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Hi,

Here is a picture of my 1953 Chief Deluxe Convertible.

I am based in the Netherlands. Only two 53 Chieftains are registered here.

I am looking for a reliable address to find parts. Recommendations are welcome.

Thx.

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post-61302-143139187006_thumb.jpg A 1954 Pontiac Starchief Deluxe, purchased in 1975 from a local junkyard owners private stash for the sum of $250.00. It sat in storage for the next 22 years till every new piece of N.O.S. stainless, chrome ornaments and all the plastic emblems were found . I think the only parts used over after plating were the bumpers. The complete grill was NOS but the chrome finishes didn't match so we had a top of the line chromeplater redo all of the pieces to match. It got painted in single stage urethane and buffed to a high gloss finish. In the year 2000 it was entered in the AACA show in Winchester, VA. and won a first junior award. In Oct. at Hershey it was sold. It was one of the better cars that I have restored, I was proud of it.

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hi kevin, there wasn't a pontiac assembly plant in stockton, ca., there was one in south gate, ca., that's where all the pontiacs were built in california. my 1953 custom catalina was built there too. 1951 pontiacs are a real nice car to have, being it was pontiac's 25th year. charles coker, 1953 pontiac tech advisor.

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hi, last monday, i got the 1950's oldsmobile 98 wheels back from being sandblasted and powdercoated, this is the first time i ever had something powdercoated, the wheels turn out beautiful, i had my front brake drums sandblasted and powdercoated in glossy black. the color for the wheels is very very close to the 1953 pontiac color of laurel green, which is the color of my car's top or roof. correctly the wheels should be milano ivory like the body, but i thought with the laurel green, a nice contrast would look better. the wire wheel hubcaps are my idea also, a combination of 1953 oldsmobile wire wheel hubcaps and 1951 to 1953 pontiac rear fender indian chief emblems, matching perfectly with the car's nos rear fender emblems. charles coker, 1953 pontiac tech advisor.

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Here is a picture of "Honey" my wife's 1940 Pontiac 6 cylinder. Just finished the engine rebuild and re-install

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hey samiam, that looks like a very nice 1954 canadian pontiac, more pictures please. charles coker, 1953 pontiac tech advisor.

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Here is the 36 deluxe 8 4dr Touring Sedan that I brought home last week. It has been in the family since new. It was owned by my great Uncle and I just bought it from his son. It was last licensed in 1951 and has been in dry storage since then. The only thing missing was the Generator (which I am looking for). It was originally a Dusk Grey car and has most of the available options. Evereything else is complete including the interior with the exception of a few mouse homes. The project is just beginning. I will be looking for info and advice from any willing to offer it.

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Great looking, un-molested car you got! Congrats! I look forward to seeing posts of your progessson!

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hi kevin, there wasn't a pontiac assembly plant in stockton, ca., there was one in south gate, ca., that's where all the pontiacs were built in california. my 1953 custom catalina was built there too. 1951 pontiacs are a real nice car to have, being it was pontiac's 25th year. charles coker, 1953 pontiac tech advisor.

Charles, I think you probably meant for 1953. My 69 LeMans was built in Fremont Ca., and Pontiac also built cars Van Nuys Ca.The Van Nuys plant started as a Chevy plant in 1947, but all ranges (C P O B ) of X bodied cars were built and all F bodies ( C & P ) were made there.

The connection to the name Stockton ca.? Chevrolet had manufacturing plant in Oakland ca. starting in 1921 pretty close.

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Well, all these fine cars, and not a single Woodie??

I need to rectify that, pronto!!

I just recently acquired this delicious pair of 1948 Pontiac Woodies, and I am chomping at the bit to make some new wood for them!!

It's all the other stuff that is tough...costly, big time, etc. You know what I mean, no?

Anyway, these pics show the first one being hauled to its new home, with shade cloth & a cargo net over the wood to allow freeway speeds with no wood loss!!

(It took me years of experience to figure out that combo!!)

But it really works, so take note!!

I spoke years ago with a fella in AZ who was selling a 1941 Packard Woodie, and asked him how would he describe the wood, and he said, "Well, if you were to load this on an open trailer and haul it to LA, there would be no wood left!"

And he was not far away...about 2-300 miles!!

Tarps flap and do damage.

