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In the process of assembly, the car was not disassembled by me, and the guy that did is no longer with us. So, those of you that have '57s, is there some variety of shield ahead of the front wheel, behind the bumper. It sure looks like there should be. Rubber? Steel?



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Brad, i am trying to understand your question. Can you give  more information on the matter, so that i may be able to help you. George



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In the front wheel well, ahead of the wheel, but behind the bumper. this area is currently wide open, but there are holes inside the fender apron and bottom inside edge of the fender. Which lead me to believe there should be some kind of shield there, but I have no idea what it may look like, or what it's made of. Assuming it's rubber, I'll have to make something. If they're steel, the search is probably on. Thanks George


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Basically, I need a photo of the back side of the front bumper, shot through the wheel well. I'll put up a shot of the area in question later on.

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Brad, it sounds like you are taking about the area that attaches to the inner fenders and rad cradle area. If that is the area in question, then yes there should be half round metal shields in there. They bolt up to the inner fenders, the outer fenders where the chrome bars are and the rad cradle panels. This is obviously important to keep the muck out of the rad area. I have included photos that might help a bit, of my 57 when i was putting it together back in 1997. I hope this helps. Cheers. George



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Great! Thanks George. The bad new here is now I have to find some.

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brad2v wrote:

Great! Thanks George. The bad new here is now I have to find some.


 Brad, more bad news is that they are usually rusted out. I was lucky with mine but it is difficult to find good ones. Brad, i will PM you the name and phone number of a guy in Toronto that is MR. 57 PONTIAC. Walter may have a pair for sale or know of someone who does. Good luck. George



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Here's a pic of a 57 4dr at a yard in Alberta. Most of his sheet metal is good. That looks like a front fender in the drivers seat. Perhaps your piece is still attached.
Flatla Auto Wrecking
Tilley, AB
1-403-377-2484
Owner is Dale



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Thanks George, and norontcan. I can see the piece on the fender on the seat. I've dealt with Dale for years, but it's primarily a Mopar yard, it never occurred to me he might have a fifties Poncho.

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Thanks George, and norontcan. I can see the piece on the fender on the seat. I've dealt with Dale for years, but it's primarily a Mopar yard, it never occurred to me he might have a fifties Poncho.


 Somewhere on here there is a thread with about 200 pics of mostly Ponchos at Dale's. Yes, he prefers his BB Mopars but there are lots of others in his yard ( 40 acres )



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Yes - I believe you are referring to the front fender shields - metal shield that the chromed hood bar extensions attach through the front fender to.  I have just disassembled my 1957 Pathfinder front clip and they take a beating - mine are (fingers crossed) repairable - good thing because I am pretty sure they are unique to Canadian Pontiacs.  I have yet to find a source at any rate. I'm attaching a couple photos of the drivers side shield - it is in the best shape of the two



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norontcan wrote:

Here's a pic of a 57 4dr at a yard in Alberta. Most of his sheet metal is good. That looks like a front fender in the drivers seat. Perhaps your piece is still attached.
Flatla Auto Wrecking
Tilley, AB
1-403-377-2484
Owner is Dale


 What an absolute crying shame about what was done to that 57 Pontiac Pathfinder four door in that photo, with the cut off top. That car looks very solid, so why would anyone want to cut it up like that. Sad, sad sad, considering folks are restoring 57's in much worse condition and here is one that is mostly solid. That one ended up in a house of horrors.



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