Nice looking rig. I understand your frustration trying to find an area to do a little off roading. We have a JK that gets to get it's tires dirty from time to time. We have managed to scrape and gouge every skid plate. Even helped get a guy right side up using our wench. I don't know if you have ever considered going to a Jeep Jamboree since there are several in your area. I just checked the Catskill Mountains in Monticello N.Y. Sept. 21 - Sept 23 but there is a waiting list at this time. The Sept. 28 - Sept. 30 Main Mountains in Bethel Main is also waiting list only at this time. You might check the Jeep Jamboree web site to see about getting in next year. You might see if there is any Jeep clubs in you area that may know of any Off Road Parks in a short drive from where you live.
Had some pretty big winds (70 mph +) on Saturday night. Many in the KC Metro area without power and much damage. Out here on the edge of the prairie we only lost one 25 ft.. Smoke Tree Bush beside the deck. Just spent all morning cutting up the tree and put it all in the garden trailer to go to the city dump. Hardest part was digging up all of the roots to get the stump out.
Great looking conversion. I agree with others that you don't usually see the little Chevy II being used. I have only done a very few such body Mods and agree it can become difficult. The only suggestion I might offer has to do with the rear window opening. As it is right now from the picture it looks like the opening will be to tall for the El Camino rear window. If this is the case you might try and use the window surround from the El Camino. You could also create a lower and upper molding or body panel to close the gap. I would try to stay with the El Camino kits window in any case. The tail gate looks perfect as is. I like the polished Ansen type wheels, very sixties.
Got a mailer from Michaels a couple weeks ago for 50% off starting 7/15. Went and checked yesterday to see if they had anything that I couldn't live without. Same O Same O, they're even higher priced than Hobby Lobby and everything had been on the market for months. Went by my favorite Hobby Shop and got the new '66 Suburban. In the end I may have paid about $10 more now than what I would have paid with the Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon and I didn't have to wait six months for them to get it.