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Old 11-03-2009, 09:00 PM
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My rebuild 12 bolt and new supension

Well after 2+ months of saving up and building my 12 bolt and fully rebuilding the rear suspension Im finally done!



My 70 El Camino, heres the build:

67 12 bolt

30 spline axles

open carrier with the lock right

3.31 gears

all new drum brakes

new axle bearings and seals

80-90w full syn Amzoil



UMI upper adjustable control arms

hotchkis adjustable mount braces

lakewood traction action lift bars

moog cargo control springs

lakewood 70/30 shocks



When I had the 10 bolt I had all stock in the back with one tire fire and 2.56s. This is one heck of a change!



The traction is incredible. Acceleration is much better! Its a much stiffer ride which I like but its not bouncing around like Im off road.



Its going to take some time getting used to the locker. You need to be careful on turns to much gas it will lock up and kick the back end out. Sometimes its very noisy others its like its not even there. The clunking when shifting out of park into gear is a bit much but thats ok. All in all I like it so far. It is certainly going to take time getting used to it tho.



I have to say tho my favorite part of this build is the 3.31s. It is much better driving in town with them compared to the 2.56s. They did not work well with my little 268h cam. they just didnt fit the power level I have and it was holding back the engine from really performing. I originally wanted the 4.10s but when I bought the 67 12 bolt the 3.31s were in excellent condition and other reasons made me keep them but I am very happy with them. I still want the 4.10s but I will install them when I get an aluminum driveshaft and junk my steel one and upgrade to 1350 u-joints.



But I am VERY pleased that everything went smoothly and Im very happy to have my car back on the road again. I still need new tires tho I havent been able to buy them because money is to tight.



Check out the pics tell me what you think.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:48 AM
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I would have stayed with black and a chrome diff. cover. The orange is a little overkill. Be careful on those wet turn's, it get's worse. I'll never forget doing a 360* in front of oncoming traffic pulling off a side street in the rain.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:50 PM
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I never drive in the rain anyways.

I did the chevy orange for the same reason I have done everything else on my car. . . to be different! I have yet to see a car (in person) like mine.
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:43 PM
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Back in the 60's and 70's I've seen every color in the rainbow under there!
Seen a girl with a white nova in Phoenix in 72 that had pink under carriage.
You might laugh but it was fast too. I'm just a stelth kind of guy that's had too many ticket's.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:08 PM
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Where I live its very VERY rare to see a muscle car let alone a beefed up cleaned up one.

Its all lifted trucks that think they own the road and fart can owners that think they are fast in an economy car!
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:54 PM
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Where do you live in cal. that doesn't have cruise in's? I grew up in San Diego and traveled everywhere from Oregon to Mexico and never failed to find one during the summertime! I was in SD in june and seen a street 5 blocks long on both sides with more street rod's and muscle car's than you could shake a stick shifter at.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:07 PM
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I live in the famous modesto about 2 or 3 miles from McHenry the famous cruise street. Its been taken over by fart cans lifted trucks and the new "muscle" cars that arent even muscle. The most common muscle car here is the late 60s mustangs and mid 60s impalas very few others.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:20 AM
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You need to cruise over to San Jose and catch El Camino Real blvd north all the way up to S. San Fransisco. It's about 30mi. of 4 lane blvd. During the summer you can't travel from point A to point B with out finding a cruise in somewhere on fri. or sat. night's.
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