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Flat-top 1960 Cadillac - Time to get rollin'

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by MOTOV8N, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. MOTOV8N
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    This automobile hasn't been licensed since 1976 and has been sitting in this spot since i picked it up in 2002...
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    So, here is the deal... A very good friend of mine has told me that he is going to make a 1000 mile round trip to Back to the Fifties next summer in a 4 banger Model "eh"! When i heard that, it has inspired me to take something different down as well, and this it what i came up with...

    The plan is to get it completely mechanically sound (brakes, lights, engine and transmission, new BFG Wide-Whites, wind-shield, etc...) and follow my buddy down next June 16th! ...i know it's a four-door, but i figure it should be fun to get it rollin'! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1445561546.245913.jpg
     
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  2. Ain't nothing wrong with a four-door Caddy. Good luck with her!
     
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  3. TLDLTD
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    Good plan!! I may need to partake in this adventure!
     
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  4. MOTOV8N
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    Thanks for the much appreciated vote of confidence! Right on, man! It's going to be a bit of work to do, but this is going to be the 16th year that my pals, my brother, and i have gone down to what we consider the best car event on the planet!!! A pact was made in our car club that we would never make the drive in a late model, so it is always a challenge to get something pre-65 running on all eight cylinders to make the trip haha!

    It is also an added bonus to suprise our American friends with something different! Gr8 people-Gr8 car show!!
     
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  5. MOTOV8N
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    That'd be awesome!!
     
  6. Atwater Mike
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    That top...Rolling contradiction.
     
  7. MOTOV8N
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    Point taken. Thanks for the tip!
     
  8. williebill
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    not a thing wrong with a flat-top. always liked them.
     
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  9. MOTOV8N
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    Thanks williebill! ...I've been collecting '60 Cadillac parts for awhile, and i'm gonna place these EELCO covers on the 390ci that i rebuild for it:
    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1445566239.475686.jpg
     
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  10. MOTOV8N
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    Nice fifty-nine RoadFarmer!
     
  11. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1445568281.914292.jpg
    This is my uncles 4 door flat top '59......my favorite more doors
     
  12. MOTOV8N
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    ...it's already November and i still haven't turned a cog ... kinda tied up building a garage with my Dad, but still i believe this will happen!! (Provided that the snow doesn't make it impossible to drag out)
     
  13. mr.chevrolet
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    you better plan on stopping every couple miles to wait for him to catch up.
     
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  14. MOTOV8N
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    That part we already have figured out... we're gonna just storm ahead, and drink a pale full of low-test American beer every couple of towns haha!
     
  15. MOTOV8N
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    ...that way, we'll need to pull over from time-to-time...
     
  16. MOTOV8N
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    8 years ago, i picked up a 4-set of Dunlop bias-plys on factory '60 cad rims... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1446784249.572526.jpg
    These should do fine from pushin it into the shop - rite up until the maiden voyage
     
  17. Dimadee
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    Once you start flipping spanners, you can build some momentum

    ...just gotta get started!
     
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  18. dad-bud
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    My '60 Series 62 Coupe - I love it.
    I reckon it's just a pure work of art.
    The flattop more-door is a slightly more formal version, but they're sisters under the skin.
    Good luck with the build and please keep posting up plenty of updates for us to follow.
    Cheers mate.
     
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  19. MOTOV8N
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    Thanks for the vote of confidence to both Dimadee and dad-bud !!...it's just that recent circumstances have stopped me from getting started... But once i get at it, i will go at it with a vengeance!! Cheers!
     
  20. MOTOV8N
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    It isn't a high roof 6-window, and it isn't gonna be white,...but it's still will be a good candidate to have all four tires deflated and shaving cream smeared on the E-Z-EYE glass haha!
     
  21. jack_pine
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    I took my '61 Coupe de Ville out after sitting for a few years. Checked brakes, changed oil, new tires (new interior, too)...drove from Detroit to Chicago for a car show. Torrential rains on the way there but nothing slowed me down. Here we are at the Git Down just outside Chicago.

    You can do it!
     

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  22. MOTOV8N
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    Just dragged in the remains of a 1960 four door 6 window out of a snow bank. i am going to lift off the engine and transmission and hopefully the block is in good shape. If so, this will be the drivetrain for the Flat-top! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1455921514.268124.jpg
     
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  23. MOTOV8N
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    Who needs to go to the gym when You can get a work-out diggin' out heavy junk?? This is where i started this morning... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1455925793.627751.jpg
     
  24. MOTOV8N
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    Well, i removed the pistons, and this is what i found... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1456883440.320886.jpg
    Not good, but i have another block. It is now a matter of digging it out and getting it into the shop. This project may be postponed till spring... Dang!
     
  25. Damn shame about that block- still, you can paint it up and put it on the porch and put 8 pot plants in it!
    -Or get it sleeved maybe?
    Good luck with the build, I love those flat-tops!
     
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  26. MOTOV8N
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    Thanks 36roadster! now i know why it was parked. At least the heads looked pretty decent and i will have the transmission rebuilt. i won't stop the project, it'll just take a bit longer to get rollin'
     
  27. gimpyshotrods
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    Can't sleeve that?

    Sent from my SM-G900T using H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  28. Hdonlybob
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    That is a cool Caddy :)
    Get it rolling man..will fit right in :)
     
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  29. MOTOV8N
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    Not too sure whether or not it could be sleeved, but if i'm going to a complete rebuild, i'd prefer starting with a cherry block.


    Thanks alot Hdonlybob !
     

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