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General Discussions / Re: Carl's 61 Fleetwood
« Last post by Clewisiii on March 11, 2018, 05:46:10 PM »
So I am working through all of the random parts. I have a box for each door. I want to start going through them. I need to verify, clean, or replace all the fasteners.

I need to organize a coherent plan to get through this. I think I am going to make a schedule in excel and list my process steps.

Well to give you a picture to look at here is this. I am trying to polish the metal and I just realized one of the rear headlight fillers has a broken tab. I hope the parts car parts are good. I am still concerned about how I will clean and polish these. The undercuts seem impossible
General Discussions / Re: We now have a state of the art photo gallery!
« Last post by Clewisiii on March 11, 2018, 05:01:02 PM »
@CrimsonCad select bulk upload.
General Discussions / Re: Creating "how to" albums
« Last post by Clewisiii on March 11, 2018, 04:57:43 PM »
You can add more then one pic at a time in the user gallery. Lou made a post describing it a while ago.
General Discussions / Creating "how to" albums
« Last post by CrimsonCad on March 11, 2018, 04:17:46 PM »

Have we lost our albums?

I'm looking to create an album with pics to show how to repair something.
All I could find was the galleries section but as we can only load one pic at a time, this will become very time consuming.
Is there another way to create some sort of album where the pics can be easily uploaded and a description added?

I could just do it as a post but I feel it will be soon lost over time.

Introductions / Re: Welcome JTMaster58 to the forum
« Last post by JTMaster58 on March 11, 2018, 07:25:51 AM »
Hi folks,
My name is JT Masters. I am glad to be welcomed to this group and thrilled to be a new Cadillac owner. I just bought a 1958 Fleetwood 7523x from a reputable junk yard in Phoenix at the end of last year. I am a veteran living in Germany, still serving the troops. My car, Belle, just arrived per ship to the port in Germany and I can hardly wait for the truck delivery next week. I have a hundred ideas and a thousand questions. But first, I have to awaken her from her beauty slumber and get her running again. I found a good parts connection with, but I am always looking for more parts sources. I especially want to find sources for parts to keep the car running as a daily driver, not necessarily as a museum quality points car only for shows. Thanks for having me.
Introductions / Welcome JTMaster58 to the forum
« Last post by South_paw on March 11, 2018, 06:48:03 AM »
Welcome JTMaster58

Your account is now activated  8)  Pull up a chair and tell us about your Cadillac, share a picture or two.

Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Removing trim
« Last post by PHIL WHYTE CLC 14192 on March 11, 2018, 04:20:38 AM »
I stripped down my 54 CDV many years ago including removing the front and back screen ( though the original painter smashed my front screen, he didn't get to finish the car!). I used the shop manual for guidance. You do need to remove a lot of interior trim, door panels, interior windshield trim etc. I had no problems removing any of the side trim or bumpers. The only part I had problems with was the stainless trim that clips over the gutter, I had to get replacement for one side because it was twisted beyond use during removal. Phil
Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Removing trim
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on March 11, 2018, 03:44:23 AM »
Have a look in the body section from the shop manual, you will get answers about some moldings from the windshield and back window. For the side trim, most of the time, they are attached with screws....You may need to remove the door's trim to see how names or moldings are fixed. Good luck!
Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Removing trim
« Last post by RobertM on March 10, 2018, 05:35:27 PM »
Thanks guys,

I'm going to be slow and methodical about this.  Lots of pictures and notes, to be sure.  I took a week off of work to drive down to NC (the car is currently at my parent's house) and get this done.

Bob, I remember watching the progress of your 55.  What a nice job you did, and I love the color. Yes, both of the bumpers are most definitely coming with me. That's actually the part i'm least anxious about.  I had the front bumper and both fenders off when I did the motor restoration a couple years back. A couple hydraulic jacks and a plank in between made for easier removal.  Not something I will be able to do by myself, obviously.

A couple questions: 
==The windows won't be coming out or off for this paint job.  The owner of the resto shop said something about the windshield and rear window trim may be "imbedded" and won't be able to come off.  I don't think this is the case with our cars, is it? 
==How would I remove the surrounding trim for the vent windows and rear quarter windows? 
==Can the trim on the taillights come off to be refinished?

I'm also curious how difficult will it be to get to the stone guards, and especially the Fleetwood hashmarks.  Mine are on the rear doors, so I'm thinking I may have to remove the interior door panels.  We will see. I hope not.

What do you think about buying this off of eBay as an insurance policy, and selling off what I don't end up using?
Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Removing trim
« Last post by Caddy Daddy 55 on March 10, 2018, 09:40:15 AM »
Bob I removed and installed all the trim on my 55. The first thing you need is patience especially with the install. I also bought those plastic trim removal tools used them all over the car. I also used my 1/4 inch drive socket set a lot. Plastic bags and a good marker. Watch out there are different length screws used on the same trim piece if you put the long on in the wrong place it will put a pimple in the trim I speak from experience. Are you going to remove the bumpers if so the front bumper dagmars and grille on my 55 came off as one unit you can imagine how heavy it is. The rear is the same with the ends attached. I was amazed that everything is fine threads. On the installation of the trim I would use painters masking tape to protect the paint like we see on the car shows on t.v. I took pictures before I removed pieces if you are having problems give me a shout and I will post a picture or try to help. Have fun!

Keep Cruzin,

Bob Kielar
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