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Old 04-27-2009, 10:16 AM   #1
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I have on my hands a true "barn find" 1956 Star Chief that I'm considering purchasing as a restoration project. It has what I am told is the factory "dual-quad" intake and carbs, special cam and auto transmission, a rare factory performance package. Can anyone tell me where all the engine and chassis VIN locations, and how to tell if this is the real deal, a "numbers-matching" survivior? How much is this thing worth? It'* complete yet unrestored, always covered, very little rust, no rust-cancer.
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Hmmm ... I'm new to this forum so maybe I'm doing something wrong. No views, no replies. Or, maybe there'* just no interest in a genuine, complete 56 Pontiac Chieftan Catalina coupe "NASCAR Special" car.

Yes, I've pretty much answered my own questions, and found a "barn-find" lover'* wet dream. If anyone'* interested in details, let me know.
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I would be very interested in details. I have no experience with the old Chiefs so I could not tell you much about the numbers or performance packages. If it is the real deal I would definately pick it up if youre into restoring, as im sure with it sitting that long there will be some form of restoration necessary.
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The car is not yet in my possession. I'm now working to scratch together the $$ without adding to my debt load. The original owner, for whatever reason, pulled the engine and almost completely disassembled it before he passed away. It'* been sitting in this state for over 25 years. A nice coat of rust has formed on everything, including the original Rochester carbs, intake and heads. The body is in beautiful shape, though I can see holes in the floor boards. Can you or anyone tell me if there are aftermarket sources for floor pans for these cars? Or, would the 56 chevy floor pans work?
Interesting note, it'* got a unique dark green one-color factory paint job. They usually had a 2-color scheme paint treatment. This could very well be the only one of its kind.
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You may end up fabing up a new floor board. You will have to see what you can find in the salvage yards. Good luck. Sounds like a big project and I would be very interested in seeing your progress.
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The car is not yet in my possession. I'm now working to scratch together the $$ without adding to my debt load. The original owner, for whatever reason, pulled the engine and almost completely disassembled it before he passed away. It'* been sitting in this state for over 25 years. A nice coat of rust has formed on everything, including the original Rochester carbs, intake and heads. The body is in beautiful shape, though I can see holes in the floor boards. Can you or anyone tell me if there are aftermarket sources for floor pans for these cars? Or, would the 56 chevy floor pans work?
Interesting note, it'* got a unique dark green one-color factory paint job. They usually had a 2-color scheme paint treatment. This could very well be the only one of its kind.
Sounds like a perfect project. I doubt you will find many parts...check with a local or regonal pontiac car group. they might be your best bet. And check that vin code with car groups and internet sources, if it is a single tone factory paint job you might be right about the rarity of it. Not that you would find many at all now days.
Good luck, please add some pics when you get some.
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sounds like a huge project , keep us posted
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Not that no one isnt interested GS, it'* just we haven't many older model Bonneville owners. Not out of want. LOL Most memb ers here have 92 Up. A few late 80'* and a very few going back beyond that. Only one that far back. YOU. Hope you stay around and share some more info/ pics of the car. We appreciate seeing our "roots". It'* just we dont really know much about the cars that far back. IS this car running?
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In case your interested, I found this local to me.

1956 PONTIAC MIRROR AND OWNERS MANUAL
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Not that no one isnt interested GS, it'* just we haven't many older model Bonneville owners. Not out of want. LOL Most memb ers here have 92 Up. A few late 80'* and a very few going back beyond that. Only one that far back. YOU. Hope you stay around and share some more info/ pics of the car. We appreciate seeing our "roots". It'* just we dont really know much about the cars that far back. IS this car running?
Yeah, based on what I saw on the site, I suspected the typical poster owned the newer Pontiac models. But, thought I'd give it a shot. Thanks everyone for the replies. I will indeed post some photos if and when I pull it home. The owner understands its value and has priced it accordingly.
No, it hasn't run in over 25 yrs. The engine is in pieces but looks like it can be restored with a lot of love and a lot of $$. Looks like it'* all there except for the distinctive bat-wing air cleaner setup.
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