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Old 02-20-2013, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys I am gonna save this elcamino.... I have been searching for some input on this body damage..... ( joined Team chevelle and that was such a waste) I was hoping to get some help before I bought it but ... Ummm Ya a little late for that now.. went ahead and pulled the trigger anyway.... I realize its totaled... The title does not reflect this however.... Patch panels are scarce and spendy for this thing... I found one through CARID... its $520 plus shipping.... Thats fine... I cant seem to find a body guy that will touch it.... I had one estimate of 2 grand to replace the whole side.... MMM Ok, no time to get it done.... sounds scared to me... I got an awesome deal on this car.. It has every option box checked off short of super sport which was not a valid elco badge until 68 otherwise I am sure it would have made the cut.... I am a mechanical electrical guy and hate body work... Is this something I could tackle with some time and patience I'm not afraid to try anything and realize I always cut teeth somewhere along the way... I am not sure this is the right time? I have not even done a floor pan yet... I live on the west coast so rust isnt a huge prob over here if you keep your eyes open... Go ahead let me have it.... I will roll this thing as is but would rather have it straight....
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not a body guy, but start with a bigger (mega pixel) picture. That thing is tiny.
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Thats the only pic I have.... I put a deposit to hold the car.... Doing my homework at the moment to make the repair... Is there a way to change the size of this image? If not I will repost once I pick it up... Trust me it wont get prettier bigger... its wasted... Body and gate only.... already have a perfect replacement gate but the side is munched.... frame is good no issues there.
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As I recall, the El Camino was a Malibu Station Wagon with the top cut off. So, if you can find a Malibu Station wagon, that might work for you.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Aren't there a lot of aftermarket places that have patch panels for GM cars? Similar to our NPD, CJ's, etc. Seems like every TV show doing cars do a GM car.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Funny you should say that because I bought a trio of these from an old timer thats calling it qiuts..... He is giving them to me basically..... One other complete runner and a parts car with a good side.... I was looking into cutting the side of my parts car... no prob there its gone.... I have no experience but it could be fun....
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This particular year is a bear from what I see.... It has to be a 68 up or a 64-65 to get a valid nod from parts suppliers... Unless someone knows more than I? Even the patch I found has to be modified in the tail light because its not the right panel.... I always find problem cars..... No matter, a classic is a classic and love them all.....
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I wonder if someone at autobody101.com might have some insight for you. There are tons of body guys over there with an incredible amount of experience and contacts. It couldn't hurt to check. If they don't know of a place to get a part they will most likely be able to point you in the direction of a good body guy in your area.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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As painful as that damage looks, a good body man can pull it, hammer & dolly it, and get it back in shape without cutting off the entire quarter. If the quarter panel is in otherwise ok shape, I suggest trying to save it.

If you have the time and interest, consider looking at an adult education program through the local community college in your area to see about a vocational education introductory course on automotive body and paint. It might actually be a good thing to have those skills sets as you play with these old rigs.
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Agreed .... I just hate... sanding and sanding and sanding.... I like the vroom vroom part lol.... Ya if I could find a bring your own project class that would be awesome...... Thanx guys... You never dissapoint. Roy
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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From the small pic, it looks like an easy fix with nothing more than welding a plate with a hole in it for a hook and a come along and a big tree.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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X2 on the station wagon. See if you can find wagon parts, that's what that car's chassis is based on. If you look in the bed there is a patch panel bolted to the floor that runs from in front of the rear tires to the front of the bed. This was the rear passenger footwell from the station wagon. Rather than re-do the bed, they just put a panel over it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm with Jeff. Looks like a relatively easy fix to me. You just need to find a real old fashioned metal man instead of a current day panel hanger.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:10 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanx for all the help guys.. I feel alot better already....
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Roy, one other option might be to look up your local high school autobody program. I work with all the secondary technical programs here in southeast Michigan and there are some seriously talented teachers and students out there. I have had a few jobs done at high school shops, the teachers love the opportunity to train their kids and the price is usually VERY good. I trashed the tailgate on my truck (forgot to drop it before unhooking my 5th wheel) the school made the gate look like new and the price was 4 large pizza's to feed the shop. I had a rusty quarter and rocker fixed on my DD and it cost me $90.

Do your research and you could find this to be a great option for you.
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