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started on the 55 pontiac

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Just spent $3000 in parts needed.  Half was WWW Coker radials.  Hopefully before summer hits.  But up here that's June/July. lol

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they are the originals that came on it.  Have some pinpoint problems with the chrome but will have to live with it.

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The Pontiac wagons shared the Chevy bodies, including the rear fenders.  Too small a run of wagons to justify special Pontiac fenders. 

So the tail light openings were the same shape as for the Chevys. 

Through the course of the rebuild, the tail light openings have been screaming "Chevy!", but now we see the special Pontiac tail lights.    

Cheaper to make the special tail lights than special fenders.

The same may be true with tail gate chrome, etc. 

 

   

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Have all the rims blasted, primed and painted.  Will let them harden for a week to 10 days and then have the Cokers mounted.

 

 

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Just returned from the powder coating place.  His first time using this powder so it has a bit of orange peel in it but it turned out way better than I expected.

 

 

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No.  I had to sand the metal smooth.  Powder coat guy said that baking at 400 degrees does bad things to body filler.

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Finished the front end chrome and trim last night.  Bumper and grill sit about 1/2" to the driver's side.   Adjusted it to the passenger side as far as it will go.    

 

 

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Man, that powder coat looks good.  Been wondering what to do with my '56 1/2T grille, surround and bumper.  I think I know now.

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On 5/15/2020 at 10:20 AM, casper50 said:

Finished the front end chrome and trim last night.  Bumper and grill sit about 1/2" to the driver's side.   Adjusted it to the passenger side as far as it will go.    

 

 

Probably that way from the factory. Fit was not as good as on modern cars.

 

When I restored my '51 Dodge business coupe, I could never get the hood to fit perfectly. It's good but not perfect. I did every adjustment there was and it remained fractionally off. I figure that it came that way from the factory. Unless I point it out, nobody notices. Same with your bumper and grill. I only know it's out 1/2" because you told me. 

 

It looks great!!

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On 5/16/2020 at 10:05 AM, casper50 said:

From what I've researched not all chrome powders deliver the same results.

I suspected that and will be shopping for a coater that uses the brand you specified in the post.

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Your car looks amazing!  I am sure it’s not the same mainly because I deal with salt in the winter’s. But I have purchased two different dump trailers with, as they quoted high-quality powder coat paint and after two winters they look like crap. Paint comes off in sheets. The last one I purchased I paid extra for I believe a zink primer and after one winter it looks great.  
 

I absolutely love the quality of work you have been doing on your Pontiac. 

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