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RE: 1961 Pontiac Laurentian four door sedan - budget build


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Old shocks - I have the receipt for their installation in 1977.

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Shock bottom mount - Axle needs to be lifted a little to get shock off.

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Top mount has two bolts with nuts. 1/2" in size.

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1/2" bolt on the top mount. Not visible from below.

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Shock out

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Rear shocks - old vs new

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New shocks installed - nice and straightforward - took 1/2 hour.

 

Next up is brakes.



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hutch400 wrote:

that's an awesome car! is that a 40oz whiskey bottle with the gas line in it? LOL


 

Yes - Previous owner's handiwork. I'll need to take a look at the gas tank soon.



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That ol' bomb look very solid underneath. May I suggest oil spray followed by parking somewhere other than your driveway unless you have a bunch of cardboard all over the parking spot. Or you can do what farmers did, oil spray followed by a drive down a dusty road. Also no matter what you do with the brakes, replace ALL the rubber lines no matter how good they may appear. One blown hose and you have no brakes. I  think your '61 is really cool, 3-speed, 261, patina and all.



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I would suggest Rust Check, Krown or similar light oil.  Spray it down, let it soak to the base metal to slow down further corrosion.  Might drip a little at first but it does clean up pretty well.

Ever since I heard the story of one of my friends who had a seal go in his single-chamber master cylinder, I'd suggest replacing everything that contains rubber or could fail, or just upgrade to dual chamber master cyl.   That day he was out driving around in his '66 Coronet all day with his young son in the car.  When he got home, he pulled the car into his garage and the brake pedal went all the way to the floor.  Had it happened when he was out driving around it could have been tragic as he would have had absolutely no brakes (except the park brake which is marginal at best).  Those single chamber units scare me...



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I actually bought a front disc brake conversion kit from Speedway with a dual circuit master cylinder. I plan to drive it on some pretty decent mountain roads in AB and BC this summer.

www.speedwaymotors.com/Deluxe-Disc-Brake-Kit-1955-1964-Chevy-Full-size-Car-Stock-Spindle,4625.html
and a new master cylinder.

I've mostly got the old brakes off the front. Just one super stubborn bolt to go.



-- Edited by Dave7 on Friday 5th of January 2018 06:20:34 PM

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Disk brake conversion is a good idea, especially given your intended use. 



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Nice job adding new shocks......will keep the groceries from jumping out of the bag.

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Todd said he wanted a "base" 4 door for 2018 .  I vote for you ........



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Dave7 Did you know about the discount offered to CP members? They send a donation to CP For each purchase made and even though it is a US based web site you will see pricing in Canadian $ Shipping is efficient and Shows up with your purchase details Each month there is a new code for saving. Enjoy the vast knowledge base here to help you out. Cliff

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