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Old 11-03-2010, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1982 El Camino 350 engine.. Elky lovers plz reply

I just found an El Camino that looks like it could be worth it. Has some rust mostly on the front edge of the hood. No problem.. replaceable. The seats are torn to shreds.. replaceable. Everything else seems to be pretty nice. Engine is strong, good idle. Transmission and engine were replaced and have about 40,000-70,000 miles on it. It has long tube headers that go to two straight pipes that have side exhausts in the rear wheel wells. It has a Holley 4 barrel carburetor, Holley intake manifold, Edelbrock fan, chrome engine valve covers, and a chrome air cleaner filter cover. It has standard El camino rims. It also has a new fuel pump, ignition system, and spark plugs.. Truck bed does not open anymore. Anyways.. the guy has to wait for his dad to price the vehicle before he can sell. I would like to know the general price of what you would buy this for. Throw out some estimates if you are El Camino savvy. I don't want to pay too much and I would like to know if I get a deal. Are El Caminos worth the investment for later as well... I mean.. are they hot collectors items right now?

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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kellybluebook.com is always a good start imo.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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KBB won't value a car that old.

It's technically a collector car being 25 years +.

Couple of things though....
If there is a 350 in it, it's not original. Even the SS version of 'THE Camino' is came with a 4.4L V8, and the largest mount for gas was a 305. The only 350 available was diesel and it rated a very underwhelming 105 hp. If there is a 350 in there, you can pull the numbers of the block and call the parts dept. at a Chevy dealership, or even faster probably locate the block info on line. It will tell you what the engine is for sure and you have an idea of what it came out of. A power plant with more hp than the manufacture recommended would concern me, especially if no modification have been made to a frame that old. But that's me. The Vehicle Vin can also help you determine what the car was originally equipped with.

Factory Rims in NEW condition are probably worth $300-$350, so don't bite on that as a selling point. Additionally, the profile on those tires looks shorter then what the car actually calls for, so have a good look at those. If you are replacing tires with some good shoes for a car like that, that's 4-5 hundo.

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It's easier for me to link you to the info then to explain it, but tire wear can tell you a quite a bit about the alignment issues front and rear. 'One side' and 'Cupping' are the conditions you want to look at.

That's not factory paint, at least I don't believe it is. Interior is not cheap to repair unless you know someone, and even then. Parts for a car like this aren't exactly laying around most of the time.

Door hinges on these take a lot of stress, so I would open both doors and see if they wiggle vertically. The trunk bed not opening. Big concern for me not being able to see it. I would want to know why it doesn't open, and what was done to permanently attach it to the body in a closed position.

A new hood with primer is about $200.00 on the best price side, and then you would have to match the color or repaint the vehicle unless you can repair the current hood and then you are still stuck with matching or a repaint.

You could probably pick up a complete bench seat set for around $300.00 but there's no assurance that it will be the color you want.

Favourite saying of mine.... 'Chrome don't getcha home' Pay no attention to the chrome. It's a common improvement that anyone with a 'hot rod' immediately pursues. I had the mufflers and air cleaner cover on my 70 Camaro anodized to match the paint, and the traction bars too. Chrome everywhere with hose braid and anodized hose clamps.

That's what I have for you, so far. I'm not trying to shoot your excitement in the ass, but this is a pretty big decision when you are going to spend your money on something someone else is ready to give up. Especially a vehicle.

So, get some more info, and I'll play the devil's advocate for you as best I can.

On the flip side, this COULD be a good deal if the price is right. And if you're good at being a total asshole when you're buying you will do all right as well.

Good luck.
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^^ thanks for all the advice. doors are in good shape still waiting what would you say, in this condition, the car is worth?
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It's not a collectors car except in the insurance world, it's 30 year old transportation. If you can pick it up for ~$2K it's a deal if not then I'd pass.
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Yes, good clarification on 'Collector Car'
In Colorado, a car 25 years or older qualified for 'Collector Plates'. That law has since been changed.
I don't know that the car you are considering buying has any value like that.
I would say 'No' if the engine really displaces the CI that the seller is claiming, because it would no longer be all original.
I have no opinion on the overall value of the vehicle, without actually being able to see it.
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