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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 56Ponchorelli, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. 56Ponchorelli
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 352

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    Well today was my day. I was jerked around by the Plymouth owner b/c he didnt wanna cut off 200 bucks if I was bringing my tools, driving 4 different 45 minute trips and wasting maybe an hour on fixing the brake line so I didn't even go.

    I found a 56 Pontiac 2 Door Post in Palmdale. Went and checked it out and the car was nice. Patina'd with a light skim of bondo (over solid metal..dont get it..it looks factory). All the chrome is intact and in decent condition. Dont know the engine but it's the factory StratoStreak v8 with a crane cam elec ignition. Starts up and runs like a beast. No stumble, no miss, no backfiring nothing. Drove it down the mountain it was in and back up. Followed by a 2 hour trip through Palmdale, Mojave, Tehachapi and back to Bako with absolutely no problems at all.

    No interior is left except the back bench which is covered and the front was replaced with shitty, uncomfortable buckets. The entire dash is complete and everything except the speedo work. All windows look new and are intact. Even the trunk was 100% rust free. Replaced passenger floorboards. Look at the pictures I took.

    All Im doing now until the 66 buick is gone is buying skirts and lowering the rear a bit.
     

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  2. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
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    from omaha ne.

    Quite the starter kit you have there!:) Those racing seats make me grimace..not comfortable at all. Really like the tri-5 ponchos, they are drippin' chrome.:cool:
     
  3. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
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    Now you need to change your name on here! Congratulations
     
  4. Abomb
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
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    Good score, finding a good tri 5 split bench maybe tough, but surely there's something out there that would be a close enough fit.
     
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  5. Normal Norman
    Joined: Aug 9, 2006
    Posts: 510

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    from Goshen IN.

    Lucky B***ARD! My first car was a '56 Poncho. Man I loved that car. Good luck with yours. N.N.
     
  6. Mac_55
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 688

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    Nice score!!! Love them old ponchos . Hey if you like the split front bench and want another one . Find one out of an 80's Monte carlo. I had one in my 55 chevy and it was almost identicle to the factory 55 bench . The flip and fold in the same way and fit great.
     
  7. BBYBMR
    Joined: Apr 27, 2007
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    Nice score - you done good!!!
     
  8. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
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    from omaha ne.

    Really like the ribbons on the hood, always thought that was the extra touch!
     
  9. 56Ponchorelli
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
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    Thanks for that tip. I despise these bucket seats. This is my 1st real classic. Love the chrome and the body is just beautiful.
     
  10. mr.smith
    Joined: Jul 1, 2008
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    that'll make a sweet custom, maybe a 3inch chop
     
  11. draggin'GTO
    Joined: Jul 7, 2003
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    1956 was the last year for the 'suspenders' on the hood.

    All '56 Pontiacs had the 317-cube V8 (316.6") with a 3.9375" bore X 3.250" stroke.

    Rated at 205 HP for the 2-barrel and 227 HP for the 4-barrel, both had 8.9:1 compression. Super-rare 10:1 compression 2X4-barrel engines were rated at 285 HP.

    Cool car, nice score. :cool:
     
  12. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
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    from Sacramento


    maybe make it a clone 317 2 by 4????
     
  13. draggin'GTO
    Joined: Jul 7, 2003
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    The 317 2X4 intakes are like hen's teeth.

    Very pricey even if you can find someone who'll let one go.
     
  14. 56Ponchorelli
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
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    You know where can I find an air cleaner? I dont like the sponge filter with the spectre tube. Only one I have seen on ebay is like 200 bucks. Can one be used off a different car same year?
     
  15. 1LOWCHIEF
    Joined: Dec 2, 2003
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    Nice score!

    Quick question... looking at the pic of your dash it looks like the cig lighter is above the gas gauge and the ashtray is over your clock-delete? I was just curious because in my '55 it's reversed. I also noticed your missing half of your horn ring, just like I am (sigh...).

    If you want, I have an original oil bath air filter assembly I'd let go for much less than $200 ebay bullshit. It's original to my '55, but I dont think there would be a huge difference that it couldnt work for yours?
     
  16. 56Ponchorelli
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    Correct. The lighter is top of the gas and the ash tray is by the radio delete. Im not sure about the steering wheel. I haven't seen too many 56 interiors yet online. How much would you like for the air cleaner (pm me with details).
     
  17. 48 Poncho
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
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    48 Poncho
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    from Tennessee

    Hey its another Poncho on the street. What else really needs to be said. Great Score Bro!

    48 Poncho
     
  18. signal_11
    Joined: Jun 22, 2008
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    Nice project, congrats! :cool:
     
  19. A '56 I parted out a few years ago had some '60 Chevy bumper guards added as teeth on the stock grille bar. They fit it pretty good and they're cheap to buy - and it's a subtle enough change that it would make guys scratch their heads trying to figure out if it's factory or not.

    If it's a 2bbl you might be able to run a later (57-up) air cleaner on it, they're plentiful and cheap.
     
  20. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    from Texas

    The speedo may have a bad cable. Unscrew it at the speedo and pull the cable to check it out.
    New ones are available from auto parts stores, lube 'em, slip it in and you may have indicated speed.
     
  21. Torque-Tube
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
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    Great Car! Congratulations & best of luck with it. Love the chrome on the hood, (or is that stainless!?)
     
  22. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
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    nice looking car great score
     
  23. Play400
    Joined: Nov 29, 2006
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    Excellent find!!! And a 2 door sedan at that. :):):)

    BTW My 55 CanIndian Pathfinder has the same interior set-up as 1LOWCHIEF's 55 so they must have change it in 56. Kind of silly to have the ashtray over you gauges.
     
  24. greasy50chevy
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
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  25. poorboy
    Joined: Feb 8, 2003
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    Cool find! Congratulations
     
  26. CheapCat
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
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    from Illinois

    Congratulations great car, just got one myself last Saturday enjoy!
     
  27. Butch M
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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    cool car.....
     
  28. 56Ponchorelli
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
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    Can anyone tell me what my outside mirrors are from? They are close to the accessory thermometer mirrors in shape but mine have a knob on top to swivel the mirror and they also move up and down on the arms.
     
  29. CheapCat
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
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    from Illinois

    I do not think your mirrors are factory. Every 55/56 factory and dealer installed mirrors I have seen has been on the door by the vent window. Those most likely are some installed from another car or aftermarket. I know not much help.
     
  30. vertible59
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
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    You should be proud...Nice car, just got it, and can ride while you work on it!
     

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