Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Progress on the '40 Pontiac

This car has been in our shop for a few years now, and it's one of those projects that started out as something basic and sort of snowballed into an all-out build.  We've had to put it to the side a few times to work on other projects, but when we get a few extra moments we try to show it some love.  Here's a quick post to bring you up-to-date.

I haven't been able to find any pictures of the car when it first came in, but here's one after the front clip was pulled for some front suspension work:

This car has gone through a few generations of hot-rodding- sometimes by the hands of someone with talent, sometimes not so much.  In addition to some questionable fab work, mother nature had her way with some parts of the body and especially the floor, and she's a TERRIBLE fabricator!  Our customer made the decision to do things right, so we pulled the body off the frame and got to work.

After having the body completely stripped and blasted, the front and rear fenders were shaved into the body, the rear pan was smoothed, and everything shiny except for the door handles was removed.

New floor pans, a smoothed firewall, custom running boards... everything received a touch of custom work. 

The front end of these Pontiacs was never something you'd call "sporty" or "cool", or even "attractive", so the factory sheetmetal has been completely customized with a new hood profile, grille opening, and 01-06 Mini headlights.

They say beauty is only skin deep, but they're wrong.  Dead wrong.  Unless we're talking about supermodels.  Then they are pretty much right.  As for this Pontiac, though, we needed it to look good underneath, too.  So the factory frame was boxed, reinforced with new crossemembers, and updated with a Mustang II front clip.  Disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, a 4 link rear suspension, and airbags on all four corners ensure this car will be as safe and comfortable as it is good looking.  And the built 383 stroker motor under the hood means it will be fun to drive, too!

So, this week we're checking a few items off the checklist- hooking up the steering, getting the new wire harness pulled and routed, and getting that engine back under the hood.

Before the engine blocks this view, here's a quick shot of the shaved firewall:

So, I'll post more as things progress- keep checking back in!

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