Finnegan's Garage Ep.54: Surprise Paintjob and Six-Speed for My Wife's El Camino

  • Published: 29 October 2018
  • In 2009 my wife and I inherited her grandfather's 1969 Chevy El Camino. It was a dilapidated version of the Malibu with a 350 small-block engine, a factory two-barrel carburetor, a Turbo-350 three-speed transmission, drum brakes and power nothing. There were zero creature comforts including air conditioning. Still, structurally speaking the car was in quite good shape and it held a ton of sentimental value because its been in our family since it was new.
    Grandpa Joe's Elco quickly appeared on episodes of Roadkill, first as the car we swapped a new engine into during a snowfall at a Summit Racing store parking lot in Reno, Nevada. Later we raced it against other Roadkill project cars during an autocross shootout involving Jonny Lieberman and Carlos Lago and a Kia. After it was done being Roadkilled, I really got to work on improving all aspects of it.
    My friends and I set about the task of making it reliable; My stint on the web show Hot Rod Garage allowed me the time to swap a Chevrolet Performance LS3 and a Gearstar 4L70-E overdrive transmission into the car as well as a new coilover suspension and disc brakes from Ridetech and Wilwood. It took less than a year for this car to morph from being Grandpa's grocery getter into a legitimate autocross terror.
    All along, my wife yearned for the car to remind her of her youth, when her Grandpa would pick her up from school in the shiny blue El Camino. She repeatedly asked me to have the car repainted and I refused because I didn't want the car to become so nice that we'd be afraid to drive it anywhere. Over the last 10 years she watched my own project cars progress even staying mum when I went ahead and painted Blasphemi, my '55 Chevy Bel Air. I tell ya, the woman is a saint. Finally, during our last outing in the Elco during the summer of 2017 the transmission died and the car was parked. She was sad but I had a plan; I used the broken transmission as an excuse to hide the car while it was being restored by my friends. The original bumper were straightened and rechromed. The stock body panels were pounded, patched, primed and painted. The interior was dyed and the dash repainted and after 20 years of wearing the wrong color of Earl Schieb paint, it was brought back to its original Glacier Blue glory.
    On our wedding anniversary in 2018 we revealed the car to my wife as the ultimate gift and my way of letting her know that what she values matters deeply to me.
    This is the video of not only the big reveal of the car but also tips on how to switch over from an automatic transmission to a Tremec manual gearbox using a Silversport Transmissions kit. I think you'll like it.
    For more information on the parts used here, visit Silversport Transmissions' website or RUclip channel. The links are here:

    and to grab any of the cool Finnegan Speed and Marine swag you spot in the video, visit:

    As always there are lots of behind the scenes clips and photos on my various social media outlets. Find me on:

    Instagram: @finnegan999
    twitter: @mike.finnegan999
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Comments • 1 781

  • Goat 429
    Goat 429  5 days back

    First roadkill car to kick the Kia Rio's butt

    • PimpCoop
      PimpCoop  7 days back

      El Camino's are da best.

      • Rusty Peterson
        Rusty Peterson  7 days back


        • jaxflfreebird
          jaxflfreebird  1 weeks back

          So you're going to let me FUCK YOU tonight, huh babe? This is how life with women works. Money, money, money, money so you can fuck them, talk to them, have them be HUMAN to you, have them stay with you, get some fake respect from them. So guys, remember, however much you are doing to please a woman you are missing the mark in almost every way all the time. So WORK HARDER, LONGER, FASTER, SMARTER and keep PRAISING their sloppy body parts, their aging skin, droopy boobs, buttocks, the ghastly vagina. Or, you could simply jerk off and realize that LOVE is pretty FAKE in most every way. Am I cynical, you betcha, in every way.

          • J.K
            J.K  1 weeks back

            He Shoots He SCORES!!!!! It's a GIRL LOL>>>

            • martin750hp
              martin750hp  1 weeks back

              I dig that your wife loves Stick Shifting transmission's (manual) tran's, !!!
              Stick Shift's for Life!!!!!

              • Mose Call
                Mose Call  1 weeks back

                It's at 2010 on the left

                • Mose Call
                  Mose Call  1 weeks back

                  Did anyone else see the chevelle its red

                  • Dave Wesley
                    Dave Wesley  1 weeks back

                    I know the feeling my 71 elc needs paint since 96 .

                    • Ryan Cavanaugh
                      Ryan Cavanaugh  1 weeks back

                      ..I need a Scion management system..

                      • King_Bling
                        King_Bling  2 weeks back

                        you like visiting other men to look at their hot rods......omg that's gay af!!!!

                        • J.T. Illingworth
                          J.T. Illingworth  2 weeks back

                          27:19 Dad got a new car!!!!!!

                          • Juan Carlos Berrocal
                            Juan Carlos Berrocal  2 weeks back

                            That is one of the most wonderful and enjoyable videos i have ever seen...

                            • Uncle Quack
                              Uncle Quack  2 weeks back

                              How much did the 6 speed kit cost?

                              • Shorty666T23
                                Shorty666T23  2 weeks back

                                Man do i approve of this! 👌🥂🍾

                                • Michael Cuff
                                  Michael Cuff  2 weeks back

                                  I heard the station wagon chassis story too. Makes sense.

