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1955 Pontiac Chieftain "Chief 509"

Vehicle1955 Pontiac Chieftain "Chief 509"

Owner: Dan & Jean
Contact Brian

Location: Liberty Lake, Wa.

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Phone: 208-890-0337

Unique, Strong, Smooth and Simply Fantastic are only a few of the terms one might use to define this fine "Show Car". Cars of this stature, creativity and quality take a tireless devotion to envision the end product, not to mention the financial commitment that most certainly follows...

The owner/creator of this fine Street Rod first noticed this specimen resting next door to a Spokane body shop in 1995 which had restored his 46 Ford. Needing a very thorough restoration and sitting 75' from a main highway, many had stopped to ask if it was for sale, no one bit on the suggested price tag but he continued to run thru his mind how it was not a mainstream street rod and began to envision his own "One of a Kind" creation. In 2000 a deal was struck and the long journey to the final product was started and it was finally completed just in time for the 2006 show season.

In closing, this spectacular Street Rod has and will continue rival many top show cars at just about any event. If you are looking to drive, enjoy and show a very unique vehicle at fraction of what it takes to create, I suggest you take the time to study the 80 highly detailed photos and below facts. From start the finish, the restoration/modernization process was very well documented and 100's of photos will be provided to the new owner (we simply could not post them all) .... Turn key excitement, enjoy!!

“Chief 509”

  • Engine:  509 CI Roller Motor, 652 H.P.,  Steel  Heads,  850 CFM Holley Double Pump Carb,  Steel Heads,  Scat 9000 crank, Built by Motor Works,  Spokane, WA.
  • Body & Frame Modifications: By owner and brothers Gary and David. 
  • Metal Work Interior: Rod Builders Inc,
  • Metal Work Engine Compartment: Rod Builders Inc
  • Electrical: Rod Builders  Inc, Spokane Valley, WA.
  • Finish Body Work & Paint: Korey Huenink, and owner Spokane, WA
  • Paint & Graphics:  Chris Ledgerwood, Spokane, WA.
  • Custom Upholstery: Jamie McFarland, Buckley, WA
  • Chrome Torq II’s, Western Chrome, Fresno, CA
  • Glass Installation:  CE Autoglass Inc, Post Falls, Id.
  • Hood Hydraulics, Retro Rods Inc., Greg Parsley Retro Rods Inc, Monroe, WA.

"Chief 590 Awards"


  • Goodguys Great NW Nationals,  Spokane, WA: Flowmaster American Thunder Award
  • Bailey’s Brigade Car Show, Liberty Lake, WA: "People’s Choice Award"
  • Valley Fest 2006 Car Show, Spokane Valley, WA: "Best of Show"
  • Goodguys SW Nationals, Scottsdale, AZ: "Boyd Coddington’s Pro’s Pick Award" & "Wild Card Just Cause It’s Neat Award"
  • 58th Annual Grand National Roadster Show Pomona: "Class Participation Award"
  • 9th Annual Portland Rod & Custom Show: "1st Place – Custom", "Outstanding Paint Custom" & "Outstanding Color Design Car/Truck"
  • 8th Annual Seattle Roadster Show: "Sweepstakes – Custom",  "Best of Washington", "Outstanding Paint – Custom" & "Outstanding Chassis – Custom"
  • 35th Annual Boise Roadster Show: "1st Place in Class", "Outstanding Full/Radical/Handbuilt-Custom", "Outstanding Engine – Custom", "Outstanding Interior – Custom" & "Thumbs Up Award for Outstanding Painted Show Sign
  • Blackie Gejeian Presents the 48th Annual Fresno Autorama/Invitation Only: "Outstanding Elegance Award"


  • 44th Annual Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show: "Best – Custom", "Outstanding Detail – Custom", "Outstanding Interior – Custom", "Outstanding Color Design – Custom" & "PPG Paint Pick 2007”
  • 18th Annual Mild to Wild/ Hot Rods & Harleys Tacoma Dome, WA: "Appreciation Award – Invitation Only Show"
  • 4th Annual Tyler & Kelly Show & Shine Lewiston, ID: "1st Place 1950-1959", "Participants Choice Award"
  • 22nd Annual Depot Day Festival & Classic Car Show, Wallace, ID: "Best of Show"
  • 29th Annual Spokane Area Classic Chevy Open Show, Millwood, WA: "1st  Place in Class" & "Millwood Choice",
  • Car d’Lane Downtown Car Show Coeur d’Alene, ID: "Best Buick, Pontiac, or GMC Award"
  • 10th Annual Hot Rod Café River City Rod Run Post Falls, ID: “Hottest Flames Award"
  • 5th Annual Early Ford V-8 Club Open Show & Shine, Spokane Valley, WA: "Best of Show"
  • Goodguys 20th Pacific Northwest Nationals Puyallup, WA: "Art Morrison Pro’s Pick"
  • Cruisin N’ Groovin with the Comancheros Award, Pinehurst, ID: "Best of Show" & "Comancheros"
  • Goodguys 21st West Coast Nationals: "Sexy Sedan / Goodguys Pick"
  • Valleyfest, Spokane, WA: "Best of Show"
  • 45th Annual Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show: "Best Custom" & "Best Interior"
  • Chevy Show, Millwood, Spokane WA: "Best of Show- Non Chevrolet"
  • Inland NW Mustang  Club, Millwood, WA: "Best of Show - Non Mustang"
  • 25th  Annual Ford Show,  Airway Heights, WA:  "Best of Show – Non Ford"
  • Goodguys 7th Annual Great NW Nationals: "Meguiar’s Magnificent Masterpiece"
  • Camaro Club of Spokane  Spokane Valley, WA: "1st Place"
  • Bailey’s Brigade, Liberty Lake, WA: "Best of Show"


