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Coupe deVille
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« on: December 17, 2010, 07:06:13 PM »

My new project for next spring - replace any bad wood frame parts and prep the interior for upholstery - build a custom divider wall, etc.

I'm the mercenary woodmeister, we bought all the machines we need and I don't take any prisoners.

A custom Cadillac street rod project. Should keep you guys amused.

BTW that's a new 502 Ramjet and 4L80E tranny, bought for a bargain. Myself and his chassis fabricator thought a Cadillac 500 would be cool but then you need the Gear Vendors OD unit, what BadJack went through with Elvira.

The owner feels this is a better setup, his ride.


CDV



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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 07:24:42 PM »

Not taking any prisoners here, totally pro built ride.

Almost the leap period from a horseless carriage to an actually whatever you would call it - drivetrain with a steel chassis and an enclosed sheetmetal body wrapped around a wood frame.

BTW they used an aluminum block back in 1926 too , go figure.

CDV


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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 08:13:05 AM »


 Good Cadillac talk here. This is a wonderful project to keep tabs on.

 I know you are well versed in the art of woodwork, so keep us up on this project.

 Mike
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 08:48:10 AM »

I have seen pics of this car before, what's the story behind it?

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2010, 11:58:11 AM »

A survivor of sorts, he actually spoke to the person that was going to chop off the back and make an antique tow truck out of it ( example shown ), then it got sold to someone else that decided to sell it after a few years, offered on ebay and there were no offers, he bought it after the auction ended.

That body has been on and off the frame a few times for the mock up, custom Kugel IFS built to spec. to suit this ride. 9 " Ford rear with air suspension, chassis fabricator boxed and "X" braced the frame, have AC, etc.  This thing is huge. Wheels and tires are huge, it will look stock, my preference too.

My only forum so just sharing my current ( in the planning stage ) and future project. Getting all my tools and equipment ready.

CDV


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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2010, 06:47:01 AM »

such a wicked project......we're going to need a play by play indeed!
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2010, 10:37:15 AM »

The work this man and his sons do on these cars that he builds is incredible. Porter has been sharing the pictures of the build as it goes.

Amazing what time and money will buy. 

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2010, 10:55:28 AM »


 I too am amazed at what this guy does. Even though I really hate to see such a car made into a rod. It makes purists cringe.

 But I have been following this project since the beginning, and it is an incredible project.

 Mike
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2010, 11:10:06 AM »

First I will repair / replace any wood frame parts required then he can reinstall the sheetmetal. New wheel well covers were required because the new wheels and tires are wider but will be the same height.

I'll be fabricating a divider wall with a PW, interior panels for upholstery, slightly different from the factory job, that was all mohair material and 1,000's of little tacks. Going to have a traditional look interior when done.

Also recommended he replace the vinyl top, not install a steel panel, look better and be cost effective.

CDV


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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2010, 05:44:50 PM »

Found all the machines I needed locally on Craigslist from one owner sans the Powermatic planer, had to drive 5 hours up to Rochester, NY to score that iron for a song.

Looking for a 12" disc sander now.

CDV


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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2010, 01:33:27 PM »

My old pictures are stuck on my old computer, requested new ones - here you go. His chassis guy builds race cars, pro work, this will handle like a dream and rear air suspension for variable weight load.

Cool project, I'll be knee deep into this myself next April.

CDV


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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2010, 01:36:46 PM »

more pictures


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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2010, 03:48:52 PM »

Few more, I think the roll cage was a good idea.

The interior will be redone with the period look for 1926. 

I keep asking questions - going to have the passenger side sidemount and the drivers side has a tool box. One running board had to be re fabricated due to rust.

CDV


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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2010, 07:29:20 PM »

Seems like a decent fit to me, like it grew there in place. Actually the newer large displacement engines are smaller and weigh less than the older ones - only fair - newer technology.

BTW this project is only being seen here because I'm involved in it, my good friend and I get to do the custom woodworking.

To the engine rebuilding world or engine troubleshooting diagnostics I would be the  "Big Fins" or Mike Jones in the woodworking field. 

Yeah, I 'm the best in my field. No .......  I don't really need to settle down -  I couldn't give a rats ass about people that get offended at forums .......... grow up already.

A "D-G" for old times sake .......

CDV


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« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2010, 09:12:31 PM »

BTW the owner doesn't know of this forum nor does he know I'm sharing this project here nor would he approve of this.

Since this is my forum and I'm sharing it here with my good friends, no harm done. I'll suffer the consequences if ever required. The owner has no need for the forum public. He didn't buy it to restore it, seemed like nobody wanted  to buy it to restore it.

An epic project , not for the purist feint of heart types. There was a 1928 Fleetwood on eBay at the same time that got bid up to and sold for $ 18K, nobody wanted this 1926 hearse. The CLC purist $$$ up crowd could have stepped up to the plate and bought this 26 hearse, at some point ROI has to come into play no matter how much $$$ you have. For the $$$ up connoisseur of vintage rare Cadillac's that wants to run around and preserve all the rare cars $$$ is no object more power to them.

If I was a multi millionaire and had a spare $ 200K to drop at a resto shop or five years of my time for all the labor hours and $ 50K for all the subcontract work I would have restored it. Then you would have preserved a piece of history with whatever $$$ value once restored for whatever that point is worth.

They get restored, parted out , street rodded or crushed for scrap.

Whatever,


CDV
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