                                  • Monika Gamez
                                    Monika Gamez  2 weeks back


                                    • Mark Crawford
                                      Mark Crawford  2 weeks back

                                      Incredulous! Veddy well done

                                      • me3333
                                        me3333  2 weeks back

                                        28:08 Galaxie Alert!!!
                                        Nice job on the Anniversary present!!!

                                        • Sam Iam
                                          Sam Iam  2 weeks back

                                          I can see why you married your wife. Really awesome gal. Congratulations

                                          • Buff Barnaby
                                            Buff Barnaby  2 weeks back

                                            My sun glasses are real close to his iconics , but I'm poor got them at 99 cent store.

                                            • Uncle Quack
                                              Uncle Quack  2 weeks back

                                              I got a 40$ off deal and bought a pair of William Painter "Hughes" model sunglasses last month very high quality.
                                              You should check them out.

                                          • Evan Turnau
                                            Evan Turnau  3 weeks back

                                            So I'm guessing that she doesn't watch your channel?

                                            Otherwise wouldn't this video ruin the suprise?

                                            • Cody Featherstone
                                              Cody Featherstone  3 weeks back

                                              Awesome 😂

                                              • Ricky Dyess
                                                Ricky Dyess  3 weeks back

                                                Very nice. I love El Caminos.

                                                • FloridaBoi 561
                                                  FloridaBoi 561  3 weeks back

                                                  Finnegan's wife is hot.

                                                  • SOAPBOX
                                                    SOAPBOX  4 weeks back

                                                    not a fan of the rims

                                                    • 1967davethewave
                                                      1967davethewave  4 weeks back

                                                      Man I wish my wife liked old cars. Being able to do what I love and make her happy at the same time, that's a win win!!! Now all you need is a bunch of leaf blowers in the back of it;)

                                                      • GearheadJoe
                                                        GearheadJoe  1 months back

                                                        I have a 70 elco project Im looking at redoing right now. its the orig . 396 motor runs strong but way less HP than a modern Ls3 and I love the 6sp swap, what problems if any did you run into replacing the old iron with new and the 6sp swap? (current is factory BB with TH400.. I am going to just store them since orig matching #s.

                                                        • electrontube
                                                          electrontube  1 months back

                                                          so good

                                                          • DeesMods
                                                            DeesMods  1 months back

                                                            If I remember correct, the El Camino has a boxed frame and the wagon does not.

                                                            • Pfol Chromoly
                                                              Pfol Chromoly  1 months back

                                                              So CooL! & I'm a Moparnatic.

                                                              • Ben Ward
                                                                Ben Ward  1 months back

                                                                Well, I guess she finally won that paint argument.

                                                                • jarrad carter
                                                                  jarrad carter  1 months back

                                                                  Great video! The car, family,time spent working on the car for her that's what it's all about...

                                                                  • K G
                                                                    K G  1 months back

                                                                    Sounds great. What exhaust do you have on it?

                                                                    • 1962 impaula
                                                                      1962 impaula  1 months back

                                                                      Someone got laid!!! 😁

                                                                      • T Overturf
                                                                        T Overturf  1 months back

                                                                        Gotta love a woman that can handle a stick!

                                                                        • Reeble Snarfle
                                                                          Reeble Snarfle  1 months back

                                                                          This was SOOOOOO good!
                                                                          Bebe got a new pair of shoes!!! Lol.
                                                                          That thing won't do anything but shit & git!!! 😍
                                                                          Tremendous job, man, tree-mendous! 👍👍👍👍👍
                                                                          Five fumbsupp!!!!! 😁

                                                                          • Cody Jensen
                                                                            Cody Jensen  2 months back

                                                                            Needs better rims now or different ones color isn't right

                                                                            • jeff frye sr.
                                                                              jeff frye sr.  2 months back

                                                                              Way Kool FINNEGAN Good Job , keep up the good work.

                                                                              • thec130side
                                                                                thec130side  2 months back

                                                                                Wife: pushes car
                                                                                Speedo: 0

                                                                                • Eric Lakota
                                                                                  Eric Lakota  2 months back

                                                                                  She deserves it puts up with alot haha

                                                                                  • Eric Lakota
                                                                                    Eric Lakota  2 months back

                                                                                    That car is sick she has a bad car now

                                                                                    • jaybajan
                                                                                      jaybajan  2 months back

                                                                                      we can guess who got anal for the night lol

                                                                                      • Towallomee sgel
                                                                                        Towallomee sgel  2 months back

                                                                                        Should have gotten her a nose-job.

                                                                                        • J H
                                                                                          J H  2 months back

                                                                                          The best part of this vid is waiting for your wife's reaction. Good job Mike, good job. But, just remember those famous lines "Get outta here".

                                                                                          • House of Malice
                                                                                            House of Malice  2 months back

                                                                                            Your wife is ugly though

                                                                                            • Lockon stratos
                                                                                              Lockon stratos  2 months back

                                                                                              What we need now is a complete breakdown of the whole car in one video,the motor,what heads,what shaft ext,what trans,what the gear ratio is ext

                                                                                              • Lockon stratos
                                                                                                Lockon stratos  2 months back

                                                                                                Mike spends all this on his wife.
                                                                                                Me: fuck that I'd spend that on myself never a woman.