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Projects 1955 Cadillac Sedan Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HermanMunster, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. gatz
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    lookin' good
    nice craftsmanship
     
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  2. chstitans42
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    from Anna, TX

    It looks even better since you have the smaller 54-55 bumper ends/exhaust ports. In my opinion it wouldn't look as good with the wider 56 ones that I have. Awesome work
     
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  3. HermanMunster
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    Thanks again all for the kind words. It’s been slow progress, but progress none the less [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. mike bowling
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    Real nice- that FLOWS................
     
  5. philo426
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    Looks great!I hope he used the same gauge steel as original for durability's sake!
     
  6. HermanMunster
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    I started watching some random YouTube videos and came across a guy named Ron Covell doing some amazing metal working. I saw him build a fender from scratch using a wooden die and used that concept for the last piece, it worked great! And took maybe 5 minutes to beat out the rough shape. Might have to redo some of the other side
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  7. mike bowling
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    Fits in perfect with the exhaust outlets
     
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  8. HermanMunster
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    We pulled the Caddy and trailer out to the front of the house to take some pictures. it's pretty awesome to see the car out of the garage and to step back and look at the progress. It's going to be fun taking the trailer out when they're both done

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  9. Rolling Daddy
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  10. Packard lights are purely amazing. Really cleans up the back of the car.
     
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  11. HermanMunster
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    Thanks fellas! I’ve been making progress, but mainly around the air suspension. Sounds like that stuff is a gray area to post though
     
  12. Just found this. Nice work! Nothing like a 50s Cadillac.
     
  13. Peanut 1959
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    Yeah, off-topic (OT) suspension/drivetrain/electrical mods are sure to get you a stern talking-to!


    Keep up the good work!
     
  14. HermanMunster
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    Haven't been able to make much progress but I did finally mount the rear shocks, paint everything, and now I'm getting the trunk back together
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  16. HermanMunster
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    Been stripping paint and getting ready for some body work. Small rust patches to do here and there [​IMG]


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  17. Good progress, this is a great build!
     
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  18. VANDENPLAS
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    The car is greatthose taillights fit perfectly
    Should of left the factory like that !
     
  19. HermanMunster
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    Finally got the body sealed in epoxy primer


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  21. HermanMunster
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    Progress! All 4 doors in primer and sifted through the boxes of stuff to find the door hinges/strikers/handles etc. Got the Packard taillights back from the chrome shop too. Got them done at Speed and sport chrome plating in Houston, it was a great experience. They came out freakin awesome despite their crappy condition. They had to do 3 copper dips on one of them haha totally worth it though.


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    The huskies approve

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  22. Peanut 1959
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    Lookin' sharp! Congrats on the progress. Sorry if I forgot, but did you already reveal your paint plan?
     
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  23. HermanMunster
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    Thanks man! I actually just painted some test panels a few weeks ago. I’ll be doing the original mist green on bottom, and a dark green flake top. [​IMG]

    The one in the middle is a silver metallic base, a .015” green flake in an interstage clear, and then 9 coats of a green candy. I didn’t quite get the flake ratio right yet. The one on the right is the flake on top. And the left is just the silver base. I like the middle one
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  24. Knghtcadi
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    In my experience a silver mini and medium flake size mix under the kandy will make it sparkle way more and give it more depth. Just my 2 cents


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  25. HermanMunster
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    I may have mentioned that I’m building this car to drive off at my wedding in. The wedding is coming up on March 30th, so I’ve decided not to try and paint it before so that I have a realistic chance of making the wedding. But I’ve finished the last of the body work and have it all in primer at least

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    I’m running a 700r4 behind the original 331, so I was able to mock it up and get the transmission crossmember modified to fit. Had to lengthen my driveshaft as well. [​IMG]
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  26. HermanMunster
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    Decided to retrofit a dual circuit master cylinder, while still maintaining stock pedal geometry. Worked out pretty well utilizing stock master cylinder bolt holes and making a bracket out of 1/4" plate.

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    Modified a bolt to connect original pedal hardware to new MC
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    And I'll be able to use a remote reservoir for both front and back.

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    Also upgraded to disks in the front. I used a kit from caddy daddy. It worked out very well, it's a nice complete kit that uses a spacer on the spindle to clear the rotor of the caliper braket, and fits inside the stock wheels.

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  27. Some progress... looking like a car now...
     
  28. HermanMunster
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    15 days to go until the wedding and I still haven't cranked the engine over, I'm getting a little nervous haha

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  29. Peanut 1959
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    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...!
     
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  30. Apenaut
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    Was watching Gearz and saw you and the '55!
     

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