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My DIY for this month is to introduce, to the best of my knowledge, the first bi-monthly Project Car from any magazine dealing only with Chevys. In case you haven’t noted “maxchevy.com is published every other month. (To me “Bi-Monthly” should be twice monthly. A bi-plane has two wings; a bi-valve is a two-valve creature like some mussels. But, enough of my being fussy with terms and words, I just need to give you the facts and let you make of them whatever you want.) Yet, before I get into our new project vehicle, I have to talk about “what is the 1955 Chevy of today?” What was the iconic Chevy muscle car of the '70s, '80s and what is affordable enough for a first time builder?
In my opinion Chevy’s “G” body Cars (1978 to 1988); Malibus, Monte Carlos plus El Caminos are the new best buy chassis for building Chevy hot rods. All of these cars have a perimeter frame that results in a quite rigid vehicle overall and they are light. The advertised weight of the El Camino was just 3,234 lbs.: but with gas and all fluids that gave it a curb weight of 3684, an increase of 450 lbs. I selected the El Camino for my MaxChevy.com project because I knew I could make it lighter than the sedan. In this issue I will introduce the car/truck as it was when purchased, plus a bit of the saga when I drove from East Texas back to New York.
The paperwork I had from the owner showed receipts from an engine rebuilding shop describing it as a “Stock Rebuild 350 Chevy”, bored 0.060” probably with cheap rebuilder parts or refurbished original parts. If you know industry vocabulary you know it used re-ground stock valves with a single sealing angle, reground lifters and a reground cam.