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About Summershandy

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  1. Summershandy

    '51 Chieftain - Rear grab handles/rope

    Cool....mount on the left looks like mine. I have silver tape on mine as the chrome has lifted. Good to know that they're used a such a wide variety in case I want to replace it one day. Thanks!
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    '51 Chieftain - Rear grab handles/rope

    You got me off my ass to take this pic....good luck with the strap haberdashery!
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    '51 Chieftain - Rear grab handles/rope

    My '54 StarChief has a single grab rope, wrapped and stitched in the same material and colour as the door panels. The stitching came apart in some spots so I just reglued it. It's construction is a fine chain that runs through stiff plastic tubing. The ends look like s-hooks that attach to the ends of the chain and the back of the seat. At least that's what I remember. It may not be like yours.
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    '54 temperature sending unit

    I finally got around to contacting Abbott Instrument Restoration out of Portland Oregon. Spoke with a nice gentleman by the name of Bruce. He said they can replace the capillary tube and bulb and bushing. Test, calibrate and stand behind their work. Sounds like around $200 USD. I'm going to go that route. BTW, Morris gauges have been out of business for quite some time. He also used to work for Bruce then went independent. Didn't have a whole lot of good things to say.....
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    1930 Chevy found

    Thanks for the input! I agree with your observations and thoughts.
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    1930 Chevy found

    That's the only description I have right now. I'm typically in the Pontiac section. This is for sale in a remote Northern Ontario town. Seller's asking $7,900. Says it only needs a few more things to totally restore and is in good running order. Any experts here have a little more info on this car? I'm more of a 50's guy. Thanks!
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    53 pontiac dash is painted

    Yikes, the dash is welded in? Hmm......thanks for the heads up.
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    53 pontiac dash is painted

    Did you paint the dash in place? I was thinking of removing mine to paint. Looks like it would need to be removed if the headliner was replaced. It's kinda tucked behind the dash. When I first got the car, I used steel wool to try to get the rust spots out. I went a little too hard and took down the finish. This summer I tried again with finer wool and compound polish and was surprised on the results. If it wasn't for that spot at the end I messed up, I wouldn't paint it. Thanks for the pics John.....lookin' good as always.
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    53 pontiac.. What have I done now ?

    So that's what it's called! I remember starting out to fix my crank seal leak at the front of the engine. The manifold needed to be machined as it was leaking too..... my engine and bay are now newly painted. Not in the plan. I later replaced the oil pan gasket and fixed a couple leaks at the transmission. They too have been painted. Sure nobody's gonna see them....but WE know!
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    Trayliner for battery

    I ended up wire wheeling my old tray. Gave it a couple good coats of rust paint. Cleaned up the battery connections real good. Gave them a spray of WD40 on the battery. Everything is holding up good. Got a new battery cuz it must have been the one that came with the car that was causing the grief.
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    Door alignment on 53 pontiac

    Same here....not to my liking but everyone else is so busy looking at everything else it's never noticed. Good news John! Mark
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    50's pontiac automatic windshield washer system

    Thanks Charles. I'm going to have to take the switch out and inspect. Maybe I can throw a pic on here. I suspect it's already "washer ready" when you speak of a spring assembly especially when there's hose connection there. Should be easier to tell once out. Really hard to focus with it up in the dash. Cheers! Mark
  13. I finally decided to get a windshield washer bottle because I think they look so cool. The holes are there and the seller confirmed fitment. I don't really intend of using it but now I'm curious on the operation. Most importantly the control switch and hook up. My wiper switch has 2 nozzle ports facing up. When I turn the switch on full, you can turn it a little more with a spring like feeling. When released it goes back. Could this be the switch for the washer? Are those ports the washer line? I also noticed I haven't exterior spray nozzles, just plugs. I would have to get them in order to be operational. Anyone else got this system in their mid 50's Pontiac? If these questions are correct, then I'd just need hose and nozzles to get them working.....which is OK with me! Thanks. Mark
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    53 Catalina 8 smoking once it's warm

    One time my dash was out and found the fuse under the hood on the firewall had blown. Runs the tail lights too. Hoping it was just old. I think I used Dextron III for my Hydra....check around the site first to make sure! Good Luck! Mark
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    Tank is mounted on the 53

    Yes I remember brake lines were through CPR from Inline. I elected to bend my own fuel line for $25 and was quite surprised how well it came out. Oh my how I love chrome!! Did you get your steering wheel done? I had Dennis Crooks a while back quote around $1,000 for a total restore. Decided to buy a $20 cover instead. This winter (which starts around November) I hope to do the headliner/windlace and carpet. It took me longer than anticipated to get it on the road and wanted to enjoy it before the snow started flying again. Anxiously waiting for pics! Mark