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    Red translucent lacquer

    I like the color. Can't really be a miss match if you had none to compare to.(like mine) It's certainly an eye catcher.. John
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    Red translucent lacquer

    Looks very nice. I'm getting ready to do my 53 pontiac hubcaps. This will really help.... Thanks, John
  3. This project started off as a simple oil leak repair. Rear main rope seal spun and leaked oil and got clutch to slip. Simple repair, right ? Well,sorta.. That was 4 years ago.. I don't think my health insurance will cover 'imgonnafixitrightitis' , cause let me tell ya, I got a full blown case of it, and it's just wonderful ! This easy repair has since caused me to do the following: #1 body off frame #2 disassemble running gear, clean, paint and reassemble #3 blast and paint frame #4 engine rebuilt (remember the rear seal ! ) #5 blast bottom of body and apply Upol truck bed liner #6 clean fuel tank in and out, paint and reinstall #7 body back on frame #8 paint dash and steering column #9 And the reason for this post.... I found myself painting the lower bellhousing/clutch cover. This will never be seen by most people, but since I had to remove it the other week because of a stuck clutch, I thought, why not ??? Turned out pretty nice too !!! Does it ever end ? What next ?…......... John
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    53 pontiac dash is painted

    Make sure you have GOOD ventilation if you can't hold your breath for 5 minutes. Supplied air is best. That's why I won't be painting the body for awhile !!!! If I even attempt it... I want to, for the sake of 'doing it all', but I might just bite the bullet and have it done professionally.... John
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    53 pontiac dash is painted

    Thanks Charles.. do you have any near perfect taillight lens's for a 53? My 'drivers' will not do just to the new chrome.. Need both if anyone reading has them... Nothing found at Carlisle. Can't get to Hershey...
  6. Finally got the dash and steering column painted. Turned out pretty well for painting in the barn. One bug decided to get on the dash and leave his signature. Should be able to buff out. I used Spramax 2k single stage aerosol can. Went to the local paint shop and picked a matching color to the original.
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    1951 Chieftain Wiring

    Lisa, .. Here are a few pictures. This is on my 53, not a 51..... The switch is under the hood where the hand brake cable goes around the pulley. The bracket is mounted on the one body mount bracket on the firewall.. The indicator light on 'my' car is mounted on the dash on the left, just below the light switch. I am thinking that this one was added to the car after original assembly because of the rust around the hole. It appears to have been drilled by hand after the car was painted. I have seen a few interior photos of 53's.... Some have this, some don't. .. John
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    Door alignment on 53 pontiac

    That's somewhat reassuring as I'm concerned that maybe the body is twisted. This car has been in the family since new, (wife's side) and as much as I have been told has never had any major damage. Some door dings, nothing terrible. I'm guessing that the fit and finish was only so-so back then. As we all strive to make them better than 'new', I may have to accept this door fitment as the normal. It's gonna be a driver, so I'm not going to go to extremes to get the fit just perfect. Maybe the next one !! Thanks for the response... John
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    53 pontiac clutch stuck

    Mercer09 I tried the alcohol thing, but the more I drank, I forgot what the straw was for.,
  10. Got body back on frame,then had clutch issue. Clutch fixed. Car is now mobile again. Drove around the block a few times to settle body mounts. Now adjusting doors. Right rear giving me issues. Think I'll stop for now to think this one out !! It's beer thirty anyway !!! John
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    53 pontiac clutch stuck

    GOT IT...... Thanks to all for the quick response. This forum is awesome !!!!. Took the plate off the bottom. Did the putty knife trick. Had to hit 3 points around the flywheel. Awesome wife helping also. Just kinda tough getting underneath. Belly not the same size as what it 40 years ago! I'm thinking that the newly refaced flywheel is not polished enough yet from use and quickly rusted in this damp weather. Oh well, maybe this will help convince wife I really do need a heated garage !! Thanks again John
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    53 pontiac clutch stuck

    Thanks Dave. That's what I was thinking. I'll let you know how it goes. I can pull the body off again if I have to. Just trying to not scratch everything up. Thanks, John
  13. The body is back on, but now the clutch won't release !! This comes after the last 5 weeks of rain here in Southern Pa. The chassis was sitting outside covered but it is so damp and humid that I think the clutch is rusted to the flywheel. Any ideas before I decide to pull body off the frame again ???? Thanks John
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    53 pontiac clutch stuck

    I have an issue with the clutch on my 53 pontiac. The clutch will not disengage. I have just bolted body back on the frame. The chassis and running gear have been rebuilt. I have been driving the car (chassis and engine, no body) around the property for maybe 1 1/2 years with no issues. Now, recently I have been working on the underbody of the car. That work is done. The chassis was sitting outside covered up these past 5 weeks. Is it possible that the clutch disc is rusted to flywheel. If so, any suggestions ?? Here in Southern Pa we have been hit with about 20 inches of rain in the past few weeks. This is why I think it is stuck. What do you think?. I'm trying to avoid pulling transmission at this point. ??????? Thanks, John
  15. OK, I'm going to ask for help on this one. I am replacing the vent seals in all 4 windows. I will be getting the fronts from Steele rubber. But I am not sure they make the rear ones. Can anyone verify if they have them ? Also, if anyone has rebuilt your own, would you have the information on the rivets. Sometimes the search for these items can be overwhelming. The glass and chrome frames are acceptable for the time being, but the seals are hard, cracked, and falling out. The car will soon be going to the paint shop and I'm trying to keep my momentum going. Thanks for your help in this matter. This forum is a wealth of information and experience for the novice restorer like me. Thanks. John