Engine Compartment:

  • Engine: 509 CI Roller Motor, 652 H.P., Steel Heads, 850 CFM Holley Double Pump Carb, Scat 9000 Crank
  • Custom made air intake system with ram tubes, air boxes fit with K&N filters, and custom made carburetor hat.
  • Custom made radiator over-flow tank mounted in front of radiator.
  • Custom made stainless steel radiator hoses.
  • All hard lines in custom made stainless steel.
  • Custom headers and 3” exhaust system with Performance Coatings, Inc for looks and heat distribution.
  • Flowmaster American Thunder Series 30 mufflers, for “THE SOUND”.
  • All chrome valve covers, A/C Pump, alternator, power steering pump, and polished billet pulleys.
  • Power assisted hood opener, controlled from dash console.

Body Modifications:

  • Remove turn signal/parking light from front bumper, fill and smooth bumper.
  • Contour horizontal grille piece to fit behind split bumpers.
  • Lower bumper and split bumpers made into one piece and slide on tubes for ease of removal and adjustment.
  • Front bumper bolt holes filled.
  • Change hood to open from rear.
  • Remove chrome strips from top of hood.
  • Electric operated custom Bear Claw latch system installed on hood.
  • Custom made pop-up for hood release.
  • Peak front of hood.
  • Finish underside of hood.
  • Fill in cowl vent.
  • Remove chrome eyebrows from front fenders.
  • Raise headlights to top of fenders.
  • French headlight openings using original headlight trim rings.
  • Remove lower section of fender behind front bumper.
  • Install halogen headlights with modified amber turn signal lights.
  • Remove wing windows from doors.
  • Remove door handles and fill.
  • Remove gas filler door and fill.
  • Install gas filler behind swing out taillight on driver side.
  • Remove chrome trim from top of fins on rear fenders, fill, contour, and peak.
  •  Custom taillight bezels made to fit stock size opening and 1954 Hudson Jet taillight lenses, LED lights installed.
  • Remove back up lights, fill and contour.
  • Remove license plate bracket, and install drop down feature under driver side rear bumper.
  • Lower rear body panel welded together, a center rib was created and added, along with contouring the body to fit split bumpers.
  • Rear split bumpers were narrowed 3”, cut, peaked, and brought in on the sides to fit body properly.
  • Bumper bolt holes filled.
  • Install side exhaust ports.
  • Install 3rd Brake light.
  • Enhance the peak on the rear wheel well contour.
  • Custom made firewall and inner fender panels, with no visible bolts showing in the entire engine compartment.
  • Custom made radiator tower, integrating the hood hinges, and fender support system.
  • Custom made shrouds on both sides of radiator.

Special Features:

  • Chrome plated Torq-Thrust II wheels, 17 X 7 front, and 17 X 8 rear.
  • BFG tires with all smooth sidewalls.
  • Completely boxed frame, custom body mounts, transmission cross member, and engine mounts.
  • Fatman Fabrication Inc Stage III front suspension system installed by owner.
  • Motor Works of Spokane prepared 509 CI, 652 H.P., 623 lbs of torque, World Product block, Custom built steel heads, Edelbrock RPM Air Gap intake, Holley Double Pump 850 cfm carburetor.
  • Aeromotive A2000 Fuel Pump and Fuel filter system.
  • Dutchman 9”rear end, with 355 gears, & 31 spline axels.
  • TCI four link, with Pan hard bar.
  • Ford Expedition rear brake  and emergency brake system.
  • Custom built 26 gal. fuel tank, with filler tube behind left taillight.
  • RB Obsolete electric wiper system.


Known Facts  

Free and Clear Private Party Titled in the State of Washington. The Owner is has ask us to forward any questions and price offers for his review. NO EXCUSES

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Questions? Contact Brian 208-890-0337

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