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  1. Sentimental Journey


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    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
    heart.
    Uncle Bill's El Camino




    400 Emblems
    Blessings from the Computer Shack in Reno

    Yangdu Martino
    himimp@aol.com

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    Blessings from the Computer Shack in Reno

    Yangdu Martino
    himimp@aol.com

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    That is a sweet El Camino!

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    Nice restoration on the Camino Yangdu, that 57 Chevy with the Candy Apple paint is nice too.

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    Whaddya know: the OTHER "Uncle Bill Especial"!

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    Hey Yangdu,
    That's a sweet ride
    Thanks for sharing

    Mark and Holly

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    I found this in the archives:
    I 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.
    -Bill Martino, 06-02-2000


    Uncle Bill would be proud of the restoration.

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    That's a really beautiful job, in a specially beautiful color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berkley View Post
    I found this in the archives:-Bill Martino, 06-02-2000


    Uncle Bill would be proud of the restoration.


    I remember that discussion. Bill could have a heavy foot.


    Nice, Yangdu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yangdu View Post
    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.
    You're a beautiful woman, Yangdu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yangdu View Post
    I'll be the one inside smiling with my heart.
    Many here will be smiling along in their hearts along with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yangdu View Post
    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.
    Yangdu, I will do some digging and asking around and see if I can find a set for you. No promises, but I do have some friends in the auto restoration and recycling business. It may take me a few days.

    Bill Sanders

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    That's gorgeous I love old cars.
    Jake
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  14. Thank you for the help, Bill
    Blessings from the Computer Shack in Reno

    Yangdu Martino
    himimp@aol.com

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    I've always had a thing for El Camino's also. Uncle Bill had great tastes!
    Who cares what I just said. Please go learn about SuperBen, he needs the knifemaking community.

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    Wow that looks great. My friends dad has one he's had for years also. Very cool car!

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    Have you had any luck yet Yangdu?

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    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.

    Cheers,

    Alan

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    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.


    Bill

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