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PostSubject: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:33 am

An epic journey of how a C-body was saved by a D-body

Here's what I'm starting with. The whole story of the purchase is on the Dolly Parton thread. But it basically breaks down to me searching for one car and finding this gem by accident. Worked a deal with the 94 dggm caddy and a small amount of cash. And now she's all mine!

Serious work ahead!!!





You can see here I had to cut the door handle off the get into it. All doors are frozen shut!


Floors are GONE!


Seats were good when parked..... This is all animal damage




Door panels are just complete DUST! touch them and they disintergrate


Original 331 Cadillac engine, with a power option it actually has MORE power than an lt1. And all these old engines are way under rated on power anyway. Gonna rebuild and run it if possible.


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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:53 am

elephant

That should keep you busy for a while! Looks like it came with a critter living in the backseat.


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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:55 am

GasTT wrote:
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That should keep you busy for a while!

Good observation Tim!

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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:22 pm

Yeah, I'm guessing that's either your dog or a very large "money cat", LOL. Did he/she walk through the convenient access through the floor?

I wonder if it had floors when it was deposited on the dude's lawn or whereever it sat...wonder how long that was for as well!

This should be an interesting thread to watch... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:38 pm

Holy shit, thats a HUGE undertaking, good luck sir.
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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:42 pm

It was my parents cat, yeah crawled in through the floor.
From what I understand the car was a daily driver and he drove it onto the lawn and just parked it.
I'd guess in the 70's because why would you have a caddy only a few years and ruin it? And it's rougher looking than anything i've seen parked in the 80's.
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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:52 pm

Spent the storm inside the garage in a tyvek suit and resperator. Cleaned out 4 garbage bags full of "stuff" from just the front seat.
I cut a hole in the passenger door to gain access to the lock assembly, but it was no help. Used a lead hammer and a long screwdriver and pounded the catch inbetween the b pillar. First time the passenger door ad been open in 30+ years!

I got all new lock assemblies/actuators coming from a guy in Memphis.



Cleaned down the doors and removed all the rotted door panel



While working on the doors I noticed something wedged under the seat springs under all the decroded foam
Check this out! (Matt Trakker will appreciate!)

No nutritional facts, no deposit info printed, metal cap on the top

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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:46 pm

While cleaning up the warehouse the other day we found a Pepsi can with a date printed on it of 1996.
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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:25 pm

Did you mean to write 1969? Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Lower Class ('55 Cadillac)    Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:53 pm

Found a nasty old "Slice" can today while jack hammering a foundation window opening! I guess that's the theme of the week! Laughing
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