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58Bonne's 1958 Bonneville

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  1. Congratulations @58Bonne and your 1958 Bonneville for winning our September Pontiac of the Month!
    6 points
  2. Just left a car show and decided to stop and take a photo and take opportunity of an over cast day. No shadows. Enjoy.
    5 points
  3. Thanks for adding me to the group. Loving my 1968 GTO and looking forward to seeing what everyone else is rolling in.
    5 points
  4. Months ago when it was a nasty weather day I had time to make a pattern for the missing sub body mounts justA behind the rear wheels holding up the trunk floor. At some time in the 64 life in California, it had a trunk floor replacement and they never replaced the sub brace mounts justA behind the wheel arch, which ment the the whole car was mounted at the bolt point at the top of the wheel arch and the next fixing point was right at the rear bumper mount! This would be a big no no when i go to vin the car for nz .. so in goes my hand made version of what the factory made... top is a factory mount that i made a paper template from....below right is the one i made months ago.. and left is my template marked out on a bit of 1mm steel.
    5 points
  5. i think its beer o clock!! my boss is currently stuck in Auckland after going up,to help with the new grand baby but now cant get home thanks to there being a border between Auckland and the rest of nz.. she is whats called level 4 up there and tomorrow it drops to level 3 but shes still not allowed to come home !! guess i will be cooking for myself for a while yet!!! hmmmm tomorrow night will be pork chop night,,, followed by steak eggs and chips night followed by crumbed fish night. followed by lamb roast night... ...... who was i talkiing about ?????? i forget ?
    4 points
  6. Sunday I managed to slip past Bronner's land of eternal Christmas decoration shopping and endless family-style chicken dinners to get to the annual Frankenmuth Autofest car show. The show can attract up to 2000-2500 cars in good times. I got there early Sunday morning, so I am not sure if folks were showing up late after breakfast and Sunday service, or they left Saturday due to the impending threat of rain (which came around 6:00 pm that night). A rat rod boattail speedster on a Chevy S-10 frame. The boattail is real, it's made from a canoe and it's paddle too (look closely)! Smokey is the Bear! Ah Linda!!!! Linda! Linda! Who wants ice cream? Now this is an interesting rat rod..... Microphone shifter...cool. Kids banana seat for armrest....definitely original. How big do your kahoneys have to be to have an open spinning driveshaft next to your hip and thigh? Custom '38 Ford.....with a rear mounted Northstar V8 and transverse transmission and axle! Cool hot rod with either a 348 or 409 "W" motor......wait a minute, that's an LS in 409 clothing. What a unique way to dress up an LS! Every see or hear of a Humber before? Me neither. It's a British marque. Gorgeous '59 Caddy 4-door.....with 1,100 HP twin turbo charged Chevy big block, a 4L80 tranny and a Ford 9-inch with 3.73 gears! Right now it is "detuned" to run just over 825 HP because of a vibration problem at high RPM. Won't that just shock the crap out of the Hellcat crowd! A Sunbird with it's original motor!
    4 points
  7. Welcome did anyone mention how much we like pic's round here?
    4 points
  8. Thank you mate... super happy that mum and baby are 100% My daughter and her partner have named Her violet ....👍 I am yet to come up with a nick name ... I have a jamiesy and a George . Both nick names I came up with for the other 2 .grandies ... still have to come up with one for little violet .... when we get to see her !!! They are in Auckland nz which is in full lock down ... not sure when we will get to see them !!! My jamezy has been out today (grandson) as he wanted to see his pop ... it’s been two weeks of lock down .. so we did the boy thing... he helped me fit the new light bulbs in the 64 and he would run around the car and check that the lights worked !! we then got his car out ... and up till today I use the remote and steer it and he justA sits in it and pretends to drive ... and it has a switch where you can flick it to driver mode.... well that grandy of mine took off and completely knew how to work that gas pedal and shifter !! i was super impressed .... i think i will make him into a petrolhead !!!... yeah i know its a ford ranger All Blacks edition ... but hay he is way to young to know.... and heck ! if some one builds a 68 dodge charger kids car i will be the first in line to buy one for the boy !!... ( its for me)
