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  1. I’m trying to find the top battery hold down for a 1953 Pontic Chieftain. Please let me know if you have one available. Thanks!
  2. I’m looking for a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain 6v battery top hold down. Please let me know if you have one available. Thanks.
  3. Great! Thank you for the help. I ordered a new guide today. I think once I get it I’ll do as you recommended and use it to measure the id and od and make a drift on my lathe.
  4. I have a 1953 Pontiac chieftain with a straight 8 I’m working on the valves on. A few of the guides are broken and need to be replaced. Does anyone have experience doing this? The manual says to use tool j-2542. I’m guessing I won’t be able to find that tool. Can anyone recommend the correct tool I can find to get the old guides out and put in the new ones? I found a lot of drift tools online but I’m not sure which one is correct.
  5. Thanks for the offer John. I’m sure I will be taking you up on asking some questions. I have been following your build and it will definitely be helpful the deeper I get into this project.
  6. I do a little bit of everything from knife sheaths, wallets, keychains, motorcycle related stuff, horse tack (usually fixing my wife’s stuff). I do leather tooling and laser engraving also. You can see some of my stuff on Instagram or Etsy under MyhreMade.
  7. Thanks everyone for the great tips and advise. I realize this is a pretty big long term project which is kind of what I was looking for. I enjoy working on and tinkering with things. I’m not looking forward to the replating of the chrome but that is at the very bottom of the list and can be done when the funds are available. I do upholstery and leather work on the side so I’m excited to redo all of the interior when I get to that point.
  8. Well today was a good day. I finally got the motor unseized and able to turn over. Who knows how long this motor has been froze up. One step at a time. https://youtu.be/v4wfr3eSulw
  9. Thanks for the insight The 55er. It’s good to hear someone’s experience who has actually owned one of these. It would be easier to start with one in better shape. Other than the motor issue the body isn’t terrible. Needs some work but I’ve done body work before. I’ve always wanted a classic car but circumstances never worked out to own one at the time. My wife bought this for me for my upcoming 40th. This is going to be a long term project so I’m not afraid to do the work and learn as I go. A lot of people have said to just pull the motor and swap with an LS or something else which would definitely be easier but to me having the old original engine is part of what makes it cool. I guess it’s a personal preference of mine but I like old stuff and keeping them original.
  10. I’ve worked on and built motorcycles for a long time but this is my first car project. I’m really excited about it and I’m sure I will have a lot of questions along the way. My plan is to hopefully get it running and driving for now. I’d like to eventually do a full restoration of it once I have more room to do so. I started looking into the motor and about half of the valves were bent or broken. I got them all removed.
  11. Hey everyone. I just acquired this 1953 Pontiac Chieftain. It has a straight 8 with an automatic powerglide transmission. The previous owner said it had a bent valve and that he hadn’t tried to do much with it.
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