Jalopnik “Bring Back the El-Camino” Campaign!

The guys over at Jalopnik have a campaign going to resurrect the Chevrolet El-Camino! Ray Wert, the senior editor at Jalopnik, was talking on Twitter to Joel Ewanick (GM’s Chief Marketing Officer) that if 100,000 people could say they wanted the El-Camino back, that they would bring it back. Calling his bluff, Ray posted it on the home page of Jalopnik, and they have 4,000 posts so far on the petition.

Check out the story here and reply in the comment thread. You never know, they might bring it back!

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Fast Friday: Massive Fox Mustang Burnout

This guy did a 0.13km burnout in his 86 Fox 5.0 Mustang! It works out to 426 feet. Very Impressive.

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Wrenchheads Guide: Getting the Most out of a Junkyard Visit

This is a guide for getting the most out of your Self-Service junkyard visit, especially if you have to travel a long ways to find one.

  • Be prepared! Know the rules of the junkyard you are going to, for example, the one I usually visit will allow power tools, and even provide long extension cords to get to the car you are pulling apart. You are pretty much limited to sawzalls and electric impact guns, etc. Anything that creates sparks is not allowed at my junkyard (grinders, torches, etc.) Some may allow Generators / Compressors etc, if they don’t have power hookups. Call ahead before you go out, so you will know what you can and can not bring.
  • If you aren’t allowed any power tools, bring breaker bars, penetrating oil, hacksaws, bolt cutters. Remember, the cars have probably been sitting out in the weather with their hoods up for a while. Bolts and Fasteners are going to be rusty, unless the vehicle just freshly arrived. You can never have too many tools when you visit the junkyard.
  • Bring Water or drinks to keep yourself hydrated. My yard gives out free water bottles when you arrive on hot summer days, you might not be that lucky.
  • Dress properly. Put on coveralls, this isn’t a place for well dress people. You’re going to be walking on dirt roads and isles, there will be puddles if it just rained. Bring work boots or old shoes, not flip flops. Insects and small animals might be working where you are.
  • Find out if they take credit/debit card. It would suck if you spent the whole day pulling a motor and find out they only take cash.
  • Take a look at all the cars there with the engine model / parts you want. You might get lucky, someone may have pulled out what you need to get to another part. It could be laying on the ground or someone could have put it inside the car somewhere. I’ve found starters, rack and pinions, engine parts, interior pieces, steering columns already pulled out.You might also find some performance goodies. Aftermarket intakes, MSD ignition boxes, flowmaster mufflers, stainless exhaust, thick gauge battery cable, etc. Remember most of these cars are straight from the insurance crash yard, and the owners don’t always donate their cars there.
  • Get familiarized with where they put certain vehicles. At my yard, it’s separated Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and imports. They also have a listing at the front office of every year, make,  model and engine size, and which row they are in. A lot of yards are going digital these days, but some older yards, you will just have to ask them where your model might be. It sure beats walking around for an hour looking for a certain vehicle.
  • Find out what works and what is equivalent. While a lot of yards have interchange books or databases, do your research. If you’re looking for a Ford 302 part, they weren’t just used on Mustangs, they were in Crown Victorias, Econoline Vans, Fairmonts, Explorers (later models), Full Size Bronco’s and a whole lot of other RWD vehicles. My personal tip is to use http://www.rockauto.com and look up the part you want, click on the Blue part number, and a listing comes up for all the other vehicles that part fits. Another good site is http://www.car-part.com, this also searches a bunch of junkyards, and shows you which vehicles have equivalent parts to what you are looking for. You might get lucky and find a junkyard near you, and sometimes they have the used prices listed there too.
  • Can’t find the part, don’t get discouraged. There’s craigslist, ebay, classifieds, other junkyards. Junkyards are constantly turning inventory. Popular cars like 5.0 Mustangs with T5 transmissions, and vehicles with the Ford 8.8 rear ends constantly get stripped right away by enthusiasts. If you see a car in the processing area (the area where you aren’t allowed to go), you can ask and see if you can get something from it. More then likely you will be allowed to, because then they make a sale.
  • Don’t steal anything. Hiding parts in your toolboxes and pockets may seem like a good idea, but they have a right to search your toolboxes when you arrive and when you leave. It’s their junkyard. It wouldn’t be good if there was only one car with the part you needed, and you got caught stealing and banned from the junkyard. What would you do then? The part couldn’t be found anywhere else. Think about it. Most junkyards have really good prices, and that’s from us (the customers) not cheating them when we leave. If they start selling less parts, guess what? The prices will go up! No one wants that!

