The CJY Elcamino project is the first of hopefully many
projects in which the staff at CJY will be undertaking.
This project is to be a test bed for some of the affiliate
programs offered by this site. It is also meant to show
CJY’s commitment to the car hobby. The staff at
CJY is into everything automotive. From fast street cars,
to street rods, to cool customs, to imports, to correct
restorations, to off road, …… even dirt track
racing. Our staff’s cars vary in range from an Audi
S4 to a 10 sec. Street legal 66 Biscayne. CJY also proudly
sponsors motorsports in the form of the 100 MPH club at
BeaverSprings Dragway, and the #66 Road Runner at Big
Diamond Raceway (Nascar Dirt Series).
The CJY 67 Elcamino is your average “50 yarder”.
It looks good if you stay at least 50 yards away. When
you get closer, you discover the twisted bumpers, wavy
bondo filled fenders, and the OK interior. There’s
no doubt this old girl has been around the block a few
times. Nothing is original on this car. Hey…. But
it’s a good driver, and it’s got some cool
equipment, like a 73 350, aluminum intake, Holley carb,
headers, Muncie M21 4 sp, correct bucket seats & console,
a rare factory vinyl roof, a 3:55 10 bolt. posi rear,
and a clean set of Torque Trust “D”s. The
car has some neat old custom features also like ladder
bars & some vintage tow bar brackets protruding from
the front bumper.
The first job will be to lower the CJY Elcamino 3 inches.
This will be accomplished with trick springs. Yes, we’d
love to go with cool drop spindles and disc brakes, but
we at CJY are like you ….. broke. Lowering springs
will be the best bang for our $$$$. The next step will
be to order all of our sheet metal from www.restoreclassics.com
. The old Elky will be getting new Qt’s, a tail
gate skin, and some lower patch panels for the front fenders.
The theme is “go custom”, so we’ll be
shaving the emblems and building a custom cowl induction
/ 67 SS Chevelle hood (trust me, you’ll like it).
We will also be adding a tarp and a 69 Camaro front spoiler.
Some of the used parts needed for this transition will
come from ads on this site. We will also be using products
from our friends at www.Eastwood.com
to restore some of our trim and purchase our paint.
We’ll take you through every step and offer our
opinions on the products & parts we’re using.
We hope you find this build up interesting. After we do
the make over, it will be time to “make her fast”!.
Current performance is 15.20 @ 89 MPH. , Well, maybe a
502 create motor from www.restoreclassics.com
Like you, money will dictate.
DAVID H. LEHR
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