View Full Version : '55 Pontiac Starchief

05-12-2008, 04:23 PM
I haven't started on the audio portion of the build yet, but I thought "What the hell, lets throw up some pics anyways". I envision the audio build going through a couple different phases anyways... such as I plan on tossing together a temporary system here in the next week or two as I am in a mad hurry to get the car together and cruisable for the Memorial weekend Kustoms show in Santa Maria, CA.

Here is how she sits after lopping off three (or so) coils and adding 3" blocks in the rear.

Unfortunately, after a couple drives around the block (and a few to the liquor store!) it became apparent that something just wasn't right and there was som rubbing going on.

Apparently the driveshaft was coming into contact with the floor!

Somehow, I don't think it being shiny here is a good idea.

So, since I'm not going to raise the car back up, I decided something else had to happen to make her driveable again.



Here is how it looks with the car actually on the ground.

My ****** (and temporary!) ammo crate for a seat, and how close my *** is from the Gap of Doom.

Since I was tired of destroying stuff, I decided to actually finish something that added a bit to the car. Introducing Mr. Tiki Shifter.

As you can see in those pics I have already removed the interior which should make for some easy running of the wiring. I already tackled most of the rust issue of the floor, but after removing the headliner I was suprised at the rust there due to condensation inside the car.

As I mentioned, I'm trying to get this thing together for a show/cruise next Friday! For the cruise I'm planning on putting in a temp system of the random crap I have in my garage. I plan on using a pre-fab ported box with 2 12" Sony Explod's run by a Rockford Fosgate 300.1 (or something like that?) that I got in a trade. My front and rear fill speakers will be powered by a 10+ year old Rockford Fosgate Punch 40. THe speakers are undecided at this point... but probably a pair or two of coaxials that I can get for cheap (i.e. Walmart or something). I don't want to run a head unit.. instead I'll be using an Ipod with a couple goodies to charge it and one master volume knob.


05-12-2008, 04:25 PM
It sits pretty nice, but I don't usually like cutting springs.

05-12-2008, 04:26 PM
looks cool, get new rims though

05-12-2008, 04:27 PM
So you lowered it cutting the coils, then had to cut the floorpan because you didn't pay any attention to what you were doing??

05-12-2008, 04:30 PM
The nice thing about the old cars is that the coil springs aren't progressive type springs like newer cars. Cutting a few off doesn't really change the dampening on the coil, it just makes it shorter.

05-12-2008, 04:31 PM

05-12-2008, 04:32 PM
So you lowered it cutting the coils, then had to cut the floorpan because you didn't pay any attention to what you were doing??

Actually, paying attention to cutting coils and installing blocks wouldn't have prepared me for the driveshaft hitting the floor. I have never had driveshaft clearance issues until this car... and i only lowered the car 4" in the front and put 3" blocks in the rear.

However, future plans for the car include a full airbag suspension and a 4 link in the rear, so the floor was going to get cut one way or another.

05-14-2008, 08:26 PM

05-14-2008, 08:28 PM
Cool lookin ride! I had driveshaft clearance issues on my s10 when I dropped it. Things start becoming a huge pita when you go real low, but its worth it.

05-14-2008, 10:04 PM
Man I wish I could see this now. Will have to peep it when I get home from work.

Whatever you hosted those pics under has websense for me. Work computer FTL!

05-14-2008, 10:06 PM
nice man

05-14-2008, 10:09 PM
i'd rock it.

if it had an interior and ****.

05-14-2008, 10:12 PM
suicide the doors!

05-14-2008, 10:13 PM
i see it, and i think of that car from the marylin manson video , thing was ******!

05-15-2008, 12:42 AM
Man I wish I could see this now. Will have to peep it when I get home from work.

Whatever you hosted those pics under has websense for me. Work computer FTL!

Yea, there is quite a collection of **** and **** on the hosting site... but it's free!

05-15-2008, 12:49 AM
suicide the doors!

Some day I will own a late 60's Lincoln with the rear suicide doors. Those cars are so ******. Example :


However, for now, this car won't be receiving mods that are nearly that extensive with the exception of the airbag suspension. Maybe... maybe long term, when money allows, I'll consider a 3 inch chop or so with a section of 2 to 3 inches taken out of the body. If that ever happens, that is when the car retires from regular driver duties and turns into a full blown show car.

05-15-2008, 01:34 AM
I like it, how many miles does it have on it? Keep us updated with pics. http://www.unity.i8i.co.uk/forum/images/smiley_lrm.gif

05-21-2008, 10:03 AM
So... after some welding of some sheet metal over the gap for the driveshaft, some quick and sloppy fiberglassing to fill in some of the gaps in the sheet metal, a nights worth of stripping the headliner, matting and rust off of the roof the inside of the car looked like this on Monday Night.


Since I only had 4 days left to get everything ready I did some cleanup last night and the car now looks like this.


Ipod assembly was started last night, and hopefully everything else I need for my little system will be purchased tonight. If not, then I may just have to do without some tunes for this weekend which will **** in a major way.

3 days to go.

05-26-2008, 03:31 PM
Well... what a great weekend and a fantastic show.

I pulled an all-nighter Thursday night putting in the amps, wiring and such. Some steps took a bit longer than others and most of this install was "spur of the moment", lets put ****
wherever it fits. Yes, some of it is hideously ugly, but this install was for this weekend only and I'm already in the process of removing the equipment for (a) a cleaner installation; and (b) better equipment!

Here is a profile shot of the whole car all after returning home, all shined up with the hubcaps on.

Dash shot. If you know where to look you can see the master on/off switch and the volume knob as well as some wiring hanging down. You can also see a bit of the sub amp mounted under the dash (upside down) on the right side.

ipod, charger and RCA's fit nicely into the ash tray.

Here is the switch that turns off/on the Ipod charger and remote turn on's for the amps. You can also see the RCA volume knob that controls the volume for the system and well as the bottom part of my old-school Punch 40 amp mounted under the dash to the firewall.

Here is a shot of the Fosgate P3001 mounted upside down under the dash on the passenger side, as well as a nice shot of my $20 Walmart coaxials. hey, I was on a budget and needed speakers, like NOW!

Yes, I ghetto rigged the batteries and squeezed them (sideways) onto the same battery tray. The 2nd battery is an Orbital I bought locally just the night before.

All in all, it sounded OK and looked like **** if you knew where to look. Time to fix that and get to business (and take my time with it!).