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White Wallz


With my ’56 hopefully out of the paint shop next week, I have been searching for some 3″ wide white walls to add to the Chief.  Its going to have a matte hot-rod black base paint job with red scallops down the sides.  I decided to keep all the chrome trim on, which is not typical for hot/rat rod type cars, but I love all the chrome on there and can’t imagine her without it.  I think its going to turn out great!

Anyway, its got some radial 225/75 R15’s on there right now with the small 1/2″ white stripe.  I want this thing to look like a classic cruiser, so I have been checking around for some bigger whites, and I wanted bias ply tires so it looks original.  I found a couple sets on Craigslist, one guy up in the Bay Area, and another up in Oregon.  The guy in Norcal had a brand new, never mounted set of 3″ white walls, BFGoodrich Silvertown 820-15’s.  He offered to sell them to me for $465 shipped.  I almost went on that deal, but decided to check on the set in Oregon first.  They are re-treaded Firestone Bias Ply 820-15’s.  Never been mounted since they were retreaded.  This guy offered to ship them to me for $225 out the door.  I ended up going with this deal, they looked decent in the pics, and I don’t drive the car all that often, so I don’t care if they are slightly used.  Apparently it is quite common to re-tread bias ply tires, but you can’t do it on radials.

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I know they will fit my stock 15″ wheels that are still on the car, but I posted up on the HAMB

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=317827

and have had some responses that people think they may be a little big, and will rub when turning.  Apparently the car originally had 710-15’s, so these 820’s are about 2″ taller than the stock ones.  Since the car isn’t lowered (yet), I’m pretty sure they will fit in there, the wheel wells are huge.  I just hope there isn’t any problems with rubbing.  We’ll see, and regardless, for the price I got these bad boys, I’m sure I could throw them back up on CL and sell them if they won’t fit.  A new set of these tires run $930, so this is a hell of a deal.

More pictures and updates when I have em!

Some Body Work on the Chief


Dropped the Chief off at Rodders Choice (soon to be building www.rodderschoice.com) in Santee to have the bodywork done on the old girl. She has some serious rust issues, so I was looking around on Craigslist to find someone who does body work and may be interested in a trade. Found Richard, who owns Rodders Choice, and talked to him about fixing her up. He cam by and gave me an initial estimate, then we discussed what he wanted done for a website. Looks like we are going to work out a decent trade, and save both of us some money!

From 1956 Pontiac Star Chief

1956 Pontiac Star Chief


Everyone knows of my love for classic cars, and craigslist.  The two met again recently when I sold my 1995 Yamaha FZR 600 (that I picked up for $2000 and resold for $3000).  Turns out, investing in that old street bike let to a hell of a payout, with gas prices being what they are, affordable, high mpg motorcycles are in high demand!  WIth some extra cash in my pocket, I started looking for another classic car to cruise around in.  Since Evan and I sold the ’59 Ford almost a year ago, I have been missing having a car that would turn heads…and after a couple weeks of searching – I found just the thing.

I was searching through the San Diego Auto Trader a couple weeks ago, and came across this beauty, it was listed for $4500.  When I talked to the owner, it turns out the car was actually being stored in a warehouse in Upland! (I grew up in up Upland until I was 18, its a couple hours north of SD, and my parents still live there).  So I asked the guy if my parents could go take a look at it, and he said that would be fine.  They went and took it for a cruise, and my dad called me the next day and said the car was sweet and to get it.  So I worked out a deal with the owner, for $3500 cash he would tow it down to SD on a flat bed and drop it off at my house.  Everything worked out perfectly, and last weds he pulled up with my new ’56 Pontiac!

I have been driving it almost daily, put nearly 100 miles on it.  It always takes a while to get to know a new (old) car, and find out its strengths, weaknesses, and pain points.  There are fairly new tires on it, and everything else (Paint, interior, etc) seem to be original.  There are about 101,000 miles on the original Strato-Streak 316 v8, and the 4 speed Auto Hydramatic Trans has had some work done recently (the guy I bought it from purchased it from the original owners widow in National City who sold off all of his stuff when he died a few years back.  When he got it, it ran well but wouldn’t shift out of first gear).

It seems to be in fairly solid shape, except for a problem with the power brakes.  I don’t know if its an issue with the booster or the proportioning valve, but the brakes are Extremely touchy!  Regardless, its in good shape for its price and age, and I intend to hold on to it for years to come.  It has developed a extremely annoying metalic vibrating/ringing noise that I am trying to troubleshoot, with some help from the guys on the HAMB:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3039653

anyway, enjoy the pics!

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