The rear frame rusting on the G Body cars from 1978 to 1988 is common. They
are also prone to rusting of the radiator core support and the door bottoms.
Another area on the El Camino of those years to inspect closely is under the
rear window. Dirt and debris gets trapped under the lower window moulding
and stays damp causing the problem. The lower rear quarter panels between
the door and the wheel opening are another place that frequently rust
through so check there as well.
Paint blisters or small lumps in the paint in any of those body areas is a
sure clue that the rusting has started.
If all that is wrong with that car ( truck ) is the rear of the frame behind
the wheel arch and axle it might be worth having it repaired. The rear
bumper needs to be from a 78 to 87 El Camino or any G Body station wagon of
the same years ( Malibu, Buick Regal, Olds Cutlass, or Pontiac ). A sedan
bumper doesn't have tail lights in it.
New bumpers no longer exist from GM so its off to the bone yard or swap meet
to locate one.
"Opportunities are spawned from crisis"
"MichaelMars" wrote in message
I won't waste your time with the story.
I bought a 82 el-camino that had been sitting in a barn in down state
Illinois for a long, Long time.
I was told that the rear section of frame was severly rusted.AS well
as the rear bumper.
is this s common problem with this car?
The car is in tact and all original conditional, as it was owned by an
old man of 91 who recently passed away.
Any information would be helpful.