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Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by Nikkerton, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Nikkerton
    Joined: Dec 5, 2019
    Posts: 82

    Nikkerton
    Member

    Hey all! Finally decided to make an introduction now that I have a car to bring to the forum. I've been researching classics and was pretty open to anything that had decent after market support. I've been on the hunt since August and this past weekend (1/20/20) finally found, saw and bought a 1952 Pontiac Chieftain Catalina Super DeLuxe out of Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin (I'm in Minnesota) for $3,500.

    About the car. Clean title, transferred it already at the DMV. It has been parked for 31 years in a barn and the previous owner painted the car (NOT WELL) there is over spray everywhere. At least it probably sealed in the body. The underbody is unreal. Car comes with tons of extra chrome trim from '49 to '54 year Chieftains, door panels/cards, extra hood ornament, clock, interior handles, and another waterfall chrome hood piece. The inline 6 cylinder is free but I haven't tried to turn it over yet. Rockers are perfect, trunk floor pan solid, all but driver floor pan is solid including underside of the doors. The driver floor is getting pitting but still no major holes. As far as I can tell, there is no bondo on the entire vehicle. There is 8XXX miles on the odometer. I don't think it rolled over based on the shape of the underbody, so maybe it broke? Best wishes to think it is original. Could have been turned back? Your guess is as good as mine.

    I'm planning on keeping it original as possible with a few safety mods. I'm not a HP junkie and I am hoping to use this as a daily driver.

    And now for the photo dump...:)
    IMG_6223.JPEG By the way...I didn't have the little chrome strip flipped the right way above the driver door so it looks like its not closing all the way but it does.
    IMG_6224.JPEG IMG_6244.JPEG IMG_6245.JPEG IMG_6217.JPEG
    I do have the center radio guard/clock in the parts pile. No radio though. IMG_6219.JPEG IMG_6212.JPEG IMG_6211.JPEG IMG_6191.JPEG IMG_6171.JPEG IMG_6169.JPEG IMG_6167.JPEG IMG_6161.JPEG IMG_6160.JPEG IMG_6151.JPEG IMG_6149.JPEG IMG_6145.JPEG IMG_6148.JPEG IMG_6129.JPEG IMG_6125.JPEG IMG_6127.JPEG IMG_6168.JPEG IMG_6220.JPEG IMG_6230.JPEG IMG_6231.JPEG
     

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  2. Nikkerton
    Joined: Dec 5, 2019
    Posts: 82

    Nikkerton
    Member

    Here is underbody and interior photos in no particular order.
    IMG_6138.JPEG IMG_6139.JPEG IMG_6140.JPEG IMG_6141.JPEG IMG_6142.JPEG IMG_6143.JPEG IMG_6144.JPEG IMG_6152.JPEG IMG_6153.JPEG IMG_6156.JPEG IMG_6162.JPEG IMG_6163.JPEG IMG_6164.JPEG IMG_6165.JPEG IMG_6166.JPEG IMG_6172.JPEG IMG_6173.JPEG IMG_6175.JPEG IMG_6177.JPEG
     

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  3. Nikkerton
    Joined: Dec 5, 2019
    Posts: 82

    Nikkerton
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    A few more if you're still into it. IMG_6193.JPEG IMG_6194.JPEG IMG_6195.JPEG IMG_6196.JPEG IMG_6197.JPEG IMG_6198.JPEG IMG_6199.JPEG IMG_6200.JPEG IMG_6201.JPEG IMG_6202.JPEG IMG_6203.JPEG IMG_6204.JPEG IMG_6205.JPEG IMG_6206.JPEG IMG_6207.JPEG IMG_6208.JPEG IMG_6209.JPEG IMG_6210.JPEG
     
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  4. ol-nobull
    Joined: Oct 16, 2013
    Posts: 1,510

    ol-nobull
    Member

    Hi & welcome. You got a winner with that one. I cannot recall ever seeing such a thorough group of intro photo's here. They do show everything. Good luck with the build. Jimmie
     
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  5. Unique Rustorations
    Joined: Nov 15, 2018
    Posts: 412

    Unique Rustorations
    Member

    Welcome from Indiana Nikkerton (didn’t see an actual name in there:). You def win for the amount of pics posted in an intro! Nice job and good find on the Pontiac. Might want to fill out your info so we know where you are from. Enjoy your H.A.M.B. time! Regards, Randy


    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
     
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  6. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,121

    hotrodjack33
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Welcome to the HAMB.
    If I were you, I'd be hiding from the law...'cuz you STOLE that car:D
     
  7. Nikkerton
    Joined: Dec 5, 2019
    Posts: 82

    Nikkerton
    Member

    Thanks hotrodjack33. I definitely feel like I got the deal I was looking for. He had it up for 3900. I didn't even mention that he threw in delivery on a trailer from over an hour away in part of the sale. SUPER chill dude. The whole showing and transaction was just so positive. I couldn't be happier about how it all went down. This is my first and likely only rig (wifey, ya know) so I'm grateful on how it is panning out.
     
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  8. Nikkerton
    Joined: Dec 5, 2019
    Posts: 82

    Nikkerton
    Member

    Hmm, I guess you're right. Still trying to figure out all the profile deets. My names Nik though. Nice to meet you Randy, thanks for saying hi. I'm in Maplewood, Minnesota the NE suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Turning 30 next month so I guess I'm going through my mid life crisis early haha. I'm selling the Harley and getting in to the classics. I've looked on the HAMB a lot for cars and info about mods and research into a good classic. Have really been enjoying the content. Hoping to add a build page with tons of detail and of course ask lots of questions to the veterans.[/QUOTE]
     
  9. Nikkerton
    Joined: Dec 5, 2019
    Posts: 82

    Nikkerton
    Member

    Thanks Jimmie, yeah I was a little worried it was obnoxious but from months of cruising the site and seeing people post questions or new car threads without photos, I know better haha. I'm glad they turned out, almost too high quality. Had me thinking it wasn't as good as a buy as I thought when I saw full size images of the rust haha. Appreciate your welcome and if you know anyone off the top of your head with a 50-52 chieftain please let me know. There is not as much info on these as other vehicles so I hope to contribute to some resto and mod threads on the '52 Catalina. Cheers. -Nik
     
  10. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
    Posts: 1,661

    Nicholas Coe
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Tontitown

    Welcome to the club! From Arkansas.

    By the way....very nice car. Proof they are still out there!

    Sent from my Pixel 3a XL using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  11. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,575

    Petejoe
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Zoar, Ohio

    Welcome. What a deal.
    She’s a beauty. You have your hands full with all the crusty rust but a heck of a lot to work with. Good luck on your first old project.
     
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  12. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,790

    ROADSTER1927
    Member

    Welcome from Wisconsin! Your car looks like a great start and Good luck on your project! Gary:)
     
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