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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1955 experts
« Last post by Agent86 on May 04, 2018, 01:29:24 PM »
It is not the doors that flex.  It is the bodies.  The sedans have a B-post between the front and rear doors.  So the body of the sedans has a forward post (windshield), a rear post (sail panel), and the door post.  This makes the sedan body much stiffer than the coupes and convertibles.  The coupes and convertibles flex quite a bit.  In fact, the way that one can adjust the fit of a coupe door to the door opening is by tightening/loosening body bolts and/or using shims between the body and the frame at key points.  In short, one can twist the coupe bodies into a shape to match the door shape -- I have personally done just that.  The convertibles can be similarly tweaked.  Again, there is so much flex in the coupes and convertibles that the doors can bang on the body when encountering bumps in the road.  These square rubber wedges help to cushion the door against the door pillar.  But on sedans, they weren't needed and not added...

I have had several 54-56 models with air conditioning and each had the return air grilles in the front face of the seat bottom.  The grilles are attached with screws.  The screws go into little clips that wrap around the springs or metal innards of the seat bottom (the clips look like little strips of metal wrapped around the wire springs or rods).  The front face of the seat fabric is simply slitted open to make the rectangular hole and a bit of the excess trimmed away. 

The trickier thing, IMO, is to replicate the plywood board that goes behind the upper part of the rear seat and separates the passenger compartment from the trunk.  I believe that on the non-A/C cars the board covers the entire opening.  On the A/C cars, the board either has holes drilled in it or doesn't completely cover the entire opening (I forget which it is).  It allows air to be drawn in through the small chrome vents that Walt is wrestling with now and into the trunk to be drawn into the evaporator unit.  So can someone post a picture of the plywood board for an A/C car?  I can't do it, because my 55 FW is not an A/C car...
Bob and Jose,
  Today I pulled my rear seat (1955CDV) in preparation of installation of my A/C return grilles and frankly, something is not right! I noticed that jose's rear seat bottom is curved on it's bottom to fit around the driveshaft tunnel. Mine is flat. Jose's grille is installed in the seat bottom, and I assume he has some type of seat frame mount for it. Mine does not. My CDV has a body support running across along the floor (the seat bottom is flat) and it does have mouse holes in it, but their no where near the size for a grille. I'm attaching a few pics in an attempt to explain my circumstance regarding these grilles.....any help or thoughts would be appreciated.....walt...tulsa,ok
Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Picture of the Day Thread
« Last post by Caddy Daddy 55 on May 04, 2018, 09:25:50 AM »
About two miles from my house there is a full service gas station in a small town near me in Southeastern Wisconsin. I mean a small town three bars, barber shop, a church and this gas station. There is no name brand like Standard or Gulf just two pumps the original building and another in the back for repairs.


Bob Kielar
Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Picture of the Day Thread
« Last post by Caddy Daddy 55 on May 04, 2018, 09:08:53 AM »
Dang! Milwaukee is only a hour away from me. I wonder how long ago he purchased the lamp? I look on Craigslist and eBay for Cadillac stuff never saw this. Maybe he had it listed under lamps sure is cool I would have paid the $200.00 in a heartbeat. :P


Bob Kielar

General Discussions / Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Last post by StevenTuck on May 04, 2018, 06:09:23 AM »
I looked in my master parts book through 1964 and it lists the part for 1961-1962. I always look in the shop manual for illustrations which may show the baffle / deflector. Make sure the edge is positioned between the radiator support and radiator. That may help. Although my edge just sits on the radiator top edge and moves as you move the baffle. At this point my hood has pushed it down such that it is pretty much bent toward the engine.
Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Picture of the Day Thread
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on May 04, 2018, 01:43:09 AM »
Really nice "lamp"! Never saw that before. Of course, such toys are not shown in Europe.
General Discussions / Houston wedding limo
« Last post by arch62 on May 04, 2018, 12:11:58 AM »
Fellow Caddy owners here is my situation.
I own a very nice ’62 CDV (pix attached) and live in the Chicagoland area. I was planning on driving it down to Houston in late July for my daughter’s wedding but have a change of heart due to the tight time frame and potential for breakdowns.
Am looking for any fellow members who would be interested in providing Classic Cadillac transportation for the wedding party from the hotel to church (1.7 mi.) and then to the venue (7.7 mi.). Will be willing to pay and even return the favor or drive you sightseeing when you visit Chicagoland area.
The area is the Energy Corridor, Eldridge Parkway and I-10.
Limos, shuttle buses and trolleys are too mundane …have looked.
Bride and Groom in one, 12 others in party.
General Discussions / Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Last post by FINCADI on May 03, 2018, 09:42:06 PM »
Hmmm, that is interesting, Carl.  I just assumed they were used as they are listed in parts catalogs for 1961-1962 model years.  Anyone know if these were just used on 1962's?   
General Discussions / Re: Masticated Rubber Radiator seal/shield
« Last post by Clewisiii on May 03, 2018, 08:11:59 PM »
To my knowledge 1961 did not actually use that deflector. I dong know if that is your issue.
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