1955 Pontiac Star Chief 287 V8 in to Lucore Automotive for a little Transmission work!

1955 Pontiac Star Chief 287 V8 in to Lucore Automotive for a little Transmission work!



[Applause] break break still on Oh Craig works 1955 Pontiac [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] so this 1955 Pontiac star chief is a really nice car automatic transmission with a four-barrel Carter carburetor this thing goes down the road just fine it came in for a major transmission leak up out of the front pump we're gonna be pulling the transmission out and rebuilding it but we wanted to verify engine integrity before we pulled the transmission out because if there's anything wrong with the engine we'll pull it out we'll fix it at the same time I've got the spark plugs pulled I'm going to do a compression test if they're all even in decent numbers we probably won't do much with the engine if we find something with a low cylinder then we will also do a cylinder leak down which will tell us what's wrong it'll it'll identified ring failure burnt valve or head gasket failure I don't think we're gonna find any of those things but we want to check it to make sure before we set this car up for driving so I pulled the spark plugs did a compression test pressures not too bad just saying from the in 1955 was like eight and a half to one compression so it's not gonna make a lot of compression anyway it does have a one cylinder that's a little low I did a cylinder leak down and it may have a burnt valve we're gonna fix the transmission for now and then this winner this car is probably gonna come back the engines are gonna get pulled out and then we'll we'll address either cylinder head issues or a complete rebuild but for right now we're gonna put the rack under this thing we're gonna throw it up in the air and start pulling this transmission out of this 1955 Pontiac star chief it's not gonna be as easy as most modern cars but we'll tackle that as we go and figure out what needs to be done this is my first time pulling a transmission out of a 1955 Pontiac it is a bo P bolt patternthis engine is basically the granddaddy of all Pontiac v8 they basically use this engine design all the way up through I think it's 86 when they finished off with the old smoke Ford with the Pontiac 455 so should be interesting we'll see how it goes transmission rebuild time 1955 style [Applause] well this 55 Pontiac star chief is actually a very clean car floor pans rockers all the metal on this's original steel it has had some interesting exhaust work done to it the exhaust is full of holes so we're gonna be redoing that they also normally your exhaust on this the driver side manifold goes under the engine ties into the passenger side pipe and then both pipes come out in one pipe down down the stream rail and out the back so in old hot rodder style somebody used a flame wrench to open up the window in the frame rail on both of these x frame members effective not necessarily the best thing for the structure of the frame but we'll address that as we go on there's really no other way to run this exhaust except through windows in the frame because this frame just it's got two parallel bars then it's got an X through it and on this side it actually has the heater box over here and the heater lines run down so you can't even run the exhaust through on this side good old-fashioned nineteen probably 70s dual exhaust pair of cherry bombs well I'm gonna start pulling this exhaust out they routed the exhaust under the driveshaft which is interesting you can see where the exhaust has been rubbing against it depending on its situation you can also see on the floor where the driveshaft has been rubbing against the floor because this thing sits so low the springs on it have completely sagged out it gives it a cool stance but it's probably not the best for handling well with that we're gonna pull this transmission out so we can get it rebuilt make sure that it doesn't leak fluid all over the floor anymore Wow [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] I gotta get the transmission out of this thing and uh probably been 20 years since I've pulled one of these trannies out and the last time I did this it was on a 389 Pontiac Catalina and as I recall I had to pull the engine and transmission out together so that I was able to separate the two because that this has a center bell housing and it has to be out of the way for you to get all this stuff apart I'm gonna try and do it with the engine in the car I guess I like challenges so we're gonna see if it can be done I haven't done I've never been able to get one out in the car but in a Catalina it was it was too tight I wasn't able to rotate the bell housing around this one has a little different suspension system than that Catalina did at the time I think the Catalina was a 59 or 60 looks like this engine will pivot down pretty far so I'm gonna try and pivot it down get the center bellhousing out and get all the 32 or so torque converter bolts out so we'll see what happens worst case scenario I gotta put it all back together then pull it all out as an assembly and then separate it so hopefully I'll get lucky and get this thing out without having to pull the engine out no save me hopefully save me a bunch of time as soon as I continue removing parts from this car I decided to go ahead and drain the torque converter this torque converter actually has a drain plug in it which is rather nice so we'll let that drain out we'll finish pulling our torque converter to flywheel bolts out and then we'll pull we're gonna cut out our exhaust because it's garbage and rusted through once all our converter bolts are out we will undo our crossmember will support the engine and then hopefully we can sneak is Bella the center bellhousing out of here and separate the tranny from the engine well I've got my shift and throttle linkage is disconnected I got my 32 torque converter bolts removed I'm getting ready to remove my transmission crossmember so that I can hopefully get this Bell housing out of here I'm gonna go ahead and cut the exhaust off because it's all rusted out and then I'm gonna see if I can talk the owner into letting me put some Lakes pipes on this cuz they would look stellar on this car but we'll see where we go with the exhaust as soon as uh as soon as I get this thing going back together well it's time to modify this exhaust and by modify I mean remove it and build a whole new exhaust cuz it's got holes in it and it's pretty bad so [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] I'm gonna burn it [Applause] Judas brain-machine it dumps a quart of oil every time hey I didn't even end up wearing too much out this crossmember out of here [Applause] right crossmember coming out my transmission mount bolts so now they'll bolts and bubbles I'm feeling lucky I think we're gonna be able to get this out [Applause] whatever I'm supporting an engine underneath by the oil pan I like to use a block of wood that goes all the way across the bottom that way I don't dimple the oil pan right in the middle two-by-four just wide enough this handy tool to have laying around we have a bunch of two by fours of different sizes that we use for different stuff depending on what we need it for so it's time to pull two four six eight bail bolts yet on two three six you got the two on the top two there let's pull these guys loose and see if I can rotate this housing around and drop it off the bottom support engine full smell bolts for all the same clanks always want to pay attention to your boat legs make sure you're not put something back in somewhere that shouldn't be there so all my rooted millivolts are out two more left on the truck though I'd say I'm having fun I'm not sure I am yet though we'll see whether I win or not it looks like everything will slide back far enough that I'll be able to just drop it straight down these owl pins are solid into so long I think it'll come out just far enough to be able to drop it straight down Hey Oh No the bag too got the pilot in the center that sticks out forever all right pilots out hey winning so this old hydra-matic is ready to go over to the rebuilders and get reconditioned so that when we put this all back together hopefully it won't leak all over the place if that's a story for another day

1 Comment on "1955 Pontiac Star Chief 287 V8 in to Lucore Automotive for a little Transmission work!"

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *