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Featured Member of the Week: 69 SS396

69ss396-3This week’s featured member is Sean Wilson, or as many here on Cool Rides may know him as “69SS396”.  Sean is a mechanic and works in the oilfields of northern Alaska. Sean currently resides in Central Florida. Here are some of the things that Sean shared with us.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?

I first learned about CRO when a fellow El Camino owner was up for ride of the month.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?

My “Cool Ride” is a 1969 El Camino SS 396 called ‘Misty Meaner’. My “uncool ride” is a 1973 Vega called ‘Dennis the Menace’ Rust free Nevada car that is for the moment also all original and still runs and drives. Has the not-so-rare mosquito fogger engine. (Yes it’s a smoke bomb).

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?

My 69 El Camino SS is mostly original numbers matching with 52k actual original miles, original am radio, even original spare tire and jack/lug wrench. She has been repainted but is un-restored.

What’s next for your Cool Ride?  Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?

Plans for my cool ride are UMI upper and lower control arms front and rear and SSBC brake upgrade in the front. Then she is done. Plans for my uncool ride are saws-all, torch and mig welder. I have a 454/t400 sitting in the garage waiting for the transplant. I’m looking at about 600 hp + a shot of nitrous on top of that.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?

So far the most difficult has been the vintage air installation which wasn’t that bad. But that will change when I start chopping on the Vega.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?

My favorite memory? Every time I drive her.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?

Money’s no object dream car? All of them. To many favorites to stop at one.

Taking care of collector vehicles is not easy.  Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your Cool Rides in and out of storage?

When putting it into storage add a good dose of STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer, put it onto jack stands with the suspension supported and disconnect/remove the battery. When you’re taking back out of storage check everything, belts, hoses, tires, and all of the fluids. Change the oil and filter. Depending on how long it’s been stored maybe drain the gas and replace the fuel filter(s).

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

Anything else you need to know? Uh, I’m a car nut, but I guess that shows.

What do you think of Sean’s El Camino? Leave your comments below or join the conversation in our Forums.

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