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RE: 57 Pontiac Wagon Project


Paul, continued good luck with that sweet 57 Pontiac wagon of yours. 



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Worked on installing new door weatherstripping and sound deadener in the right side doors this winter.

Hope to drive soon to see if it makes a difference, should be less wind/traffic noise.

Take care



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Canwag57 wrote:

The wagons were called SAFARI and the Nomad looking ones were called Custom SAFARI.

Here are a couple of pics I found.



-- Edited by Canwag57 on Wednesday 14th of November 2018 09:09:56 AM


That's a beautiful wagon you have Paul! What does it have for a power train?

I've downloaded the complete 1957 Canadian Pontiac brochure, attached are all three wagon photos from it (that's the sum total of wagon pics from the brochure).

In reading this thread, I only today noticed the fact that the "Pontiac" emblem on the front fender is further back on the Pathfinder, and that the Pathfinder has no "forward" part of the body side molding beyond the back door (on the four door models, or beyond the quarter panels two door models). Interesting!

My '57 is a basic four door sedan Pathfinder model w/261 & 3 speed manual. Only option is heavy duty suspension (which may explain why my leaf springs aren't sagged?). It isn't even two tone!

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I think this is the same green wagon I saw at the Fleetwood country cruise in about 10 or 12 years ago in London, Ontario. It looked very good back then. 



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Got the 57 out for a clean up today.
Wiped down the original seats that have survived 63 years.
Sad that cruise nights and car shows are cancelled this year due to Covid-19.
Hope you guys are staying safe and getting out for a drive with your rides.

Stay safe






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Beautiful wagon!

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That is a sweet sweet ride, congrats from a fellow wagon lover!

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This reminds me of the Strato chief my Dad had, same colour and his first new car. It was a 2 door post, 6 cyl, 3 on the tree; no radio. I remember him saying it was a $100 option that he couldn't afford. We sang all the old songs everywhere went to entertain ourselves, a lot of good memories! Yours is a beautiful example of the period.

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Glenn, you are so right that these old cars bring back great old memories when people see them out and about these days.We have had many people stop and talk about the old days when we fill her with gas etc.
It puts a smile on our faces.


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The car looks great. I love the color scheme inside and out. 



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Glenn Musgrave wrote:

This reminds me of the Strato chief my Dad had, same colour and his first new car. It was a 2 door post, 6 cyl, 3 on the tree; no radio. I remember him saying it was a $100 option that he couldn't afford. We sang all the old songs everywhere went to entertain ourselves, a lot of good memories! Yours is a beautiful example of the period.


 Radio, we don't need any radio!



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Removed old undercoating from inner fender as it was hard and cracked in places allowing water in.

Good winter project to clean up the fender area.fullsizeoutput_3c46.jpegfullsizeoutput_3c48.jpeg



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There's something strangely satisfying about taking all that old undercoat off isn't there?

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Yes and the car will weigh less now lol

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Hi where did you buy your vent window seals and what brand were they ? I bought a set that the package said Made In India and they were absolute garbage. The pins for the small seal that fits in the channel were to short to bent to fit and the large seal had to be trimmed to fit. After playing with them for hours and glueing the small seal I installed the original glass and frame and the glass would not go far enough to latch the glass correctly. I took everything apart and now want to buy seals that fit properly and am going to toss the seals from India in the garbage.

Thanks Al

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Hi Al
I went through the same thing with the ones I bought from Eckler's
I called them and said the tabs were too short compared to the factory ones but it fell on deaf ears.
I spent hours removing the rubber coating on the tabs and bending them just enough to hold.
The tabs were in the wrong location also so I had to drill new holes.
Installing the vent window seals aged me I can tell you that.
So frustrating after paying out good money to receive a crappy product that doesn't fit.
Did you look up Danchuk products?

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Got the inner fender mounted today.

Installed a new seal that sits against the fender as the old one was very hard.fullsizeoutput_3c50.jpegfullsizeoutput_3c51.jpeg



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Try looking at Steele Rubbers website for your vent window rubbers. www.steelerubber.com/
Used their product on my 1960 Pontiac.

Jake

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That is a nice clean job!

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Nice to get this work done before the cold weather is here to stay for 4 months.



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fullsizeoutput_4257.jpegIMG_0890.JPGGot the 57 out for some more camping.
People love stopping by to chat about the old wagon.
There are times I wish I had power steering.



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A classic picture of an old car and a trailer, beautiful job.

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Lovely looking vehicle and trailer, for sure.

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Thanks, we enjoy getting out and using them.


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Another great summer using the old 57 Pontiac.

I have been asked about gas mileage when towing and I reply its smiles per gallon lol



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