Author Topic: Making progress on the '54  (Read 502 times)

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2018, 09:47:35 AM »
Love your car! Thats a great color for a limo.

I got a nice surprise text this morning. The car is in North Carolina and I assumed the 2 hurricanes had delayed things. But instead they just finished the body and jambs!
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline Lexi

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2018, 06:48:35 PM »
That looks gorgeous. Please keep us updated and post a shot of the finished product. Clay/Lexi

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2018, 03:00:46 PM »
So The Body Shop sent me this picture of the hood and said they want my direction on how to proceed with something. Evidently there's a low area on the right that can be seen in the reflection of the man's arm as a slight zigzagThey are having a hard time blocking it because that area flexes. I told them it's too minor to worry about, but I figured I'd ask some folks here that know about body work if this low area will be an issue after its painted.  I tend to think the body shop is being a perfectionist, which is quite alright by me.
« Last Edit: October 24, 2018, 03:53:13 PM by RobertM »
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline South_paw

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2018, 07:25:04 PM »
Thats a bad spot to have that issue. You will be staring at it from the driver seat every time you are in the car. I would have them try and work it out. Not an easy job and they may not be able to get it completely out. The hood is very flimsy in that area. 
Lou
1956 Eldorado Biarritz
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Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2018, 07:46:11 PM »
Lou, I'm not quite sure I understand what it is they say the problem is
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline Roger Zimmermann

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2018, 05:29:13 AM »
Well, as Lou pointed it out, it's the hood. On my Biarritz, the body shop had the same problem. They fix it by gluing a strong material under the hood. As the hood pad covered it, it was not a big deal.

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2018, 11:56:19 AM »
I think I damaged one of my tail light sockets when I was dissembling the car a few months back. I tried to take it out the wrong way, then realized too late it comes out thru the back once the whole light assembly is out.   :-\  The housing is still good but the socket ends of the wires and the spring don't seem to line up or move correctly now. Would anyone have a replacement for sale? Would this one on ebay be suitable?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/OLD-SCHOOL-REPAIRS-THE-ORIGINAL-TAIL-LIGHT-SOCKET-ALL-CARS-TRUCKS-40s-60s/311414644975?hash=item4881c260ef:g:uHIAAOSw~gRVvGFf
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline Lexi

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2018, 04:57:08 PM »
I think I have one in my '56 Caddy parts pile. Think the tail light housings are the same for '54-'56, and all 12 volt, so I assume that part would also be identical. If I have one its yours, just would want shipping. Will have a look tonight and post results with a picture just to make sure it will work as a suitable replacement part for your car. Clay/Lexi
« Last Edit: November 12, 2018, 04:59:28 PM by Lexi »

Offline Lexi

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2018, 08:00:35 PM »
Bob this is the part I found. Two tiny slot headed screws hold that plate in place and it pulls out from the front. Shots of front and back as well as end of lead showing spade connector. From a '54 - '56 driver side tail light assembly. If this will work let me know in this forum or by PM. Clay/Lexi

P.S. I can lightly media blast this so it will wind up looking quite good. As I am in the process of looking to have my compressor's pump rebuilt or replaced, may set me back a couple of weeks or so if you don't mind waiting. Let me know.

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2018, 08:10:45 PM »
Thanks Lexi, that's might gracious of you. I would need the 2-wire socket that goes to the tail light. That 1-wire socket goes to the reverse light.
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado