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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by South_paw on Today at 06:42:20 PM »
Rob,

This is when having a Fleetwood makes life difficult. The trunk cardboard is different than the coupes. There is a compartment on the right side that is not found on coupes. Plus the other kicker is the fleetwood trunks are color keyed to the interior color of the car. When I did my 60S, i made my own trunk side boards from door panel board. Then i sprayed the board to match. It was a pain in the ass but it came out very nice. Attached pics shows my old Fleetwood trunk(green) the blue one is from an all original 54 Fleetwood(blue).
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by JAG56Cad on Today at 06:29:43 PM »
Lexi, got your pm. This is what I would need. No worry about the chrome bits. By the potmetal part. I meant the piece that holds the socket in place, where it screws to the assembly.

Yes, there is a pot metal bracket that holds the socket in place. You can have that as well. I am still not sure how all this comes out. Jose mentioned two retainer prongs on each side of the socket. I guess they come off? One surely must cut at least one of the grommets to pull the assembly out? Yes? No? Clay

Clay,

The bracket that holds the socket is all one piece, I believe the socket is either pressed in or spot welded.  ???

The insulator can be removed just need to pull the wires out and then you can press the insulator down where one of the tabs are to allow it to be release on the opposite end tab. Is a bit tricky but it is doable.

The rubber grommet in most cases will be a ďgonerĒ if in bad shape but one can be made not 100% but close to it. Also the original wire with the rubber insulation can be reused if in good shape, most Iíve seen the rubber was cracked and crumbling.

One thing I found the original ones the wire ends did not have the brass contact buttons, the end of the wire had an oval washer piece and solder to hold them in place. The washer tend to fall apart with age and usage so the wire was just smashed into a ball at the base.   :o
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by Lexi on Today at 05:57:23 PM »
Lexi, got your pm. This is what I would need. No worry about the chrome bits. By the potmetal part. I meant the piece that holds the socket in place, where it screws to the assembly.

Yes, there is a pot metal bracket that holds the socket in place. You can have that as well. I am still not sure how all this comes out. Jose mentioned two retainer prongs on each side of the socket. I guess they come off? One surely must cut at least one of the grommets to pull the assembly out? Yes? No? Clay
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by David King on Today at 04:00:17 PM »
You could check to see if karl at Original Leather Interiors, Inc. has the pattern for a kit.  He just did mine for the '55 Eldo.

Phone is (540) 980-7004‬

David
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on Today at 03:34:40 PM »
On another note, does anyone now if the trunk cardboard kit is the same for coupes and the 60S?  I had saved my old trashed trunk cardboard to try to use as a template to cut something new, but it seems to have grown legs and walked away from my basement. I have a bad feeling it is now at a landfill somewhere.

The only aftermarket kits I can find are for coupes.  I'm usually really good with the parts book, but it's hard to decipher what is what as far as trunk linings go. 34.9500 is sorted by color, so it must be just the carpet pieces.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by JAG56Cad on Today at 12:12:27 PM »
Bob,

Here are the ones from the í56 which I refurbished for the tail and backup lamp (bag).

Iíve installed new sockets for the backup one and use the old and/or made new square frames for them.

The one on the middle is the old one that is badly damage but still has the insulator the two small spring on each wire are gone, Iíve highlighted the prongs that slide in the socket groves to hold it in place.

The two on each side are the one I was able to rebuilt with new insulator (from new tail light sockets sets I had) new small spring inside and new wires cloth cover for the left side and standard wires for the right side.

Iíve also reply to you PM, just let me know.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on Today at 12:08:47 PM »
The taillights came out nice. Fresh chrome and I replaced the red lenses. I have 3 original lenses available if anyone needs one. They are solid with some crazing. Not sure how I ended up with the 3rd one. I was Ebay addicted a few years ago, getting ready for this project.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by RobertM on Today at 12:02:08 PM »
Lexi, got your pm. This is what I would need. No worry about the chrome bits. By the potmetal part. I meant the piece that holds the socket in place, where it screws to the assembly.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Making progress on the '54
« Last post by Lexi on Today at 11:40:57 AM »
Robert got your message and replied via PM. Now I know why Cadillacs were so expensive back in the '50s. It must have cost GM a fortune to install these sockets! Clay/Lexi
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