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ClassicsCheck It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop

18:31  17 september  2019
18:31  17 september  2019 Source:   hotrod.com

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Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Check It Out! Best of the Best 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Ragtop
Is it an adage or an expression—one thing is for sure it wasn't Confucius who once said start with the best example of a car you can find and then build it from there. For Frank Howard the high-end custom car experience was to pay a few dues before he could latch onto the 1956 Pontiac Star Chief convertible that came to be affectionately known as "The Chief."

Frank went from having high-end chopped Harley-Davidsons built to attending the better-known car auctions to amass a stable of cars. The only problem with car auctions is decisions are made publicly in a seductive environment with only seconds to decide to buy or pass.

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After the fact Frank would take his latest auction find to Tim Kilkeary at Customs by Kilkeary in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, and dump $10K or so into a car to bring it closer to right. This went on for a few cars when Kilkeary suggested that he'd accompany Frank to check out a car in a lower pressure situation. The two arrived at a Pontiac guy's collection and found the 1956 Star Chief convertible advertised to be a perfect, low-mile, rust-free example.

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As soon as the 1956 convert arrived at Customs by Kilkeary the first thing to do was put a raft full of un-needed stock 1956 Pontiac parts up for sale on Craigslist. In place of the original frame an order went out to the Roadster Shop for a bespoke Fast Track chassis with a 123-inch wheelbase, 60 1/2 inches of track in the front and 59 inches in the rear. After completing The Chief's mockup, Antonio Carosella at Pittsburg Powder Coat powdercoated the chassis and related parts. The front suspension features C6 Corvette-style spindles with Wilwood Aerolite 6R 15-inch disc brakes with vented rotors.

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In the rear, Wilwood 14-inch disc brakes cap the ends of a 9-inch Ford rearend with 3.55 gears. Airbags comprise the springs with an AccuAir e-Level control system setting ride and parked height. A 1.25-inch splined antiroll bar is fitted to the front along with a 1-inch bar to the rear. Rack-and-pinon steering points to a pair of 255/40-20 Toyo Proxes tires mounted on bespoke 20x8 Evod wheels on the front with matching 22x10 Evod wheels on 285/35-22 Toyo Proxes in the rear.

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Maybe inspired by Chevy engine use in early Canadian Pontiacs, the engine is a Chevrolet Performance 376-inch LSX crate engine blueprinted by Don Hardy Race Cars punched out to 418 inches with a 4.071 bore and 4.000-inch stroke. Diamond pistons are fitted with Total Seal rings. King bearings accommodate reciprocating parts. The camshaft is a Don Hardy proprietary grind with a Rollmaster billet timing set connecting to a Don Hardy 4340 six-bolt crank hung with Engine Pro rods. CNC ported and polished LS3 cylinder heads are topped with a pair of custom Evod valve covers.

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On 93-octane the LSX puts out crazy 853 hp at 6,600 rpm and 781 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm. There's no doubt the Wegner-driven 2.9 Whipple supercharger with 10 pounds of boost deserves credit. Under a Customs by Kilkearyfabricated custom air cleaner induction is a Holley Dominator with FAST 85-pound injectors and a Nick Williams 102mm throttle body. The ignition is a crank-triggered Chevrolet Performance 58x reluctor wheel with LS7 coil packs. MSD plugs wires to NGK 2690 spark plugs. Rick's Tanks was the source for the custom, stainless steel gas tank.

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In 3-inch stainless steel, Customs by Kilkeary fabricated tube headers to mate up with 3-inch stainless exhaust tubing into dual MagnaFlow stainless steel mufflers. The cooling system consists of an aluminum C&R radiator with dual fans and a Corvette water pump. The overdrive automatic trans is a column-shifted TCI 4L80E Street Fighter with a 3,000-rpm stall speed torque converter. A Dynotech heavy-duty driveshaft connects power to the rearend.

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Somewhere there might have been a 1956 Pontiac convertible in need of rust-free floors. We didn't ask Kilkeary the fate of the original floors, but they were cut out and Customs by Kilkeary fabricated new floors to meet the Roadster Shop chassis. Gary Ragle, at Ragle Design, penned the concept illustrations and the Kilkeary guys went to work metalshaping body panels to match. The emblems were shaved and front fenders reshaped to accept one-off machined headlight bezels. Both bumpers were tucked and a custom-made rear bumper was fabricated and sent to Paul's Chrome Plating, along with the rest of the chrome plating completed on the 1956.

Beneath the hood aluminum was shaped to surround the engine bay with fenderwells. The convertible top frame was chopped 7/8 inch and custom-fitted with a convertible top by George Yago Auto Trim. After investing an extensive amount of hours metalworking and preparing the car for paint, Customs by Kilkeary sprayed the 1956 in BASF 90 Line Carizzma Navy Blue.

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The upholstery shop is always the last stop for a car that is being built from the ground up. Joel Shusta at Shusta Interiors modified the front seat, scratch-made the rear seat, and then upholstered the interior in Relicate leather sourced through Josh Laird. All of the modern comforts, including Restomod Air Vapor II air conditioning, full instrumentation by Dakota Digital, and high-end sound system by Illusion Audio, are in place and fully operative. The dashboard is a mildly modified 1956 Pontiac fare and includes CCTek air conditioning vents and is faced with a CCTek custom steering wheel. Glass Guy Chicago's Brian Harding handled making the custom windshield and Brian Dorsey's tuning abilities keep the LSX-powered Pontiac rattling windows. Alright there's one other thank you Kilkeary wanted us to get in and that's to Chris at Blaho Precision Metalworx for the outside mirrors and endcaps.

Frank's 1956 Pontiac Star Chief convertible has been hitting the car shows from one end of the country to the other. First at the Rodeo Drive Concours in Beverly Hills, California, and more recently in the Builder's Showcase in Louisville, Kentucky, at the 50th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nats. Kilkeary recalled Frank was after something unique for this project and we'd say he got it.

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