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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. Welcome Christophe, nice looking cars, I bet the Estate Wagon really gets attention over there
  2. Hi Sean, just FYI the switch and ferrule interchange in 1957-58 Pontiacs. The ferrule is part # 1938604 and is a fairly delicate chrome ring with a plastic insert for illumination, the photo of the green car shows the plastic insert as it is not completely tightened up. The red car shows it installed tight and flush. Note there are no markings, just the three notches for tightening the ring. For 1957 parts your best sources are www.pontiacparts.net and Kurt Kelsey in Iowa, good luck with this one Todd Crews POCI 1957 Technical Advisor
  3. That bed matches up better than I would have expected, a very good look
  4. Me too, someone added a Desoto ornament
  5. Hey Daniel Strohl, I would like to commend "Hemmings" for expanding and doing a good job with the glossy magazines. I haven't subscribed to Hemmings itself for years as I do not buy and sell much, but I subscribed to "Special Interest Autos" for years and was later a charter subscriber to "Hemmings Classic Car" and "Muscle Machines" (which was later replaced by "Sports and Exotic" as my tastes changed). I commend you for consistently excellent content and editorial columns, note I especially enjoy the "Detroit Underdog" and "I Was There" articles. I will miss "Sports and Exotic" but hope you keep up the good work on "Classic Car", Todd C
  6. Thanks for the tip on that, great story
  7. As a young teenager in the early 1980s I was practically obsessed with NASCAR. In 1981-88 Chevy/Pontiac/Buick/Olds/Ford and Dodge were all were represented to some degree. Most of the great drivers from the 1960s and 1970s were still there along with a new generation and that variety of cars and drivers captured my interest, plus I understood the championship points system. By the early 1990s every race was on TV and popularity was booming, but where was I? Sunday was my only full day off and I was longer willing or able to devote 4 hours or more to watching a race (and the grating commercials). I just lost interest, plus I needed Sundays to work on my old cars. At that time IndyCar had begun a terrible decline with lookalike cars and drivers and I had already abandoned it first, then by the 2000s when I tried to watch again NASCAR also had lookalike cars and drivers. I was a rabid fan in my youth and don't think I will be back because I just won't spare the time, Todd C
  8. May or may not be relevant but when introduced GM alternators in the 1960s were marketed as Delcotron Generators
  9. That is why I asked, I did not think you could rebuild tubular shocks
  10. The Pontiac-Oakland club actually has several members in Finland and more in Sweden. Your first contact might be Lars-Ingvar Elofsson in Sweden at 58starman.pontiac@tele2.se who is an expert in 1958 Pontiacs. For a look at the Pontiac club take a look at www.poci.org . Good luck, Todd C
  11. So Rusty, how does one go about cutting and refurbishing the shock with these? Is it possible for a home hobbyist?
  12. I think “5219” covered most of the possibilities very well and I had not heard the Buick wheel story before; that is very informative. I think his last point (above) was probably one of the big reasons for the strong local laws. In the early days manufacturers did have their own sales outlets in some big cities but soon found that the franchise system worked best to spread out into smaller markets. However then as now there was tension between automakers and dealers on territories, facility improvements, business practices and sharing showrooms with other makes. With their dominant popularity Ford seems to have been one of the first to flex their muscles on this. I have been studying the early car market in Decatur IL, which circa 1920 was a prospering industrial city of about 55,000. It appears that the first Ford dealer in town (circa 1905) was a carriage dealer and by 1908 when the Model T came out Fords were the exclusive automobile line of a large wagon & implement dealer in a prominent location on the main town square. In calendar 1914 they sold over 220 cars, by far the most in town, Overland was second with 70. But after WWI there was a recession and auto sales were hard hit. It appears that in 1920 Ford approved a second dealer in town, obviously encroaching on dealer # 1’s territory. I have read Henry Ford himself (under protest from Edsel) mandated strong-arming dealers to take unwanted cars and parts during this 1920 recession AND pay cash on delivery to Ford Motor to provide needed funds, all with the threat of losing their valuable Ford franchise if they did not comply. Seems like this may have been just the thing to get dealers to try to get some protection in their states and by the 1920s they were prominent enough to get some political attention. The group might enjoy seeing a list of the car makes offered in this small Midwestern city in 1919, Todd C 1919-5-25DealerListDecHerald.pdf
  13. Actually this may make for a good question, did Canada use the CONELRAD system and did Canadian radios not require the markings?
  14. I am with you John S and Franz! Full disclosure I have not read the Tom Cox piece as I just got my magazine, but I totally contend that 1970s and 1980s cars are the next generation of interest in antique cars. Unfortunately they have been treated with disrespect from previous generations since they were new but they are often an excellent choice for a collector car IMO. I think one of the biggest drags on the hobby has always been old timers disparaging a 20-30 year old car as too-recent “used” car. For a while it was prewar guys who did not like postwar cars and before that it was brass guys not interested in anything after 1915. It is time for the 1970s and 1980s cars like it or not. Their popularity will not be as universal as muscle cars and full restorations will be much less common, but for anyone currently 30-50 these are the cars we grew up with and for anyone under 30 they are the makings of fun nostalgia usually for much less $$$ than a 1960s model. I support anyone interested in preservation or restoration of such cars, Todd C
  15. I would bet the 1919 Mercedes label was pulled out of thin air to get a title back when the vehicle was cobbled together. Seems I recall circa 1980 reading of someone having claimed their built-from-parts 1932 Highboy roadster was a 1926 Maxwell just to get a title. In my opinion no one who would be a likely buyer of a real 1919 car would be attracted to this vehicle and any bidding activity is either shills or (very) ignorant speculators, Todd C