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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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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Lexi on January 21, 2019, 10:39:05 AM »
Excellent write up. Looking forward to learning more about your Eldo project. Clay/Lexi
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Wax what to use
« Last post by Caddy Daddy 55 on January 21, 2019, 08:50:12 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I might try the clay bar never did that before. I think Iíll start dare I say Mustang.

Keep Cruzin,

Bob Kielar
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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, 04:40:24 AM »
When I had enough with the trouble the Brougham gave to me, I cleaned the mess from the floors and did a first inspection. It was not glorious: the radiator was missing, the engine was from 1956, but not the correct one. It never ran in this car: the studs from the front supports were not in the frame's holes, they were on the frame! The engine transplant was not done without damage: the radiator support was bent.
The condition of the transmission was unknown; anyway, according to the plate, it was not the right one: it was for an engine with one carb.
The floors were badly rusted; the trunk floor was real bad: the housing for the spare wheel was gone, eaten by the rust. Interesting enough: the trunk lid was in good condition, no holes. It was not the case with the hood: the sheet metal part on which the lock is attached was full of holes...

At that time, I had no idea how to repair that disaster and I could not weld.

In retrospect, that rust bucket was a relative good base, compared to cars I saw later which were worse. I was just not prepared at that time to see so many holes.
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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, 04:37:49 AM »
This is the new "home" for that poor thing...
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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, 04:36:27 AM »
This story was published first for 10 years in the CadillacLaSalle forum. I will adapt the text if necessary. Please understand that all pictures are scans from paper pictures; therefore their quality is not the best. 

I bought the car unseen; it was in transit in England, coming from Virginia. As I had already at that time (1986) a '56 Sedan de Ville, I was not too anxious as I had a good base to look at, even if some details are different. So, I did the gamble; however, it was more like Russian roulette with just 1 missing cartridge.
I mandated a transport company to pick up the "car" from England and to deliver at the village where I have my shop.

The first picture was sent by the seller, it was taken in Virginia. The second one show the thing at arrival.
I had a bad sleep the next night...

After the triumphal arrival, a friend was kind enough to tow the "car" through the village. The drive did not stay unnoticed by the inhabitants!
I could not begin immediately with the work on that ruin: I had first to finish my '57 Brougham.   

After the triumphal arrival, a friend was kind enough to tow the "car" through the village. The drive did not stay unnoticed by the inhabitants!
I could not begin immediately with the work on that ruin: I had first to finish my '57 Brougham.
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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, 02:45:57 AM »
Your restoration story on this car that you shared many years ago was an inspiration for me. 
Really? Should I say "I'm sorry" or thanks to it you rescued another one?
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Great link. Thanks for posting. Very nice shots of the car. Clay/Lexi
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General Discussions / Re: ls 6.0 lq4 motor in caddy....
« Last post by UR2NVS on January 20, 2019, 11:44:40 PM »
Yep, i had finished mine and drove for a year or so before the reluctor wheel on my motor spun.. its been sitting for over a year now. Lol im actually looking at possibly putting a complete custom chassis under my car, i guess time will tell.
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