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hi thomas, congrats on getting the 54 starchief custom catalina hardtop, i can help you with lots of factory information from my 53-54 pontiac library. i have own my 53 chieftain custom catalina for 42 years, and i've been the 53 pontiac tech advisor for 30 years. if you are on facebook, please look up the pontiac chieftain club, i'm on there quite a bit, helping others like you and me. you can also email me directly at charlessdv8@yahoo.com , look forward to hearing from you and helping you.

charles l. coker

1953 pontiac tech advisor

tech advisor coordinator

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Hi Charles,

it is very exciting to get involved with these nice old cars from the 50s for the very first time!!

Hope I will not regret it...:cool:

Thanks for offering your advice!

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This is a picture from its former owner.

New ones will be posted in another thread (and -as I understood- automatically in my gallery...)

Thanks again

Thomas

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Picked this 51 up a few months back,I guess I will have to get a pro mech.to get it running right. It's a 6cyl., 3 on the tree.It has about  111  to 115 lbs of compression in the cylinders,all plugs out . I really cant find out  what normal compression is in the 239...has a light  to medium noise  in the middle of the eng. carb side.Starts  idles, doesn't rev good , most plugs turn black . I might be off when I brought the no.1 cyl. to top dead center..guessing which plug it pointed to and then went counter clock wise with the wiring.

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Compression is ok if it is like that on all cylinders. Most, maybe all flathead Pontiac sixes have a piece of pipe inside the intake manifold that can rust through and let exhaust from the heat riser into the intake. It is directly under the carburetor if you have it. I would look for holes in there. Welcome!

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Thanks for your quick response.Sorry if I posted too many pics., but I thought some one else could compare and reference with them .My heat ex changer was rusted shut.....Thank you.... I changed a lot of gaskets along with some broken exhaust bolts.I used every thing to break the shaft loose  and I think the torch and wax  was best.With a pipe wrench,slowly,don't get to discouraged.Stopped the noise but it was fatigued point spring that was cracked and would cut out when reved up, and smoked..Feels good to overcome different problems,even thought I'm not a good mec. It's ready to drive.100,000 mi. and very little smoke now. Ins. will be super cheap...$175 a year,full coverage for $5000 RIG.

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Gents,

Since this is a little used site, I was wondering if there was another site for the "Flatheads"  (other than the POCI Early Times Division) that one can go to for help in parts and service for the 1930s Pontiacs?   You show a lot of 40-50s cars and with little use of this site, it would be helpful if one could find another source for help.

 

Randy

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1 hour ago, Randiego said:

Since this is a little used site, I was wondering if there was another site for the "Flatheads"  (other than the POCI Early Times Division) that one can go to for help in parts and service for the 1930s Pontiacs?   You show a lot of 40-50s cars and with little use of this site, it would be helpful if one could find another source for help.

I only look under the "welcome thread" every year or two.  You would get lots of responses if you started your own thread (click on "start new topic") either here under "Pontiac Flathead Owners" or under "Oakland Pontiac".

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Hi New to the group. Here are. photos of my 1931 Pontiac 401 four door sedan. I got the car 4yrs. ago from a former Pontiac dealership ,now a GMC Buick dealership. The car sat in the showroom for a lot of years, was restored some time in late 70's or early 80's then at some point moved to storage in the back of the building where it sat. When I got the car the engine was stuck,the car was very dirty , but very nice and complete except missing the door handles and the radiator ornament. The door handles were removed to keep people in the showroom from opening the doors,then they were lost.The Indian head radiator cap was stolen at some point. I soaked the motor for 3 weeks ,got it to turn over with the crank, and then got it to run and drive. The photo with people in it is at the dealership getting a award for 50 years. The Pontiac is in the picture , taken in1987. Found some door handles at a swap meet, used a model A radiator cap. 

 

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Welcome!

 

If you have a starter that just doesn't work, look into getting it rebuilt.

 

If you don't have one at all, I would start by either a PM to Kurt Kelsey (KornKurt on this forum, he's located in Iowa), or a call to California Pontiac Restoration.

 

Good luck!

 

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I’ve cleaned/restored gas tank, began painting frame. I also replaced front/back shocks, and leaf springs. For my 1939 Pontiac,  which I have driven short distances (20 miles). I was thinking about checking the engine, opening up. Should I do a diagnostic check before?

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Hi, Welcome to the forum!

 

We are here, there just aren't that many of us. Why are you thinking of opening the engine? Is it doing something wrong?

 

Early Times Chapter is a good club for these cars. Unfortunately most of their website is not working right now, usually there is a lot of useful information there. http://www.earlytimeschapter.org/About_ETC.html

 

There's a get together planned in Bardstown, Kentucky, USA this September.

 

Here is my 1936 Master Six that gets driven regularly:

 

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday just stopping by to introduce my self proud owner of a 1938 Pontiac 6DA Deluxe 6 got it about a lil over 1 year ago and been pushing forward getting it repainted as we speak...

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