Reno Classic Cars Show
Reno is full of hundreds of classic cars this weekend, as collectors of
restored vintage cars proudly display and drive them through the streets of Reno for today and tomorrow. I even have one I am proudly showing off.
I still have my late husband's 1972 Chevrolet El Camino and recently had it
restored. It was just sitting out in front of my home since he passed away
several years ago and I couldn't part with it. That El Camino was his pride
and joy and he loved driving it and I loved riding in it with him.
When I first arrived in this country, he picked me up at the airport in his El
Camino and drove me to my new home. We enjoyed many trips in it as he
showed me around my new city and, over time, my new country.
I decided to restore it and share it with all of you during the Hot August
Nights celebration in Reno. It has new upholstery, new seat covers and the dashboard is perfect.
A new paint job, beautiful emerald turquoise, makes my husband's heart
and joy sparkle like a jewel.
During the restoration, the two metal emblems with "400" on them got broken
and I cannot repair them. If any of you know where I can find two to
replace the broken ones, I would be happy to purchase them. I want Uncle Bill's car to be perfectly restored.
If you happen to be in Reno this weekend, watch for Uncle Bill's restored El
Camino driving through the city streets. I'll be the one inside smiling with my
Uncle Bill's El Camino
That is a sweet El Camino!
Nice restoration on the Camino Yangdu, that 57 Chevy with the Candy Apple paint is nice too.
Whaddya know: the OTHER "Uncle Bill Especial"!
That's a sweet ride
Thanks for sharing
Mark and Holly
I found this in the archives:-Bill Martino, 06-02-2000I still have a 1972 El Camino 402cid big block, that I bought new. It is near original except I put a big Holley double pumper on it. Sometimes when I take it down a lonely Nevada highway and there is not another car in sight I'll pump it up to 100 and then let it slow back down.
Every now and then I get the urge to race some kid away from a stop light but either I have too much sense or too little guts.
Uncle Bill would be proud of the restoration.
That's gorgeous I love old cars.
I've always had a thing for El Camino's also. Uncle Bill had great tastes!
Wow that looks great. My friends dad has one he's had for years also. Very cool car!
Have you had any luck yet Yangdu?
Great looking El Camino Yangdu. That model has always had a fond spot in my heart. You did it justice with the restore and I know Uncle Bill is smiling.
Good luck on your search for the emblems. They'll pop up eventually. You can check on web sites like Hemmings.com. I just looked and they don't have any parts listed atm... but you can post that you are looking too.
Very cool and very nice.
My Dad had one just like it back in the day...except dark green. It was special thing to ride with Dad in the El C. The "family car" was a Pinto and a trip anywhere in it was hell on wheels (Mom, Dad and 2 siblings in a pinto---yipes!)
Thanks, that brought back some memories for me.
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I've about exhausted all my contacts, and have not found anything. It seems that those emblems are pretty rare, at least in the Denver Metro area. I'm still looking and have feelers out at several salvage yards.
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