If rain is expected, no worries, it will dry out in no time, trust me on that!!

Especially at freeway speeds (or faster!!).

This pair did well in their travels, and I hope to make some progress this summer.

I will start a new thread with any progress, this is just an intro...and some PontiacWoodies to boot!!

By the way, check out the new, well relatively new, link to the National Woodie Club in this AACA forum.

Wood is good!! Mike

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Here's a couple of my barn finds: 1931 Coach and a 1930 Coupe. After a few minor repairs the Coupe is driveable after sitting since 1959.

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post-60252-143141880921_thumb.jpgMy 1950 2 door sedan. An old restoration, mechanically perfect, everything works fine, 8 cyl engine very smooth and reliable. Driven and enjoyed regularly. Manuel

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This is my 1948 Streamliner 4 Door Sedan 8. I'm located in the netherlands and it's 1 of only 17 from 1948. We have 2 convertibles and no wagons in the Netherlands.

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I can only envy your wonderful car, My Woodies will hopefully get to that stage in the somewhat near future!!

I will keep you posted on my progress, meanwhile kick a few pictures of yours to keep me motivated!!

Thanks, Mike

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Well, on this upcoming Wednesday, I am off to Oklahoma to pick up my latest project...

See the pics, not the best, but I will post more when I can...

(By the way, OK is 1200 miles each way for me, and fuel is sickeningly expensive, but I will enjoy seeing the countryside...LOL)

What I am after is a 1948 Pontiac 4 door Sedan that has had much done towards being restored, but the previous owners lost interest along the way...

I can relate to their dilemma, sometimes it is tough staying focused, keeping motivated!

I keep many projects going at the same time, in an attempt to help eliminate this problem.

If I burn out on one, the next one, or the last one, or any one of them will keep me motivated!!

I must admit though, sometimes when I see them all, it scares me!!

"So many old cars, so little time!!"

Wish me luck, Mike

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I am back from my trek to Oklahoma, and ran through heavy rain both ways!!

Whatever happened to the dust-bowl??

It probably only rained on my account, and is drying up now!!

I added some pics, so let me explain them:

I had meant to show the states as I left or entered them, but I missed the first sign as I left OK into Texas, since it was only 20 or so miles into the trip, and I was still concentrating on how the load was following.

Oops, passed it!!

No turning back!!

I caught the next one, from Texas into New Mexico, along with the next 2 pics at the same time.

The doors & trunk are not actually mounted here, but are stuffed into their openings with plenty of padding, and held in place with 2 each ratchet straps.

This enabled us to fill the body up to the window level with all the parts!!!

(Did you ever totally take each & every part off a car? This one has!! And the body, trunk are full, as well as my 8' truck bed, floor to ceiling. Couldn't fit in the hood, got all else!!)

I ran into some mechanical problems with the trailer just before leaving NM, causing me to lose my new trailer tire & almost a couple of rain-filled hours!!

The u-bolts holding my left rear trailer axle to its spring gave out, so the tire got jammed under the rear of the fender at 70 MPH...what a plume of smoke that tire left as it died!!

(Only 1500 miles on it!!)

But I got connected with a great mechanic who made my day...I was back on the road in an hour & a half, and reasonably, no less.

I will post his info here when I get the energy to fetch his card from my truck!!

Needless to say, I never got to add any pics of the other states I went through...not so easy to stop for a "Kodak moment" on the interstate freeways.

The last few shots show it at home, where it still sits until this week sometime when I will begin to unload it.

It has a show quality paint job, which really amazed me, didn't really expect that from pics on eBay, but it is extremely good!!

More later, Mike

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I had a little fun here...

I have some mag base lights that I like to add to anything on my trailer, just for extra rear lighting, brakes & turn signals.

Usually these get attached on the roof area, but I didn't want to damage the paint, so...

I noticed the 48 Pontiac taillights were mounted beside the trunk lid, and there was a floor inside, so I added them inside the trunk so that they shone through the openings for the taillights.

Giving them a "Frenched in" look!!

Taillights, brake lights & turn signals all worked this way all the way home...got a few thumbs-up!!

I added a pic that kind of shows them, they are lit as 4 way flashers, so are brighter than just taillights, hard to really see.

Later, Mike

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Looking good Mike! I hape that you doccument everything as you proceed. We'd all like to see the progress!

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