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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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Good advice from Frantz above. Just to expand on his comments, a 2CV is what I would call an "icon" car, meaning a popular instantly recognized old car, such as a 1957 Chevy over here. The "icon" car is not rare, it is often quite common, but because it is famous with the public owners often think their project cars are worth too much money as you have found. In your case rather than a 2CV maybe a 1950s Renault 4CV or Dauphine would be a thought? Many were made so maybe they would be easier to find cheap and still with good parts availability? Good luck with your project, Todd C
  4. Torque for a regular Turbo 350 is about 10ft/lbs
  5. Take a look at: www.jgrelining.com . I have not used them yet but they seem to have much experience with 8 lug Pontiac drums which use a cast iron liner inside an aluminum drum, Todd C
  6. That is fantastic, congratulations to him and a big event for both of you to be sure, enjoy!
  7. 1957-59 Pontiacs use the same switch, it is not the same as a Chevy and they are not reproduced. They can be found on Ebay. As Gary says every 1950s Pontiac owner should have a free catalog from www.pontiacparts.net and www.amesperf.com .
  8. Regarding Wayne’s point above, what do we all think is passing for “due diligence” for newcomers on potential purchases like this one these days? It looks like inexperienced hobbyists are less likely to seek advice to identify fakes or problems just when they should be more concerned. Is anyone else seeing this? For example, if one were newly interested in a car like this Cadillac a first move before buying was always to join the CCCA and/or Cadillac LaSalle club and do some research in advance before pulling the trigger. Look at lots of cars, go to national shows, maybe contact a technical advisor or other marque “expert” for tips. Is this happening less than it used to? It looks to me like rather than bother joining a club people just get their knowledge base from TV then maybe post a question here or on Facebook and take the advice that matches what they want to hear, dismissing what they don’t. Rather like modern politics, now that I see it in writing. What do others think?
  9. It is hilarious, as if using as much copy as possible will suck a buyer into the "grandeur". Auction companies and dealers both do the lengthy (and often slightly wrong) history lesson too, as if a casual buyer will say to themselves "...gee, here I sit with $50,000 cash dying to buy an old car but I know nothing about them. Such an exciting description makes me ready to throw it all at this one even though it is rusty and needs everything, how lucky I spotted this ad...." I don't think so, Todd C
  10. Yes, me either except for total junk and sometimes not even then. But I am patiently waiting......
  11. I have also seen the reference to "Willis" but in my area "Willie's" is recognized. Of course most around here also refer to the German sports car as a "Porsh" rather than "Pors-sha" and the British one as a "Jag-wire" rather than "Jag-u-are"
  12. Hmm, I think that is what Joe Padavano suggested four days ago... too bad that guy is just a rich blowhard...
  13. I concur with Joe about that too, might as well do it all while you are in there and the parts are available (how many of us have said THAT before.....) Todd C
  14. Just to follow up on this question and the Chevy crash video, in a crash of any force an old car will not protect you like a newer one and each successive decade added improvements. Digger914's suggestion of a 1990s LeBaron is a good one if an early 1990s car is sufficiently old to be interesting to you. My earlier suggestion of going 1967 or later was due to some early improvements being phased in: pre-1967 your safety equipment was limited to sometimes seatbelts and maybe padded sun visors. In 1967 you got mandated lap belts, a dual master cylinder, and an "energy absorbing" steering column designed to not impale the driver. In 1968 you got (separate) shoulder belts in most cars except convertibles and headrests on the seats (none before, for appearance sake). By 1971 (I think) you got side guard door beams and by the early 1980s crumple zones and so on. Bottom line, a few old car people may have deluded themselves to believe old cars are well built and safe in a crash but most of us know they are not and just accept that risk as a trade off for other aspects of old car enjoyment. Living in a still wide open part of the Midwest this is not much of a concern of mine, but if I drove on major metro expressways in rush hour every day I would probably be more risk averse. BUT as auburnseeker says a motorcycle is worse and if you think of the old car in those terms it is easier to accept that it is not totally anti-social, good luck, Todd C
  15. Sure thing Al, see below. VIN P-Pontiac MI Assembly Plant 6-Six cylinder KA-Model 25 119" Wheelbase "Torpedo" Series 6152-the 5152nd Model KA built at this plant (numbers started at 1001). There were a total 24,802 Torpedo Six Model KA built at this plant (of all body styles) and 1942 production only ran for about 5 months, so this means yours was built about 5-6 weeks in, probably approx. early November 1941. This is consistent with your car having full chrome trim rather than the "blackout" trim famously used after 12-15-41. FISHER BODY Style # 42-2511-1942 Model 2511 Torpedo Six 2dr Sedan Body # 2141-the 2141th Model 2511 body built at the Fisher Pontiac MI Plant Trim # Can't Read Paint # 00 (?) if that is code 00 it is Black Total 1942 Pontiac production only 83,555, of those 29,886 were Torpedo Six models. Nice car, good luck Todd C POCI1957 Technical Advisor