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About poci1957

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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

    The decline of Sears

    I know Lowes does not own Craftsman and that is why I was a little surprised (but not unhappy) to see them in the stores alongside the Kobalt brand that they presumably do own. I assume this means Lowes must (correctly) also think Craftsman is the stronger brand. I have a few small Kobalt items but no hand tools, anyone here have an opinion on them compared to Craftsman or other popular lines?
  2. poci1957

    The decline of Sears

    They are promoting it down here too, just noticed in the last month or so. Makes me wonder what they will do with their Kobalt brand that they presumably invented to compete with Craftsman, Todd C
  3. I know and I agree that logically that timeframe is probably appropriate for those reasons. My observation was more a personal thing since to me the 1970s thru mid-1980s and the late 1980s thru mid-1990s seem like such different eras in automobiles, but I am in for the accepted 1972-95. I look forward to meeting the Malasian contingent at the Iola Car Show next month and to personally see the soon-to-be iconic Golden Smog Pump (a genius idea IMO). Todd C
  4. Exactly right Bernie, my equivalent was Car Exchange magazine circa 1980 featuring 1960s "special interest" cars. For the younger reader "Special Interest" was the label then for cars with potential collector appeal but less than 25 years old and thus not yet antiques. The 1980s car today is in a similar place except they actually ARE over 25 years old and still not widely embraced by traditional collectors. I recall many issues where the car on the cover or in a feature was only 15 years old or less but to me they still seemed like artifacts from a distant time compared to a 1985-90 model today, Todd C
  5. I like that too and I have embraced this group and enjoy their enthusiasm. The only problem is the 1972-95 timeframe is pretty broad and the participant’s interest can vary from the 1970s through the 1990s. For example I am personally interested in 1970s cars but not really in 1990s models. Our own Linc400 says the 1970s cars are not really malaise since they are not somber but were still marketed with bright colors and interiors with lots of variety compared to the conservative 1980s and 1990s. I see his point but would contend that they are definitely malaise; by association with the 1979 Jimmy Carter speech and also by the spirit of the automakers trying to do more with less in the face of looming gloomy times. But the common thread is that as a group in the old car world they represent a very specific genre that I support wholeheartedly--that of preserving a bit of the post-musclecar era that has been pooh-poohed by older enthusiasts for decades. The malaise group is picking up the mantle of buying an old car just for enjoyment and community, with little expectation of making a quick buck or just following the money like those of us that came before. More power to them, Todd C
  6. poci1957

    The decline of Sears

    For Kevin and our other younger participants note that the irony in the Sears situation is that they rose to prominence 100 years ago doing mail order with no retail stores just like Amazon. In the 1890s-1920s Sears (and Montgomery Ward) served customers buying at a discount through the mail compared to local stores with limited selection and higher prices. Sound familiar? Virtually all rural and small town homes had their catalog and they built their brand through shipping and easy returns with the policy of “satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.” So what happened next? They decided they could expand into retail stores in the cities for people who would like to see the merchandise in person, then buy and take it home today. That worked better for 20th century and suburban living and in the 1990s they decided catalog mail order was out and closed it down literally right before Amazon and the internet revived mail order household goods. Google “Chicago Old Post Office” for interesting reading on the massive structure they needed to service their business and in a final irony note that the City of Chicago is working on repurposing the giant old post office Sears required in their package to entice Amazon to relocate there. So then in a few years Amazon can say “….after dealing with all this shipping and returning imagine how it could be if our customers could go somewhere to see the merchandise in person and buy it right on the spot? That could be a great concept.....” Todd C
  7. poci1957

    The decline of Sears

    All good points and true.....we lament the loss of old retailers but when was the last time we supported them? Why did I and others drift away? One reason was as I hit my 40s I naturally needed to buy less stuff. But I guess as a Sears customer in the 1980s and 1990s I must have felt like I got my perceived quality and value and later I perceived that I got a better quality/value equation elsewhere. And remember, I live in Illinois and know Sears is an Illinois company--I PREFERRED to support them. Regarding employees I would contend that the local stores all pull from the same pool and in fact Sears may have had slightly higher paid legacy employees. But I think they seemed demotivated, probably from company policies during the shrinking of the chain since you can't shrink your way to prosperity and keep everyone's chin up, and customers notice the gloomy vibe. It is a shame, Todd C
  8. poci1957

    Why does my 1929 Cadillac ride so poorly?

    Sure sounds like it based on your observations above. I looked at the 1929 Cadillac service manual and it looked like it said the original springs include 10 leafs in the front and 9 in the rear? Yikes, I would think if they did that with springs of modern material it would be very stiff, good luck, Todd C
  9. poci1957

    The decline of Sears

    It is sad to see after how much they affected most car guy hobbyists. I am 50 and starting in my teens would slowly build my tool collection with Craftsman tools, most of which I still use. Virtually all boys my age who needed tools had the same experience. Then during a time I intended to work on cars professionally I much admired the fancier Snap On, Mac and Matco tools but bought Craftsman wrenches and sockets for 1/4 the price knowing they were guaranteed and I had a Sears store within a 30 minute drive virtually anywhere I would be going. By the late 1990s I had a Lowes and Menards nearby and a new Sears moved in too. I preferred Sears tools generally but the others were convenient, well stocked, and had quick and cheerful returns and exchanges. I bought kitchen appliances in 2005 and got them from Lowes. I bought a Kenmore washer in 2005 and it failed and was junked in 5 years. I needed a push mower in 2012 and wanted a Sears model but found a better deal and better experience at Menards--the Sears felt slow, stodgy and difficult to deal with. After more obvious shrinking and cutbacks they closed by 2015 as the two big boxes were the top retail businesses in town. It is a sad end to what really was the Amazon of 100 years ago and a fixture for generations, Todd C
  10. poci1957

    Why does my 1929 Cadillac ride so poorly?

