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Old 08-03-2004, 01:22 AM
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El Camino question

I was sanding down the interior of my 66 el camino and i was taking off plates to clean the rust behind them. I removed each of the panels in the corners of the back of the cabin which led to the "trunk" area of the el camino. These panels had a rubber kind of flap on them, also very rusty. What are these flaps for? why is the cab connected to the "trunk" area? Can't mositure get in?

Should i Keep these the way they are? or block them off for good. (any information on these would be great)

Also is the back trunk hatch supposed to be on a hinge?

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you have any pics, kinda hard to see what your seeing
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I dont have any pics, i will try though. I talked to this guy that works at NAPA about them and he says they are for when you slam the door so air can rush out. ??? I dunno but that sounds strange to me. They are rectangler holes that are in teh corners of the cab, below the rear window, just above the floor. They have squarish/rectangler plates with triangular holes cut in them. And theres a flap on the opposite side covering the trianglular holes. Its hard to explain, im sure some of you know what im talken about like Troy Curt has to.

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The NAPA man knows what he is talking about. That is why most Elcaminoes have rusted floors. I did away with mine for that reason.

They don't come with a hinge.

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el camino question

I got a 79 Camino and i think its to hide the junk thats back their I dont think its supposed to be on hinges mine just snaps on and off I dont think moisture gets in mine isnt damp
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For help in cabin pressure for door closing is a good bet

Personally I think that they are there for ventilation. The "hidden" under rear seat area more than likely has holes for drainage etc.

I am sure that years ago before AC was real popular people would open vents with the windows closed--that air has to go somewhere. In the sedan and ht models the air could find it's way out thru the rear seats. I'm just guessing here.
When I got my 66 ec, i kinda wondered the same thing.

The trunk area you are refering to is actually---under rear seat---on all models

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This thread is quite old you know I always thought those panels were just for accessing the trunk area of the camino and that the rubber seals were just to keep the rain from seeping in since mine leaks right there since the rubber is pretty worn. That's interesting though about the ventilation theory.
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This thread is quite old you know .

Yep I guess so. But with my over forty eyesight + a bit of tunnel vision---don't always pay attention to the dates


Bryan>>>>>>>>>>>>>must pay closer attention
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As the floor used in the elco. is also used in the floor for the station wagon, the seat mounts and belt holes are still there. Also there are drainage holes that over time become plugged. Then any water that drains into the front area of the bed will go into the cab through those rubber flaps, hence most elcos. have rusted floors.
I blocked mine when I installed the new floor pans, it don't seem to bother anything. I do crack a window when I'm running the air cond.

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