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1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Barry

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First order of the day was to find a good place to support the vehicle. Partway down the chassis turned out to not be a good place as the weight of the engine made it all flex.

 

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Engine mounts at the front undone.

 

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Crossbrace out.

 

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Moderately clean up underneath.

 

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Apart from at the back of the gearbox. There's spider webs.

 

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That there is probably still full of Regrettable Examples. Next up, get under there with a brush and a light and clear the way.

 

Phil

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It's less bad under here than I had thought.

 

Currently just cleaning the underbody. Last thing I want is a spider to decide to drop on me when I have nowhere to escape quickly.

 

About to pull the propshaft off the back flange so I can rotate it and get the Hardy-Spicer up front undone.

 

Phil

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Bloody hell that's big. Looks like it fell out of a warship. Is that gearbox actually small or does it look small as it's attached to such a long engine?

It's about the same size as a Borg-Warner 65.

 

It is merely dwarfed by the engine. Sitting on the floor it makes you say "damn, that's a big engine" every time you set eyes on it.

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Further investigation shows that:

 

1) There is a pressed tin lower cover for the flywheel to protect the starter ring from damage by flying debris. Just not on mine because some mouthbreather decided they knew better than the designers at General Motors.

2) The correct shade of green is available at great cost from a specialist. Eyeballing it, I'm going to call it Brunswick Green.

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Nobody knows* what color the gearbox should be so it'll probably go gray again.

 

I've been battling a cold/sniffles/man-flu type deal since Saturday afternoon. Beginning to feel better, just in time for a week of rain.

 

Phil

 

 

*The anoraks can't agree on a color

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I have two words for the previous engine builder: Torque Wrench.

 

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Big collection of head bolts, most of which are due replacement. Need to get a tap too, so I can chase the holes in the block clean.

 

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Initial glance at the head reveals nothing major.

 

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What looks like a moderately recent head gasket.

 

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Deck looks okay

 

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All the pistons are marked forty thou' over, so it's had a rebuild at some point for sure.

 

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Couple of the pots have hone marks, the rest are pretty mirrored.

 

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Procured a very old dusty can of protection grease.

 

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Coated everything to stop it rusting.

 

More to come.

 

 

Phil

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