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YESSIR!!!!!! Man I love seeing the ladies get out and turn wrenches with the fellas! NIIICE! MAN! Sorry about the rust. Light work for a champ like you tho! Tuned in, paper and note pad out and Im ready to learn how the pro does it. Keep the bad ass updates flowin brother!!

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Sweeet! My fiance's 79 Elco has the same rusted areas. This really helped me out on how to tackle it. Thanks for the detailed photos and game plan on how you fixed it!!
Thanks man! My girlfriend and I are one unstoppable force when it comes to these El Camino's. She loves them with a passion like I do. We teach each other new things about them since her dad owned an original 78 SS he purchased brand new in 78. I actually have a piece of his 78 on mine to keep the family fuel going.
This is the first time I've ever done a restoration this deep so,best believe I had a pen & notepad out when I researched this on YouTube and on other forums.
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Old 03-29-2017, 02:41 PM
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I put several tack welds in to secure the panel. After doing that,I used a torch to heat up and bang for the metal to the existing edges since aftermarket panels are usually a hair off from the original stamped steel floor pattern.
Now the panel is in place,I braze welded the seams and edges of the floor pan.




Once the floor pans were replaced and repaired,I used seam sealer and rubber undercoating to create one hell of a seal and protected surface.

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I used 2 coats of Rust Converter/Rust Reformer to treat the floors after wire wheeling them to bare metal.










I also treated and sealed the rear window, smugglers box seams and rear wall.
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Now the floors have been repaired,it was time to use some sort of sound & heat barrier to tone down the road noise and engine heat.
I compared sound deadening companies and Cool-It by Thermotec was by far the best bang for the money! Not to mention is was lighter!


We did some test fitting and started placing the sound deadening.







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Since my shifter was installed when I had a bench seat,I needed to move it back a few inches to its stock location so I could use a factory G body console which is manufactured by Dash-Top,the same company who produces the dash cap I installed earlier in this thread.



After a little mock-up,the shifter and console sit exactly where they belong.
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Thanks! It's getting there for sure!
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Old 03-29-2017, 05:15 PM
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This is the new black carpet going in.
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Wow this bringing back memories, both good and bad. Great work!
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Looking good...nice work! You guys make a great team!
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Wow this bringing back memories, both good and bad. Great work!
Thanks! I'll remember this forever. Never thought u could do this until now.

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Looking good...nice work! You guys make a great team!
Thank you! Yeah, we're a unique couple for sure! We put our minds together and came up with a game plan.
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We laid down the sound deadening topped with a Thermal barrier that helps with engine heat coming from the firewall and transmission tunnel.



Mocked up a factory console base and mounting holes for my shifter.

After mocking everything up,we laid the carpet and ran the wiring and nitrous bottle line under it.



Since I'm going with a pro touring/autocross vehicle,I needed seats that would be comfortable on long hauls and hold me in under tight corners.
I went with Pro-Car Elite Lumbar Seats in leather.

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I ended up installing new lower door panels and re-dyed the upper door panels and armrests.







I came across a brand new brown smugglers box carpet and re-dyed it black.





This is the final result with the new seats,carpet, interior trim and more.
I couldn't be any happier with my first interior restoration!
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Thanks! It's come a long way!
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