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  1. Hi Charles! So the 9630 was for the 6-cyl...i have the 8 cyl. Did the Pontiac use the same pump on both engines at the time or six cylinder model pump was installed by somebody between me and the factory? And also i have the other Chieftain (as for parts), i removed the garburator, disassembled it and everything matches with Carter WCD except casting number on the throttle body which says 1-1148. (there is some strange differences on the throttle body)I have been thru many pages and catalogs and cannot trace that number for some reasonas to Pontiac at the time! Your help is greatly appreciat
  2. Removed the oil pan and Holy Molly, whatever it was in there, if i would be close enough to it, most likely it would have bitten me! I had to drag the damn thing out with the force! Seems that engine has been rebuild at one point and whatever fell in oil pan was left there and the pan and filter looked like they have never been cleaned in 60 years. Found one connecting rod bolt and two split valve retainers in the sludge which literally stretched as a chewing gum! Gas tank was cleaned and sealed most likely by previous owner, so no worries just fuel sending unit was about to fall apart! Toke
  3. I pretty much was able to move every single one of them without any force literally back and forth, Plastigauge most likely will give some answers! I thank you very much for all the input to my questions, learning thru every word from your replays! Will keep you posted! Drained the oil yesterday and it sure looked like a roof tar! There was quite a bit of sludge in a oil pan and filtering system was half way clogged as well! Had to do all this on my back under the car on the jacks and my nose against the frame! :cool: Got a lot of paperwork from the previous owner, so have to make a little
  4. Hi helfen! I removed the oil pan and tried to move the connecting rods and they were really moving side to side without much of an effort! So, the question is does that mean i need to rebuild the whole engine or just change the connecting rod bearings? Thank you! Mart
  5. Nice looking car indeed! Good luck with the project! Great words from Charles...Pontiac wasn't lying about the 100,000 miles, if they would only know that a lot of those cars are still on the road today, price most likely would have been three times of that what they used to sell them for! :cool:
  6. Hi there! Finished carburetor today and will be driving to NY tomorrow, gas tank will be next to come off the car and so on one step at the time until i can hear the hearth of the beauty ticking again! Quite cold in my neck of the woods, must be brutal around where you are! Enjoy the winter!
  7. Hi helfen! This is definitely most wise way to go, i mean to remove the oil pan and clean out whatever doesn't belong there! I will be doing it in next few days in upstate NY, where the car is located at the moment in the garage at the 15 degrees! Driveway has a quite a slope in front of the garage, don't want to take a risk trying to get the car on the trailer without having much of a control over it! Finished carburetor today....oil pan, gas tank, fuel lines.....too many things to list before i can crank it up, drive it to the trailer and get it to Boston Youhaa....will be cold but a fun fe
  8. This is how i bought the car, by that picture! Will take a lot of elbow grease and learning to get it to the shape as it looks on the picture! What doesn't kill you makes you restore a old car i guess! :cool:
  9. Hi Joe! Valuable information indeed! I would have missed quite few of the points on the list you posted! And yes, patience is the very important ingredient in this matter! Thank you! Mart.
  10. How much of a help can i get out of the 1949 Pontiac Fisher body manual for my 1954! They sure have many difference but seems like not much of an options out there to grab!
  11. I have the 1954 Faxon Master parts catalog, the one thing what i definitely don't see there is the front parking light assembly for my Chieftain! The car was at the Nostalgic Restoration in PA and was brought back in pieces, front parking light buckets are definitely not parts of that car! Can you post a picture of the front parking light assembly if your catalog has one in it! Thank you!
  12. Hi lalautze! As much as i know the engine worked last time around 5-6 years ago! I pulled out the oil stick, oil looked pretty clean! The oil plug trick is definitely a wise on! As far as the car has been sitting for few years whatever information the oil may have is most likely sitting in the sludge in the oil pan! Thinking to make a little hook out of the wire and try to scrape some sludge out thru the plug hole to see if it has some small metal particles or whatever information i can get out of by visual inspection! Quite cold here in Boston tonight, Michigan must feel like a Siberia at th
  13. Hello Helfen! Thank you for your input, it makes a lot of sense as i am the freshman to the old engines! And a good article about the oil system! I made a little research about installing the external oil filter and after weighing all what has been said i got quite valuable lesson that the modern oil filters restrict the flow of the oil and only the high flow areas will get proper lubrication! Been following many of your posts as well as Charle's and really learning many good lessons off of them! Thank you very much!
  14. Can i just replace the oil in the engine at the moment or would it be wise to remove the oil pan first and get it cleaned before trying to start it up?
  15. I live in Newton MA and i have not brought the car home yet from Warwick NY. Rebuilding the carburetor at the moment, most likely need to change all the liquids and remove the gas tank to be cleaned! After will get it on the trailer and haul it home!
  16. Hello Charles! Which Fisher body manual can be used which matches most closely to 1954 Chieftain 2 door sedan! The car was in the middle of the restoration 5 years ago and the previous owners run out of money! Before it was returned to owner every thing what was taken off was packed in boxes and thrown in the car! You can very much picture the lego what i am trying to figure out here! Quite sure that with your experience it would not seem as bad, but for me it is like bull looking at the new barn door! I actually got two cars...one 1954 Chieftain 2 door which i bought and the other one is
  17. Hello everybody! As i am most likely the freshest 1954 Chieftain 2 door sedan owner i would like the input of the Master Minds of the forum of the must to do checklist to be followed before cranking up a car which has been sitting in a garage for a past 5 year! Worse thing would be for me as this is my first restoration project, to do something out of my inexperience which may do some major damage to the vital organs of the car! I started already cleaning and rebuilding the carburetor! Thank you in advance!
  18. Hello Marc! I am new to the board and your post is from 2010, still do you have any books which represent 1954 Pontiac Chieftain 2 door Fisher body manuals! Thank you!
  19. Hi! Do you have a Fisher Body manual what represents 1954 Pontiac Chieftain 2door sedan body style? Thank you!
  20. Hi Charles! I been looking for the 1954 Pontiac Fisher body manual for a week now and no luck! If you have any information which direction to run to get one i would very much appreciate it! How is your Catalina coming along?
  21. Hi Charles! Thank you for the explanation of the trim code! You are at the moment my bible for sure! Your knowledge about the Pontiacs is unbelievable! I have already learned many things by just reading your posts. Looks like the interior color has been changed, at the moment door panels and seats are in a combination of white and red! Rest of the car is pretty much original with 47000 miles on it! Not so many factory options....less thing to worry about i guess!
  22. Thank you Lee for help on decoding the VIN and TAG information! I will definitely join the Oakland Club! I have a lot to learn about the car for sure! Mart.
  23. Hello to everybody! Just bought a 1954 Pontiac Chieftain. Have been looking all over the place to decode the body tag and no real waterproof information after many hours of research on the matter! Just by reading thru the forums looks there are many very knowledgeable fans around on this site! I would greatly appreciate if you could point me to the direction where such an information can be obtained. Style N 54-2511WD Body N BF 491 Trim N 71 Paint N5400 that one i know it is black if i am correct Top ACC VIN F8ZH2272 Thank you in advance! And good luck to everybody with keeping up with
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