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Projects '56 Cadillac build - Undoing the sins of my youth

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by randy, May 15, 2012.

  1. Strange Agent
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    Nice choice of color. You're making decent progress.
     
  2. robertsregal
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    glad to see you hung on to it and are bringing it back to life!!
     
  3. pbr40
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    looks like a good start
     
  4. randy
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    I got a few things done today...

    I stripped the top half of the firewall and cowl mostly to bare metal. Still more to do.

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    When I paint the firewall I want to get around the sides up to the front of the door jambs. I figured I should pull the doors. The seat had to come out eventually, so I did that too...

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    Don't worry! The lame billet Lokar pedal and floor shifter are getting 86'ed tomorrow.

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  5. ThirdGen
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    I like this story. Such an up beat beginning, and then a dwindling, forgotten, neglected stretch, and then a distant light on the horizon, that keeps getting closer.

    I am keeping my eye on this. I would like to see it get to where it belongs. Any plans of putting a caddy mill back in it?
     
  6. zman
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    Paint the pedal and get a knob adapter and knob for the shifter ? :)
     
  7. randy
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    Yeah, I might paint the pedal. IMO a floor shifter kinda takes the bench out of the bench seat and that's one of my favorite things about 50's cars. I have everything I need to make the column shift work, so I'll go with that.

    Keep an eye on the classifieds for a Lokar floor shifter;)

    For now, A caddy mill is not in the budget. I GAVE the OG 365 and trans away when they went out all those years ago. I have a line on a rebuildable '60 390, but cost is keeping me committed to my trusty SBC. Not original or cool, but a good way to get down the road.
     
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  8. Very cool thread Randy!!

    I think many of us have looked back on our history and scratched our heads lol!!!

    Following along!!!

    Bill
     
  9. sweet man. I can't wait to see this thing through it's resurrection. You're giving me inspiration to get back to my project.
     
  10. 60galaxieJJ
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    This'll be a sweet build to watch. And now you have all of us to bug you for updates to where you'll HAVE to work on it
     
  11. forty7ford
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    Love the title of this thread.
     
  12. tragic59
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    Randy, we've never met but we have many of the same friends. I used to enjoy seeing your car around PG/Monterey when you were making "progress" on it. Although, if I had seen what you started with, I might not have been so impressed. Haha...

    I still think the treatment on the rear fenders is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing your progress this time around. Good luck with the build.
     
  13. tbill
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    cool thread, cool car.

    best part of this is, most times you start a project like that, you wonder what the hell the last guy was thinkin when he did 'that'. as you are/were the last guy, it takes the mystery out of it, lol.

    keep at it, looking good so far.
     
  14. randy
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    I felt like doing something mechanical this morning, so I pulled the tranny and rebuilt the rear brakes.

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    Then... back to the firewall. Welded a few holes closed, hammered some stuff out, did a bunch more stripping and skimmed the worked area with mud. Still more to do before it's ready for primer.

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    gratuitous cowl pic...

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    it'll probably be a few days before I get back on it.
     
  15. randy
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    poor guy!

    What do you drive? Maybe I've seen you around.
     
  16. subscribed! Love me some Cadillac builds.
     
  17. young'n'poor
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    I love what your doing here! Keep up the good work!
     
  18. tragic59
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    Haha!

    I moved away from the Monterey Peninsula back in 2000. At that time, I was driving a '64 Imperial.
     
  19. jakdupkustoms
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    what the hell is painted on the seat in the background?
     
  20. cederholm
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    My thoughts exactly!
     
  21. randy
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    haha. Those are just some stencils I made... & was trying out...on my seat...yeah.

    The top two are early drafts of this

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    & the bottom is this:

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  22. Pinstriper40
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    Way to go de-finning the cad. Someone had to do it! Looks great...
     
  23. bbbronc
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    cool thread, great car. As far as the mistakes go at least your redoing your own and not someone elses. You know where they are and what they entail. Looks good so far. Subscribed
     
  24. randy
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    Just posted a want ad looking for some door handles.

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?p=7794654#post7794654

    Yep, my vision for this car is more like a prototype or concept version of a '56 Cad more than a straight up tuck 'n roll kustom (wit'a"k"). I really think so many lines on this car are beautiful.

    To that end... I'm putting handles back on it. I've done the no handles thing on this car for 10 years. It can be a pain in the ass.

    If you've got any, let me know! Thanks.
     
  25. farmer12
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    Great story so far. Going to be watching this build for sure.
     
  26. bjinatj
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    This is going to be a great read. Keep up the great work - Subscribed.
     
  27. I would have never imagined de-finning a Cadillac would look so good. When reading that all I thought was ughh. Good vision.
     
  28. randy
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    Alright. Slow day at the shop means that I got to knock some stuff out.

    Pushed the skeletal remains of my car outside...

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    Got my compressor to blow clean, dry air. It makes painting almost fun!

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    Shot the bare metal areas on the firewall and cowl in etch primer...

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    played with tape and cardboard. The Eldo's have a similar wheel opening to this with no skirt. I don't personally dig skirts on many 50's cars and this one is no exception. Reshaped opening with stainless trim surround to tie into rocker stainless. Think '57 cadillac-ish. I have the rocker stainless for this car... Squint your eyes...

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  29. bbbronc
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    I like the idea and shape of the proposed arch.
     
  30. Shane Spencer
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    slick car. like the wheel opening idea
     

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