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viltteri



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PostSubject: introducing gearhead in the middle of nowhere   Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:33 am

Hello from Finland.

Found this forum while looking upper ball joints to my Catalina. Seems to be right place to find good information.

My story with 1959 Pontiac started twenty years ago. I was looking old american car, to be my first one.
My brother and I found one nearby. Car was torn apart, it was shipped from states couple year ago, and original engine were blown out on a trip from custom to eastern Finland.
I bought that flattop without engine and transmission.
Next winter went in garage, and I managed to get it to first inspection at the same day when I got my drivers license.
It was my eighteenth birthday too Smile

But as you know, at seventeen, your work quality ain't so, how to say, luxorious, so I took car apart again and it was
undrivable for a long time. During that time, I rebuild interior, changed carpets and painted dashboard etc.

Car itself is Catalina 4D Vista, and runs with Oldsmobile 307 + TH350, it was impossible to find working 389 twenty years ago from Finland. It is modded just to be drivable, all the time. (picture shows our driving conditions in march)

Few years ago I found interesting add from local american car forum (overdrive.fi)
One guy was selling two ´59 Catalinas, and other was Convertible.
Price was reasonable, and it included spare part car, 2D HT Catalina also, lots of parts and so on, so I picked it up.
Car might be ONLY 1959 Convertible in Finland (not yet sure), chassis is already restorated, but body needs some work to do.
2D HT came along to give quarter panels for the convertible, but it is too good shape to be destroyed, didn't have the guts to do it Smile
Also both cars engines was missin parts, so I shipped one more Cat from states. It was 4D model. That car also included extra engine and transmission, so I believe I got enough part to start build up atleast two of cars.

So, those four Catalinas, they are from separate factories, only that flattop is made in Pontiac. 2D Hard top is painted "spring edition" color, pretty interesting color, to be honest, maybe I'll keep it that way too. Major lack off in that car is that it does not included any seats, so i got to find those somewhere, but i believe any GM seat will fit, maybe a lot newer also...

Here the start of story, do not be afraid to ask if you want to know more. I'll be sertainly asking dumb questions constantly Wink

Sami Vainionpää, Nurmes, Finland

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I'll add those photos later Smile



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PostSubject: Re: introducing gearhead in the middle of nowhere   Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:36 pm

Welcome aboard!! Looking forward to seeing the pictures. Here in Canada we're still waiting for the snow to subside as well, but I'm thinking things should start lighting up on the boards here as soon as spring arrives.
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PostSubject: Re: introducing gearhead in the middle of nowhere   Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:40 am

And couple photos, I know youll be asking those Wink
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Sorry about those hubcaps, but only studded tires was 15" and from Chevy Van Smile








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PostSubject: Re: introducing gearhead in the middle of nowhere   Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:43 am

Welcome to the site Sami. Great looking 4D Vista. I love the color combination. Probably the only 59 that's seen snow and studded tires in the last 25 years. I see you guys drive motorcycles in the snow too!
Keep us posted on your collection. Thanks, Jim
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PostSubject: Re: introducing gearhead in the middle of nowhere   Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:05 am

Welcome! That is one bad ass '59! I love the color combo

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PostSubject: Re: introducing gearhead in the middle of nowhere   Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:51 pm

Very nice! I like the color combo, too! Yes, please keep us posted on the progress!
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