    Hi Matt, just throwing this out there as you are very experienced and I am not a 1929 Cadillac expert. Your own comments got me thinking. In the late 1990s Ford released a new generation F450/F550 truck and we got complaints about them sagging lower under load compared to the previous model which was like a buckboard. It was explained that the springs had been designed for more movement to provide a better ride but this extra movement gave them more “give” under load. Seemed logical to me as the result of the never ending need for compromise between load carrying and decent ride characteristics. This must have been a major concern in designing cars in the 1920s too, especially a luxury class car. You needed to make springs heavy duty but also give them a cushioning action, much as the trucks of today, and it sounds like your biggest problem is that yours are too stiff and unyielding. I wonder if you can find any original specs that would tell you any original measurement of deflection that you could compare to your existing springs as I just bet they were replaced in a 1960s or 1970s restoration with whatever was close and would maintain the ride height—probably stiffer truck springs. I can’t know of course but sure seems plausible and maybe the truck spring shop or Eaton would have the specs somewhere, will be very interested in what happens, Todd C
  11. poci1957

    Pre war cars insane prices

    I also think that is reading a little too much into it.
  12. poci1957

    1959 Bonneville Armrest Base

    Looks like they are probably one year only, I cannot find any other GM cars that look the same BUT it looks like the 1960-64 armrest might be a widely available replacement if you do not need 100% authenticity and would replace both armrests so they match. Take a look at the Full Size catalog at www.amesperf.com for details in the interior section, you would need to make sure the distance between the mounting holes is the same (should be) and if the bases would cover the indentation from the old armrests. Good luck,
  13. poci1957

    Pre war cars insane prices

    Hey PreWarQc, great to see a guy interested in the "nickel" era. I do not own a 1920s car but historically have always thought this period was a very interesting time. In the old car world it is also a place for bargains as the cars of, say, 1915-1927 are now rather overlooked as you probably know. Consider our earlier advice to join a relevant club like the AACA (or the VMCCA or Horseless Carriage Club which I am less familiar with). Remember what some of us said about club members selling to club members. Meet some local car people too and let them help you in your search. There should be few also looking for 1920s cars unless you befriend a speculator looking to buy and "flip" such a car for quick profit (but he should be able to find an easier target). Go to shows and study the club magazines and bargains will begin to appear. Be selective, you may end up with more possibilities than you expect. Hold out for the best car you can afford but do remember that the owner of a 1920s car cannot be totally hands off. Even with a previously restored car you will need to have space and capability to perform some maintenance that local mechanics will be totally unfamiliar with, there will not likely be a guy in your neighborhood to help fix your vacuum tank. Good luck, Todd C
  14. poci1957

    hose clamps,

    Hello dl456, according to the parts manual a 1959 would indeed use the blue AC 61-P fuel filter as you suggested IF your car is a 4bbl or Tri Power, see attached page from the parts manual. Looks like 2bbl cars used the old glass bowl type. These are available from www.amesperf.com or www.pontiacparts.net . You will note the manual references the Adapter Pkg 531850, photo with box is from an Ebay listing; I bet it should have four clamps and also include two short hoses. As you can see the parts manual does not indicate use of a separate bracket as in 1957-58. For free access to this parts manual you can go to www.pontiacsafari.com and go to the “Garage” section. Good luck, Todd Crews POCI 1957 Technical Advisor
  15. poci1957

    hose clamps,

    Hello dl456, looks like it was probably the Corbin clamps. I can confirm on 1957 Pontiacs all radiator and heater hoses used the Corbin type clamps as shown in the photo; if you have a tower/post clamp on a 1957 Pontiac it is not correct. According to the Ames catalog they have no evidence of the tower clamp being used before 1965 and they have purchased and studied original cars to determine these things for years. However, like yourself I have looked online and photos of nice cars have all kinds of clamps shown. I would say if you use the post clamp you will be risking questioning and if you used Corbin clamps they would always be accepted as authentic. The worm/aviation type is not correct. I do not know of a definitive resource to prove these claims. The 1960 Pontiac parts manual catalogs the same (Corbin) clamps as the factory approved replacement for all 1933-1960 Pontiacs. But that does not necessarily mean that was the original part every time as dealing with hardware like this was not always consistent or documented and it even varied somewhat between GM divisions. The best source would be a period photo of a regular production car showing the engine compartment. Good luck with yours, Todd Crews POCI 1957 Technical Advisor