Ill start this off with saying today was a long day of turning wrenches in the sun ... I am now watching the sun set with a cold one trying to do this site some justice with my build thread. My budget is $100 LOL so I will do it the old school way and deal with what I got. I bought this car in 03-04 it was in good shape ran good pretty straight the interior was just re-done it has a 1500 watt stereo... I though it was a good buy at the time and looking back it was. I got into an accident at the end of 04 and this is where it all starts. I have old pic of the work but not available right now I will try to find the time to put them up later. I did some work including all new bushings and ball joints in the front end, new rear ball joint, shocks, electric fuel pump, door poppers, I filled one of the doors and got rid of the body lines in the trunk deck lid... and I have acquired some parts over the past few years that would help me in my asperations for my "Lady Jane" Here are the brass tacks the 1963 had a year specific motor and trans .... this makes finding parts tedious and people who know what they are talking about are few and far between. I found two shops that would work on my trans and one of them included a $2200 rebuild. The delux rebuild kit for the 390 $1200.... for the kit. Everything was leaking including the hydromatic trans and bad. I came to a crossroad: do I rebuild the original equipment and hope it never goes bad... it might work if I had a pet unicorn or two. So after countless hours of reaserch I found a viable option to keep the bad ass style of my 63 but update the drive train and go easy on the pocket book (HA!!!) I was on the hunt for a 69-76 cadillac it would be good if it was an Eldorado because of the rear sump oil pan ... I'm not that picky . After a few weeks of craigslist... I found a target 1975 sedan de ville with registration problems and it had some oveheating issue. I did some reading and found that it is common to find a chevy bb thermostat in a Cadillac 500 and they are not the same. I showed up with a thermostat and a set of wrenches....the A/C compressor was a job to do in this guys front yard so before I started I aked him to start it up. I think my friend John and I had to hook our jaws back to our heads with out this guy seeing us. Not one foul sound no ticks no squeek from a belt no exhaust leak This beat, rusted roofed, in my opinion one of the least attractive years of cadillac purrs like a brand new car! I asked the dude how many miles are on this thing the odometer read 58k. I took it for a test drive and the TH400 trans was slipping you cant have it all I bought it for $650 and had it towed to the house.