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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. Replacing shocks 71 Buick..what about springs?

    This is my experience too, as long as the car is level and not obviously sagging to one side or damaged I would do the shocks and go. It will be fun for you to enjoy that big, floating 1970s driving experience, enjoy, Todd C
  2. Future of the antique car hobby

    I think charlier’s observation about the resale of modified cars applies to our topic not only in 1970-90s cars but in general. We here are less just about money than most but it is a factor in how many people can participate and what happens to the cars. Experienced hobbyists have always known that a car that has not been “messed with” is worth a premium over one that has a cheap repaint, incorrect interior or mechanical alterations. It is just easier to deal with when you don’t have to correct someone else’s mistake first. IMO most poor backyard repairs are from someone being too lazy and/or cheap to do a proper job. It gets worse when modifying “creativity” comes into play. In all cases such a problem is to be avoided or at least deducted for and I think upcoming hobbyists with less mechanical experience will be quite aware of this—it is enough of a problem on an old car and a real issue on more complicated later models like charlier says. Of course the bargain hunter in me scours the ads looking for this as a buying opportunity for one who can fix the problems but even that usually backfires (on me anyway) in being more cost or work than expected.
  3. Future of the antique car hobby

    Good for you, great to hear it!
  4. Future of the antique car hobby

    Glad to hear it, very glad. Of course I have always thought the AACA had more younger people interested than out here and that is a great thing. Central PA has always had more activity in authentic old cars than the Midwest. In central IL we are a wasteland of mediocre street rodding being the default choice in old car activity, Todd C
  5. Future of the antique car hobby

    Two great points from Matt Harwood above. I only hope he is right about the market itself becoming its own brake on the practice above. Unfortunately I think he is definitely right about the guy “sticking his thumb in our collective eyes” just to stroke his own ego. I see lots of that here in the Midwest, home of “carlover1954” and thousands more like him. Bernie’s observations are spot on that this seems to be all about 60 somethings with retirement cash to blow stoked on by cable TV reality shows. A thumb in our eyes indeed. Some hobbyists are, however, like Paul’s friend above with the Cadillac V12. Not blustery, ego-driven “thumb in the eye” types but just can't or don’t want to deal with old car issues. I get that a lot in the 1950s Pontiac world. They say they will remove the original components because they can’t get parts or service; untrue of course. What they really mean is they can’t get 1957 Pontiac parts at Autozone or rebuild a Jetaway Hydramatic at their local transmission shop, both usually are true. Their buddy carlover1954 or a half-a** wannabe restoration shop only knows (sort of) how to drop in an LS1 so that is all they hear discussion about. Edinmass correctly asks do we really think in 1931 Cadillac sold a new car that would not start or run right? Exactly right, of course not, likewise with 1950s Pontiacs. But fixing the original installation would require finding a good old-fashioned shop or at least buying a $40 shop manual, reading it and educating yourself and that is much less fun than proclaiming your manliness in putting a Corvette V8 in a Packard Super 8. Going to the next step, many of us here have been around large 1930s convertible sedans, right? In your experience will that big open body with that big top react well to tearing around propelled by a 500 hp V8? Anyone care to take that car to 100 mph? Not me, it is ridiculous to think about. Even car guy Tim Allen in a recent Car & Driver interview said that in his 40 years experience with street rods most had problems and design flaws that made them almost never drive well. Oh well, rant over. Like trimacar said I am trying to numb myself to being angry about these things and just accepting them as inevitable in the modern world, Todd C
  6. Lubriplate 110 and alternatives

    Oh yeah, I guess so, thanks again, Todd C
  7. Lubriplate 110 and alternatives

    Sound good spinneyhill, so what synthetic would you recommend for my suspensions greasing? Any preferred brand?
  8. Lubriplate 110 and alternatives

    I was lubricating my 1950s hood hinges and window regulators and got a tip to use the red grease and thought it worked pretty good--seemed better than the white lithium I had been using that indeed seems to dry out. I used the green in suspension and U joints for my old truck and lawnmowers since it claimed to be good for HD applications that are not serviced frequently, also in line with what you said above. So for future automotive suspension and U joints I was planning to commit to red (rather than keep both) and would appreciate your advice, thanks Todd C
  9. Lubriplate 110 and alternatives

    I know, I was so impressed I would like to ask him another lubricant question but am too intimidated! (Spinneyhill, if you are reading, I am comparing Lucas Red & Tacky and/or Green grease to regular old chassis grease, are you familiar?)
  10. It could go either way. In my case old cars were the common thread that provided the best times my dad and I shared during my high school years (early 1980s). I loved cars and was socially awkward and the old car activities gave me a much needed positive social outlet plus I could put my youthful energy after school into learning about and working on them. BUT I did not then have the internet, a smart phone, video games, 200 TV channels or transportation on demand. My younger brother ten years later had more of those things and did not have the same interest I did, so you never know, Todd C
  11. Lubriplate 110 and alternatives

    Summershady, once again your question has educated me too. 1950s Pontiac service manuals always reference Lubriplate and I have never seen that and always substituted common white Lithium grease in spray or tube form. A quick Google shows that there actually is a Lubriplate company still in business at www.lubriplate.com . Their website says Lubriplate 110 is a white calcium grease. So then I Googled “white calcium grease” to compare it to white lithium and was sent to www.machinerylubrication.com for a little comparison. They say the calcium is better but I would say the lithium is still an acceptable common substitute, although I do intend to read on. Good luck with yours, Todd C
  12. Replacement coolant hose

    Good idea, hopefully you ordered the lower hose too to replace at the same time, the prices are reasonable. As Tinindian said the ribbed hoses are considered a low-dollar off-brand replacement part; molded curved hoses are the proper thing to do if available, Todd C
  13. Replacement coolant hose

    The parts manual says 1939-40 all used the same upper hose, part # 502025 and available reasonable at www.pontiacparts.net .
  14. Hydramatic side cover bolts

    My favorite hydramatic parts source is www.autotran.us , you might send the proprietor David Edwards an Email on that and definitely keep him on file for future parts if CPR does not have what you need, Todd C
  15. '54 rear axle seal removal

    Since this seal will be replaced I would use an awl and punch a small hole in the seal then screw in a sheetmetal screw and pull on that. Has to be a very tight fit in the hole and punching with an awl is tighter than drilling a hole and no worry about metal chips. If you have a slide hammer dent puller that can be best of all but I would probably not buy one just for this job