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1986 - I bought the El Camino in September 1986. The Elky was pretty much stock, as I only added a very good and expensive rust proofing application. That rust proofing and good care kept the Elky in great shape and free of rust. For the first thirteen years the Elky was used from April to October, then stored for the winter. The car was semi-retired from use in 1999.

1999 - 2006 The Elky was in one minor accident in 1999. A new front bumper, grill, and 2 NOS grill support parts were installed. The car was repainted in 2000. During this time frame new Corbeau bucket seats, Keystone/Cragar wheels, and Flowmaster mufflers were installed. A way too expensive custom car cover was purchased and still protects the Elky today. In 2006, the Elky was moved from Massachusetts to Arizona. For 3 years the Elky was garaged and little used, awaiting its 25th birthday, where under Arizona rules it can be registered as a classic car and not subject to emission tests.

2009 - 2011 Began the upgrade process. With the help of Chuck Hawk's Auto and Performance, a new Edelbrock 350 Performer engine and 700R4 transmission were installed. The engine has just about 4500 miles on it today. The bed was applied with Linx coating and a tonneau cover along with new chrome frame rails added.

2012-2013 - Upgraded interior by installing new Autometer guages, tach and speedometer. New Powermaster 150 amp alternator and a 75 amp Painless circuit box, for future electronic devices, was also added. There was a complete replacement of the old air conditioning unit. The new system uses the current refrigerant, R134, and can be serviced at any auto a/c.

2014 - Main project involved replacing front suspension including the knuckle, replaced with new ones from Dorman. New suspension includes Global West upper and lower control arms, Koni shocks, Global West springs, Hotchkiss linkage and two Hotchkiss sway bars. Finishing off 2014, a Kenwood radio and new dash speakers were installed.

2015 - Saw the addition of Dynamat throughout the passenger compartment. The doors, roof, floor, and rear storage space were completely wrapped in Dynamat sound and vibration insulation. Prior to adding the Dynamat, the floor pan was cleaned, sanded, and painted with POR 15.