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Projects 1938 pontiac touring sedan build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by magna.machine.works, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. Hello friends. I have had this Pontiac for about 7 years and I am finally getting to it.
    I hope you enjoy this really cool car. Maybe someone can answer the couple questions I have at the end
     
  2. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
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    The threaded boss is for the spare tire holder. That is a great car!
     
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  3. KJSR
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  4. 24riverview
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
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    Rear hole in plywood was probably for checking air pressure in spare, were holes toward the front over body bolts?
     
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  5. buford_59
    Joined: May 30, 2010
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    Hey there,
    I used to have a '37 Pontiac just like yours. In Canada they used a 216 bored out to 224 and called them a "Model 224". They were used in 37-40 and switched back to the flat-head 'til '54. Your '38 is the American body; the 2-dr. sedans used a '38 Chevy body with Pontiac trim and front fenders (?). In the U.S., OP used an open drive line, with a 2 pc. drive shaft. Not sure if they changed to torque tube for '38. Olds/Pontiac used there own front suspension and brake parts (5 on 5 bolt pattern ); Cdn. Pontiac's used Chevy suspension and brakes (6 bolt wheels). My '39 Buick is Cdn. built and has the Chevy suspension and wheels. It's a "Special" and I don't think they built the big boys in Canada so they would have the American parts etc. Welcome to Canadian built cars.

    Enjoy your build. BTW we grafted in a rear steer Nova front clip and it worked/fit; great in the '37 as the stock frame is wider than a Chevy frame. I have pics of it some where and could PM them if you would like.

    DoUg
     
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  6. That makes sense as well. Yes the front holes did expose some body bolts. Thanks
     
  7. thank you for the info, I do have the 6 bolt wheels, so could this be an american body on a chevy fram? I beleive the VIN tag says GM of Canada on it
     
  8. Penetrator
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
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    The plywood is modified. (The holes, hinge and 2x4 scraps have been added.) If you look close, it was originally a solid piece, bolted to the perimeter frame and the divider/support.

    A twin to your car lives here in Regina and it was built here as well. I'm acutely interested in Regina built cars and the plant's history... so, If you don't mind, post a picture of your cowl tag without disclosing the last few digits of your serial #.

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  9. Thank you, I will do that within the next week or so
     
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  10. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
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    302GMC
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    That's all Pontiac frame & suspension - '37-8 Chev has the dreaded Knee Action or an axle. The wheels are 8 slot '37-8 Chev, only used for those 2 years.
     
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  11. Interesting, this is definitely a Canadian car. I do know for sure it was used as a limousine and have found Chauffeurs licences under the seats. I wonder if heavy duty cars (limos and cabs) had Pontiac suspension i n Canada?
     

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