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Projects 1963 Cadillac "Taxi"...BIGREDTODD is back in the saddle

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BIGREDTODD, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Nads
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    Man, this is gonna rule. I feel your pain for the chroming bill
     
  2. BIGREDTODD
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    Not a showpiece by any stretch...but something to take to a show & shine, and as a tribute to my Dad. He was a Cadillac guy to the end, and in his hierarchy of Cadillac's there was the '49, the '63, and at a very distant 3rd was the '66. He had several '49's & '66 Cad's over the years, but this was the only '63.

    Anyway, here's the progress for the day...bumper assembled & installed with a floor jack and a prayer. Starting to play with the best of the several grills that I have. Did something a bit different with the grill that the keener eyes may pick up on. More on that later.

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  3. BIGREDTODD
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    Now it's starting to look like something. In order to create a bit more contrast in the grill, I painted all the pieces (and side fillers) a satin black. After the paint dried, I polished only the largest of the horizontal aluminum faces. So far I like it. In time, I may do additional polishing of the smaller faces (horizontal and/or vertical) but this tones down some of the excess aluminum finishes. It's starting to look like something resembling a car again:
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  4. Hotrod1959
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    Nice job.... Looks great.
     
  5. BIGREDTODD
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    Thanks!

    (Don't worry, I'll get back on the F-100 soon...I've got a new set of wheels, a couple boxes of parts and a NOS tailgate that need my attention :cool:)
     
  6. Hotrod1959
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    NOS tailgate! Where did you find that? Was wondering why you were selling your old one on ebay.....
     
  7. BIGREDTODD
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    Been hanging on my wall for about 10 years...has the Fomoco part# stamped on it...still mint red oxide finish, not a ding anywhere.
     
  8. BIGREDTODD
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    I hope this picture works. I finally got a smart phone. The Caddy makeover is virtually completed. There's always something to be done, but I am happy, and I know my Dad would be also

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  9. kkoacolonel
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    Looks good!.We just bought a 63 4 window also.In fact,found mine on here.Not going as crazy as you did,but make it safe enough to haul the kids around in.
     
  10. BIGREDTODD
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    Here's a few from the weekend. The first is on Friday, before the (laughable) parade/cruise. Then a couple parked next to my sister's Continental.

    Good times...


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  12. 4rod
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    nice work Todd, looks great...has that presidential look...now get at that shoebox you have
     
  13. Nads
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    Todd, she looks really great, very elegant indeed.
     
  14. young51
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    Looks great Todd. Now go get my old flathead intalled!
     
  15. BIGREDTODD
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    I'm thinking the same thing! I already gutted the interior out in the '49...hopefully won't be long before I go back to that one & get a running shoebox.


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  16. xrosczech
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    Very Nice, first off what is the name of the shop that did you paint? Second here is a pic of my 63 with 2inch american classic white walls and 62 caps (not fan of the 63-64).
     

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    do some good work ....

    what else do you have hiding in that shop .... =)
     
  18. Turned out great Todd! Can't wait for the Shoebox. :D
     
  19. BIGREDTODD
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    Nice...that's the tire that I was looking at @ Coker, but it just came down to spending 1/2 the $$$ for a set of Coopers. Glad I'm not the only one that thinks the '63-'64 caps aren't Cadillac's best effort. Miracle did the paint (here in Modesto). I need to spend a day doing what I'd consider a more professional cut & polish job, but overall I'm satisfied with the $$$ spent.

    Thanks, my '60 F-100 & '56 T-Bird are in the garage, the Cadillac will be back @ my in-law's shop soon. A few other "ladies in waiting" hidden around town, as well.;)

    Thanks Tim...(I can't wait for the Shoebie, either!)
     
  20. BIGREDTODD
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    Decided it was time to send this one to its next owner...sold here on the HAMB, and just dropped it off at Aladdin Freight for export to Austria!

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