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  1. Outstanding! Thank you very much for the insight.
  2. I have an Oldsmobile service manual (1953) that states to use the tool J-720 for a certain job on the front suspension. A google search shows that it it is used in earlier manuals also, but shows no photos or descriptions. Does anyone have a picture of this tool, or knowledge of what this tool is and it's intended use? Any help is appreciated.
  3. This will be my last post to this thread. I have bought a 1953 Olds 98. I hope to be able to enjoy participating in local show and shines for many years to come. A friend checking the old girl out ... If anyone can help me decode this data plate ... I would be grateful ... Shes a classy old car I will be participating in the Olds forums I guess!
  4. Hi guys, I just purchased a new to me 1953 Oldsmobile 98, four door sedan. I am in Canada and I thought this would be a Canadian car (different from US models), but it turns out that all 98 models were American made models. I got that information from the Canadian maintenance manual. I need some help with the decoding of the data plate please. STYLE 53 - 3069D = 1953 model 98 four door sedan ? BODY L17642 = Lansing with a serial number for the body ? TRIM 91 = ????? PAINT 50 - 51 = ????? ACC K2 - T = ????? SERIAL 539M29307 = 1953, 98, Lansing plant, sequence number ? Any help is apreciated
  5. Thanks for all the great photos! I have always liked this 52 Buick. I heard that it might be for sale so I might be looking into this soon.
  6. Just some misc. ramblings. A few mistakes I made along the way ... Irregardless of my life situation, I made a few mistakes while selecting this car for my restoration project. After thinking about it for a while ... I should have joined this forum ... BEFORE ... purchasing the car. That way, I could have gotten good advice in what to look for ... before making a purchase of a project car. The car was bought sight unseen - I should have had someone local check the car out before I bought it. The engine was seized when I picked it up - The person checking it out locally would have spotted that. (The owner said it turned over) I have read many times ... after making my purchase - '' Make sure the car runs'' ... or ... ''Select a car that will be easy to get running'' ... that way, you can get the mechanicals sorted out and drive it before beginning the restoration process. That is a great way to figure out what needs to be done ... or indeed if the project should be started at all! I never felt that I was in over my head with this project because I had some experience restoring snowmobiles. But I made the the financial estimates too optimistic at the start. Having the sled experience ... I should have known better and really made an effort to get realistic estimates of what needed to be done .. at what cost. Not all cars are meant to be nut and bolt restorations. This project ... if I had ever finished it ... would have never be worth the money that I put into it. Some people may or may not have been able to do it at a lower cost. I am not debating that ... but I have read many times on this board that it costs pretty much the same to restore one vehicle or another from the same era. Why not choose a project car that will be worth more at the end, instead of one that will be worth less? That way ... maybe you will be able to break even ... or even ahead ... if you are carefull and/or lucky. As an example ... a later 50's Pontiac 2 door HT seems to be more desireable ... and would probably cost no more to redo than the Catalina. If I am realistic in saying that I could have ended up with a number 2 condition car ... the 52 would have been worth about $22,000 ... while a 57 super or star chief would have been worth from $30,000 to $35,000. For some people ... this factor is not a consideration, but in my case ... it should have been because I had no emotional ties to a 52 Catalina. It just seemed like a cool project car to me at the time. Live and learn ... I just wish I could have started this project ten years ago while I was still working. But other things were more important at the time ... family ... education for the kids ... etc. Don't get me wrong here. I have no regrets. I tried ... and it didn't work out ... for various reasons ... but at least I tried. I wish to thank all the forum members here who helped/encouraged me along the way. You guys have no idea how helpful and inspiring you people truly are! best regards Stephen
