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WANTED: 1953 Pontiac Pathfinder hood


Seeking a hood for a 53' Pontiac Pathfinder, I've been informed that Chieftain hoods will fit as well.



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Nope! No US 53-54 Pontiac hood fit the Canadian one. Canadian Pontiac hood is a Canadian Pontiac parts. The front of the car is shorter on a Canadian 53-54 Pontiac than a US one.

Canadian 53-54 are a more Canadian beast that we may think. Here we go:

front crossmember

Frame exhaust support

frame brake line support

side transmission mount

horn support and location

Dash heater/ventilation bezel top line inscription (yes really!!! look closely)

Chrome steering column support

Vent and defrostknob location

Horn steering center button

PowerGlide oil cooler location

PowerGlide oil cooler line

Front suspension lower A arm

Hood

Hood lock support

Radiator baffle (DON'T REMOVE IT)

Hood silver streak moulding

front fenders side moulding

front fenders

Exhaust line

You won't believed this one: the two large horizontal grill parts, that goes from the frontto the side of the fenders, and surround the flasher, what differences with US? The US one has provision in the rear insidetop of it (both side) with holes etc for fog light installation, Canadian not. You need to go on your knees to see it.

And the most common error: Our Pathfinder, Pathfinder deluxe or Laurentian are Chieftain!!! NOOOOOOOO!! It's not because it's write Chieftain in the radio lens it makes your car a Chieftain!

Hope this help!

Fitz.



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Good stuff to know since I've aquired this 53 sedan delivery.

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Hi Fitz

Would you re wire a 239 six cylinder original car with a 3 speed on the column to a 12 Volt wiring harness?

Silver Steak



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1967 Beaumont 2 Dr Sport Coupe A 51 package 454, cuin, GM Crate short block plus upgrades

1985 GMC 4x4 One Owner, 383 cuin. GM Crate complete



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If your question is «would you do it for me?» yes

 

if your question is «is it worth to do to switch to 12 volts? no

 

Those car work very fine with 6 volts, there is some slight things to care about, but a good 6 volts system, is very reliable.

 

Fitz.



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I agree with Fitz on the 6 to 12 volt conversion. There is nothing wrong with a six volt system. A proper operating six volt system with run off the generator with the battery disconnected. When you measure the voltage the voltage regulator will put out 7.8 to 8.2 volts into the battery. Most problems with a six volt is improper battery cables using cables from a 12 volt system which are smaller in diameter and improper grounds or lack of star washers in the grounding cables to the engine or frame, or simply dirty or loose connections.The only reason I can see for converting to 12 volts is if the owner would like to add air conditioning and other modern features.These vehicles used to start in minus 30F temperatures with a block heater not plugged in as long as the battery was good. With a block heater plugged in they would start in just about any condition as long as the proper viscosity oil was used and the engine was in proper tune up condition. At car shows I always hear from older people stories of how they worked night shift at the mine and the old car would start all the time. Turn over slow but still start.

Al

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Good list Andre!
My first ahah moment was bringing home a NOS '50 Pont.center hood chrome from Hershey Swao Meet years ago- and wondering why it was about 8" too long!
Thanks for the 6-12V tutorial Taylor55- I now feel better about sticking to my 6V plan.

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Stephenzone wrote:

Good stuff to know since I've aquired this 53 sedan delivery.


Welcome to the elite class of SD owners. Membership has it's privileges!!

FYI production numbers of "53 Sedan deliveries was : Canada= 2038/ US= 468



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If you are still looking for the hood, please let me know. My old four door (Pathfinder) parts car is in Acme Alberta. I think it is a 53. Hood had a dent, but a repairable dent and chrome too.


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