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Here is a picture of my latest work in process. Can anyone tell what it is? It is very rare (about 150 still registered) and is getting close to being fully restored. I will repaint and have the chrome redone by next spring.
 

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Aw shucks, you answered too soon, I knew what it was. My brother in law had a new one just like when I was just a kid. Great car for it's time. He had a little 47 Chevy Clube Coupe that I really liked too, wish I had it now !
 

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It is a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain, BUT it is the Canadian model which is significantly different from US models. It is a 6 cyl. 3 speed manual and is in large part a Chevy with a Pontiac all over it. The rear taillights are actually identical to a 1951 Chevy as are the gravel guards and many other parts.

It is in perfect running order. Will be repainting this weekend and the chrome has been sent out to be replated.

Can't wait for it to be done.
 

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Best I remember, his had a "straight 8" gas guzzler but lots of power. Chevy, Olds, Buick, Pontiac are all G.M. products, or used to be, hell, some of them may by made in Mexico, Japan, Yugo, Dontgo or somewhere else now.
I know you are enjoying restoration, and will enjoy the final results.
 

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Yep Straight 8s

What an amazing engine to look at and work on. I am too young to have owned one "back in the day" but I was able to work on and help restore a straight 8 last year. Here is a small pic of a straight 8: --- :D

<img src=http://www.tractorforum.com/pics/engine.jpg>

Andy
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Mine has a flat head 6. Gas guzzler and decent power for a car of its age. I have rebuilt the engine, tranny, driveline, etc. The interior is entirely original and in great shape.
 

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Enjoy ! Great pictures, thanks for posting them, brings back memories.
Another memorie that it stirred up was, I always liked those old ford 390 V8 engines, had a few. One time when my wife and I were at Royal Gorge, rode everything, walked and drove across the suspension bridge. While waiting for a ride on the cable car or tram what ever they called it, I saw a door to the maintainence room open, a workman inside puttering around, struck up a conversaton with him and went on in. He was wiping down a ford 390 engine that was purring like a kitten. It was hooked to a generator which provided the electricity to pull the needed stuff, and when demand was put on it, the governor opened up and the thing really went to work. Being wiped down with an oily rag every day, that blue paint looked like it just came off the show room floor, and sounded like it too.
That green paint on the straight 8 Pontiac motor reminded me of that.
 

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Used to have one of the American versions of that! Junked it out to supply parts to the 53 model that replaced it. That straight 8 was a heckuva motor!
 
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