  7. I have a list of 50's Pontiac manuals for sale. I am listing them here, before they go to eBay. Buyers pay actual shipping charges plus packing materials (from Canada). There are no handling charges. Combined shipping for multiple items of course. Prices are in US funds. All books are used and have some shop staining. Non of these books are mint. I consider a used book cannot be in excellent or mint condition. The best it can be in my opinion is very good. I will edit this post and remove items as they are sold ... Craftsman service news $5 each almost all of them in fair (binder holes ripped) to good (more staining than very good) to very good condition (slight staining). 1954 - October-November, August-September, March, February, January 1953 - December, November, October, September(extra), September, May, April, March, February, January 1952 - December, October (2 copies), September (2 copies), August, July (2 copies), June, May, April, March, February (2 copies), January 1951 - December, November Body by Fisher service news: (1954) number 1 VOL. 13, (15/11/1952) number 1 VOL. 12, (20/5/1952) number 6 VOL. 11, (25/1/1952) number 1 VOL. 11 1952 Owner's Service Guide (owner's manual - reproduction), condition good (not perfect) - $5 ''Starting and Generating Systems'' large pamphlet, condition good - $5 1949 Fisher Body ''A'' series bodies, very good condition - $25 1948 - 1953 Hydra-Matic shop manual, very good condition - $25 1949 - 1950 shop manual, poor to fair condition (intact and no missing pages) - $15 1949 - 1950 shop manual, very good condition - $30 1951 supplement to 1949 - 1950, very good condition - $15 1952 Pontiac Master Parts Catalog (up to and including 1952 models), poor to fair condition, taped exterior cover - metal binding pins through binder holes, no missing pages - $100 1955 Pontiac Master Parts Catalog (up to and including 1955 models) good to very good condition - $200 1952 Brochure like my avatar picture, good condition - $20 1952 Pontiac colors chip chart - Dupont, fair condition (2 pages) - $5 1953 Pontiac colors chip chart - Dupont, fair condition (2 pages) - $5 1949 to 1951 Pontiac colors chip chart - Acme, very good condition (4 pages) - $15 1952 Pontiac AEA wiring diagram / Tune up chart, very good condition - $10 Canadian Pontiac Manuals 1949 - 1950 series 2000 - 2200 maintenance manual, very good condition - $30 1949 - 1950 series 2500 - 2700 maintenance manual, good to very good condition - $25 1951 supplement to 1949 - 1950 series 2500 - 2700 maintenance manual, very good condition - $15 1946 - 1957 Pontiac Master Parts Catalogue in it's original dealer hard cover binding (like the parts counter guys used), this is a heavy book, good condition - $250 Thanks for looking ... whatever does not sell here will be on ebay in a week or so ...
  8. I will be getting a driver ... probably this summer ... and I will show it off here Keith. I have been following the for sale ads on this forum. Good cars at realistic prices ... and a fine bunch of folks, I might just get one out of this forum. It even might be a Buick ... who knows
  9. The car sold this morning ... it went more quickly than I expected ... maybe that's for the better ... I will still be hanging around this forum. You are a very nice bunch of guys! Thanks again for all the best wishes, but we are doing fine now.
  10. http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/moncton/1952-pontiac-project/1041341351?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true In case anyone lives near me and is interested ...
  11. Sad day for me ... after a long and soul searching debate with my wife and family ... I am announcing that I am abandoning my restoration project. I have had some life altering events happen to my family and I this year ... and the best decision for me is to stop the project and move on. I will regret that I could not complete my dream of restoring a car ... but it would have been far worse for me, if I had not tried. I would have always regretted not trying. I will be selling the car as a project locally ... and if that doesn't pan out ... then I will part it out. Please don't send me requests for parts. If or when I start parting the car out ... it will be advertised on this forum. I would firstly like to thank technical director, Charles Coker for his help. You were always there when I needed you Charles! A special thanks also go out to Buicknutty, POCI1957, Helfen, avgwarhawk, Landman and Kooser who were always there with words of encouragement. And finally ... thanks to all who were following my progress. You have no idea how much your kind words meant to me! I will not speak any more about the events that brought me to this decision. Those are private family matters. Just be reassured that everyone is now doing well. I will not buy or get into any more car restoration projects ... that part is done for me. I will probably just buy a running car and follow the local shows and cruise-ins, to enjoy that part of the hobby. Thank you all!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours sincerely Stephen Landry
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