Finally decided to sit down and make an ongoing project thread for the Cadillac. For those who haven't seen me post before, I am a high school auto mechanics teacher from the New Jersey shore (no, it's nothing like the crappy MTV show). My original plan was to find a 67-72 Chevy/GMC 1/2-ton truck on the cheap, restore that through donations and contributions, then raffle it off at the end of the year as a fund raiser. By the time December rolled around, I had abandoned hope on trying to find a truck in decent shape along with the idea of raffling it off at the end of the year, being that 3 months of school had already passed, I did not want to run into deadline issues and not have time to raffle it off before school let out in June. So I set my sights on ANY decent project vehicle that would be fun and interesting, local enough that it could be picked up over a weekend, and of course the wallet always comes into consideration. I went back to searching Craigslist and remembered coming across a 1955 Caddy while I was looking for the pickups (how it came up in my search, I don't know), so I went back to see what it was all about. The car was pulled straight from a junkyard and after a little research, discovered it was not a '55 but actually a '53. I then decided to check out ALL the 50's Caddies to see the changes in design and options over the years. I finally decided that I liked the 50-53 models the most. I went back to searching Craigslist within a 400 mile radius and came across another '53 out in PA, however it was in worse shape than the first one I found in NJ. After that I switched my search to eBay and stumbled upon a 1952 that had 4 days left on it, so I added it to my watch list and kept on looking for other projects. Well, 4 days later nothing else had popped up so I tried my luck on eBay and tossed in a bid with 32 seconds remaining on the auction and 32 seconds later I was the proud new owner of a 1952 Cadillac that I purchased sight unseen. Here are some of the photos from the original eBay listing: The car was up in Boston, MA so I ended up leaving NJ at 5am the following Saturday with a friend of mine as a co-pilot, driving another friends truck and borrowing yet another friends trailer (good thing I have friends who trust me, lol). Got up there just after 11am and 2 hours later we had the car loaded up along with all of the extra parts that came with it, including an extra rear bumper, a set of doors that came off a rusty convertible, 5 original wheels, couple of boxes of random small parts, oh and I forgot to mention that since the engine was removed and disassembled, that needed to be picked up as well. Got back to NJ that evening and got some rest, went over to school and dropped it off on Sunday and on Monday morning, the students and I pushed it into the shop. I forgot to mention that along with the spare parts, the previous owner also had a complete power steering setup for the car to replace the original manual steering setup. Although it is an "X" Coupe (power windows & power seat), it did not have power steering originally. The first thing we did was remove the nasty interior, actually once the carpet was torn out and the old seat covers were stripped from the original seats, it really wasnt too bad.