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Heap big Chieftain

By Staff | Jun 4, 2008

Rodney Ross shows off the the Chieftain at home in Huntington.

As a founding member of the Black Knights Car Club, Rodney Ross of Huntington has seen all kinds of cars. That’s why he prefers something out of the ordinary.

That’s why Ross is restoring a 1955 Pontiac Chieftain four-door that he bought locally.

Though it’s been hard to find Pontiac parts, Ross has managed to do most of the work himself along with some help from his wife, Kathy, Leo and Marty Domek, Bob Jensen, and Robert Hockett.

Ross started the restoration about three years ago and plans to have the car painted June 28 and ready to show at the July 4 Flight Breakfast at the Estherville Municial Airport. He chose the Pontiac for restoration because it was somewhat unusual and it was available.

“I never had a Pontiac until now,” Ross acknowledged. “I’m the kind of guy that likes something different.”

Among modifications, Ross plans on having a TV/DVD setup in the trunk and he’s painting the car an electric blue and white pearl. He swapped the original 287 engine for a Pontiac 350 that has a definite unstock sound when it’s revved.

Ross hopes other people will bring their cars too to the first Black Knights Car Club cruise-in of the summer 6-10 p.m. Friday night in Library Square, in conjunction with Meteorite Night.

“I think a lot of people have a lot of cars in this town,” Ross said. “They don’t have to be a member to be in the cruises.”

The cars will cruise Estherville at approximately 7 p.m.

In collaboration with the first Black Knights cruise night of the season, the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce will offer a steak sandwich dinner for sale from 5-7 p.m., and will show the movie “Shark Tale” in the outdoor theatre in courthouse square after dark.

Bring the family downtown to view the cool cars, have a great meal, and watch the movie!

The whole evening begins at 6 p.m.