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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Forced 382, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Forced 382
    Joined: Feb 6, 2012
    Posts: 52

    Forced 382

    Hey guys, what direction should I take with my 1955 Cadillac ? Should I keep it stock or do it as a mild 50's-60's custom or go full "Kustom"? Lmk what everyone thinks.

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  2. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,183

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    I'd just cruise it 'til the cows come home!! :)

    Very nice Cadillac!!
  3. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 570

    Rusty Heaps

    "First do no harm" I say give it a mild era correct custom, but nothing that can't easily be undone. That's a Fine looking car as it sits.
  4. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,063


    For this forum it will have to a custom since Cadillacs arent traditional hotrods
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  5. CurbFeeler
    Joined: Apr 18, 2012
    Posts: 15


    Enjoy it for what it is.
    When it starts to break, then think of modifications.
    Solid cars like that are getting harder to find, you been blessed with the ability to enjoy it right away--- don't get too excited to open up a can of work-worms.

    Mummmm...maybe some Texas longhorns on the grill, and some cowhide upholstery for a traditional Vegas or Tejas Kustom of the period......
  6. Nailhead Brooklyn
    Joined: Jul 31, 2012
    Posts: 567

    Nailhead Brooklyn

  7. 4oldfords
    Joined: Sep 30, 2009
    Posts: 154

    from Texas

    saw the top off - jack it up - put a 4x4 suspension under it - get rid of those weird bullets on the grill!!!
  8. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 642


    Longhorns on the hood! BAM! Skull shift knob and a 305 chevy!
  9. Forced 382
    Joined: Feb 6, 2012
    Posts: 52

    Forced 382

    I am a bit aprehensive as this car is Rock solid fromtop to bottom. I was thinking of Hot Rod Flatz with a flaked roof but it is a tough decision.
  10. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,872

    from Reno, NV

    Mild custom. Cadillac got it right from the factory. Most radical changes to these Cadillacs are downgrades.
  11. cakes
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 564


    Just drive it, you don't have to fuck with every car out there. Cadillac got these right out of the factory
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 118


    The paint looks great why paint it!!! Mild period correct modifications will make this car greater then it already is!

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  13. Forced 382
    Joined: Feb 6, 2012
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    Forced 382

    The color is unusual to say the least which is why I was considering a color change.
  14. Terrible Tom
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 571

    Terrible Tom

    3X and I like the color.
  15. Kyron
    Joined: Dec 28, 2006
    Posts: 117

    from Peoria Az

    fuzzy dice.
  16. CurbFeeler
    Joined: Apr 18, 2012
    Posts: 15


    That color is perfect, for that car.
    Corals were the traditional flavor of the era, and that car was in the top of the line for showing off fancy, but odd, colors. That's their nature.

    When folks tried to "custom" them in that 50's era, they often trended toward an Italiano style , and that got real expensive and very custom-ed , but memorable ---> Here's a 54 Caddy Pininfarina
  17. wetatt4u
    Joined: Nov 4, 2006
    Posts: 2,147


    from your own last statement ,I would leave it the color it IS !

    Like others have said

    Please know that you have a fine looking car now,
    if you are tired of it put it in a barn for a year or more,then later you will like the car again......

    Sheet its your car ,do what you will...
    its just my opinion ,everybody has one and most of them stink....
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
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    I think the color is spot on!!! I would drive the hell out of it!

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  19. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,269


    You asked, so here it is: don't to ANYTHING to it but drive it. It is a cool car as it is. If you must change things, mess with different wheels or hubcaps.

    If you sand it down and paint if flat black you'll ruin that nice paint job and kill the value of the car.
    If you start customizing it the odds are that you won't get it totally finished for a long, long time.

    Just enjoy it! If you want to customize one you start with one that already needs paint, an interior, etc. Otherwise you're just ruining a nice old survivor AND wasting money. I drag my future kustoms out of farmers' fields; you don't pay for something (like nice paint) if you're going to ruin it anyway.
  20. Rich Wright
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,922

    Rich Wright

    Please, Please, Please.....Don't fuck with that car. It appears to be nearly pristine.
    There are lots of shitters out there in driver condition that are good candidates for customizing but cars in that condition are getting extremely hard to find....

    consider selling...maybe for a profit...and finding a better candidate for a flat black beater.
  21. Wash it....wax it....and drive it!!!!!

    Not that it's not clean and shiney now....talking about the future
  22. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,662


    I like my '50s cars like they looked in the magazine ads - stock but lowered 2-3". These days disc brakes and an overdrive are smart upgrades too if you want to drive them.
  23. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,004

    rick finch

    Not no, but HELL NO!!!
  24. "The color is unusual to say the least which is why I was considering a color change"
    I say the color is unusual to say the least which is why I consider leaving it as-is except for a good buffing. I'd roll the original wheels and tires into the shop and go with a set of 8 inch chrome wires and whitewall radials. Might drop the suspension 2 inches but not enough to hurt the ride qualilty. A nice pair of rumbly steel pac mufflers would be cool and then just detail the daylights out of that caddy.
  25. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,387


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  26. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    Don't screw it up with Flat Black paint.......don't fuck with the paint. Maybe safety upgrades, but nothing else needs to be done.
  27. boldventure
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,766


    Put some nice sounding mufflers on, upgrade to breaker-less ignition and get the carb tuned for new fuel and just polish and drive.

    Is that factory color? Pacific Coral maybe?
  28. What do you think is the real question? You must have quite a budget to consider a "Full custom". Cause under all that shinny its probably not.
  29. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,819


    gasser is the new in thing. lol..
    wish my car started out that nice . i would have been driving it 4 years ago. leave as is.

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