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Thinkin' bout a Caddy..

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ratroddude, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    I have a trade in the works , a guy is interested in my '57 Wagon project , and he is willin' to trade me this Caddy , I like my wagon , but , this Caddy has the updated 425 cu. in Caddy engine / trans from a '78 model Caddy , new floors , and best of all , its road ready less a sloppy steering box , I am early into my '57 project , what do you think?

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  2. That caddy is pretty sweet. And will probably always be more sought after that a '57 wagon.
  3. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,867


    Man I dig those caddys, I'd probably trade just cause it's a runner!!
  4. Fiatdude
    Joined: May 5, 2010
    Posts: 89

    from SoCal

    Slam Dunk -- No Brainer -- Just Do It -- What cha waiting for??????

    Hell -- I'll trade your wagon for it LOL

  5. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    It's preety cool , it has new floors , no rust , paint is mildly crusty , but , nothing a weekender paintjob wouldn't fix , air works if charged , like I said , a sloppy steering box is all it needs , he said a new one was $350.00 , the wagon has no engine , but , it is a New- Mexico car, pristine body , I have the floors about 75% done from a moron putting the wagon in a north carolina grassy field I am supposed to give the wagon , the more-door parts car , and a grand , sound decent? , my wagon has no runing gears at the moment....
  6. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 760

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal

    Oh, man, I'd pick that up in a heartbeat. But I've been itching for a 50's Caddy luxo-cruiser for a while.

    But then again, what's the 57 wagon project? I like them too!

  7. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,377


    Digg'n the Cad idea here!
  8. halfasskustoms
    Joined: Jan 28, 2011
    Posts: 552

    from Durham NC

    Not much more you need to do to the caddy......I say do it.
  9. Zombie57Ranchero
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 530


    That caddy is bad ass i say go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain
  10. Pir8Darryl
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,488


    No brainer. Go with the Caddy.
  11. r8odecay
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 787


  12. buickbybirth
    Joined: Jan 28, 2011
    Posts: 83


    Its hard to beat an old caddy much less a driver but even with that if I liked what I had better than what I'm getting I would stay put unless I needed to make a buck and the trade was in my favor.
  13. duc76
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 5

    from OKC, OK

    I can tell you this, my thread would start with "Thinkin' bout a Caddy.. " It would be "I'm a proud owner of a Caddy!"

    So go for it..
  14. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,070

    Lone Star Mopar

    Lets see a pic of the wagon, sounds good but what wagon are we talkin here?
  15. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


  16. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


    I looked at the wagon........... hurry up on that trade.
  17. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,329


    +1 big time!
  18. Rock the Caddo brother!
  19. Sauli
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 499


    I´d stick w/the ´57 Chevy wagon. I´d say You´re a lot better off working on a Chevy You took apart Yourself than a Caddy with a lot of mis-matched parts that someone else put together and is now looking to get rid of. Sorry.
  20. If you're giving him cash you're taking it in the shorts dollar-wise.

    Caddy's worth around $5000 give or take, I'm assuming it's not perfect, and the 425 is one of the downsized smog motors - not worth a lot.

    '57 Chevy wagon worth about $4000 but the guide notes add 10% for A/C, 15% for Power Pack (which you noted locating and sounds like it would be entirely correct for this car), and a factory limited slip on a '57 is so rare people will argue if it even exists. So it's worth around $5000 without even adding in the parts car, that if I assume is a 150 or 210 4dr is worth another grand or so.

    And you can sell a '57 Chevy all day long - a Caddy 4dr is going to be a tougher sell. Too many doors. The wagon is a more desirable body style by a notch or two.

    Also, when it comes to parts, you can about throw a rock in any direction and find stuff that works for a '57 Chevy with a Chevy motor. Caddy stuff can be had but tends to be harder to find and more expensive. I would imagine the guy had to make his own floors for it, for example. Which means you need to make sure the car doesn't say "STOP" and "SPEED LIMIT 55" or "Drink Coca-Cola" on the bottom.

    Last but not least, it depends on what you want - do you want the pleasure of building a car, or do you want to just go drive and have fun? Even on that note - I suspect the '57 will be cheaper to drive when done, if that's a factor at all for you, it should get better gas milage anyways.
  21. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    Well, the guy came to look at the wagon today... he said he thought I said it was a 2 door wagon , so , needless to say , the deal didn't go thru....but , sold his buddy some '51 Chevy fenders , so not a total loss day , real good dudes , and another good car / part resource , so all in all , good day...:)
  22. 40StudeDude
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  23. GREASER815
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 973


    You have not traded yet, that project...for a runner. DO IT!
  24. Hot Rod Elvis
    Joined: Jan 24, 2011
    Posts: 606

    Hot Rod Elvis

    Ahh, would'a been a good trade I think! Ya can't beat them 54-56 Caddys! And unless you go to Elvis' car museum..there aren't many of them around.

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