthy of blasting this song at full volume. I'm talking Spinal Tap "It goes to 11" type stuff. NO MAN WITH A GOOD CAR NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT NUTHIN', YOU UNDERSTAND? NO MAN WITH A GOOD CAR NEEDS TO BE JUSTIFIED!
Some new pix of the frame all cleaned up, welded and undercoated, as well as the floor all patched up on the driver's side. (This still needs some cleaning up!) Special thanks to Ray Trudel and Carlo Galli for their help with the welding. Now we can rebuild her!
And there she be, an 85 El Camino with an 84 Cutlass front end.
This was a little harder than I thought it would be. Although the bumper bolted up exactly the same, it turns out the frame horns are 2 1/2 inches longer on the Cutlass. I ended up having to space out the bumper as seen on the left. On the right is a new problem: The Cutty is a little wider. This will need to be sorted out at the body shop when it's painted.
I've decided to start a seperate page for this project, and I'm calling it an 85 El Camino for now, for those who are interested in my Frankenstein deal. Show Less
Left is the top view of the sunroof assembly, right side is the bottom. (Inside of car) The front drain tubes are loose, I'll re-attach them.
Left is t... Show morehe roof of the '84. No worries here, all sheetmetal is original and rock solid. Right side is a view of the inside. (Hard to see with the shadows, I'll try and get a better one another time. Show Less
And so they meet for the first time.....CUTLASS: What's going to happen to us? EL CAMINO: I'm not sure but I've heard it's bad news for you!
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I really bought the '84 parts Cutlass because I had an idea....to build a one of a kind vehicle, blending two of my all time favourites. EL CUTLASS! The CAMINO SUPREME! On the left is the last piece of the puzzle. My neighbour Ray's '85 GMC Caballero (El Camino) which I've just bought this week.
What I've got in mind is to take off the hood, fenders, header panel and front bumper (Front Clip) from the El Camino....
And replace them with the corresponding parts from the Cutlass. I'd leave the rest of the Elky body the way it is and basically have a Cutlass Pickup! I've seen the same idea with a Buick GN. Try this link: www.chevelles.com
Click on "El Caminos" under Sections, then click on "El Camino Mutations".
The interior is pretty worn and the dash has some cracks so I'm going to go all the way with this. Out will come the dash, steering column, seats, carpet and door panels....
And in will go all that stuff from the Cutty. It's in much better shape plus I'll convert the El Camino over to power windows and all the other goodies the Olds has.
Goodbye funky brown interior..
Hello mack daddy velour interior! Boo ya! Seriously, it's going to be like 50% from each vehicle. I've seen pictures of the same idea using a Buick Grand National.
The perfect combination of the El Camino, "Mullet" of the road
And The Cutlass. Sweet.
Stay tuned, The Camino is in my garage right now and the Frankensteination will begin shortly......
So Here's the El Camino in position, ready for it's makeover.
Here are some pix of the Elky in my shop sans front end. This took me 6 hours over two nights. (I"m going to try to keep track of how many hours I put into this) The biggest fight was with the left fender, very rusty bolts! Check out the A/C oil everywhere. The belt was off the compressor, I figured it was empty. I was wrong. The rad support was pretty shot so I'll be better off with the one from the Cutlass. More to follow...
Just test fitting some of the Cutlass parts here, getting an idea of how it's going to look. The door just about lines up! Show Less