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Projects '57 Cadillac Build - "Emily Jo"

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by JohnnyDeuce, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. JohnnyDeuce
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    Tried to upload more photos, but I was unsuccessful - I'll try again on Monday
     
  2. cmarcus
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    Looking great! Love the color option...
     
  3. JohnnyDeuce
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    OK - Haven't posted here in a while, because I've been busy with class and work on the Caddy

    I shifted over from the Body Fabrication class to the Chassis Fabrication class, because there's more to learn in the new one. My welding skills started out pretty bad, but improved over time. So far, I've been able to do the following with her:

    1. Got the gas tank repaired and POR-15'd
    2. Pulled the front fenders, disassembled them and sent them to the sandblaster/powdercoater
    3. Disassembled the front bumper and sent it to the sandblaster
    4. Removed the full interior and began to refinish the floors with POR-15
    5. Disassembled the rear bumper and began the process of repairing the damage to it. Once that's done, the rear bumper will go to the sandblaster/powdercoater
    6. Refinished the trunk with POR-15 and Duplicolor DM100 Grey and White Spatter paint
    7. Began refinishing the remaining original underhood items with POR-15

    I now have one calendar month left of class. In that time, my plan is to complete the following:

    1. Build and mount custom tube grill
    2. Build and mount custom insets for the rear bumper ends
    3. Rebuild the original hydrovac unit for the brakes
    4. Recover the rear seat
    5. Shave the original mirror and the door handles, install solenoids and poppers for the doors
    6. Repair the front fenders
    7. POR-15 the original wheels, install wide whitewalls and chrome spiders
    8. Paint two lace panels on the roof
    9. Install carpet
    10. POR-15 the entire undercarriage (planning to do it after class is over, when she's drivable and I can get her on a lift)

    Pics to follow - If you want to follow the build on my FB page, send me a PM with your FB name and I'll send you a friend request.

    Wish me luck with the massive list of what I have left!!!
     
  4. JohnnyDeuce
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    Here's some shots from the Body Fab class, showing the damage to the passenger rear bumper end 0629151658.jpg 0630150927a.jpg 0630150927b.jpg 0630150927c.jpg 0630150927e.jpg 0630150927f.jpg 0630151033b.jpg 0630151033d.jpg 0630151034a.jpg 0630151126.jpg
     
  5. JohnnyDeuce
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    Photos of additional body damage - The gouge in the driver's side front fender was filled with caulk!!! 0630150928.jpg 0630150928a.jpg 0630150928b.jpg 0630150928c.jpg 0630150929.jpg 0630150929b.jpg 0630150929d.jpg 0630150929e.jpg 0630150930.jpg 0630150930b.jpg 0630150930c.jpg
     
  6. JohnnyDeuce
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    New tool cart and learning how to MIG weld sheet metal
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  7. JohnnyDeuce
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    More sheet metal MIG welding practice 0707151134e.jpg 0707151137a.jpg 0707151137b.jpg 0707151141.jpg 0707151144.jpg 0707151144b.jpg 0707151159.jpg 0707151159b.jpg 0707151159c.jpg 0707151531.jpg 0707151531a.jpg 0707151531b.jpg 0707151532.jpg 0707151532b.jpg 0707151532c.jpg
     

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  8. JohnnyDeuce
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    More of the initial metal fabrication - MIG welding on the mini-roll pan

    Then we moved on to fabrication of a motorcycle gas tank, which was supposed to be TIG welded - I did ok with the metal shaping, but horrible at the TIG welding - That's when I decided this class wasn't for me and moved over to the Chassis Fabrication class.

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  9. JohnnyDeuce
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    Some shots of my instructor welding - His name is Brad and he's both an excellent instructor and a phenomenal fabricator - The class is great, too!

    Other shots are of the '48 Chevy Pickup chassis we currently have in the frame jig 20150719-B-Rad-Welding-09.jpg 20150719-B-Rad-Welding-12.jpg 20150719-B-Rad-Welding-13.jpg 0721151057a.jpg 0721151057b.jpg 0721151100.jpg 0721151100a.jpg 0721151101.jpg 0721151101b.jpg 0721151101e.jpg 0721151101f.jpg 0721151102a.jpg 0721151102c.jpg 0721151102d.jpg 0721151103.jpg 0721151103a.jpg 0721151103d.jpg 0721151103f.jpg 0721151104c.jpg 0721151104d.jpg 0721151105a.jpg
     
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    Some more shots of my beginning welding skills

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  11. JohnnyDeuce
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    Shots showing removal of the interior and disassembly of the rear bumper, which I had to use the cutting torch to separate!!!

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  12. JohnnyDeuce
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    Most challenging part of this class and build for me - Repair of the rear bumper ends. The passenger rear bumper end is exceptionally mangled and rotted. Good training!!!
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    OK - These are the most recent shots, which show me refinishing the trunk and gas tank. They also show my cool new "Peep Mirrors" and the start of covering the interior floor with POR-15.
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  14. JohnnyDeuce
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    That last group of pics also shows one which reinforces why you should wear long sleeves when using POR-15!!!

