Jump to content

1951 Pontiac Chieftain


PhilA
 Share

Recommended Posts

Not much electrical works. It needs to be completely rewired because someone has "converted" it to 12V. Thankfully it was originally negative ground so that's a good start. Gauges and such can be driven from a 6V bucking converter.

 

--Phil

Car is ace

 

I hope that converter works or it might make for an interesting conversation down at the motor factors "have you got a bucking converter"............"I beg your pardon"..........."have you got a bucking converter"..........."and what does sir what the f***ing converter for"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Trailer booked for 11am tomorrow morning. That's, uh.. 5pm tomorrow UK.

 

post-5454-0-08674600-1535761375_thumb.jpg

 

Google reckons this route. On the way up I'll be on the Interstate but the way back is going to be highways only, methinks. I-55 is 22 miles of raised concrete bridge which is not even in the slightest, it likes to induce a pitching motion at 55 which I really do not fancy dealing with.

 

Gonna be fun...

 

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The Chieftain is kinda nose-heavy, but we were discussing uneven roadway and trailers whipping- at which point I asked if the wife would be happy towing mother in law's Fiat 500X, and she said yes. I said that's fine, the Chieftain is only 100lbs heavier than the Fiat.

Obviously the weight distribution is different. The Fiat is shorter nose to tail than the wheelbase of the Pontiac...

 

 

Old cars, etc etc.

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How cheap is your petrol?!?!

 

Chodspeed, my good fellow.

$2.509 /gal

 

So.. $0.68 /litre

 

That's for the standard dishwater. 87 octane with 10% ethanol. The ethanol is used to boost the fuel up to 87.

 

Thanks. It's due to rain rain rain tomorrow.

 

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

First things first.

 

post-5454-0-04480900-1535807290_thumb.jpg

 

Coffee on, let's go do a last minute check on the tow vehicle. Today's weapon of choice: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT (5.3).

 

post-5454-0-60847700-1535807509_thumb.jpg

 

It's been sat up overnight so the level will be accurate.

 

post-5454-0-29995200-1535807561_thumb.jpg

 

That'll work.

 

post-5454-0-39565300-1535807605_thumb.jpg

 

Oh well. I guess it's right.

 

post-5454-0-99198600-1535807633_thumb.jpg

 

Welp, finalize prep in readiness to leave.

 

post-5454-0-52198200-1535807670_thumb.jpg

 

Shall be on the way shortly!

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • PhilA changed the title to 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Twin Points
  • PhilA changed the title to 1951 Pontiac Chieftain

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Similar Content

    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.


      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.

       






      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...









      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.







      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...



      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.



      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By vulgalour
      Fackin oops.
       

       
      My goal was not to buy any more cars but with the Lanchester out of action while we work through it and make it safe to use, and the Princess out of action and needing the engine to be removed (a job I am procrastinating about, and when I'm motivated am thwarted by schedule and weather conflicts) it was getting more obvious that I needed some personal transport.  Something basic and reliable that I know my way around, that's going to be cheap to buy and run.  This is an ideal candidate, on paper.
      Whether I really can just use it as An Car or will end up getting all finicky about making it nice remains to be seen.  I just want some hasslefree pootling for a few months and normally Maestros are just that.
    • By dome
      This evening I venture forth into hitherto unknown lands (Kirkintilloch) to collect my latest acquisition.

      Which, naturally, has issues.

      I have purchased my first line of defence.



      Which appears to have antigravity properties

      More will follow this evening...
    • By Dave_Q
      None of my vehicles are really interesting enough for their own thread, so I'm going for a tat blog style consolidated thread.
       
      The modern* - Citroen Berlingo 2.0 HDi
       

       
      The best and only photo I have of it.
      Generally reliable but showing it's 153k miles in various areas.
      It's good at hauling people and things around, that's about all I can say.
      Current status - off road for fixing of torrential oil leak and floppy gear change.
       
      The classic* - BMW 318iS
       

       
      Photo stolen from seller's ad.
      A recent £292 ebay purchase.
      I thought I would strip it out and do some track days but after driving it for a while I'm not sure now.
      112k miles, some sort of service history, far from a creampuff but hasn't been messed about with like so many.
      Check out the orange indicators and standard 15 inch rims. SOAVE.
      Current status - daily use.
       
      Motorbike 1 - Honda VFR750
       

       
      Has done me well as a 'first big bike' but it's replacement is already lined up.
      Current status - Awoken from winter slumber and with MOT station pending results tomorrow.
       
      Motorbike 2 - Honda Fireblade
       

       
      Bought cheap as needs gearbox looking at - jumps out of second (they all do that if they've been ragged sir.)
      Current status - gearbox repair is after Berlingo on to-do list, hoping for on the road by June.
       
       
      So there they are. Not very interesting but I will update the thread with my with my various spannerings/misadventures/getting bored and selling them all etc.
    • By mat_the_cat
      A mate of mine at work has just restored this, and now it's (just about) finished, is selling it. He wants what seems like a fair price for it, and it might be my only chance to indulge a boyhood dream before values climb too high. And hopefully I shouldn't lose out!
      Is there anyone around who knows the values they actually sell for? Obviously I've looked at adverts and completed eBay listings, but don't know if they reflect reality!





×
×
  • Create New...