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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. poci1957

    1957 Buick Roadmaster Convertible top problem

    WOW indeed, that is sharp, you are a lucky man!
  2. poci1957

    Raymond Loewy design....

    I knew Raymond Lowey was credited with the design but had not heard the interesting back story, thanks for posting it, Todd C
  3. poci1957

    There's a new '54 Star Chief in town

    Looks really good and great job sticking with it!
  4. poci1957

    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    That is an exaggeration that old timers like to spout off about a popular old car with good parts availability. There were well over 1 million Chevys a year made in 1955-57 and there are nowhere near that many left, it only seems that way....
  5. poci1957

    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    The comparison is skewed depending on what point in history you are comparing from. In 1957 you are comparing a three year old body shell (Chevy) to a brand new one in two sizes (Ford) at a time when ALL NEW and LONGER, LOWER, WIDER were shouted out as a very big deal. The larger size Fairlane 500 was marketed as a reach up into the lower medium priced field and in fact there is a vintage sales film on You Tube comparing it (and compellingly so) to a base 1957 Pontiac. So from a marketing perspective when new the 1957 Ford really moved the needle and the Chevy was just another refresh. A pretty good refresh, but still bad news in the 1957 market. But as a used car, say, 5 years later in 1962, the Chevy looked pretty good. New cars had returned to more subtle, restrained lines and fins and bold two tones were passe. So now a 1957 Fairlane 500 or Plymouth Belvedere looked like an old 1950s car and the Chevy that was a bit behind in 1957 now looked much less dated than the others. The basic 1955-57 Chevy body was comfortable and a convenient size compared to the bigger, lower cars that came later. It was also of better build quality and rust resistance. I contend THIS point is where the 1957 Chevy began to become an icon, as a solid and serviceable used car. Of course IMO a 1957 Pontiac is better but it was not destined to be such an icon, too bad for me. The engines mentioned by our own capngrog were a factor too. Magazines of the day make me think to the new car buyer in 1955-57 the Ford Y Block was considered just as good as anything. But by 1962 the small block Chevy was recognized as more serviceable, especially by the teenage owners that would covet the 1957s later in life. As Grog points out by then the new Ford small block was coming out and that pretty much admitted the Y Block had run its course, Todd C PS--I agree with others that the dash of the Chevy was odd looking and the Ford headlamps were the weak point of an otherwise very good design
  6. poci1957

    Thanks to AACA and all Forum members....

    Thanks to you too David, it is great to have someone of your experience helping us on the site, especially with the less common skill of dealing in early upholstery, Todd C
  7. poci1957

    '52 Skyliner?

    I have seen no evidence of this ever being produced. Could be a prototype, could be homemade, one can never say never. But when in doubt I suggest assume homemade until proven otherwise with hard facts, Todd C
  8. This seems like the logical first step to me, she should be able to meet a group and pick out who seems safe and compatible. An AACA chapter would be a plus and tend to be older and stable, Todd C
  9. poci1957

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    I did not find them at CPR. I a sure you can easily get one from www.autotrans.us but first I would pull the drive gear, take a look and if it is an ordinary O ring try to replace it locally rather than deal with mail order for a $1.00 part
  10. poci1957

    '55 Hydramatic fluid leak at speedometer cable

    The parts manual says there is a seal, part # 565673. It does not show what it looks like, I would think an O ring that will come out with the speedo gear
  11. poci1957

    Front Window Designs??

    Yup, that is a link you get from Google, here is the one I got that they probably copied from and both are wrong--they misquoted the source: www.secondchancegarage.com/public/windshield-history.cfm A Clear View: History of Automotive Safety Glass ……………There are also stories that Henry Ford and some of his closest friends were themselves injured by flying glass in accidents………… Another impetus for his decision may have been one reported on by author Ford R. Bryan in his 1993 book "Henry's Lieutenants": In 1918 Henry Ford saw distortion in the rear window of a Model T and decided he needed to produce improved glass……..By the end of 1919 they had perfected a process for pouring molten glass through rollers and onto a mobile table. The table then carried the glass under several grinders and polisher until the product was finished. At Ford's extensive River Rouge Plant there was a steel mill, glass factory, and car assembly line. At least initially Ford manufactured the glass it needed. In late 1919 Ford began using laminated glass, over the next decade directing its use in all Ford cars. In the internet posting the writer credited the Ford R Bryan book in italics which is one of the best and iron-clad reliable IMO. But then they misquoted it, see photo below. You will see from the book they transcribed the story well enough but then end saying the process was for laminated glass when the book specifically says the Ford glass plants produced PLATE glass. An error in retelling the story, it was plate glass, but still a notable manufacturing achievement in it's the time. For another relevant error note the internet retelling implies Model Ts were produced at the Rouge in 1919. We know that Model Ts were never assembled at the Rouge, the car assembly line there came about for the Model A, just like the safety glass, Todd C
  12. poci1957

    Front Window Designs??

    That is all how I heard it. Or how I hear-ed it, as the original Mr. Clampett might say, Todd C PS--you will note in the ad above it carefully just says shatter-proof windshield and does not imply safety glass used in other places
  13. poci1957

    Front Window Designs??

    I have heard the same Ford story but that it happened during the development of the Model A. Your 1927 Stutz reference matches what I have heard about that earlier type. A quick Google shows a source with the 1919 Model T referenced but I am pretty sure that is incorrect, hopefully a Model T expert can weigh in that they all used plate glass. Wikipedia says Model A but I can hardly cite that as a definitive source. I can post this attached newspaper ad mentioning the Triplex glass as a notable feature and an article suggesting it is a new feature, can anyone confirm usage in Model Ts?
  14. poci1957

    1965 Buick Wildcat GS

    Tacked on emblems or no that is one good looking car, inside and out, Todd C
  15. poci1957

    Front Window Designs??

    Dave must have meant to say the Ford Model A which had safety glass but the Model T did not. I think some limited production cars like Stutz had an earlier safety glass with some kind of wire mesh reinforcement but I think the Model A was the first volume production use of the laminated safety glass we recognize today, Todd C