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My 71 ElCamino caught Fire!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 88Silverado, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. 88Silverado

    88Silverado 1/2 ton status

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    I started up the Elky to move it out of the garage for cleaning and as im backing it out I see flames coming out from under the hood I shut it off, grabbed a fire extingusher from the garage, popped the hood and the whole back side of the engine compartment was on fire. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    I blasted it. Looks like the fuel hose to the carb cracked and sprayed gas all over the 50kV HEI. /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    Besides everything being a mess now, looks like damage was minimal. Burned the insulation off the distributor 12V wires and burned a few plug wires too. It melted some of the wire loom on the back firewall and will take apart to look for problems. Also scorched my K&N filter pretty well. I have black soot covering the bottom of hood and some rolled around the outside edges but doesnt look like it burned the paint. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif Hard to tell until I get all the CO2 cleaned off.

    I got lucky. Had this split sometime else while driving or if it started after I shut it off somewhere and not noticed the flames, the car could have been a total loss. The flames were spreading fast as it would with the fuel pump spraying gas out under pressure /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    I suggest everyone take a couple of minutes and check the condition of your fuel hoses. Only takes a small crack to cause a total loss /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif

    My 71 ElCamino
     
  2. skratch

    skratch 1/2 ton status

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    Man your lucky! I lost my Toronado the same way.

    That is one sweet looking ride you got, good luck getting it all cleaned up.
    I'm helping a buddy of mine restore his old elky too, can't recall what year it is, same basic body style with quad headlights though. Those are sweet cars. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. Shaggy

    Shaggy 3/4 ton status

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    On a related note, if you don't have a battery hold down (bungee cords don't count), install one THIS WEEKEND. I've seen multiple trucks burn up due to flying batteries.
     
  4. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    damn that sucks glad you got it put out with minimal damage that is a sweet elky /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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