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Sentimental Journey

Discussion in 'H.I. Cantina' started by Yangdu, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    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


    400 Emblems
  2. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Reno Classic Cars Show


  3. Abaniko

    Abaniko Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    That is a sweet El Camino! :):cool:
  4. H2OCutter


    Mar 11, 2007
    Nice restoration on the Camino Yangdu, that 57 Chevy with the Candy Apple paint is nice too.
  5. Nicholas


    Apr 1, 2009
    Whaddya know: the OTHER "Uncle Bill Especial"!
  6. greenwoods


    Sep 2, 2006
    Hey Yangdu,
    That's a sweet ride:thumbup:
    Thanks for sharing:)

    Mark and Holly
  7. Berkley


    May 5, 1999
    I found this in the archives:
    -Bill Martino, 06-02-2000

    Uncle Bill would be proud of the restoration:thumbup:.
  8. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    That's a really beautiful job, in a specially beautiful color.
  9. Kismet


    Jan 30, 2002

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

    Nice, Yangdu.
  10. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment

    Jan 28, 2006
    You're a beautiful woman, Yangdu.
  11. b.c.molin


    Nov 28, 2008
    Many here will be smiling along in their hearts along with you.:)
  12. Bill Sanders

    Bill Sanders

    Aug 18, 2003
    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
  13. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    That's gorgeous:) I love old cars.
  14. Yangdu

    Yangdu [email protected] Himalayan Imports-Owner Moderator

    Apr 5, 2005
    Thank you for the help, Bill
  15. Fiddleback

    Fiddleback Knifemaker Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2005
    I've always had a thing for El Camino's also. Uncle Bill had great tastes!
  16. hollowdweller


    Sep 22, 2003
    Wow that looks great. My friends dad has one he's had for years also. Very cool car!
  17. Voodoo


    Jul 7, 2005
    Have you had any luck yet Yangdu?
  18. ACStudios

    ACStudios Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    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.


  19. fod

    fod a la sombra Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 6, 2006
    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.
  20. Bill Sanders

    Bill Sanders

    Aug 18, 2003
    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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