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General Discussions / Bad News/ Good News
« Last post by 62 Coupe on Yesterday at 12:31:10 PM »
Well, it's time to fess up to something that I have known for a while. It's a bad news/good news story. It was discovered that I have liver cancer in late November 2018. The size and location of the tumor was established in December and a treatment plan was set for early January. On Jan 7th they did a procedure to stop blood flow to the tumorous area and put in a slow release chemo drug. That kind of knocked me on my butt for a while but I have been feeling great this past week. So, that's the bad news. The good news is that they can do the procedure as many times as required. The idea being to prevent the spread of the cancer while I wait for a donor liver. There are a great team of Doctors working on my behalf and I expect nothing other than a successful outcome.

This shouldn't affect my 62 fuel door kit and 59 - 64 trailing arm business except at transplant time and recovery. I think as I have just been entered in to the transplant program, that will be a while yet.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Fuel Pump
« Last post by Lexi on Yesterday at 12:07:38 PM »
Jose much thanks! Also, in case some were wondering, yes I painted the fuel pump Cadillac engine blue and will do the bolt heads as well. Clay/Lexi
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Fuel Pump
« Last post by JAG56Cad on Yesterday at 11:58:19 AM »
I plan to install a new fuel pump on my 365 engine rebuild project. Should the pump be installed dry, or is it recommended to 'pack' the actuating lever with some grease first? If so, what grease would you use? Lithium? Wheel bearing? ...or just plain engine oil? Thanks. Clay/Lexi

Clay,

No need to heavily pack it with grease I brushed some Permatex engine assembly lube (when I had to redo the piston rings) around the moving parts, the push rod and the lever. When I re-filled the engine with oil it was good to go.

HTH
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / 1956 Fuel Pump
« Last post by Lexi on Yesterday at 11:47:02 AM »
I plan to install a new fuel pump on my 365 engine rebuild project. Should the pump be installed dry, or is it recommended to 'pack' the actuating lever with some grease first? If so, what grease would you use? Lithium? Wheel bearing? ...or just plain engine oil? Thanks. Clay/Lexi
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In contrast to other parts of the vehicle, the firewall was almost perfect. With a vehicle in that condition, it's a relief to see something acceptable.
Once the roof gone, the view at the rear quarter was not too bad either. One access plate to the window's motor was missing.

We are still in 1990. Many parts were removed and stocked next to the car. I had to think seriously how to gain usable space...
The "real work" began in 1991. We see on the last picture that the plate behind the rear seat is gone.
In between, I found somebody who was willing to help. The price he asked per hour was acceptable; he would only "beat the metal" and weld. All the rest was my task, which means bore the spot welds, clean the rust and so on...
I began to look for a better floor for the trunk and under the rear seat. Not an easy task, but I found something. More about it later.
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 Of course, I had to take a decision:  the car was there, totally mine and at that time, with transportation and customs, too expensive to throw away (about CHF 10'000.- or $ 10'000.00). Resell parts? which ones? there was nothing good, except the outside windshield's moldings.
Anyway, I did not bought that scrap on basis of the pictures alone: the friend in England, Don Bedford, let send an inspector from AA Technical Services to see the car, at my expense, of course.
His report was more or less correct, except that instead of "corrosion" I would have written "rust hole". The recap of his report is interesting:
"As can be seen from the contents of this report, the main structure of the car is sound, with very little damage other than corrosion and general deterioration to the body work" This inspector was also a very optimistic man!

 Over the years (the Brougham was not yet completed), I began to remove parts. As I lost my game, I had to assume: therefore the thing will be a car again. The next few pictures are from 1990.
The roof structure was not bad, however, some work was needed to get it to MY standard.
The engine compartment was not worse as some I saw on driveable cars, with the exception of the missing radiator and damaged radiator's support. The bad surprises would come later...
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on January 21, 2019, 03:24:32 PM »
Makes sense. Thanks Lou.

Another quick question. Any idea on a source for these? Restoration specialties said no. They are inside the inner upper window moldings to attach the molding to the door frame.  Probably the first of many "where the heck do I get these" posts.
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Buy and Sell / 55 Eldo wheels
« Last post by jimd on January 21, 2019, 01:13:53 PM »
I have 2 wheels from my '55 Eldorado. I do not need them. One is pretty good, one needs some work   I am looking for $150 each, or offer, and you pay for boxing and freight ( they are heavy, as you might guess)  If interested    jim@teamstoreonline.com
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Wax what to use
« Last post by Lexi on January 21, 2019, 11:03:01 AM »
The first time I used a clay bar (in conjunction with a wax job), I could immediately see the difference. Then I drove Lexi to a car show that day. My car buddies thought that the car had been re-painted! At another show a couple of years later I made the mistake of parking under some trees that were in the process of "molting", or whatever it is they do. When I got home my car's surface felt like sandpaper. There was a tiny sap like residue all over it. I first tried a damp cloth to remove this, but to no avail. Waxing did not remove it either. As panic was then setting in, I ran for my clay bar. That worked! I spent the next couple of days thoroughly cleaning my car.

During use you will note that it will strip a small amount of color from your finish like waxing does. Not sure how often it should be used, (I am not sure how 'aggressive' it actually is), but application once a year seems to be OK. Clay/Lexi
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on January 21, 2019, 10:45:26 AM »
Thanks Clay! Don't worry, the story is already complete, it must just be published!
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