    One thing I'm really not happy with is the underhood items that I covered with POR-15. Normally, I would sandblast them to get a smoother finish - But lack of time and funding are starting to play a part, now that I only have 1 month of class left to do all my work - Wish me luck knocking it all out!!!
     
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  15. JohnnyDeuce
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    I'm also thinking of replacing the stock tail lights with '59 Caddy lights - Wadda y'all think?!?!? 0730151655a.jpg
     
  16. 56premiere
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    I think you have came a long nicely , and haven't given up on it. You should keep trying tig it is handy to use. And no to the 59 lights. Good luck
     
  17. JohnnyDeuce
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    More work today on the Caddy ~

    Trying to finish up the interior floor and found a small spot of rusty and broken metal in the under seat area that needs to be cut out and replaced - Which I'm actually happy about, because repairing it will be a good training experience.

    I managed to finish up painting all the underhood pieces and the tank straps with POR-15, which is good. Now I'll be able to start assembling and hanging the gas tank and put the underhood pieces together again.

    Most of the interior floor is now painted with POR-15, except for the area that needs repair and the very front area under the dash.

    Knocking it out a little at a time!!! 0821151347a.jpg 0821151347b.jpg 0821151347c.jpg 0822151628.jpg 0822151628a.jpg 0822151628b.jpg 0822151629e.jpg 0822151653.jpg 0822151653a.jpg 0822151653b.jpg 0822151654.jpg 0822151654a.jpg 0822151654d.jpg 0822151956a.jpg 0822151956b.jpg 0822151956d.jpg 0822151956j.jpg 0822151957a.jpg 0822151957b.jpg 0822151957c.jpg 0822151957d.jpg 0822151957f.jpg
     
  18. Awesome build coming along nicely
     
  19. Awesome build coming along nicely
     
  20. JohnnyDeuce
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    Very happy with metal shaping of the patch piece for my passenger rear bumper end today

    Gotta weld it in now!

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  21. JohnnyDeuce
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    Some more recent progress, from the past few days - Ground off some rust and paint, took the front fenders to the sandblaster, installed the repaired and repainted fuel tank, fabricated a bracket to push up the emergency brake cable and - repaired the right front fender!!! 0825151804c.jpg 0827151155a.jpg 0827151155b.jpg 0827151155d.jpg 0827151155e.jpg 0827151155f.jpg 0827151155h.jpg 0827151156a.jpg 0827151252.jpg 0827152028.jpg 0827152029.jpg 0828151450.jpg 0828151624.jpg 0828151625.jpg 0828151625b.jpg 0828151653.jpg 0828151654a.jpg 0829151028.jpg 0829151028a.jpg 0829151028b.jpg 0829151039.jpg 0829151039a.jpg 0829151043.jpg 0829151044.jpg 0829151044_HDR.jpg 0829151346.jpg 0829151347.jpg
     
  22. JohnnyDeuce
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    With just over 3 weeks of class time left, I've had to adjust my expectations and remove unnecessary items from the "To-Do" list ~ With that in mind, here's the updated plan of action:

    1. Repair the front fenders, paint and install the inner and outer fenders
    2. Repair and POR-15 the floor
    3. Install and wire the electric fuel pump
    4. Rebuild the original hydrovac unit for the brakes
    5. Shave the mirror and door handles, install solenoids and poppers for the doors
    6. Build and mount custom insets for the rear bumper ends
    7. Sandblast, powdercoat and re-install the front and rear bumpers
    8. POR-15 the original wheels, install wide whitewalls and chrome spiders
    9. Recover the rear seat and re-install the interior

    WISH ME LUCK!!!
     
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  23. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    This project is coming along nicely. Great job with everything, keep it up. We're looking forward to seeing the progress.

    And "no" as well to the '59 lights.
     
  24. Great metal work on the exhaust tip and fenders!
     
  25. Slopok
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    Those tattoos will be easier to remove than the Por 15.;)
     
  26. JohnnyDeuce
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    Thanks for all the posts and kind words, guys - I'm really loving how much I've learned while working on this baby... Still a lot of work left to do and not a lot of time left to do it - Wish me luck!

    Latest pics to post:

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  27. JohnnyDeuce
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    Right Rear Bumper End Repairs
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    Right Front Fender Reassembled, POR-15'd and Ready to Install:

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  29. JohnnyDeuce
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    Left Front Fender Repaired - Reassembly and POR-15 is next:

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  30. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    More great work man. Keep at it.

    I'll offer one tiny word of advice, which you can either agree with or disagree with. You're obviously very talented and doing a great job, don't forget that your time is worth something, too. When it comes to certain things, sometimes it is more cost effective to just simply replace than to repair. Now obviously since the Cadillac isn't exactly ripe with aftermarket suppliers for most parts, there is a lot of reconditioning required. But, take that bent and rotten bumper corner for instance. If you could have sourced a good, used corner for $50-100, it might have been more cost effective to simply replace than to repair and metal finish the busted one you have. When I redid my car, it took me 2 weeks to hammer certain panels out of flat sheet metal. Now, those same panels are available from EMS for around $200. Makes that decision real easy. Just keep that in mind as your project moves forward; sometimes the cheap way is the expensive way.

    Keep posting progress pics, we're following this
     

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