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Projects My 1948 Pontiac Build (A little bit custom and a whole lot faster)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by speters, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. rafael
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    awesome thread!
     
  2. Very interesting build.
     
  3. stationWAGONS
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    Wow - can't believe it survived like that outside in the northeast?!
    Anything missing? Looks like ALL the rare stuff is there.

    That'll help since these parts aren't easy as Chevy to find!


    Time capsule with the old aftermarket seat covers.
     
  4. 1951Streamliner
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  5. speters
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    Everything is there! New roof goes on the garage Friday then it is back to work on the Pontiac
     
  6. nsra_23
    Joined: Oct 7, 2011
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    Nice to see another Pontiac coming back to life! There are 2 48's in my family. One is my dads 2 door, non fastback, sedan that he built back in the early to mid 80's and that one is sitting on a 1970 gran prix frame with the 70 pont 400/400. The 48 body almost bolted on the 70 frame, never even unhooked a brake line, just had to make a couple body mounts. The second is my brothers and it is the original suspension with a 350/350 and a ten bolt out back.
     
  7. speters
    Joined: May 19, 2010
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    There are not a lot of these out there and 2 in one family is great.

    Made some progress last night. I realized I had 4 more bolts holding the body to the frame. I think that makes 1,245 bolts haha at least that is what it feels like. Now the body is lifted off the frame but only by about 6".

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    I prepared all the rest of the panels for blast by removing all of the excess junk. They are loaded into the truck and should be headed to the blaster today.
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  8. you won't be sorry. it's what makes it a pontiac and they don't make them anymore
     
  9. speters
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    The hood and trunk chrome are definitely staying! I have learned
     
  10. csimonds
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    Any new progress Buddy?
    Chuck
     
  11. castleman1111
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    Very nice!! Great progress! Don't get addicted like me!! I have two now!! Lmao!! I love em!!..have fun!!!
     
  12. Wagonmaster2
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    Just so you know the hubcaps are 1952-3 Pontiac. Our '52 had a set and I think the '52 was the same. Lookin' good so far!!
     
  13. speters
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    Yes some but not a ton. Parts are all back from blast and are in etch primer. They are currently taking up space on my 3 season porch. Body will hopefully be off the frame the first week in 2012.

    Does anyone know if I should mock up the c-notch before I take the body off?
     
  14. speters
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    Any input on the notch? Should I consider a custom grille? Mine is not useable so I either need to but another or take it more custom
     
  15. cool thread mate, keep it up, lovin watching the progress on this cant wait to see everything blasted and cleaned up. looking cool, by the look of that step up on the rail at the rear it will probably go down a long way without notching, but if u really want it down notch it, the floor in the rear is rusty so that will need to be replaced, u can notch it and make up a new floor while ur at it, if thats what u want to do, cool car thought brother. des
     
  16. speters
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    FINALLY got the body off. I decided to just do it myself instead of waiting for a group of friends. Here is the result

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    Here is what I found on the frame

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    Looks like some repairs are in order
     
  17. 1951Streamliner
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    Sorry to hear about the frame, i'd never have the balls to take a car off the frame.

    you still have the trim that goes on the fender to the door? Ive been looking for trim pieces like those and would be interested in yours. :D

    Also, care to give some onfo on what you did to prep your hood ornament? i need to do tha with mine.
     
  18. scootermcrad
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    I would also be interested in how you prep for chrome with that pitting. I have the same problem on just about every piece of Pontiac trim I own! HAHA! :(
     
  19. speters
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    Sorry I forgot AGAIN to take pictures of the chrome prep. I keep forgetting about it.

    This past weekend I make up a 6' x 8' dolly for the body. It has 10" solid rubber wheels and moves around great. That should help the sandblaster out a ton.

    Last night we stripped the frame down. I just need to grind off a few more brackets and I will be good to go.

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    Gas tank it junk but no surprise there
     
  20. Nice find! I have a rear wiper for that if you need one :)
     
  21. This is looking like it will be a great build and I love the direction you are headed(can't get enough of Glen's old Buick). What is the plan for the front suspension? Nice choice on the Nailhead. You can't go wrong there. Keep up the pace!
     
  22. speters
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    Mac thanks but I am not going to run a rear wiper

    El Hueso - Thanks for the encouragement! Right now I am thinking of modifying the stock from pieces to swap in some airbags. I haven't worked it out yet but I know it can be done. Probably going for some disc brakes from Scarebird as well.
     
  23. speters
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    Any photoshop gurus want to take a stab at a custom grill for this poncho?

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    Mine is soo bad I would need to pay $600 just to get a workable core out of the desert

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  24. speters
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    Maybe something like this

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  25. speters
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    or maybe like this
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  26. OahuEli
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    Do you have a shot of the front of the car with its grill still in there?
     
  27. speters
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    Here is what the guys over in the photoshop thread came up with

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    Here is an original pic

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  28. 1951Streamliner
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    The first one looks pretty good, it looks more tasteful and clean.
    I definately think you should keep the stock headlights.
     
  29. speters
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    I like the first one the most as well. I am not sure on the headlights as of yet. My stock headlight trim is in good shape but the trim on top of the fenders was not. We will have to see.
     
  30. belair
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    I like the idea of a 54 Pontiac grille. I see a hint of it in the top 3 pieces of the stock grille. Good luck.
     

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