Hello my name is Dave the owner of the 1969 El Camino. Over the years I’ve tried to clean up my 44 year old truck and became frustrated going from one shop to another to get repairs/modifications. So it dawned on me that what I needed was someone who could do it all. Body work , mechanical , electrical and trouble shooting. During my search for this elusive shop I came across Prescott Hotrods. As I looked at their past and current projects I was determined to meet them.The Kirk and Mike Litsey brothers impressed me immediately showing me projects they have done and the projects in progress in their shop. Needless to say I was highly impressed. We spoke of what i wanted to accomplish with my El Camino project and the budget I wanted to stay in. Well I have gotten my car back. And I’m here to tell you it turned out far better then what I dreamed of. Not only was the body work , electrical and mechanical work done to perfection it was all done within my budget. Kirk and Mike put a lot of extra time in for nothing just fixing things just knowing it was the right thing to do.So bottom line , I’m over the moon with the results and have made two new friends. Last but not least , if you are considering a total frame off , custom interior design or a cosmetic upgrade you would be doing yourself a mis -favor if you don’t contact and meet with Kirk and Mike at Prescott Hotrods.
Feel free to contact me for a reference and additional information. I would be happy to talk with you.
This 69 El Camino came to Prescott Hot Rods from Williamson valley. The owner found this website and really liked the detail of work we do. Thanks for the compliment! This 69 came to us for mechanical work as well as paint and body. While this won’t be a full frame off restoration, the list of work to be completed is extensive.
The body on this car is in fairly good shape. Prescott Hot Rods will start with the body bushings to give this car a solid ride. The transmission will be changed as well.
The El Camino has been taken apart and is being sanded down in areas to inspect paint cracking and body work. The owner had a new tailgate, so the old one was removed and the new one installed and aligned. This car will be going to the sandblaster soon, the passenger side rear quarter panel looks like it was replaced. careful inspection of the quality of work will be done after the paint is removed.
The paint is all gone off the El Camino, you can see that all is left is areas where there was bondo. If you look close you can see that the passenger quarter panel has been replaced. Its a little rough , but with some work it should look like New.
This cars gonna need some sheet metal work! This is what we found covered up by the bondo job someone had done. These pieces will have to be repaired with sheet metal to do the job right. The lower front fender here had some rust, the old sheet metal will be cut out, and the hole will be repaired with new sheet metal. In most cases, it takes longer to cover it up with Bondo and make it look good… than to just do the job right the first time!
The decision was made to cut out the damaged rocker panel and install a new one correctly. The old one was causing so much wind noise that there was no way to seal up the passenger door.
The new rocker panel is all mocked up and ready for install. This is a lengthy process, you may have to fit this piece a dozen times before the fit is correct.
The rocker panel has been welded into place. The OLD rocker panel was basically installed using Bondo! This panel is very critical and needs to be installed correctly. You can see if the work is done right, it looks even better than factory.
The El Camino has all the major bodywork done and has been primmered. Now the car is ready to have the detail bodywork started. This car is going to be painted black, so its got to be right.
The fine tunning of the body work is almost done. The next phase will be to put 3-4 good coats of primmer on the body and do a final block before paint. This car is going to be black, so the time has to be taken to get the body as straight as possible.
The car is all sanded, tapped off and ready for a final coat of primmer.
All done. This coat of primmer will get various stages of sanding and then be ready for paint. Next up is to jamb the car. This refers to painting all the door, hood and tailgate areas before they’re closed.
The jamb areas are all painted. theres a lot of prep work to be done before you can paint these areas.
All done! once the areas are dry these parts will reassembled and aligned for proper fit.
Here you can see the pieces reassembled. The under side of the hood has been coated with an industrial undercoating for sound deadening. Thats why the under side of the hood has a low gloss appearance.
The shifter has been changed to a floor shift, from the column type shifter. the center console will be added to give this a much better look and feel with bucket seats! Now its ready for carpet.
The Black Loop carpet has been installed and the shifter center console is complete. This will look greta with the bucket seats.
The seat belts and bucket seats are installed. they fit very nice with the new center console. The funtion of this car will be noticeably improved, the bucket seats used to just have a big gap in between them.
The door panels are next. These panels will have to be redone, the last time someone installed them they never sealed the doors up. here you see the panels are warped from water damage. The new ones are being made and the doors will be sealed to keep out water.
The El Camino is being masked off for paint. Here you can see that the car is up on stands to protect the wheels, as well as give us access to the inner fender areas for paint.
Ok here’s the first coat of the Black base coat. This car will have a Black Base Coat Clear Coat finish when its complete. The process of painting a vehicle takes about 8-10 hrs.
The base coat is all finished. You can see the clear coat finish starting to be applied, this 69 El Camino will get 3-5 coats of a UV Clear Coat finish.
All finished!! Here you go Mr. Customer, i’m sure this is the part you’ve been waiting to see.
The car looks terrific, it looks like a whole different car. Now the car will get a light color sanding and begin to cure. Next up, you’ll see the car color sanded and buffed out, and the old fashion tonto cover being made and installed.
Here is the Tonto cover being hand made. It’s all stitched up and being installed. The snaps are installed about one at a time to get the tension right. It will give it that finished old school look when done.
All finished! it looks just like the Old School Tonto covers, it covers up the bed that now has a spray in bed liner. The car is almost 100% assembled and ready to go.
Here is the finished truck! It looks fantastic, the gloss black, Cragar type wheels and the old school Tonto cover give this vehicle a very nostalgic look.
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