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53 Pontiac Laurentian 2door hardtop - refresh


Good afternoon! Ive been a member here for a long time but Ended up putting my project on the back burner. Im bringing it home on a flatbed in two weeks to start the refresh. I?m looking at a heidts mustang 2 front end with disc Brake and coil overs with a power rack. I?m not sure which way I want to go for an engine and like to know everyone?s opinion? Should I go LS or personally I?m leaning towards a nice 400hp ish 350 With a TH400. As of now the car is original and once I started looking it there?s just so many cool products to buy. Do I leave the pedals coming up through the floor or get a hanging pedal assembly from speedway motors.

let me know what you think  

 

 



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Personally I'd keep it 100% stock. That's a nice looking '53. It looks like feature car material.

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If it were mine and it was as nice, complete and stock as it appears to be, I would agree 100% with Todd.

Now if it were a salvage car near death's door I would suggest going with LS power. If I were in that position myself, I would now have a place to install my hot-rodded inline six that I have on a stand.

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Canadian Poncho wrote:

Personally I'd keep it 100% stock. That's a nice looking '53. It looks like feature car material.


 Such a beautiful car and you just don't see these 2 door hardtops around.

I too would leave it alone as is, with maybe spending some cash on rebuilding the original drive train and suspension(if it needs it)

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I've been suffering from the same dilemma for many years. My 51 is in great shape and was all stock when I got it. Always "wanted" to drop an LS into but haven't pulled that trigger yet - still running the 239 flathead. I have updated the driveline and braking system so its more driveable on the highway though. "If that 6 ever blows (probably never will), then it gets the LS" - been saying that for about 13 years now !!!!

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Thanks for your input guys. I too would like to keep it stock but I cant find anyone who knows about this to help. As far as I know the motor was rebuilt in the 80s , the guy who owned it used it in parades one day a year then parked it again. It was a rural car most of its life and took a good rock hit to the front crossmember At one point in its life. I got the car 15 years ago and was lucky to find a local guy that had one and I redid the front suspension 12 years ago as well as redid all brakes and exhaust. I struggle with it being reliable lol , I know that shouldnt be expected from an almost 70 year old car. You mentioned a hot Rodded in-line six Cam, what do I do to hot rod this bad boy?



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I don't think there was much offered for the old flathead six, but here are several interesting links:

www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/pontiac-239-straight-six-flatheads.703694/

forums.aaca.org/topic/267599-pontiac-239-6-high-performance-build/

www.inliners.org/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php

Plus a well preserved 1950 stripped Pontiac:
www.hemmings.com/stories/article/worthwhile-austerity-1950-pontiac-chieftain-six


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wow nice car i left my 53 stock because its such a unicorn lol not much out there for 239 gadgets

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I just picked up a 54 Pathfinder, was an all original car, paint, interior and in really good shape. The fella selling it had put in an S10 front end and dropped in a rebuilt 350 but never got it wired. Thats my winter project. I like the idea of disc brakes and power steering. These are a heavy car and being able to stop in modern traffic means a lot to me. My wife will be driving this car from time to time and I feel better knowing she can stop if she needs to!!

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Hello 

How are you making out with the work on your 53 hardtop.

Looks like a nice car. I have been looking for one of this model.

Can we keep in touch?

Cy Durdle - Pontiac Nut



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 i know what you are going through. You have a fairly rare model and i think Ive seen your car in the past in some car shows. Yeah its hard for some parts. But once you get that Carter sorted out and the generator/ regulator working together it will start up and purr like no other engine. something about those flat head and how they sound. if its advice, tuning finding parts. I dont have tons of time, but Im all for helping out a fellow who owns a truly great Canadian Poncho. 



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Very nice and rare car !!

Wasn't 1953 the first year for the Laurentian and second last year for the 239??

My Dad who grew up in the country said hanging pedals were the best innovation.

He said the floor pedals allowed cars to fill up with dust on dirt roads.

Is it in running condition right now or drivable?

Best of luck in whatever you decide!

Thanks
Randy



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