Lisa P

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About Lisa P

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  • Birthday 12/16/1968


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    I enjoy working on old cars as a challenge to myself and to save them from the salvage yard.

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  1. When I took delivery of my 1951 Chieftain, the biggest challenge facing me seemed to be the installation of the hood springs. Mind you, the car was partially disassembled and therefore the springs were located in one of the 13 totes I received with the car. After reviewing my options, a plan was made. The hood was removed and set aside. I then rolled my engine hoist into place so that the hook on the end of its chain was positioned directly over the spring mounting tab that is bolted onto the lower portion of the Pontiac's firewall. The spring was attached here first and then to a lighter (but not too light) length of chain of which the other end was attached to my engine hoist's hook. Carefully, I used to hoist to stretch the spring until it was enough the maneuver it onto the hook of the hood hinge assembly. Slowly, the tension was released, the spring stayed put and a battle was won. This procedure was then repeated for the other side and the hood was carefully bolted back onto the hinge assembly. I have now found another use for the engine hoist I never thought I would need!
  2. Here are some before (the top two photos) and after photos of the repairs I've done. I had a donor rear quarter for the right side and used the dogleg, rocker extension and wheel well arch. This replaced the older repair attempt that was made by the previous owner. I purchased a rocker extension and a portion of the wheel well arch for the left side. After welding these in, I did my best to blend it all with body filler. The left side was more extensive due to a crease that ran along a portion of the quarter panel just above where the molding bolts on. I tried to get it out, but I could not get it smooth. This is still a learning experience for me, and at least it is better than it was : ) Now if I could just find the front tabs that bolt on to hold the wheel skirts on...
  3. Why I am asking this is because I would like to order a new thick gasket, however the Vauxhall manual and California Pontiac Restoration both list only a thin gasket for the 1951 model year. Hmmm...
  4. I have looked in my shop and Vauxhall manual to find a diagram for the carburetor and heat shield mounting, but have not found anything. At first glance, it would seem apparent that there may only be one way to mount these, but I would still feel better if I knew what order you all have had success with. In other terms, does the order go: manifold, thick gasket, heatshield, base gasket, then carburetor? It appears I may have a vacuum leak that I am trying to track down. Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks!
  5. Thanks for all the photos and the help. I believe I have sorted out the wiring and will now be working on getting the old gal to idle properly...
  6. John, thanks for the photos! I definitely don't have this set up, I'll keep digging behind the dash to look into other options. I have all of the lights working with the exception of the left turn signal. Again, thanks so much for the photos, they are worth a million words.
  7. Gary, thanks for the response! I wasn't able to find anything on the handle, but there is a light without a socket, perhaps that is the one, I'll give it a try tomorrow. Also, does anyone happen to know what type of light socket is correct for the hood ornament? I have the ornament, but the socket it long gone. thanks again!
  8. Ah yes, one of my favorite jobs, wiring. My car had been completely disassembled before I bought it, so I have a question. My wiring diagram mentions a parking brake indicator lamp but I have not located a switch or anything on the brake itself. Does anyone have an idea regarding this? Again, thank you for your patience and insight. I really appreciate it!
  9. You guys are fantastic! Thanks to the advice and the photographs, I have a flathead that runs well, has good oil pressure and even impressed my mechanic mentor (which is nearly impossible to do). He helped me run it through the proper break in procedure with no problems whatsoever. The no spark condition seemed to have been caused by that little wire in the distributor grounding against the body. After moving that wire away from the body of the distributor, the car fired right up! Thanks again to everyone for your insight and help.
  10. John, this is exactly what I needed, thanks!!! This photo also helps me sort out some other mystery parts and their locations. When they say a picture is worth a thousand words, it really is true. It looks like your 53 is coming along beautifully!
  11. Thanks! When I see you again, I'll remember ya'. I am glad that you enjoyed the visit to my shop. I hope someday I can get a 4 post lift in order to make life easier for myself and others. The Pontiac is certainly a joy compared to the cars I'm usually saving!
  12. Gary, I do have a new heavy gauge positive cable attached to a nice clean connection, as well as a heavy braided negative cable attached to the block. I did clean the paint off the block where it is attached. I also have a "new" 6 volt battery but it had been on a shelf for a while so it is currently on the trickle charger. The good news today is that with the 12V battery, I was able to get the vehicle to start and run. I didn't let it run long (maybe 5 seconds) because I am not sure what the proper break in procedure of a rebuilt engine should be. Between the great advice I have received here, and my mechanic mentor that returns from vacation in a couple more weeks, we might have a smooth running vehicle by summer! Of course it will be on to the body work then.. Todd C, thanks for all of the great information! I am now a member of the POCI, and hope to be an Early Times Chapter member soon so maybe we will meet someday. I am grateful for the information that your friend has shared on the web, it will be very useful!
  13. Good news! We have oil pressure around 20 lbs. when cranking, bad news is that I don't have spark. I have checked the timing and it seems the distributor and rotor are installed correctly. There is power to the positive side of the coil when the key is on, but cannot seem to find any power in the distributor with the key on. And I purchased one of the long 6 volt batteries and a new coil and have installed them but the battery doesn't have enough juice to turn the engine over. It reads 6.21 volts with a multimeter. I don't give up without a fight, so maybe more on this tomorrow. Thanks again for the help.
  14. Thanks for the reply Bloo. How long should it take when cranking for oil pressure to build? I have read about people putting grease or Vaseline in the oil pump to help prime it while others say it isn't necessary. Any opinions on packing the pump?
  15. Hello again! I have wired the car for first time starting and would like to hear any insight you all may have regarding priming the engine with oil and connecting (plumbing) the oil pressure gauge. I believe that the oil pressure gauge gets plumbed into one of the oil galleys on the passenger side of the block but am not sure if it should be in front of, or behind the oil pump. Also, the engine was rebuilt several years ago and has never been started, so should I add zinc to the oil? Thanks in advance for your insight.