Summershandy

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    53 pontiac dash is painted

    Yikes, the dash is welded in? Hmm......thanks for the heads up.
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    53 pontiac dash is painted

    Did you paint the dash in place? I was thinking of removing mine to paint. Looks like it would need to be removed if the headliner was replaced. It's kinda tucked behind the dash. When I first got the car, I used steel wool to try to get the rust spots out. I went a little too hard and took down the finish. This summer I tried again with finer wool and compound polish and was surprised on the results. If it wasn't for that spot at the end I messed up, I wouldn't paint it. Thanks for the pics John.....lookin' good as always.
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    53 pontiac.. What have I done now ?

    So that's what it's called! I remember starting out to fix my crank seal leak at the front of the engine. The manifold needed to be machined as it was leaking too..... my engine and bay are now newly painted. Not in the plan. I later replaced the oil pan gasket and fixed a couple leaks at the transmission. They too have been painted. Sure nobody's gonna see them....but WE know!
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    Trayliner for battery

    I ended up wire wheeling my old tray. Gave it a couple good coats of rust paint. Cleaned up the battery connections real good. Gave them a spray of WD40 on the battery. Everything is holding up good. Got a new battery cuz it must have been the one that came with the car that was causing the grief.
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    Trayliner for battery

    My battery tray when I got the car was disgusting. Rusted and covered in sulphate. I've since grounded it down and plan on repainting it. Question, should I just have the battery sit on the painted tray or use some sort of liner. My battery is new if that matters. I've seen acid neutralizing liners on Amazon and not too expensive. What are the rest of y'all doing or using and working for you? Thanks in advance!
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    Door alignment on 53 pontiac

    Same here....not to my liking but everyone else is so busy looking at everything else it's never noticed. Good news John! Mark
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    50's pontiac automatic windshield washer system

    Thanks Charles. I'm going to have to take the switch out and inspect. Maybe I can throw a pic on here. I suspect it's already "washer ready" when you speak of a spring assembly especially when there's hose connection there. Should be easier to tell once out. Really hard to focus with it up in the dash. Cheers! Mark
  8. I finally decided to get a windshield washer bottle because I think they look so cool. The holes are there and the seller confirmed fitment. I don't really intend of using it but now I'm curious on the operation. Most importantly the control switch and hook up. My wiper switch has 2 nozzle ports facing up. When I turn the switch on full, you can turn it a little more with a spring like feeling. When released it goes back. Could this be the switch for the washer? Are those ports the washer line? I also noticed I haven't exterior spray nozzles, just plugs. I would have to get them in order to be operational. Anyone else got this system in their mid 50's Pontiac? If these questions are correct, then I'd just need hose and nozzles to get them working.....which is OK with me! Thanks. Mark
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    53 Catalina 8 smoking once it's warm

    One time my dash was out and found the fuse under the hood on the firewall had blown. Runs the tail lights too. Hoping it was just old. I think I used Dextron III for my Hydra....check around the site first to make sure! Good Luck! Mark
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    Tank is mounted on the 53

    Yes I remember now....my brake lines were through CPR from Inline. I elected to bend my own fuel line for $25 and was quite surprised how well it came out. Oh my how I love chrome!! Did you get your steering wheel done? I had Dennis Crooks a while back quote around $1,000 for a total restore. Decided to buy a $20 cover instead. This winter (which starts around November) I hope to do the headliner/windlace and carpet. It took me longer than anticipated to get it on the road and wanted to enjoy it before the snow started flying again. Anxiously waiting for pics! Mark
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    Tank is mounted on the 53

    Hi back John. It's really neat to be able to see pics of another car like mine. I could tell by that exhaust bend over the rear axle it was the same supplier. The shop couldn't tweak the supplied pipe but they made a new one for $25 and that's decent. Did you get those brake lines pre-bent? I did and 2 lines were bent incorrect and too long. I pre-bent them and got an old mechanic to cut and flare. I don't trust my flaring. I've been showing my Star Chief off at the shows and you had said you were jealous.....I'm jealous how good yours looks! Good Job! Mark
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    Tank is mounted on the 53

    Mine didn't either....I see you got the unit in so my other post is irrelevant. Of all the things I could get the tank was one I couldn't. Mine was quite holey but they were able to save it. Do I see a rubber block on one side of the tank strap? Mine was the same but I assumed the other had gone missing so I replaced both. Looking awesome John! Did you get your exhaust from Classic? How'd it fit? I had to get the local muffler shop to copy my original. Classic kinda messed up the bends and the 3 foot muffler wasn't fitting right. It fits perfect now.
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    New fuel sending unit

    A lot of imagination and luck! It took me a couple tries and when the sending unit flange sat right and the bolts went in, I assumed I got it. I was quite uncomfortable that I did it right so I made sure I heard the float move up and down by flipping the tank upside down. I was more concerned about jamming the float. Something I didn't want to find out after installation and a half tank of gas. It's been working fine so far. Good Luck! If I can do it so can you.....Mark
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Rats! Looks like they're gone already. At least the new ones are close replicas.
  15. That's the best I can describe it. I saw an old pontiac that had what looked like a chrome clip on scoop looking thing on his front door quarter glass. I assumed it was to aid with air flow when glass was open. I can't for the life of me find a picture and have tried every keyword I could. This didn't look original. If someone has one or can get me better wording I'd appreciate it. I'm interested. Thanks!
  16. I've noticed a couple times that the gasket between the Carter carb and intake is wet to the touch. I've been having a bit of a hesitation off start and today the engine lightly surged while cruising. I'm still trying to find someone with a timing gun to get that checked out. Could this thick gasket be some of the problem? Couldn't find a whole lot on it.
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    gasket between carb and intake wet

    I did last fall. I actually had it removed several times for other reasons. I never touched the float and I suspect because of the number of times I removed it that gasket could use a change out. I did tighten it down some more. Don't have any intake/exhaust gaskets wet. I'm more concerned on my light stumble from stop. If I hit the pedal just right I can stall it. I'll keep an eye on it. Hope you fix yours...Mark
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Wow, I think the NOS pair look cool! I was debating about them because I'm leaving my original. No aftermarket accessories. Wonder how far back these date? Something to think about.
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    The orange tinted ones would go good with my hood ornament. Thanks Craig.
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Dang you made that look easy! Thanks brother!
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    quarter glass no draft window scoop

    Not quite. They looked a like teardrop shape and curved. Mounted on the quarter glass. Not very big.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    When I got my car it has a aftermarket temp gauge mounted at the bottom of the dash. The original gauge is still in the dash and the cable and sensor are wrapped underneath. I'm assuming it failed and I remember testing it with a heat gun with the gauge not moving. What makes them fail? How do they work? Is there any hope in fixing or replacing as to get the original gauge working again? Thanks.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    No problems! Good Luck and happy restore!
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    I'll take it!! haha
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    The pic is the original that's been disconnected from the engine block and tucked up away under the dash. The aftermarket one is installed where the original one was. Both would have a bulb at the end. I too would thing '53 and '54 would be the same.