    4 points
  9. Maiden voyage today !!!!
    4 points
  10. 😀My racing days are over, I / we, the guy @ the cruise night found a kit he liked almost Immediately on the Internet using our smart phone, still amazes me how easy all is now. Not so back in the Day😁! He decided on this one from Jegs https://www.jegs.com/i/Competition+Engineering/247/3113/10002/-1?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6oyO2-ji8gIV3MizCh1jJATWEAQYAyABEgLCc_D_BwE
    4 points
  11. Picked up a 76 TA project. Fresh 468ci, TH400. Has DSE quadralink rear with tubs. Going to be a fun little cruiser.
    4 points
  12. My Mom & Dad, we’re both loving generous souls & had a ‘67 Lemans. They gave it to me & my new Bride when we got married in 1969! Midnite blue, w a light & dark blue interior. Very sharp.
    4 points
  13. It is amazing to have so many people approach me with 1964 Bonneville stories. This woman’s dad had one while she was in high school. This guy had a 64 convertable back in the day. I hear this kinda thing all the time which makes it so fun to cruise in. I usually have people jump in the driver’s seat for a picture. They act like I gave them a $100.00 bill. One guy said back in the sixties someone did a u-turn in front of them. The crash caused their surfboards to go through the Bonnie windshield and totally through the other car windows then onto the street. If this keeps up, I will need to create a book and call it 1964 Bonneville stories.
    4 points
  14. Right - here's something to share. When I pulled the thermostat housing off the inlet manifold, the thermostat which it was supposed to house had left the house! Have a look at the water jacket holes in the block and one of the heads. See those blocked holes? That's crud which seems to have cemented itself into place. I reckon the engine overheated a few times before the previous owner removed the thermostat and just drove it like that. There's a couple of lessons here: do NOT neglect your cooling system. Take the time to flush it once a year and refill with nice fresh coolant, and keep your oil squeaky clean. Clean oil and a clean filter will save you so many headaches in future.
    4 points
  15. He's right, folks. Australia is the Land Of Over Regulation. I managed to wean myself off the drug I call Cars for the last 20 years - it was a happy time. I had disposable income, clean hands and a reliable daily driver which a mechanic looked after. So, I was out of the scene when I heard about the various extra restrictions on vehicle mods. It's now almost at the point where it's hardly worth it. Unfortunately, like the rest of the world, all it takes is for too many idiots to do the wrong thing and make it dangerous and then we're all dragged down to the lowest common denominator and have shackles put on us.
    4 points
  16. Can you show me a picture of the master cylinder you have for the disc brakes and than the stock master?! If it can be done and most likely it can, you need to make different brackets & possibly a new piston rod!
    4 points
  17. That is quality work - I am envious. Mind you, I'm a dab hand with cable ties and gaffer tape.
    4 points
  18. While riding my motorcycle, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful woman who asked, "Are you okay ?” As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low-cut see-through red blouse with cleavage to die for... "I'm okay I think," I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look. She said, "Get in and I'll take you home, so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head." "That's nice of you," I answered, "but I don't think my wife will like me doing that!" "Oh, come now, I'm a nurse," she insisted. "I need to see if you have any more scrapes and then treat them properly." Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated,"I'm sure my wife won't like this." We arrived at her place which was just few miles away and, after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, "I feel a lot better, but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I'd better go now." "Don't be silly!" she said with a smile. "Stay for a while. She won't know anything. By the way, where is she?" "Still in the ditch, I guess.
    4 points
  19. So, I called the machinist today and apparently the block needs to be bored, but the crank and heads have been crack tested and crank only needs linishing. Unfortunately a 030 rebore means new pistons, so went all out and ordered a rebuild kit through Butler which is pistons, rings, bearings, gaskets & seals, plus I chucked in some cam bearings. What the hell - just money, right?
