Reason for Joining ColoRODans: To have fun with cars and share that fun with fellow car buffs!
I purchased the 1956 Pontia Sky Chief in August 2002 from the second owner who bought it from his neighbor. The original owner purchased it at Metropolitan Auto Sales in Denver. The car was put into storage for two years until I retired and had the time to do a full resto-mod on it.
It has had a full frame-off restoration including upgrades to Fatman front suspension with disc brakes, sits on Ride Tech air bags, Pontiac 400 engine, 700R4 transmission, GM ten-bolt with posi-trac, shaved door handles and hood and trunk emblems, and Coy C-5 wheels. Vintage Air does the cooling. The paint is DuPont two-stage red oxide with copper pearl and cashmere gold.
The interior was redone using the original stainless steel trim with updated fabrics. AC controls and outlets were added under the dash. All the original instrumentation was retained. Installed an I Did It tilt column using the original restored steering wheel. The radio is a Custom Auto Sound unit.
All the stainless steel trim was polished and buffed, leading to a flare-up of the owner's carpal tunnel.
Since completion in February of 2010, it has won over 20 awards including 4 Best of Show. I'm thankful that everyone appreciates all the hard work love that has gone into this special car. It's a joy to drive.
Now for the bad news. On January 22, 2012, we were hit in the front end by a person making illegal left turn - causing extensive damage. The most damage happened to the driver's side and the firewall. The car will require a complete repaint. Finding all the body parts has been a challenge, but the car will be back on the road this summer. We may not make as many car shows as we'd like, but it will be back!!
January 2013, the car is back on the road looking as good as it always did!
I purchased the 1946 Chevrolet pick-up truck in November, 1995, from a man in Aurora who had bought it from a farmer in Greeley. I had to winch it onto the trailer to haul it home and then it wouldn’t roll off the trailer because the brake cylinders leaked and seized the drums. I had to winch it off the trailer. I did all of the work except for: upholstery was stitched by Dave Schilling of Upholstery Plus and installed by me, Flowmaster exhaust system was installed by Ken’s Classic Muffler, Pin stripes by Mart Ford. Truck was first shown at the ColoRODans’ Twin Peak Mall car show in 2001. Color: Dark Emerald Green, 1996 GMC base coat/clear coat. Engine: 1976 Corvette 350.
The truck had been problem free until May of ’07. We went to Grand Junction with the club and participated in the Gateway Canyons Car Show. What a great place to go!! On the way home on Sunday, the old Chevy truck decided to get rid of its Ford parts. We lost the right front wheel bearing on Vail Pass. Of course when you lose a wheel you lose your brakes. It’s a good thing we were going uphill and the emergency brake worked, stopping the truck 18″ from the concrete barrier. Thanks to all the fellow Rodders who stopped to help. We managed to have enough tools to chisel the old bearing off the spindle. Fellow club member Joe Lopez stopped in Frisco at the local NAPA store and bought bearings and seals and brought them back up to me on Vail Pass. Thanks Joe. We installed the new parts and drove on home without further incident. Oh yes – it rained on Vail Pass and we got wet. Comments from fellow club members about my location for a break down were – way too far from a drinking establishment.
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