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Old 12-10-2010, 10:30 PM
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El Camino Doors

I have a '72 El Camino. The inner door locks are located about 10-12" forward of the rear door edge. I recently came across some El Camino doors that will fit my '72, but the inner door lock is located near the rear of the door.

I have seen pics of earlier El Camino ('64 or so) and the doors look identical in shape to mine from the outside.

Can anyone confirm that the earlier ('64-'67) doors will fit the later '68-'72 models and the only difference is the inner door lock location?

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I am sure they wont.......in 68, the whole body style changed. I think 64-65 doors are different than 66-67 also.

I seem to remember that my 68 had the buttons right near the back.....
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I am sure they wont.......in 68, the whole body style changed. I think 64-65 doors are different than 66-67 also.

I seem to remember that my 68 had the buttons right near the back.....
And 68-69 are different from 70-72. The body contour lines are different.
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1968 through 1972 El Camino doors will interchange (but the '68s have the door lock post in a different location).
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I don't know these later A bodies as well as the first generation (64-67) but I am thinking that the earlier door could be drilled to accept the latch and hardware from the later door. These parts RARELY changed much, IF they are in the same generation and 68-72 are. My 65 Buick Skylark for instance has door panels that go all the way up over the top of the door to the window. The same exact door is used on the Chevelle and the door panel ends about three inches from the top and the top of the inner door is painted body color. It has a little chrome grommet where the lock button goes. On my Skylark there is simply a hole there and the grommet is on the door panel that covers that whole upper area that would be seen on the Chevelle.

These doors were used on all models and minor changes were made to make them look very different. The El Camino is a whole different ball game in that the window frame is different from the passenger cars of course.

Look over both your door and this donor door and see if your latch and locking button can be installed on the donor door.

Here is one of my "Basics" that shows how to make and use templates for locating your hole and transferring the info to the other door for drilling.

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And 68-69 are different from 70-72. The body contour lines are different.
Do a little google search, like other "trucks" they didn't change as much as passenger cars. The 70-72 El Camino didn't change the overall look of the body as the Chevelle did in 70, keeping the same basic lines as the 68-69!

Check it out.

1972 El Camino.



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You have me interested now! I did a little research and came up with this website. here

It appears the 68 stands alone (door), 69 is alone, 70-72 is the same. 68-72 should be compatible as far as fabbing something to make it work, such as door locks. As a side note, Chevy sells the same parts for ALL the El Caminos, no changes through out the years. Mostly suspension parts in that department. I remembered from working in the wrecking yard years ago some of the interchange, station wagon cowls were used as the common ground for the E.C., the E.C. shared a good many parts with the wagons.

I would think you can make this work if you're working with the right years.
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