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This site is a new project for me.  It will be improved over time, so be patient.  My primary reason for creating this site is to be able to share some of the projects I am working on.  Hopefully, some of my successes and failures will help the next person succeed  with fewer issues.  My overall goal with this vehicle is to build the ultimate Elky that GM should have offered-  performance, comfort, convience, etc.  Everything has been replaced that moves, so I hope to get another 25 years of use. 
 
The vehicle is a 1985 El Camino SS.  It is not a true ChooChoo Custom.  The nose was purchased from Honest Charley's.  The paint is a 2009 Solstice Color, Wicked Ruby Red (GM Code 79/WA517Q). 
 
Outside mirrors are electric, from a '98 LeSabre.  See Electric Mirrors subpage for more details on how to do this mod..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The engine is a Gm Crate L31 350 .  It has been converted to Tuned Port Induction, and has a Serpentine Belt system from a '91 Camaro (Not Shown), with a 140 amp alternator.  Ceramic Coated TES headers flow into a high flow cat and then into a Monte Carlo SS exhaust, extended for the Elky. .  The trans is a GN 200-4r, as is the rear end ( 8.5" with 3.73 gears).  This combo has a lot of torque, and will rev easily to 5700 RPM.  It will spin the tires in the first 3 gears, but still gets 21 mpg on the Hwy. See TPI subpage for more details on the swap.
 
The wheels are S10 Blazer  ZQ8 16". 
 
For cooling there is a Mark VIII fan with relay controls, and an aluminum 2-Row radiator. 
 
 
 
 
 
There are additional underhood electrical circuits provided by a Lumina Electrical Panel. 
 
AC has been converted to R134, and I have installed an electronic HVAC control from a '94 Roadmaster. See HVAC subpage for details on how to do this mod..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The seats are leather, heated, power from a '98 Acura CL.  The console and floor shifter are from a 2004 Grand Prix.  The interior was dyed to match the seats, and new headliner, visors and carpet installed.  I also installed a Homelink sender in the visor.  Other minor interior changes include a leather wrap on the steering wheel, 115 MPH speedo, CD player, 7" self powered sub woofer, new speakers in dash, Concert II speaker enclosures on the doors, inside mirror with map lights, thrid brake light, new seat belts, tinted windows, and alarm system.
 
                                                                                                                                                                           
 
 
I will try and document some of the projects in sub- pages here on the site.  Have patience, as it takes some time to upload all the photos and get things just right. If you have any specific questions on any of these projects or mod's you can e-mail me at:  m_darby@yahoo.com , and I'll try and help if I can.