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Projects Making a Cadillac Shine, 8 years in the making...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HotRodToomer, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. HotRodToomer
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    There has been positive, negative, adoring and flat out rude comments made about my cars look since day one.
    I've never REALLY cared, but at the the same time in the back of me head, "It does look like shit..."
    Not long after I got the car, a friend did a repaint and the roof and scallops for free. Came out great, just didn't last wit the car being in Michigan weather a lot. But I drove it like that close to 6 years. Since then I've rewired the car, gave it a new heart, transmission, brakes, tires and exhaust. But I left the bits you actually SEE mostly weathered and down.
    But no mo', Worked out a deal with my buddy Junebug to get the car back to beautiful.
    He's a pro with working with whats available to turn out a finish that's proper and lasting. Two weeks ago I dropped the car off at his house and we've made a little headway.
    The worst has been the car, it may be 97% there and clean, but nothing has really body-wise come apart in 60+ years so its been a lot of praying and time taking.
    But so far, this is the most intrusive work I'll have done on the poor thing. I'm a little worried what will be found, but more excited for the end result.
    The Fleetwood that got wrecked in my driveway thankfully donated it's rear bumper BEFORE it got crunched. and the hood from it most likely will be used to replace the original one that got crunched when the hood came up.

    STAY TUNED!
     

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  2. Hdonlybob
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    Didn't look like shit at all..
    But sure looks nicer now !!
     
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  3. Good Luck...looking forward to seeing the progress
     
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  4. Squablow
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    I don't think they had a Cadillac in mind when that garage was designed. But keep at it, should be worthwhile.
     
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  6. brady1929
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    That caddy is cool
     
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  7. Love the car....extra large,well organized shop is a plus..LOL:p
     
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    KOOL ! Like them old Caddy's.
     
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  10. HotRodToomer
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    I agree, the garage is an issue. But, he's a great painter and we'll make the best of it. Especially with black being one of the colors!

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  11. HotRodToomer
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    Progress has been slow, had a lot going on, so just a little progress since last.
    But I got over today to do some work and we had an flash of brilliance. It should be brighter in this garage! So after a few trips to home depo, a couple of sad times having to step on my car and one wicker cut from sheered steel edge. Its looking 100% better in there, which hopefully will make the whole job easier.
    Paint colors have been chosen, the areas pictured were the most feared for horrible once the trim came off. They are decent enough to save.

    So, lets hope continued good.
     

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  12. Squablow
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    A little crusty under that trim but doesn't look like anything that won't clean off. Be sure to get it really clean under there, and also, paint your trim clips on both sides before you reinstall the trim, even if they're new. Trapped dirt and water cause some of that rust, but the unpainted trim clips like to get rusty and make stains too, as I've come to find out.
     
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  13. HotRodToomer
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    Been a while, Daily driver Cadillac and work got in the way of progress.
    Currently, the paint is stripped, All 5 layers of it.
    Thankfully not a lot of bullshit was found. This is the first time I've explored what's up with the metal of the car. Its really not bad for a 60+ year old Michigan car. Few pin holes. The drivers door at the bottom front is flimsy. But overall, Its good news. My paint guy pulled a few of the dents out today. the impact on the drivers corner was oil-canned but, he got it right.
    Another pass on it with some 80 to get rid of the stubborn lacquer residue and a bit of sealer just to keep it from rusting. Then onward to bodywork!
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  14. HotRodToomer
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    So a whole month later. Busy days and not a lot of work.
    The hood from the wrecked Fleetwood was used in place of my fly-up damaged one.
    The car has been stripped, D.A.'d and sealer coated to stop flash. I must say, I was quite surprised. It looked a lot worse then it was after stripping. But the original burgundy lacquer paint, that still covered about 95% of the car under 4 layers of primer, did a pretty good job at keeping it decent. Most of what little rust repair is all rot from the inside on troubled areas. (Dirt collection spots & such)
    So the fun part is next on the agenda, dent & hole repair. Thankfully my buddy, Junebug, knows his stuff and there will be a little lead work to get it back ship-shape.
    Door jambs still need to be cleaned & cut in. but they are for the most part fine. Door removal, New electric window kit. (The hydraulic system has been failing, junk lines & cylinders. The Seat will remain hydraulic) New glass as well hopefully, I've had the drivers rear busted in half since 2010.
    Paint colors are set at Black, White & Red. But actual paints, aside from the white, are not chosen yet.

    BTW I forgot to add the seats are getting done too. I had planned on doing them at a different time, but they were out...so...yeah. Red & black vinyl to replace the spray-dye ruined, sun baked original mole-hair dust bombs.

    Stay Tuned!
     

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  15. Hot rod Tommer.I remember the story when your other caddy got wrecked in your drive way.Didn't you just bring that one home for parts? Bruce.
     
  16. HotRodToomer
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    I did, I was going to nabb the AC out of it and the hood, Plus a couple of trim pieces that were better then mine and sell it. Then that accident happened. Thankfully though it was that car and not MY fleetwood.
    The sacrificial Fleetwood.

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  17. Some people just SHOULDNT be behind the wheel of a car!!!!Good luck with the old girl and take care.Bruce.
     
  18. HotRodToomer
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    Skim, D.A., block, repeat.
    For the past few months.
    But November 10th, hopefully, she'll be in the booth at work.
    Cleaning up mechanical bits and such, making the latches work wonderfully and getting the hood springs back in have been fun times.

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    Stay tuned!
     
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    It looked great before....but its gonna look really sweet when done. Cant wait to see it.
     
  21. HotRodToomer
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    So after taking care of it the other day, the first of the last layers of primer have been sprayed.
    It looked stellar walking in today. In a few hours with a literal block party we got it smoothed over wonderfully. only a few tiny spots of trouble showed up, but they are easily fixed.
    It's going to be a whole different ship soon.

    Stay tuned!
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  22. HotRodToomer
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    So the day has come.

    Finally finished blocking and getting it all right.
    went out to Fenton and dragged it back to Wixom to spray it at work.
    Thursday night, Friday, Saturday and 3/4's of Sunday it took to get it done.

    But just look at it.

    Paint came out wonderful, almost ZERO problems.
    Now it's sitting out in Battle Creek in storage for the winter, and I'll be polishing the ton of chrome & trim that came off of it.

    And yes, Im VERY happy.
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    Stay Tuned!
     
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    ATTA BOY!
    KK
     
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  24. HotRodToomer
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    Here it'll sit till its time to make it on the long drive home.

    I don't care if it's going to be no side glass and that crappy lawn chair, I'm driving it across the mitten.

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  25. Squablow
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    Impressive work especially considering the lack of work space! Inspiring.
     
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  26. BJR
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    I am so glad to see shiney paint on a Cadillac, cuz flat black don't get it.
     
  27. HotRodToomer
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    So, some time has passed.
    Car sat in the garage a while while I caught up with life.
    Then it went across Michigan, again, to finally get the paint finished.
    Actually finished, completly.

    Still have to body match the dash and door tops. And get the clips and trim all in order.
    But, take a gander at my improved 1953 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special.

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  28. Dave Mc
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    IMG_1078.JPG < also been working a 53 Cad CDV long process , but worth it
     
  29. HotRodToomer
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  30. blackanblue
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    Big car big job big kudos to you, looks great.
     
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