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Old 07-31-2010, 10:34 PM
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A 57 Cadillac I picked up

Just picked this up last night, spent the day today getting it running and rollable. Still alot more to be done. Motor is supposed to be original 365"
Never built a Caddy before but this the year I always wanted.










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Old 07-31-2010, 10:46 PM
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That car is in pretty decent condition- a "survivor", looks like!

Makes me think to just detail it out all you can and keep it original as possible. Paint is gone, though, but still has the dagmars on the front bumper!

What are your plans for it? And, welcome aboard.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:17 PM
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Thanks for having me! I have been a member on a Camaro forum for my 67' I've owned for almost fifteen years but man do I miss rodding!
For this car for the moment I need to get it streetable. The previous owner bought it as is and it sat it his garage for about five years. The owner before him slammed it by cutting front springs and blocks in the rear. The owner I bought it from pulled the rear lowering blocks but then left it as is without tightening down the u-bolts so the rear end is literally "floating" in mid air above the leaf/shock mount plates. Fuel line at carb becomes empty shortly after engine is turned off. Alternator isnt mounted right, not wired up, wiring throughout is jacked up. Lights dont work.
But original power windows and seats all work.
I want to (aside from make streetable) keep interior original looking, refresh engine in the compartment for now, then pull it in the winter depending on how far I get on the Scout II Im building for the wife!
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Because this thread has NO technical merit ( so far ) as a Moderator I moved it the the BASIC area.

Neat Cadillac. I have always like those but have never found a decent one at a price I thought reasonable. Caddys bring big BUCKS $$$ in my area.

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Yeah, cool cars that is for sure. Americana in the fifties at its best!

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Old 08-01-2010, 09:14 PM
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Thanks guys! Yeah I'm stoked. It fills a void I've had with my cars for a long time! And thank you Mr. Martin Sr. A couple years ago you set me on the right path on the TeamCamaro site and I have been greatful ever since.
Thanks mods for moving this where it fit best.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:29 PM
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Some updates on a couple things I've found on the car since. Nothing unusual for an old car, but some that make you think twice before you put anyone you care about in an old car. I have'nt even scratched below the surface of the car either, just trying to enjoy some cruising with it before the Northern California rain comes.
Here is a thread I started on just peeking into the engine: Pearing into an original 57' Cadillac 365

When old tires are inflated to 32psi and then driven on a 107 degree day:
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Lower ball joint bolted on with one bolt...instead of four:
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:04 PM
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Fixed numerous wiring gremlins, replaced some bulbs and a ton of connection corrosion and...
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Fixed numerous wiring gremlins, replaced some bulbs and a ton of connection corrosion and...
Cool dash/speedo. Lotsa chrome!

Now, for your next photo I'd like to see the needle registering a nice even 60 mph or so...
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:50 AM
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Keep on posting the pictures I love the car.
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nice pics!
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Some updates. Car is much more streetable now...






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Nice car, does it have the type of headlights that are dark sensing. Can't remember what they are called. I worked on a 56 in town with that setup, it's not as solid as yours, it also had some weird auto trans in it.
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That's the Autronic Eye. dims from high beam to low for oncomming traffic. common in the higher end cars, tho it was available across GM's car lineup in '57

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