1975 El Camino

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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by HenryGaB » Tue 24 Jan 2012, 07:18

Looks great, Well done...
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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by Ridgeback » Tue 24 Jan 2012, 09:50

I had the same trouble with my Deville and my son's Constantia.
Honed the wheel cylinder's slightly and fitted new rubbers.
made a big difference.
Good to see you working with your son . He will only realize 20 years later what knowledge he gained as a lighty working with his Dad. As in my case.
Impressed with your work.
Well done.

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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by shaunmza » Mon 19 Mar 2012, 20:52

I have finally done some more work on my elkie (other than washing the dust off occasionally :( )

theres parts where the metal has rusted through behind the wheel arches and all the way towards the rear of the 'bak' / load area

Need some advice but first the pics
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rusted through between wheel arch and back
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really close up to the rust, was trying to get a pic to see how bad the rust was further up
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shot with all the bits I cut out on the left
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close up of rust
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can't see it so well, but a fair bit of rust / dust came out when I cut the metal out
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Rust on inside of body panel looks pretty bad
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Left hand side after cut out
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Rust under the tail light
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and another for good measure
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yet another shot of right hand side ;)
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Just inside right hand side wheel arch
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Right hand side, behind wheel
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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by shaunmza » Mon 19 Mar 2012, 20:57

I realise it may not be easy to tell with photo's alone, but does anyone think I should have cut more metal out? (It hardly sliced through like a knife through butter so I do not think it is that thin)

What can I use to get at the rust between the panels? I was thinking of using a sandblasting gun and trying to sandblast from the top with the access panels removed.

Lastly what can I use to treat and seal the metal? Just any rust converting paint from a hardware store?

Let me know if you have a suggestion!

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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by Linchpin » Mon 19 Mar 2012, 21:25

Hey man, things are looking good.
I also like threads with lotsa pics :mrgreen:

Something I've been using for rust on my Ranchero that I feel works really well is Parco Cleaner (I think that's how its spelt/spelled :?: )

Its an acid of sorts, eats away at the rust. Rust areas turn white. You spray it on, leave it for a couple hours (maybe over night) and clean it off. I'd cut away the metal where its rusted right through though.

Oh, just don't get any in your eyes, or in your nose...........or on your skin :mrgreen:

Its around 300 - 400 bucks for 5liters depending on where you get it. I love the stuff.

Maybe some has experience with a better product?
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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by shaunmza » Tue 20 Mar 2012, 12:30

Shot for the reply

I cut away as much as I could with my 'frankenstein' tool (air die grinder and small grinder cutting disc)

I can't get into the smaller areas to cut, was think of a cold chisel and hammer to just chop it out?

Will look around for parco cleaner, do you know if it works an areas with dirt on? Some parts had sand /dried mud packed in them, and I can't get in to clean it all off, so am hoping whatever I use can work through the layer of dirt.

1st prize is of course to get the affected areas cleaned 100% before treating, but just seems nearly impossible...

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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by Linchpin » Tue 20 Mar 2012, 18:57

mmmm, I'd say clean as much as possible. That acid reacts with the rust and will need to be cleaned off afterwards anyway.

What we did on my Ranchero was clean the rust areas with a pressure cleaner, let it dry or dry it with blower. Applied the parco cleaner, left over night then pressure cleaned again. We primed it after the surface dried so it wouldn't rust again.

Maybe get a cheap high pressure cleaner, around R600 on special at Builders warehouse. A small cost considering what it costs to restore a classic.

Good luck, its not a fun job but its worth it in the end.

I hope some other guys respond to all this, there has to be an easier way to treat rust in very hard to reach areas :?:
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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by Elcamino » Wed 21 Mar 2012, 09:11

Hi Shaun,
Did you see my post on the wiper arms :?:
I had and still have the same problem on mine after I thought I have managed to fix it 8O
It is now reappearing after a year :(
I like your idea of cutting it open at the back should have done the same :!:
When I tackle this problem again I will cut the outside and join in a section of stainless steel :idea:
A mate of mine a sheatmetal worker at Airways once showed me countersunk rivets and maybe that would be an idea to use this to join in stainless :?:
Better to do it right the first time.
Old Barry from Garage should be able to give the best advice on this one
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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by shaunmza » Wed 21 Mar 2012, 15:30

Elcamino wrote:Hi Shaun,
Did you see my post on the wiper arms :?:
Umm no, changed jobs in Jan and my workload has gone through the roof! Am trying to find time here and there to do things but this is the first time I visit the forum in weeks!

Can you give me a link? The arm I bought wont work, and the spring is too short :(
Elcamino wrote: I had and still have the same problem on mine after I thought I have managed to fix it 8O
It is now reappearing after a year :(
I like your idea of cutting it open at the back should have done the same :!:
Ah bugger, thats a right pain, it's ok on mine where the paint job is 3rd rate, but if it affects your paint its a real pity.
Did not take before pics but it was rusted right through, so don't think I had a choice
Elcamino wrote: When I tackle this problem again I will cut the outside and join in a section of stainless steel :idea:
A mate of mine a sheatmetal worker at Airways once showed me countersunk rivets and maybe that would be an idea to use this to join in stainless :?:
Better to do it right the first time.
I am amazed at the amount of people in Kempton Park that used to work at the airport (guess it makes sense though )

Going to try the pressure washer idea, then blow it dry with air from my compressor, then some rust treatment, for now at least just to slow down the rust / keep it at bay

I still need to take this car through the test :(

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Re: 1975 El Camino

Post by kucingmabok » Mon 18 Mar 2013, 17:31

Hi Shaun,

Nice red truck
I like your front grill, it's looks good on your truck.
I want the same one.

I looking for the same grill & I want to buy it, if you know someone would sell it.
it will be great.

you can PM me or email me: zune777@y7mail.com
my Location is in Singapore.

Have a nice day,
Best regards
Zune.

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