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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by AV8R, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. AV8R
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    Alright, here goes my first build thread on the HAMB. What better way to start it than with only 1/4 of a car... right? I had wanted to build a car couch/ sofa for a while and got lucky with a kijiji find when this Cadillac rear section came up for $50. I found a complete rear bumper for another $100 and that gave me the basic start. I thought I'd upload some images to show people how I approached it and I might need some help along the way too. :)
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    The rear end had been cut off the Cadillac at least 8 years ago! I actually found the rest of the car in a field 2 cities away, leading me to ask... "what are the odds???" haha
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    The 59 has seen a few bumps, body work and a color change to a shade of green I can't describe. First step was to remove some of that history along with some rust.
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    I then squared everything up with tubing and some temporary braces to keep everything in place. This allowed the body to be tweaked until we got it into the final shape. My friend Larry helped me with a lot of the fabrication. This goes way faster with two people :)
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    It took roughly 12 hours of work to get the tubing "frame" all measured, cut and put into place. Then another 10 hours of installing sheet metal patch panels and roughing out the major body work.
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    I really didn't want much wood in this build, but did use some for the panels which will hold the upholstery. Hopefully my upholstery guy agrees!
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    on the weekend I welded on some 16ga sheet metal to the back to finish it off.
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  9. AV8R
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    photo of the back panel.... lots of tack welds so I didn't warp it...
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  10. NashRodMan
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    I'll be watching this!! Always wanted one.
     
  11. $50, that's classic, next one you find I'll give you $100. You couldn't ever find anything like that where I live. Great work so far.


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  12. myold88
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    Just love this mini build and would love to own it when completed.
    Those bumper ends look perfect for the Stereo speakers.
    I will be following this with great interest.
     
  13. AV8R
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    I'll keep a lookout for you... as long as you're not picky about what 50s car it is :) The chrome and paint supplies are by far the biggest costs. The rear of this 59 has $2000 worth of chrome and polishing!
     
  14. AV8R
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    got some epoxy primer on it... inside and out. next will be some high solids primer
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    That light blue '59 alongside the four door hardtop in your first pic doesn't look to be in bad shape...is it saveable...???

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  16. AV8R
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    hmm, not too sure. I'll pm you the contact info for the owner.
     
  17. 40StudeDude
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    No, don't bother with that...I'm too far away to purchase it...but maybe some other HAMBer up in that area might be interested...it just looked like it was in decent shape...

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  18. AV8R
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    oh ok, my opinion is its more of a parts car.... but then I would love it if my 32 started out as good as that one :)
     
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    found it... SMS auto fabrics does have it in case anyone wants the same stuff. :)
     
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    Great build thread! Thanks for sharing. Your's is very similar to what was done to build my '57 Chevy couch nearly 25 years ago! I ended up using original style '57 Chevy upholstery on mine.

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    Great stuff!
    I recall someone was manufacturing 'glass replica Caddy couches.
    Nothing like the real deal though. Look forward to seeing how it turns out.
     
  23. AV8R
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    and now painted...
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  24. hammered30
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    Hi Chris that looks fantastic you have done a great job . Is that were I'll be sleeping when I visit hahaha
    cheers paul
     
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    send me the owners info if you dont mind!
     
  26. AV8R
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    Finally finished the couch, and it was only twice my original budget, just like a real restoration! haha. All the chrome and Stainless is done and I used the same fabric as an original 1959 Cadillac from SMS Auto Fabrics. Anyways, I'm happy to finish something I've wanted to build for a long time. Here is the result...
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  27. NashRodMan
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    Very cool and nice job!! How much does it weigh? Is it easy to move?
     
  28. junkyard junky
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    Looks good! I've got a 65 Coronet that I want to make into a couch sometimes.
     
  29. 1959Nomad
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    Very Nice, when do you start on the front half (more like 80%) of the car ?:cool:
     
  30. Nice to see it done.
    The one shown for sale in the link waS going for seven grand.
     

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