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Considering the economic realities of the day, What would you guys think of this plan:

1) My wagon is nearly complete mechanically, and I had intended to do The Mothertruck ('88 crew cab 4x4) next.

2) The Mothertruck has a brand-new 4-bolt main GM engine with only 2 miles on it currently installed and needs mostly paint and bodywork to finish it.

3) I have been planning to use a new Ramjet 350 crate engine in my Camino, but that would cost me as much or more than finishing the entire truck would - in addition to the rest of the restoration the Camino will be getting.

So, I am thinking that maybe I should just use the EFI 350 from the truck in the Camino and sell the truck as is as a project (I have loads of new GM parts for it including factory bedsides). Using the truck engine would require a custom wiring harness and computer in the Camino, but could save me thousands overall.

I haven't fleshed this out completely, but there are major pluses to the idea that will save both time and money. It won't make the kind of power that a Ramjet would, but that could be a relatively easy upgrade later on if I choose to go that route. And, It would allow me to start the work on the Camino immediately while making room in the barn at the same time.

I hate to not finish the truck, but times are tough.

Thoughts?

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It all depends on what you want in the end. If you're planning on keeping the El Camino after you restore it, build it exactly how you want it, try to subsidize it by selling the Mothertruck. If you're planning on flipping it, build it to maximize profit.

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It all depends on what you want in the end. If you're planning on keeping the El Camino after you restore it, build it exactly how you want it, try to subsidize it by selling the Mothertruck. If you're planning on flipping it, build it to maximize profit.

True.

I want the Camino to stay around for a while after I restore it, but it will eventually be sold so I can move on to another project.

Makes it hard to judge, I know.

I have a ton of money in Mothertruck, and I might do better financially by selling-off everything but the engine. But I hate to not finish it.

Tough call for me.

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That is tough. I imagine you'd get more out of parting out the Mothertruck than by completing it. Have you considered selling a kidney to make keeping the whole fleet feasible?

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Donate the truck to the XP715 Foundation for the tax write-off and use the money you save there to finish your El Camino.

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How about this recipe?

1) Take the EFI 350 from the Mothertruck and drop it in the Camino

2) Get a Duramax, or some other GM diesel, and drop it in the Mothertruck.

3) Fix the Camino up as intended.

4) Fix the Mothertruck up as a "decent driver"

5) Sell the Silverado and use the Mothertruck as your workhorse.

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How about this recipe?

1) Take the EFI 350 from the Mothertruck and drop it in the Camino

2) Get a Duramax, or some other GM diesel, and drop it in the Mothertruck.

3) Fix the Camino up as intended.

4) Fix the Mothertruck up as a "decent driver"

5) Sell the Silverado and use the Mothertruck as your workhorse.

shnazzy idea

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1.) Use the already paid for and easily transferable

350 crate from the Mothertruck in the 'Camino.

2.) Do NOT sell the Mothertruck project, it's to cool

to sell, esp. for the chump change you'd get these

days with the soft economy and anti-truck political

climate that still exists due to the recent & possibly

repeatable $4.59/gallon ga$.

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You might have a tough time selling the truck as a project unless you already have a buyer lined up since one-ton Chevys aren't exactly rare. What would probably make you the most money would be to sell off the truck in pieces since the one-ton running gear is always in demand with four wheelers.

Then again, what are your plans with the wagon? Are you going to keep it or sell it? Why not wait and see what the wagon fetches before making a decision?

+1

Chris

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Actually I think if the 'camino came out as nice as I think the wagon will...I would keep the Camino, and finish the mother truck as time permits.

I still dream about cars I've sold, even though I had "good" reasons for selling them. Waking up in a cold sweat because you miss a car sucks. The Camino is a keeper methinks...but that is just me.

Chris

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Since you're running out of weather, I would keep the truck and finish it, then sell it. Same with the wagon. I wouldn't start the Camino until you have the funding for it.

The option I haven't heard is assembling the Jag to make it a more saleable project which gets you cash and clears barn space. Putting labor into the Jag would help get rid of it without parting with the other projects.

Assemble Jag -> sale proceeds fund Wagon completion -> sale proceeds fund Mothertruck completion -> sale proceeds fund Camino

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I have come to a decision of sorts.

I'm going to get both the Mothertruck and the Jag cleaned-up and running and list them on ebay.

If the truck doesn't sell after 1 listing, I'll dive into it.

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Is that rear window opening the same as the one on the regular cab? If so, they do repro the sliding rear window for the 73-87 pickups for about $150.

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I wouldn't have the heart go get rid of the mothertruck. Having said that I'd get rid of the Camino because you plan on getting a G8 ST right? Do you want two of the same (odd but cool) body-style? It is up to you the wagon is sweet as well. I would keep them all. :AH-HA_wink:

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Is that rear window opening the same as the one on the regular cab? If so, they do repro the sliding rear window for the 73-87 pickups for about $150.

Yeah, the window is the same, but I really dislike the sliding ones. Any loose debris in the bed ends up inside the cab.

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I wouldn't have the heart go get rid of the mothertruck. Having said that I'd get rid of the Camino because you plan on getting a G8 ST right? Do you want two of the same (odd but cool) body-style? It is up to you the wagon is sweet as well. I would keep them all. :AH-HA_wink:

I wouldn't mind 20 of that particular bodystyle. :AH-HA_wink:

I will build the Camino even if it is sold shortly afterward.

I'd love to keep everything, but I've accepted the reality that cars and trucks will always come and go in my life. I like way too many to ever really stick with what I have at any given moment.

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Because you know the pain of not having a truck when one so prefers driving them, how about you finish the MotherTruck with a GMC Sierra frontend and sell it to a certian GM Truck fan at a real low price?? No? :neenerneener:

Seriously, if you finished the truck, what amount would you want to get for it? With the credit market the way it is, and my lack of funding for a brand new '09 or '10 GMC Sierra Crew Cab, I may consider buying used to replace the AURA lease and wouldn't rule out a good running vehicle.

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Yeah, the window is the same, but I really dislike the sliding ones. Any loose debris in the bed ends up inside the cab.

Sort of like the sliding window on the Tundra driven by the owner of the company I work for. He didn't tie down a generator in the bed and it flew through the sliding rear window during a panic stop, causing considerable damage to the truck.

Toyota only charged him $1200 for the window...

Chris

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I wouldn't mind 20 of that particular bodystyle. :AH-HA_wink:

I will build the Camino even if it is sold shortly afterward.

I'd love to keep everything, but I've accepted the reality that cars and trucks will always come and go in my life. I like way too many to ever really stick with what I have at any given moment.

I have a warm garage in Ohio with "El Camino" written all over it...HMMM...

Get the Camino done. Not promising anything but...I am in lust.

I know it's hard to think of keeping any vehicle but that El-Camino is just going to be kick butt.

Chris :iroc-dragster:

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Because you know the pain of not having a truck when one so prefers driving them, how about you finish the MotherTruck with a GMC Sierra frontend and sell it to a certian GM Truck fan at a real low price?? No? :neenerneener:

Seriously, if you finished the truck, what amount would you want to get for it? With the credit market the way it is, and my lack of funding for a brand new '09 or '10 GMC Sierra Crew Cab, I may consider buying used to replace the AURA lease and wouldn't rule out a good running vehicle.

At this point, I'd guess that I have about 6 or 7k in the truck. I expect to have to sell it at a loss as is.

Finished, I might come closer to breaking even but still lose on the total.

Would you really want a 1 ton crew cab 4x4?

To replace an Aura?

I need to sell it , but that just seems a bit much for a DD, no?

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