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Old 03-27-07, 05:42PM   #1
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Get your name, e-mail, and a description of your car on the list to be able to have an idea of what cars are out there. :Poncho
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Old 03-27-07, 06:07PM   #2
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This section is a good idea.
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Old 03-28-07, 07:02AM   #3
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Just arrived, I'm Bill form Alberta Canada, gonna start working on a canadian built 1950 fleetleader special 4 door, as soon as the snow goes away...lol
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Old 03-28-07, 11:46AM   #4
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I am an old Passionate Pontiac enthusiast. I have a 1937 Pontiac streetrod. I am curious to find out how anyone would be able to locate the serial number of the 1 millionth Pontiac off the line in 1937? Does anyone know? I am curious to see if by some small chance I might have that car or how close to it that I am.

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Old 03-28-07, 11:49AM   #5
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Hey, aren't we forgetting somebody? There are a few (of which I am a huge fan of that big beautiful shiny grille) 1942 Pontiac owners who don't have a home on our site? Since they share bodies with 46-48's maybe we should include then here? Just a thought.
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Old 03-28-07, 12:19PM   #6
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Definately RareRodder, I was going off the thought that they really didn't build cars during the 4 years of the war era, so I guess there were 1942s built.

You say they share a body style closer to the '46 models?

Technically they would be a Pre-War, so maybe both forums will suit them
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Old 03-28-07, 12:38PM   #7
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Hi, just found this great site, I own a 54 starchief convertible, and have had a few 40's 50's Pontiacs, I love the flatheads! I have had booger red for 7 yrs , and shes done a lotta miles! im in the middle of replacing most of the front end steering parts , and she is a driver not a show queen , no rust, and she's had a lotta work.... engine rebuild gearbox, floorpan doors you name it its been bust or missing! hope to chat with some fellow flathead fans, and im big in to the rockabilly scene too, so if theres anyone else say hi! Dale u.k
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Old 03-28-07, 12:40PM   #8
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BTW, feel free to give me advice like this guys. I'm not too knowledgable on most of these models, and wwanting to learn just like many of you.

It's hard enough to find info on my own '37 :Cool
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Old 03-28-07, 02:37PM   #9
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Yes, the '42 models used the same body, fenders, doors, hoods, trunk lids, glass, etc. as the '46-'48 models. Only the trim (grilles, lights, and stainless mouldings) and some mechanical upgrades were different. I'm becoming more familiar with the 1941 models helping my uncle with his coupe and convertible, and I don't think '41's shared anything in common with the '42's.

Seems most of the car companies share this fact. Of course, Chevrolet, being the little brother to Pontiac, did this as well. As did Cadillac, Buick, & Olds. Even '42 FXXD's were the same bodies as '46-'48. Similarly, my '42 Hudson project used the same body as did the '46-'47 Hudson.

When the war ended the best the car companies could do to get automobiles out to the starving public was to revamp what they had offered before the war. That car starving public would buy almost all the cars each car company could produce wich allowed the car companies the ability to recoupe the cost of the tooling (dies, etc.) for a couple of years, before retooling for the new exciting (shoebox) designs of 1949 (1948 for companies like Buick and Hudson).

Sorry, I tend to get lost when I start talking car history.
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Old 03-28-07, 03:15PM   #10
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Yes, the '42 models used the same body, fenders, doors, hoods, trunk lids, glass, etc. as the '46-'48 models. Only the trim (grilles, lights, and stainless mouldings) and some mechanical upgrades were different. I'm becoming more familiar with the 1941 models helping my uncle with his coupe and convertible, and I don't think '41's shared anything in common with the '42's.

Seems most of the car companies share this fact. Of course, Chevrolet, being the little brother to Pontiac, did this as well. As did Cadillac, Buick, & Olds. Even '42 FXXD's were the same bodies as '46-'48. Similarly, my '42 Hudson project used the same body as did the '46-'47 Hudson.

When the war ended the best the car companies could do to get automobiles out to the starving public was to revamp what they had offered before the war. That car starving public would buy almost all the cars each car company could produce wich allowed the car companies the ability to recoupe the cost of the tooling (dies, etc.) for a couple of years, before retooling for the new exciting (shoebox) designs of 1949 (1948 for companies like Buick and Hudson).

Sorry, I tend to get lost when I start talking car history.
Good info. makes sense though...seems as if the companies were in the midst of a model changover when the war era began, and then just started up where they left off then.

So technically the '42 guys will most fit into the later category, while truly being a Pre-war in name aspect only. I'll have to do some editing now

BTW, feel free to share your knowledge of history of these cars as most of us are here to hear about it. :Poncho
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Old 03-28-07, 11:04PM   #11
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From the info I have here that may be difficult to find out. I'm not exactly sure how the numbering system would be at 1 million because 1937 there are 2 serial # orders listed seperately for 6 and 8 cyl models.

First serial number for 6cyl (6-37)
6CA-1001

First serial number for 8cyl cars (8-37)
8CA-1001

Also a prefix letter will be found ahead of the serial number; this letter denotes the assembly plant at which the car was built.

35-38 serial # location is on top of the frame just ahead of steering gear bracket.

Hope this helps , Bill

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I am an old Passionate Pontiac enthusiast. I have a 1937 Pontiac streetrod. I am curious to find out how anyone would be able to locate the serial number of the 1 millionth Pontiac off the line in 1937? Does anyone know? I am curious to see if by some small chance I might have that car or how close to it that I am.

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Hi, New member here from Flint Michigan. This picture is from Meadowbrook 2005. The car is a 1953 that has original factory paint and leather, the only updates are the top and service items.
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Here's the newbie's wheels FYNLRYD. Needed an appropriate name to fit a plate by PA doesn't have vanity Street Rod Plates. The stays just the same.
This 1947 Streamliner/Superior hearse has a 76 Caddy subframe, powered by a Caddy 500 and TH400 tranny. I enjoy shows and cruises but nothing is as enjoyable as stopping for gas, grub or a bag or two at the local grocery store.
I'm all set to do Rodder funerals giving my brothers and sisters a righteous Final Ride. Girl not included!

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Old 04-20-07, 08:51AM   #14
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Hi all,

I start to collect informations about my Starchief 2 dr ht so my first question is about the VIN number : C857H.

What I already know :
8 = series 28;
57 = 1957 ;
H = Hydra-matic....

but what about the first letter "C" ?

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Old 04-20-07, 02:31PM   #15
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Here's the newbie's wheels FYNLRYD. Needed an appropriate name to fit a plate by PA doesn't have vanity Street Rod Plates. The stays just the same.
This 1947 Streamliner/Superior hearse has a 76 Caddy subframe, powered by a Caddy 500 and TH400 tranny. I enjoy shows and cruises but nothing is as enjoyable as stopping for gas, grub or a bag or two at the local grocery store.
I'm all set to do Rodder funerals giving my brothers and sisters a righteous Final Ride. Girl not included!
Wow...that is amazing...i'm not in a hurry to go for a ride in that one though
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