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gtotiger



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PostSubject: Introducing myself   Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:29 pm

Hallo everybody
I'm Vittorio from Italy
I own a '59 Catalina 2dr Htop...under restoration
389 2bbl (soon to be TriPower...) Automatic.
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:18 pm

Welcome to the site Vittorio. You will find some very good information here. Post some pics when you get a chance. Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:24 am

Here are a pair of (bad quality) pictures..

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:51 pm

Vittorio, looks like you're on your way. Keep us posted on the progress. Thanks, Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:20 pm

How is your resto going? How far are you planning to go with it Vittorio?
Look forward to progress pics.

How did you come to own that beauty?


Cheers,
Vince
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:07 am

Hi Vince
I'm doing a frameoff restoration...the body need new floor and rocker panels ..
meanwhile I'm working on frame and engine.

The car comes from Iowa...I've been looking for a '59 Pontiac for years..

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:09 pm

Hi,

I found this 59 Pontiac ITALY. But it is too far for me.(France)
The seller wants 700 €. He does not want me to sell a few pieces.

http://www.subito.it/accessori-auto/pontiac-boneville-faro-sinistro-ravenna-48292934.htm









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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:18 pm

Vittorio, excellent! Wishing you the best success.
Wow 59 Sport Coupe, not alot thats not damaged there. That car needs to give up what good parts it has left IMO.

Vince
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:08 pm

I already called this guy...looks like he'll not sell any part of the car..He said there's "someone from Rome going to buy and restore it...."
I think is BS...
I'm going to make him an offer (a few hundred Euros..) for the whole car and part it..I'll keep you updated

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:04 pm

gtotiger wrote:
I already called this guy...looks like he'll not sell any part of the car..He said there's "someone from Rome going to buy and restore it...."
I think is BS...
I'm going to make him an offer (a few hundred Euros..) for the whole car and part it..I'll keep you updated


Very good, I'm ok to buy parts to you. Even if I come in ITALY for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:39 am

Some pictures of today's status the "car" ...
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:41 am

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:44 am

Engine , trans and rear axle...



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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:34 am

Hi,
Wow major work begin. Have you a lot of work on the body?
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:16 am

Yes...some rust in the usual spots...
front, rear and trunk floor...rocker panels...quarter panels...
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:30 pm

Some new pictures...

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:21 pm

I see you've done a lot of work on the front suspension. Great work Vittorio!
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:49 pm

Vittorio…..Many of us on this forum have been wondering where the factories stamped the hidden Vehicle Identification Number on the frame. Since you now have the frame cleaned and painted, and the body off, could we impose on you to carefully inspect all sides and top and bottom to try to locate it? It would greatly add to our knowledge base and possibly create some security documentation……John

P.S. nice work on the frame and front suspension!
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:43 pm

Thank you guys...
I'm goin' to look for the VIN on the frame next weekend...but the rear part of the frame, especially from the rear axle back, had some surface rust..after powdercoating the numbers may be not easy to spot...or even eroded by the sandblaster!
see detailed picture of the rear....

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:13 pm

Looking good!
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:29 pm

Brake job..



P.S. I carefully inspected but I was not able to find any VIN stamped on the frame...but as I mentioned the rear part of the frame was a little rusty and the sandblaster could have removed the VIN (or what was left of if...)
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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Introducing myself   Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:35 am

Awesome job on the front end!

I didn't notice this before but can someone explain why the rear brace between the frame rails has that curved section in the middle? It looks to be from the factory but on my 4 door sedan that brace goes straight across... ???
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