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RE: 52 Chieftain Survivor


Lots of stuff done over the last year.

Tranny leak fixed after a rebuild

pressure washed out about 30 lbs of dirt and grease from every nook and cranny, knuckle and joint.

Motor refinished/resealed and thoroughly inspected - timing chain since I was there, new thermostat

Ignition system rebuilt - need new starter armature but tough to find/ rebuilt the solenoid

Charging system reviewed completely and functioning.

Carb rebuild - full tune tune up

New battery

Polished a ton of metal

Undercoated front half of the car and wheel wells

"New" heater valve

"Upholstered" rear seat and installed car seats for the kids

New side mirrors

Budget White walls AKA portawalls - yes the ones from turkey

Enjoying some driving and family trips. getting ready to visit a few local show and shine events around COCHRANE AB. Maybe see some of you there! I have lots of questions for someone with the same or very similar car. (got a few things that i am not sure how they go back together and need a new reference point if you know what I mean). Here are some pics of the journey.

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It is looking very good! Is the 239 from the era before oil filters? Sludge in the pan could be from the old days when people ran straight 30-weight non detergent oil. When people say that switching to synthetic oil will make an old engine leak, probably what is actually happening is the sludge that was masking all the leaks gets cleared away by the fresh oil, exposing the leak points.



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Love it Brett ... great job!



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Brett, i love your 52 time machine and thank you for keeping her original. Too sweet a car to molest. Good luck with the continued work on her. Cheers. George



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My neighbour has a '53 that is a survivor. He's just replacing the starter solenoid, and hopes that'll get it running.
I see you're looking for reference as to 'how things go together' and thought the '53 might be useful. My neighbour doesn't use the computer, but I might be able to take photos or ?

I see you starter has a rubber boot around the solenoid plunger. My neighbour's does not, but it looks like there should be something. Even with the boot on, it looks like the lever for the bendix is still exposed. Any water would run down into the starter - or is there another seal/boot where the bendix lever goes into the starter?

Nice looking car. That engine compartment is looking great!

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66 Beau wrote:

My neighbour has a '53 that is a survivor. He's just replacing the starter solenoid, and hopes that'll get it running.
I see you're looking for reference as to 'how things go together' and thought the '53 might be useful. My neighbour doesn't use the computer, but I might be able to take photos or ?

I see you starter has a rubber boot around the solenoid plunger. My neighbour's does not, but it looks like there should be something. Even with the boot on, it looks like the lever for the bendix is still exposed. Any water would run down into the starter - or is there another seal/boot where the bendix lever goes into the starter?

Nice looking car. That engine compartment is looking great!


Nice looking 52 yes!

 

and for the starter, there is no boots on the bendix lever, only at the outside part of the solenoid.

 

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Beautiful piece of Canadian Pontiac history...

 

  My vote is for keeping it original......It's too NICE and original to prostitute with newer/modern drivetrain...

  If you really need to go and stop FAST....get a NEW car....or find a 2 door of that era that is not so complete....if you really feel the need to "pimp one out"...

 

  The original components do still work well.....and part of the "old car pleasure" for ME...is to drive and experience the pld cars as they were built.



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So the local Calgary rad shop tells me my 52 Pontiac radiator cannot be repaired and needs to be re-cored to the tune of $700. Anyone have another option. Somewhere I could find or buy a good original or equivalent aftermarket replacement? Were the 52 radiators common across any other makes/models?

 



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I have some Pontiac radiators from the 50's. Please let me know the # or the overall mesurament.

 

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Here is a quick summary. I will do up a better drawing and update soon. Anyone with original parts for sale please let me know.

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52 Chief Sedan Survivor wrote:

So the local Calgary rad shop tells me my 52 Pontiac radiator cannot be repaired and needs to be re-cored to the tune of $700. Anyone have another option. Somewhere I could find or buy a good original or equivalent aftermarket replacement? Were the 52 radiators common across any other makes/models?

 


 do you know....and trust the shop?

 a lot of the old shops around here have changed hands.....and are now more interested in upselling to a new unit......instead of repairing...

for your limited use.....a new rad would be overkill....at that price..

get a second opinion, just sayin'.....



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52 Chief Sedan Survivor wrote:

So the local Calgary rad shop tells me my 52 Pontiac radiator cannot be repaired and needs to be re-cored to the tune of $700. Anyone have another option. Somewhere I could find or buy a good original or equivalent aftermarket replacement? Were the 52 radiators common across any other makes/models? 


 I paid $350.00 for a re-core on little ole PEI.



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