    3 points
  20. Yes Andy, despite the fact most of us will escape unscathed, this thing is real and just because it's invisible doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Nobody likes restrictions and we don't need internet jerks going nuts about the dangers of vaccinations, but if the choice is permanent damage, death or a side effect from a shot, I'll take the latter. Good advice for everyone is to be sensible and do the right thing - a lot harder for a surprising number of people to do apparently.
    3 points
  21. 3 points
  22. Sunday, September 12 we traveled 3 hours to attend the last show at this location. There were 135 cars in attendance.
    3 points
  23. Yesterday was Rauma Rock'n' Roll american car Cruising/Meet in Rauma. The Starting place was Poroholma Camping. There was also "Hollywood sign" and a great Lego scale model of the area. Rauma also has a Hollywood clothing store. We searched for a parking space for our daily driver (Chevy) but the traffic controller showed up in the area.😂 Also new Ford Mustang Mach-E
    3 points
  24. Yea i got super lucky. The original owner babied the car. It was never winter driven. Since purchase in 71 always stored in garage. Only thing the original owner did to the car was had it repainted in the early 90s. It was purchased by dad in 2009 with 109,xxx miles and today ill hit 125,000 after dinner
    3 points
  25. ah your welcome Del. i was going to justA stick it in a courier bag and post it to ya, its off the spare parts car out under the trees
    3 points
  26. Hello All, I have a 1970 Grand Prix that I bought in 1978 drove it hard broke it repaired it drove it some more it was my daily driver for about 20 years it has been in retirement all these tears. and it is now time to start the restoration I am looking forward to talking to all of you and sharing story's.
    3 points
  27. as soon as I dig it out I will post
    3 points
  28. Kiwi - be prepared for what I consider to be exorbitant cost. Sure, all those small replicated complex shapes & mouldings produced in small numbers means the price will be up there, but I can't help feeling 'gouged' when I see those prices. Ebay has stacks of kits & suppliers and Ralph Moore Autoglass here in Oz have been around forever. Ames carries almost everything as well. I also wanted the works but after seeing the prices, pared it down and eventually realised that I am happy with what I have, which for it's incredible age seems to have lasted. But my car will NEVER be in the rain and we don't have cold weather, plus my bitchin' exhaust note should drown out any annoying squeaks or rattles.
    3 points
  29. I had an old memory flashback while talking to a youngster of 50 @ a cruise night. He had acquired @ an obscene price, a 1970 Formula 400 Firebird. A very sharp Ride that Was much like my 1st new car, also a 70 Formula 400 when I was 21. I’m sure anyone with any 70 Firebird who Perf’d it up & took to the track regularly caused the same issue. When he was restoring it he discovered crack under the paint from the top corner of the rear Window thru the body to the top rear of the door on pass. side but it was coming back & could be seen as a hairline crack starting again. I relived my experiences with mine including the same issue with mine in ‘71 when I repaired mine but didn’t get to the root of the problem. 400’s made a bunch of torque, too much for the new body design in 70 which looks sweet ( still love them ) but was too flexible for pushing the limits of the 400 engine. The sharp corners of the body @ the rear upper corner of door glass & rear window left a weak stress point under full torque loads on subframe & body in that area. He’d discovered the same issue I caused racing mine, although he didnt cause it as he didn’t race it as I had mine. At the time I’d tried the same fix, stitch welding the crack & broke most of the welds next few times I raced. I told him the real fix i found out a few years later was tying the front frame stubs to the rear near the rear spring shackles to make frame subframes more rigid. I didn’t do either as no kits were available @ the time & my funds $ @ 22 we’re thin 😂! I told him I wasn’t sure whether anyone ever made a kit for the ‘70 & newer Firebird & Camaro's but thought they must as 15 years later I had a Fox Body Mustang convertible with similar issues manifesting underneath that started showing hair line stress cracks where Sub frame & body met & found a subframe kitl solving it & was sure if kit was made for the Mustangs they must have made for the Firebird & Camaro too. Fast Internet surf easily found one for him on the smart phone & only $185. It wasn’t that easy in the ‘70’s 🤔🤣. Pic included was mine in The Day, took a smart phone pic of an old glossy😁! Hope I didn’t bore you too much.
