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About poci1957

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    Decatur IL
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    Comet & Pan American Decatur IL Assembled Cars
    1957 Pontiac


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    Graduate of McPherson College Auto Restotation 1987

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  1. 1947 Pontiac Torpedo boiling over

    Yes, good to see you back in the forum
  2. 54 StarChief hood spring disappointment

    Good to know, I had been thinking about this for my sagging 1957 (uses much shorter springs, of course). Nice technique on the washers, Todd C
  3. This is a LOOOOONG Shot

    So is there a background story with this item? I have certainly never seen one, was this a short-lived "Cadillac of trash cans" before a trademark infringement suit took hold? I do know there was a Cadillac Screw Company in Belvidere Illinois in the 1950s-60s, maybe their product? Would like to know, Todd C
  4. But Is It Really A Blight Issue?

    Exactly what I thought.....I have old Pontiacs but also an early Miata and previously Fiat and Alfa Spiders. I suspect I may be covering more psychological ground than the norm, Todd C
  5. But Is It Really A Blight Issue?

    I think I would like to see that Bernie, you should do a post on it, Todd C
  6. But Is It Really A Blight Issue?

    As a young man I also loved nothing more than seeing a hoard of old cars like this until I too realized that such cars sitting outside were not being "saved" but were destined to become a rusty eyesore. Many such places were in the country where no one cared to complain, I suspect this one was too until the suburbs grew up to it. 200 cars is hoarding and hazardous for all the reasons the township stated, I agree with those who say he should have a big auction ASAP to get his maximum return and fastest liquidation.
  7. Might also check for a plugged exhaust, common with old cars sitting around
  8. Radiator sourcing....what's a good company?

    That is about what I just paid for my 1970s Firebird, also a recore reusing my original tanks. But I was shocked to look on Autozone and find they showed one (a Spectra brand) for less than $300 that looked authentic in their photo and was claimed to be made of copper and brass(!). They show one for your car too for $285, you might take the chance with the provision that you could reject it if it (probably likely) comes in actually made of aluminum and plastic. Good luck, Todd C
  9. I have a four post I have had for 8-9 years that I have liked very much, I think it is an Atlas 9000(?). I use it for everything and have always felt safe underneath. Some prefer the two post but for my use the four post has been much better for the following reasons: No need to bolt it down, plus that gives you the flexibility to easily move it to another location. I was able to also use it as my scaffold platform to hang ceiling and lights when I built a new garage. For me the natural stability of the four post is better No need to get on the floor to adjust arms for lifting, just drive on and go. Consider the optional sliding jack. I did not buy one originally and added it later and it solves most complaints about doing tire and brake work. Even though it is a cheaper Chinese model I have never had any problems with mine, even including one disassembly and reassembly myself after a move. Mine is easily the best tool purchase I have ever made, good luck with yours, Todd C
  10. How old was your car when you bought it?

    Thanks for your support Saddlerider, but just to clarify I may be coming from a different direction than you think. I am certainly happy with my 1979 Trans Am, not ashamed to drive and show it and fully support the inclusion of 1970s and 1980s cars in the hobby generally and AACA in particular. My mention of the tours is just out of respect for the old-time hobbyists who might think a 1979 out of place at a tour designed to show off motoring in older old cars. My point of course was to illustrate the march of time and perception--I suppose my 1979 is as old fashioned to a 20 year old today as my 1957 was when I was 20. Likewise in the early 1980s when I came around a 50 year old thought a Model A was a car old enough to be interesting but a 1950s car recent in his memory was not. And so on..... Thanks for coming to my defense though, Todd C
  11. How old was your car when you bought it?

    Regrettably I think you are right about the above Bernie. Back to the original question essentially asking what is "old" it is a topic I have much considered, my own timeline is as follows regarding my 1957 Pontiac and 1979 Trans Am In 1987 I was 20 and my newly purchased 1957 Pontiac project was 30. It's appearance and technology seemed ancient to me and my peers and only the most hardcore prewar guy questioned it's old car credentials ("used car" you know). Now in 2017 it is 60 years old and I have owned it for over half it's life and 40% of mine (yikes!). In 2001 I bought my high school dream car, a 1979 Trans Am. It was 22, not an antique yet, I was 34. Now in 2017 it is 38, older than the 1957 was when I got it. Yet in my mind it is a modern car, with almost modern drivability. I would be ashamed to take it on an AACA driving tour since it is so recent. So there you have it, at 50 years old in my mind the car ten years older than me is an antique, the car I remember on the streets when I was 12 is not. But the actual timeline shows that is just my perception. I bet it is like that for most of us here, Todd C.
  12. I would also say that having an old car is still affordable except for a few conditions: First, the affordable old car cannot require a full professional restoration or it is unaffordable for most people, but that really has been the case since probably the 1980s or before. Second, being only interested in “icon” cars will make anyone feel the hobby is unaffordable. Any fledgling middle class hobbyist watching the cable TV auctions who smugly insists he will only be happy with a top quality Chevelle SS 454, Hemi Cuda or the like probably cannot participate, but a guy who realizes he can enjoy a Malibu or Duster can. He just cannot afford to have it professionally restored. Aaron65 says “the key to happiness in the old car hobby is lowered expectations” and that puts it more bluntly than I would but he is right. Third, asking prices and selling prices are different things and the idea of getting rich buying low and selling high is a long gone dream for most old cars. Usually the best you can hope for is to buy reasonable (patience is a virtue) and sell without losing money (patience is a virtue). Regrettably the market always seems to say something I want is a valuable heirloom and something I have is worth nothing to anyone, Todd C
  13. I Installed Seatbelts In My Desoto

    Regarding original seatbelts, it seems I recall that mounting anchor bolts for front seat belts were required to be installed in 1962 and front belts themselves in 1964 as others have said. I believe the 1968 date for front shoulder belts is correct and some may recall that the shoulder belt was not initially a three point belt but an additional plain belt clipped to the headliner when not in use and using an additional full size buckle. I am pretty sure my grandmothers 1970 Bonneville had 5 buckles in the front seat, two for each outboard passenger and one for the center lap belt. Regarding retrofitting belts, I installed lap belts in the front of my 1957 Pontiac and was not happy with the flat washers included with the belts so I looked around and found the mounting plates shown here from a street rod supply house (Julianos) for (I think) $15 a pair. When installed underneath they look factory-style and make a better installation. Good luck with yours, Todd C
  14. Help with prices

    I like Rusty's comments above, this type of thinking works here in the middle of the US, or at least did before so many people got delusions of grandeur from cable TV shows. As a youth this was what I did, especially (as he mentions) in nicer neighborhoods where an old car sitting around is not popular. As Franz said trying to buy a car still in use may be less effective than finding Rusty's neglected second car and in this situation the nagging wife is indeed likely your best friend.
  15. Help with prices

    Just a note, we Americans do not see many French cars over here and most of us know little or nothing about them other than maybe being able to recognize a 2CV in the movies. BUT Renaults were imported here and in the late 1950s the Dauphine was the #2 import in the US behind only the VW Beetle. They imported the Renault Caravelle (Floride) in the 1960s and I understand they are already appreciating in Europe. Hope you find something you can enjoy, Todd C