That’s pretty much it. Self Serve Junkyards are fun. You can find a $50 sensor for $3, or a good used set of tires for $50. You never know what you will find, and that is the fun in it!

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Fast Friday: 1981 Jeep CJ-5 with AMC 360 V8!

This guy built up his 81 CJ-5, and stuck an AMC 360 in it with a T176 Transmission! It looks like a blast to drive.

According to the video, he has an Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifold with a Performer 600cfm carburetor, the comp cams 268H Camshaft, with an almost stock ignition system.

Hopefully my 1965 Rambler project with the 360 V8 with AMC 291 small chamber heads I’m building will be just as fun to drive. I just can’t decide between an Auto or Manual.

1:27 in the video is the driving part. Man it looks like a blast!

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Spam Comments in the Wrenchheads Blog

We’re getting too many spam comments here in the Blog. 2,100 comments now marked as spam from the opening of this site. If you are a mass spammer, you will now be getting permabanned! Not just your ip address though, the whole 16 bit block from your subnet! This website will no longer exist for you. Nothing will show up. So don’t do it. Save yourself the time.

Reply from E3 About Their Spark Plug Issues

This is a follow up from a post I made last year about my poor experience with E3 spark plugs: http://www.wrenchheads.net/2009/12/22/e3-spark-plugs-my-experience/

After a year of seeing people’s experiences in the comments, I decided to contact E3 and speak to them about the issues we have had.

I first described my problems with my New Yorker, and I got a reply from Chris LaCouture:


I apologize for the problems you seem to have experienced with your E3 replacement spark plugs. May I ask, do you still have the E3.46's that you installed in your 1993 Chrysler New Yorker?

C. LaCouture
E3 Spark Plugs

I replied back and said that I returned them to the auto parts store, because I had to get regular plugs in order to get my car to run. This was his reply:


That is rather unfortunate. I do appreciate you sharing your experience with me. It is somewhat valuable as I keep track of all problems based on part number and vehicle. However, without having the plugs for analysis there is no way for me to determine what could have been the problem let alone fix it. 

I advise that you mention to the people commenting about bad experiences that they need to contact me about any problems. We take customer satisfaction very seriously and I work very hard to assist our customers with any problems they may have.

Again, thank you for sharing with me.

Chris LaCouture
E3 Spark Plugs

E3 is interested in getting all their problem plugs back, so they can analyze them and see what the issue is. This means you can send them back, and they should refund you because of their warranty. So if you have issues with your plugs, please contact Chris LaCouture at clacouture@e3sparkplugs.com.

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Langley Chicken Coop Garage?

These photos were sent to me my a family member. Apparently out in Langley, there is a nondescript chicken coop, that is totally renovated to a really awesome car garage, complete with old time diner, general store, and service station! You might even recognize some of the chickens if you have been out to local car shows! Check out the photos below, and see the cars!

We really want to go out and see this in person.

If the owner of this great collection would like to invite us over, we would be more then welcome to come over!

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Time Travel Thursday: Plymouth Roadrunner

This week’s old time car ad is for the Plymouth Roadrunner. It’s hard to imagine that a 340ci and a 373ci engine was considered standard for lower insurance rates. In the late 60’s, automobile insurance companies were catching on that cars were going faster and were getting more powerful, and that this was a liability for them, so they started charging their customers more if you drove a high performance car.

Nowadays, driving a 5.7 or a 6.1 will net you higher insurance rates, or any later model V8 probably. In today’s world, a 4-6 cylinder econobox is the way for standard insurance. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, small displacement V8’s were standard insurance.

Check out these old ad for the Plymouth Roadrunner. BEEP BEEP!

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Permalink Problems Fixed.

Just realized we were having problems with permalinks showing a 404 error on the blog. Basically if you looked up this site from a search engine, and it linked to a specific article, it wouldn’t work. Google then dropped all of our blog articles from their search index, leaving us with the forum in their database. Not good.

It sucked, we know. Our traffic took a big drop. Now we figured it out. It’s all good. Now hopefully Google catches on that we’re working again!

Happy reading!

On the new server now.

If you are reading this, we’re on the new server, and you can resume using the site. Some small bugs might be left over the next few days, like emailing from the forums and file uploads. But we’re back, and we’re going to be working on this site full blow now.

The Chrysler 318 Carb Rebuild thread is almost done, and it’s going to be the most complete carb rebuild diary with pictures that you have ever seen. We’re going to add some more car models to the forum and consolidate brand sharing. We’ve got another writer coming too.