    3 points
  30. While that’s drying I’m installing Convertable hydraulic lift. Cylinder came out by removing three bolts and swinging bracket up to remove two screws. Always good to dig deep and find potential future issues. I was missing bolts to hold top bracket. I assembled the cylinders and pump lines before I put it in the car which helps. I found the power to run top and the switch is still good. What a relief. I ran the pump off of a battery in the trunk so I could bleed line and make sure it was good before locating the original power and top switch.
    3 points
  31. Well… .. it’s never a good time to take Bonnie out of commission. It’s time to tackle several things that are all good to do together due to having to go deep. 1) install hydraulic convertible system including power and switch. 2) go through wires with schematics to get about 10 things back to factory. 3) install Courtesy lights and power to make them work. Whoever did the new vinyl covered over where lights should be. 4) remove all dash parts and paint it. I also have a nicer chrome dash purchased 8 months ago. While in there I will open up speedometer case and clean. Here we go. Rear seats and trim out, dash out.
    3 points
  32. Yeah - click on my avatar, but look at this also: For what it's worth - whitewall width (ie. the actual width of the white wall stripe) is commensurate with vintage. So, for mid 60s cars, about an inch is what you want to aim for if you want it to look period correct, as per the Maxxis tyre. Older 40s & 50s cars had a wider whitewall, and 70s ones had a narrower one.
    3 points
  33. I think we all had cars we wish would have kept and/or wish we would have purchased instead when we had the chance. For me, I had the chance to purchase a black '73 GTO with a 455 and a Saginaw 3-speed manual. My folks talked me out of it and I ended up the Lemans Sport Coupe instead. Coulda, woulda, shoulda!
    3 points
  34. so i have spent the best part of 4 hours every day for the last 2 weeks working on the Bonneville. boxes ticked...... exhausts system made and installed brake system completed and bleed electrical system checked all working, short of a new ignition switch and 2 new horns fuel system completed , tank not leaking, new fuel lines hooked, and working great all trim and sheet metal refitted including bumpers to ensure correct fit all interior trim cleaned and tidy, including carpets engine run up and check for leaks and issues... once at operating temp. tires all good..... hahaahha thats tomorrows job !! cheers everyone, i am one super happy pontiac owner... my girl is now super close to being road worthy !!!
    3 points
  35. ....and why does it only have 3 tires, may I ask? Did we loose one to the Indyman Joe School of Proper Undercoating Application?
    3 points
  36. From the Motortrend network, here are 100 photos of Camaros and Firebirds that were out on Hot Rod Power Tour 2021 this year! https://www.motortrend.com/features/chevrolet-camaro-pontiac-firebird-hot-rod-power-tour-2021/?wc_mid=4035:21878&wc_rid=4035:290323&_wcsid=FB184DAC699F0C92EF97E8EE2C6599DDAB948D3A193C20AF
    3 points
  37. I believe I read that it's a gravity switch. I have the same light but have never found any switch to activate it. I laughed when I learnt how to unclip it and unspooled the wire right around to the engine bay. How old fashioned and quaint. No LED pen lights back then, or mobile phones with a torch and no need now to peer under the hood to see why the car stopped, because modern cars don't break down like they used to. How did you fix your speedo lens - just grab a piece of perspex and cut to suit? My speedo face was grubby from sitting in a moist enclosed atmosphere for so long, so I GENTLY started to clean the numerals but the paint started to come away. I read online that a paste of Cream Of Tartar & water VERY GENTLY applied will clean it without damage, but mine was too far gone so I cleaned it as best I could and chucked it back in. Speedos are overrated anyway - when you're cruisin' for chicks in the big Poncho, the last thing you'll be looking at is the speedo.
