November 6, 2023

1953 Pontiac Chieftain

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The Pontiac Chieftain is an automobile which was produced by Pontiac from 1949 to 1958. The 1949 Chieftain and Streamliner models were the first all new car designs to come from Pontiac in the post World War II years. Previous cars had been 1942 models with minor revisions.

In 1949 the A-body Chieftain replaced the Pontiac Torpedo as Pontiac’s smaller and lower priced model. However, the newly redesigned B-bodied Pontiac Streamliner was now very similar (if not exact) in dimensions, engines, trim levels and options. This was the first time since 1934 that all Pontiacs has the same wheelbase. They had standard automatic interior lighting.

The Chieftain was initially introduced with four models: Sedan, Sedan Coupe, Business Coupe, and Deluxe Convertible Coupe. In 1950, a Catalina Coupe was added to the range while a station wagon was added in 1952, with the demise of the top-of-the-line Streamliner wagon.

We will be inspecting the engine to see if it will turn over. Then from there we will be inspecting the brakes, fuel system and aligning the hood and deck lid.

We have removed the carburetor from the engine, torn it apart and started cleaning it out.

The carburetor has been rebuilt and ready to be reinstalled.