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32Pontiac6

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  1. Thanks for the link. The work is amazing. I am thinking I do want to try doing it myself but better keep a guy like this in my back pocket just in case.... Thanks, Rob
  2. Thanks for the photos and advice. Your wheel looks like it is in similar condition to mine. The marine epoxy idea is a good one. Some of those marine products are amazing. I used some to revive some of the soft wood on my car and it did an amazing job. Thanks for the advice. Rob
  3. Bob--Sorry for the delayed thank you. Been busy restoring other parts and have not been back to acknowledge the help. Yes, it is truly appreciated. Rob
  4. I would be interested in getting any advice/help/experience the group may have on restoring steering wheels for early 30's GM cars. Specifically, I am restoring a 1932 Pontiac. Any advice here? Anybody have experience with the Eastwood or POR-15 restoration kits? Any help appreciated.
  5. Thanks. That is the paint I have used in the past. I guess it is probably the one to use.
  6. Yes, the Filling Station is the first place I look. I was at a car show today and saw some '32 Chevies and it looks like the shield would work but that would be it. The cable setup is completely different. The idea of using a spring is an interesting one, though. Thanks for all the advice.
  7. Does anybody know who supplies the flexible shield (pictured below) that goes over the 3/16" brake cable on my 1932 Pontiac. The shield diameter is 9/16". I am sure this was a common material for mechanical brakes. The pieces for the front brakes have broken due to flexing as the wheels turn. Again...probably a very common problem.
  8. Does anybody have a recommendation on who has the best engine paint that can be purchased in the old Pontiac green?
  9. Oh... lastly, if anybody wants to see the progress of the restoration of this car, I have a Facebook page dedicated to it. https://www.facebook.com/pages/1932-Pontiac/113418194556 You don't have to have a Facebook account to see. It is a public page. Comments and thoughts on my progress are welcome.
  10. Part of my reasoning for not worrying was the top flange being in compression. But I did not think about the buckling aspect and the fact that the body does act to restrain it at the bolting points. Good catch.
  11. Thanks to all for your good advice. It confirms what I had thought but you always like to hear other opinions. I will be back with more questions as the car comes back together! Thanks.
  12. Thanks for the input. I am not familiar with All-Metal filler. Do better auto stores sell it or is it something an online supplier has?
  13. The attached photos are from my '32 Pontiac that I am restoring. The top portion of the frame has pitting where the front of the body mounts. My guess is that this level of pitting is not unusual or 1932 GM cars because of the way the water would flow from a inadequately sealed from window. My feeling is that this pitting is not severe enough to remove or reinforce. The frame is rock solid with little or no rust except for these areas My feeling is that just filling in the pits for cosmetic reasons would be adequate. Some thoughts from those who have faced this problem, please. Is the pitting minor enough to just fill? If I fill, what would be the best material to fill the holes with?
  14. I am installing the top on my 1932 Pontiac Sport Coupe. I am using a kit from the Filling Station for Fisher bodies. The kit recommends using a sound/heat barrier which sounds like a good idea. They also recommend using a burlap material above the wood slats. They also did not provide any information on the type of tacks used to put the top material on. Since the body for a '32 Chevy Sport Coupe is the same as for a '32 Pontiac Sport Coupe So, my questions are: 1) Has anybody used this kit on their '32 Chevy? 2) Have you used a heat barrier and if so, where did you purchase? 3) Where did you purchase the burlap material? 4) Do you have any information on sizes and sources of the tacks used to put the top down? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Rob
  15. I am installing the top on my 1932 Pontiac Sport Coupe. I am using a kit from the Filling Station for Fisher bodies. The kit recommends using a sound/heat barrier which sounds like a good idea. They also recommend using a burlap material above the wood slats. They also did not provide any information on the type of tacks used to put the top material on. So, my questions are: 1) Has anybody used this kit on their early Pontiac? 2) Have you used a heat barrier and if so, where did you purchase? 3) Where did you purchase the burlap material? 4) Do you have any information on sizes and sources of the tacks used to put the top down? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Rob
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  17. I need some help with my 1932 Pontiac. I am trying to figure out how to get into the rear wheel bearing and seals. For some reason this job is not covered in the service manual I have. Has anybody done this job before and can provide some input? Any help appreciated.
  18. I am putting in new kingpins and bushings on my 1932 Pontiac. Does anybody have any tips on accomplishing this job. Since I don't have any of the special tools shown in the repair manual I have to improvise. Anybody have any experience and tips? What do you use to ream the bushing out and fit the kingpin? Happy for any help you can give.
  19. Does anybody know a source for spring bushings for a 1932 Pontiac? There are two sizes of bushings on the '32. One is about 3" long and the other is 2.4" long. The smaller ones are available from Steele Rubber Company but I have not been able to find the longer ones. Does anybody know a source for a bushing similar to the one pictured below. I wonder if there is a modern replacement for these? Spring Bushing.pdf
  20. I will have to disagree a bit with trimacar. Looking at the Oakland Service Shop Manual, under Springs you will find the following: "The spring leaves are thoroughly covered with graphite before being assembled and then a coating of grease is applied over the outside of the entire spring. Composition fabric covers are installed over all springs, giving complete protection from water and dirt and practically eliminating spring squeaks." "Every 5,000 miles, remove spring covers and thoroughly clean and inspect the spring leaves." "Paint leaves with 600 W and then pack spring covers with petrolatum and carefully replace." From this it seems that graphite was used between the leaves for some type of lubrication. Not sure what form the graphite was in. Not clear from the manual. My disassembly of the springs shows a material that is might be graphite mixed with grease over time. My inspection also shows grease in some areas of the leaves. You can see some photos of the leaves on a Facebook page that I am using to document the restoration. You need not be a member of Facebook to see the photos. The link is: 1932 Pontiac | Facebook Thanks for all the input and help!
  21. I have been using a light coat of POR-15 on springs and will paint the assembled and lubed spring with chassis paint. I am leaning toward a lithium grease between leaves.
  22. Yes, the car has shock absorbers. Actually the '32 Pontiac had shocks adjustable from the inside of the car. The springs were originally lubricated with a graphite material. This information comes from the original repair manual and from removing it from the original spring. According to the manual the springs were periodically lubed and were wrapped with a cloth cover... I guess people on this thread call it a 'gator.
  23. Some good information. I did disassemble one so looks like I will do the rest. What about using POR 15 on them? Any thoughts on that?
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