The "40 Watt Garage"
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1965 El Camino
Late-Model Power
Necessities
Stealth Stuff
This page will detail some of the things necessary to install a late-model ECM controlled powertrain into a 45 year old chassis.
 
There is one fortunate thing - in the infinite wisdom of GM/Chevrolet - the (new) LT-1 & 4L60e share basically the same mounting provisions as their 60 year old siblings!
 
(Click on the photos to be brought to a separate page about that system)
Fluid Coolers... Steering, Oil, and Transmission
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Oxygen Sensors

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Radiator Cooling Fans

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Electrical Modifications

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Swap to "Pump in Tank" fuel system

I'm not going to say this conversion was easy. I'm not rich, like most everyone I've got a mortgage, punch a clock, have TWO kids in College, and money is tight... I do NOT have the luxury of being a checkbook hot-rodder, or buying "plug n play" systems.
 
What I do have is the skill-sets & tools of a fabricator, machinist,  welder, electrician, general "fixit-guy", and the ability to gather information and resources - then apply them.
99% of the time I'll look at something needed and make the part, or scrounge it from the boneyard and/or adapt something to work. (A large percentage of my car is from either "U-Pull It", or Home Depot!)

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