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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. overspray
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    No Sainthood here---I'm a heathen.

    Neal is right. Don't worry about the orange peel, it probably won't show much at all. If it bugs you real bad, sand and re-shoot it. Firewall, dash, door jambs, inside trunks, and interior pieces will probably work OK in the single stage. If you want to sand and buff for a nicer finish, go with base/clear for the outside. You should be able to get the color in a BC/CC formula. You probably wouldn't be happy with the color as a non-metallic.

    Randy, this build is looking fine. I think we can move you several notches up from "rookie" status. You are doing great.

    overspray
     
  2. Nads
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    You had a good looking car despite the poor craftsmanship, and now it'll be done right, I hope you leave the fins off. It's a beautiful custom.
     
  3. randy
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    Thanks. Fins are staying off. The little knee shaped fins offended my eye at age 17 because they didn't follow any logical body line. Luckily, I still agree with my adolescent assessment and style choice...for once.

    Got a chunk of the floor/ tunnel finished up. I stopped at the back seat so I could get my suspension dialed in before it all gets closed.

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    next project, lowering the rear...
     
  4. spooler41
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    Randy, Good to see a surviver car making a come back. Keep up the good work.

    .........Jack
     
  5. randy
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    Modified the frame to clear a mechanical fuel pump & give the new, bigger balancer a little breathing room.

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    Repainted the block with a very dark blue as I wasn't happy with the shade of my first attempt. I love the new, darker color. Tried on a new valve cover option...

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  6. 296moon
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    Likeing this lots! more please.
     
  7. spiders web
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    Keep us up to date on this one. I have a 56 and the frame and drive train are finished I just need to do the body. Yours is looking really nice.
     
  8. servi53
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    like where this is going, keep it up
     
  9. Gerg
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    I will be watching this thread cool work so far man
     
  10. bbbronc
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  11. pwschuh
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    Enough space around that fuel pump to accommodate engine movement under torque?
     
  12. randy
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    Pretty sure. In the pic, the bolts aren't tight - It'll probably suck in a bit more toward the block when it's all finished. Also, this motor is no beast.
     
  13. Nads
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    Looks great, I like your writing style too.
     
  14. randy
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    Been picking away at the mountain lately.

    I decided against airbags. When I initially got the notion to bag my car, I had just finished installing a tri-4-link in a friends car. It came out well.

    But...I don't want this car 90's low, I want it 50's low. I scored some 3" dropped leaf springs from Jamco and had a set of 4" - 2.5 degree tapered lowering blocks. Definitely lowered the ass end, but the u-bolts & lock nuts + the stock shock mount hung below the dreaded scrubline. I found a picture somewhere of a leaf spring bracket that corrected that .

    I made a set.

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    Tried 'em out. Nothing was tight, and it was above the scrubline by about 1/2". Ain't much but I'll take it.

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    Also, I finished up work on a M/C mount that I've had unfinished for months. I used a few small pieces of the old mount to build around and fabbed the rest. It'll be nice to have a dual system in the car and it's located basically where the old one lived. Chased down flare fittings locally which was more of a pain than anticipated. But, if it was easy, I probably would have got it all right the first time...

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  15. Gator
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    Glad to hear it - I've got 3" blocks and cut front coils on my '55 Caddy - it's just low enough (to me anyways), scrapes here and there but it's very driveable for the most part.
     
  16. 40StudeDude
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    Four inches of ground clearance is all you need...my Caddy clears just about anything on the highway at that...except speed bumps...and rabbits.

    That's a slick set-up you built...that'd sure solve my problem of its nuts hanging way down on my Caddy :eek:(on the u-bolts, of course...!!!):rolleyes::D

    R-
     
  17. randy
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    Did you get that using stock suspension? I don't think my car will be that low... The rear physically can't go any lower without sticking stuff beneath the scrubline.
     
  18. 40StudeDude
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    I used two inch blocks in the rear on the stock leaves and rear-end...and of course, on my build thread, you would see I used a '78 Pontiac Trans Am sub-frame up front...complete with disc brakes and power steering...

    Go here to see the complete five and one half year build: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=329070&highlight=the+best+55+caddy+build

    R-
     
  19. Gator
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    Stock suspension up front on mine - I'll measure it for you later but if I've got more than four inches there I'd be surprised.

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  20. My 55 was very low with stock suspension but with shockwaves and bags. Nothing was below scrub line and rubbed / dragged
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  21. I miss threads like this on the HAMB. I dig your vision for the Caddy, I'll be following this one til the end. Keep up the nice work and thanks for sharing with us !
     
  22. manhugos my bitch
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  23. cadillac nut
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    JUNIOR ! looking good … glad to see it off the shelf …...
     
  24. '51 Norm
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    Great thread/story!

    My first car was a '57 Lincoln (see avatar) that I managed to "fix up" badly.

    When I went into the Navy the car went away so I didn't get to see how bad it really was, I suppose someone else got that pleasure.

    To be fair, letting it go likley prevented more screw ups.

    I'm really glad to see how nice yours is coming along.
     
  25. randy
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    Back on it. Sorta.

    I had around 2 months into the rebuild of this car when I moved from Monterey to Sonoma, CA. As far as moves go...it sucked like every other one.

    The Cadillac lived on my buddy's trailer on his property while my wife and I got situated. The garage at my new house is a pint-sized, leaky vessel. It's functional and better than none but as far as garages go, it rates pretty low.

    Today I finally had enough time to get out there to see if I could make it all fit. A completely disassembled 1956 Cadillac and limited space are two things you never want at the same time. Anyway, it's gonna work. TIGHT but workable.

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  26. Strange Agent
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    Sorry to hear about your setbacks. It's coming together though, so don't give up on it. This thing is cool.
     
  27. El Carne's 53'
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    sweeet!! Get on it!...its not the field you play on, its how you play the game!!
     
  28. SwedeVedette
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    Great work and the fin mod looks great. Been thinking about this on my -53 Pontiac, those small raised parts are as you say totally unlogical!

    Hope it works out good in the new garage!
     
  29. Malarky
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    This Cad's gunna be Rad!
     

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