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Username Post: SBC and TH350 into a Safari
Posts 95
06-07-18 07:28 PM - Post#2736280    

I apologize for asking a Pontiac question on this Nomad forum but I am coming up empty in looking elsewhere. I just bought a 1958 Star Chief Custom Safari wagon--sort of the poor mans Nomad. It came with no motor or transmission and I think I want to put a late 70s 350/350 combo in it that I have had in the shop for some time. I am wondering if you know of anyone who has done this as the mounts on the Pontiac seem to be a lot different than the Chevy and the steering box looks like an issue. If you know of a Pontiac forum where this would be better addressed, I would appreciate that info. Thanks.
Old Iron makes me happy. , 66 Chevy C10 and 65 GMC and 55 Suburban 4x4

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Posts 3680
06-08-18 01:47 PM - Post#2736333    

Hi Dan,
I am no expert but I would think
'58 "Nomad" wagons would be the same as your "Safari".
Somebody down at the 1958-1960 Chevys Forum
must have already done it.
Good luck.
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Posts 95
06-09-18 07:00 AM - Post#2736384    

Thanks for the reply Bob. I think the Safari chassis is different than the Nomads as Pontiac used their own chassis and driveline in 58? I have seen references to it both ways so am not sure. Part of the fun is solving the puzzle so the search goes on.
Old Iron makes me happy. , 66 Chevy C10 and 65 GMC and 55 Suburban 4x4

Posts 546
06-09-18 02:48 PM - Post#2736435    

You may try checking out this Pontiac site.

Not sure if the Canadian and U.S models are diffrent but its a start.

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Posts 95
06-11-18 06:25 AM - Post#2736581    

Thanks Jeff. Will do.
Old Iron makes me happy. , 66 Chevy C10 and 65 GMC and 55 Suburban 4x4

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06-11-18 05:26 PM - Post#2736632    

Good to hear about your car. I hope you are made to feel welcome here, if the car frames are the same or not. I would love to see some photos of it. Good luck in finding the information you are looking for. I do remember seeing an earlier Pontiac post in another site about tri5 models. I will send you a PM. Maybe they can offer some help too.

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06-12-18 08:34 PM - Post#2736785    

TriFive Pontiacs made in Canada were built on Chevy frames, likely the '58 models made in Canada were also built on '58 Chevy underpinnings.

Posts 27999
06-14-18 09:15 AM - Post#2736947    

Jalapeno is absolutely correct. US Pontiacs have almost no mechanical parts in common with Chevrolets. Canadian Pontiacs are mechanically Chevrolets with Pontiac-looking sheetmetal, trim and dash clusters. Pontiac-looking because the Canadian cars have a Chevy wheelbase, so a fair number of US Pontiac body parts won't fit.

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