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Projects 39 Pontiac Coupe (series 25 small body) build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by AGELE55, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Good Deal! Glad you are back at it!
    I'm sure you will like either of those transmissions, nice low first gear and that oh so important overdrive.
    I understand the urge to overpower, but I feel like 300-350 hp is a good number to aim for, makes for a fun but easy to drive hotrod/cruiser...
    Whats your top engine choice at the moment?
     
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  2. 1971BB427
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    Whatever you choose, I'd consider making sure it's a roller camshaft these days. Just so much easier on today's oils, and longer life too.
     
  3. AGELE55
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    Jegs has a 195 hp and a 300hp long block. Trying to convince myself to buy the 196..but ... the 300hp is probably gonna get the nod.
     
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  5. 1971BB427
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    I agree the 300 hp would be my choice too, if I ever bought a crate engine.
     
  6. Definitely go with the 300! You will be kicking yourself later if you go with less...
     
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  7. AGELE55
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    Lol... I hear ya. But I’ve decided I’m at that point in life where I can treat myself to having an engine that I don’t have to build. My time is becoming more important than my money.. Lord knows, I’ve got plenty of other projects to eat up my time without rebuilding another motor, or two, or three...lol
     
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  8. AGELE55
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    Well... a little OT from the 39 Poncho, but as mentioned earlier, I thrashed the engine in my 55 daily grocery getter, which set me back. I decided on a 300 hp SBC from JEGS as a replacement. I’ve been driving this car for 37 years and rebuilt it twice. I think it’s earned a new engine. So while it’s apart, I’m replacing the power steering box, upper control arms (+5 deg caster), the AC system, master cylinder (leaking), and power booster. ...and THEN back to the Poncho!
     

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  9. AGELE55
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    Progress! Found a set of buckets from the salvage yard and am reworking them to fit the Poncho. This allows me to figure out my seat height, and geometry. With the seat set in place, I borrowed the steering column from the 55 to figure out the column length needed, the drop from the dash and my universal linkage down to the steering box.
    Now I can create a brake pedal support and position it.
    What could possibly go wrong?
     

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  10. 1971BB427
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    Are those manual or electric buckets? Much adjustment for height, etc?
    I used Pontiac Vibe bucket seats in my '39 Chev coupe project. All manual adjustment, but a lot of various adjustments too. The normal forward-backwards, plus backrest tilt. But also the base can be raised or lowered and seat angle adjusted. All done with levers that are easy to reach. Passenger side has less adjustments.
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    I recovered them since this picture to match the door and side panels I made.
     
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  11. AGELE55
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    Damn...sounds like you got the Mack daddy seats. I was struggling to find a decent seat in tan or brown that would actually tilt forward enough to allow access to the back. They’re manual and pretty basic, but I’m happy with them. Of course I have to cut and modify the tracks to fit. The salvage yard had a Memorial Day sale, so two seats out the door for $44.
     
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  12. oldsman41
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    My avatar is a 41 olds business coupe I believe pretty close cousin to your Pontiac. Put a laguna rear end in it bolted up nicely that a monte carlo also original bolt pattern was 5on5 5 inch 16. 235 75 15 fit under rear real nice but you can go a little wider.
     
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  13. AGELE55
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    What year Laguna/ Monte?
     
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  14. 1971BB427
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    Bought mine on a half price holiday sale also. Normally $60 a pair, and only $30 a pair. I wanted black, but nothing in black that was manual and solid. I planned to recover them anyway, as I bought a commercial sewing machine. So color was mostly for the hard trim pieces. I finally just got dark gray, and used plastic spray to paint the trim.
    Taught myself to sew, and sewed them up like my '40 Chev was in 1968.

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  15. oldsman41
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    76 if I remember correctly the laguna was also chevelle then I believe so lots of them out there.I swapped gears for a 3.73 for my 700r4 I think the original was 3.08 or less.
     
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  16. 1971BB427
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    Might also look at a 8.8" Ford from an Explorer. They come as disc brake or drum brake depending on the year. They're a good fit and often found in anything from 3.56, 3.73, or 4.10posi. They're a copy of the 12 bolt GM axle, and I've used them in the last 4 builds, including my '39 Chevy.
    This was during mockup with my old slicks on the car.
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  17. Mike Colemire
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    Explorer rear end is a lot stronger than the 12 bolt. Bigger axle bearings, 31 spline axles, and a lot better housing. I'm a chevy guy but I've used alot of the explorer rear ends.
     
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  18. AGELE55
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    Progress however small is still progress! My cardboard template for the Poncho toe board is done. I made it with a 2" hole that I could slide around until I was satisfied with the location. I'm now working the 18 gauge real deal. 20210627_172040.jpg
     
  19. 1971BB427
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    My new floors I welded in my '39 had no holes, so I used the plate that came off the Chevy truck I took the column out of.
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