At last, the time has finally come for us to unveil a really fun project we worked on this past year; a project that was truly Built from the ground up. Along with three other automotive magazines, eBay Motors invited us to partake in their BUILT Challenge to raise money for charity. The contest pitted each magazine against one another to build their own version of the perfect car, leaving the stakes up to the online viewers and voters to vote on which build crew should take home the glory. We are elated to report that these voters ultimately chose Lowrider Magazine's project 1966 Chevrolet El Camino as their champion and favorite build! Taking the top honors was no easy task however, and we, along with our formidable opponents and peers, were given a budget by the online retailer to create our respective masterpieces. The catch was that not only did we have to buy the car from eBay; all parts, accessories, and additions had to be purchased through the eBay Motors website as well! Each magazine was also limited to one garage in which to work, and we chose Baldwin Park staple and family-owned and operated Duran's Quality Painting as our go-to shop for everything. Our choice was a no-brainer, as we had the utmost faith that Rico Duran and crew could do justice to our final vision for the El Co. It was an uphill battle for sure, as the El Camino we purchased had certainly seen its share of better days. With the engine completely shot and the drive shaft sitting in the truck bed, we pushed the car into Duran's and had no choice but to get to work. As the crew at Duran's began the paint prep work, we took to eBay to find some of the items we needed; including a new 350 crate motor, 7004R transmission, brakes and suspension, chrome strip moldings, custom paint material, all the glass needed and even a wooden floor for the bed! The crew at Duran's did their thing as well; as Rico Duran guided the paint process, which laid eighteen, yes eighteen coats of Candy Red paint along with a sick gold leaf stripe job that complemented our classy design perfectly. With a custom camel-colored leather interior, Dakota Digital dash gauges and Billet Specialties Window Cranks and door handles, we really refined and modernized the El Camino while maintaining the heart and soul of a classic Lowrider. Winning the competition was truly a blessing, but the real winners in this contest were the charity organizations who benefited from the money raised. We sincerely thank eBay Motors for inviting us to participate alongside the other three great titles they chose, and send our sincerest gratitude to Duran's Quality Painting as well. It was certainly a pleasure working with them to put this incredible project together. The BUILT Challenge was filmed in ten episodes that span our entire build, to check out the footage and learn more about this project, make sure you visit our website at: www.lowridermagazine.com and www.builtfromebay.com.
1966 Chevrolet El Camino
Exterior: House of colors Candy Apple Red paint, gold leaf striping, custom ash wood bed kit with stainless steel front and rear bumpers, grill, bed trim, window trim, rocker panel trim, wheel well moldings, tail lights, hid conversion headlights, red city lights, gas tank trim and emblems.
Interior: Dakota Digital dash gauges, "IDidIt" chrome tilt column, custom 14-inch billet steering wheel, chamois-colored custom vinyl, Billet Specialties window cranks and door handles, new windows, Felt and Rubber weather strips.
Engine/Mods: V8 G.M. 350 crate motor, 7004R transmission, Edelbrock carb and intake, MSD Ignition, 3 Core aluminum radiator, GM alternator, power steering pump, water pump, fuel pump, serpentine pulley kit, Optima red top battery and a glass pack dual exhaust.
Suspension: Front disk brakes /cross driller rotors, front and rear shocks & springs.
Audio: Retro sound radio with MP3 & iPOD hook up, Kenwood 4-inch speakers in dash, Kenwood 6X9-inch in rear of cab.
Wheel/Tires: 100-Spoke Wire Wheels and Coker 520 Tires.
Extras: Rebuilt wiper motor, heater blower motor, window trim, rocker panel trim, wheel well moldings and window regulators.