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Old 06-01-2010, 09:12 AM
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Hello all,Ive been in love with drag racing for many years,and have finally found the woman that loves it too...LOL,and dont mind me spending the money on it also(as long as she gets to drive it also).Well im buying a el camino today to start is project.But now here is my dilemma.I know little about motors and nothing about transmission's.what to use and so on.So looking for help.Thanks to all

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Welcome to Hotrodders.

We have a lot in common:
I proposed to my wife at the dragstrip (married now almost 14 years).
I have a 67 El Camino (street/strip car).

I recommend taking it slow.

Fix your El Camino as you go. You don't need to show up on day 1 with an 8 second car. (even if you do there will plenty of faster cars at the track).

Focus first on safety - you'll have to pass tech to participate so get the rules and make sure your car will pass tech. Besides passing tech, you'll want to take you and your car home in one piece after the race.

Build for reliability, broken cars are slow and expensive to fix.

Start with what you know, add a few speed parts to your stock equipment. Add a little at a time, you'll save money and learn your lessons the easy way.

Ask questions, you'll find plenty of folks willing to share their knowledge with you (especially on the hotrodders site).

Drag racing (at least the sportsman classes) is about having fun. Enjoy participation at your own level (whatever that is, you'll have plenty of company).
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Thanks for the addvice.The only way I can do this prodject is to take it slow.I just dont know really where to start.I'm not really worried about speed right now.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:10 AM
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Thanks for the addvice.The only way I can do this prodject is to take it slow.I just dont know really where to start.I'm not really worried about speed right now.
Assuming you've got the car: Lets walk through an assessment of what you got. Describe the car, condition, and status of each major component (ie engine, transmission, rear end, brakes, steering, front/rear suspension) as an overview. Also it would be a good idea to determine what your goals are, and formulate a plan to achieve them.

After that we can dig deeper into each component and determine what (if anything) you should do to repair/replace/upgrade/etc.

It would help if you can provide pictures. You can place them in threads or build a project journal (check out my project journal).

As we go through each, you can search in the appropriate forums to find information about the problems/solutions experienced by others that will enable you to avoid costly mistakes.

I also would recommend that you check out Chevelles.com; they have a good forum focused on Chevelles and El Caminos - they also have a pretty good "knowledge base", that may be useful to you. You can find me there, I have the same user name.
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