    3 points
  38. And refreshed speedo went back in 🍻🍻🍻
    3 points
  39. TEST RESULTS NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3 points
  40. 3 points
  41. Thank you for your kind thoughts. I was feeling like I had been run over by a truck last night and was understandably concerned, but apparently it was just a reaction to working on an old Chrysler that belongs to a friend in Australia. She left it with me the last time she was here and I have been fixing things on it ever since. The master cylinder kept going dry so I replaced it, not the fix. Yesterday I replaced the wheel cylinders, the rears were both leaking. At my age doing brake work on a jack is a painful experience and apparently my body decided to scream at me that I am no longer 25. Bottom line is that I had a really good nights sleep and woke up feeling great. If the testing comes back negative I can drive out to Wilwood pick up the parts and get moving.
    3 points
  42. Andy..... and anyone who reads this in the future... when we commit to projects like yours and mine, you really need to be realistic. all the work you do will take hundreds of hours, you WILL fu-k up, things wont fit, you will have to order more parts and more costs, You have to factor in that what you buy will NOT fit, you have to MAKE it fit. The challenges are many and dont expect to build a car like you see on telly in 30 minutes including ad breaks !! You have to have the mind set that says" this is a love job" and " i am doing this because i LIKE building cars " Its a hobby! You walk away from it and get on with all the bs of real life and then you come back to it WHEN you need your car fix !. We do this for personal achievement only
    3 points
  43. Great pic's and showing yet another problem that somebody else can run into. Thankz for showing it's always a good idea to check that engine out. Nows the time.
    3 points
  44. Okay everyone, you can stop wasting time looking at Kiwi's thread about his silly car, which incidentally is looking bloody great. Today, I found time to tear down the 389. As far as I can see, the only issues it seems to have is the neglected cooling system and one of the rocker arms was off centre. You can see the damage to the rocker and where it's been hammering on the valve spring retainer. Any ideas on what might cause that? The cam shows a little wear on the lobes, and there's some sludge in the oil pan but the pistons look good, there's no ridge at the top of each cylinder, no burnt valves and no play in the crank. The timing gear is a little sloppy (I can move it a full 5mm before the crank sprocket takes up the slack) but the head gaskets look almost new. I wonder if it has undergone a mild rings & bearings rebuild at some point? I'll never know. Those main bearing saddles have been drilled as 4 bolt. Is that normal? Anyway, I'll pull the pistons & crank tomorrow and once the block is properly degreased & inspected, I want to try and get it to the machinist ASAP. Take a look at my crappy Toledo brand harmonic balancer puller! That was the damage done to it after one use! Thanks China. I tried to load all this yesterday but it wouldn't do it, so ignore my remarks on Kiwi's thread - my previous content was kept. Ringo - go back to your margharita.
    3 points
  45. Lot of work but I agree that is the way to do it, talked to an old friend car painter while on vacation and he told me about several cars that came in in pieces and was supposed to have been fitted before paint and when they tried to re install everything nothing fit. I got a Similar plan, assemble, drive, disassemble, paint openings at door,trunk, hood then install all the sheet metal and paint. Pretty sure what you are doing, looking good you are making an amazing progress. I hope to get back to mine soon has been to much house stuff, vacation and moving kid back in to college. Keep the pictures coming it's a great inspiration.
    3 points
  46. Yeah, now you see why I don't want to go back unless its really worth it. Sever itching that last between 1-2 weeks bro, I rather take a beating lol
    3 points
  47. It truly looks amazing Kiwi! Great work buddy. Well thank you Justa.
    3 points
  48. wtf!!! imho, i would stick going back to the buick with out full ppe !!! hahahhaha
    3 points
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