Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The 41 / 07 Cadillac

The 41 Cadillac is starting to look like a whole car now that the floor pans and fire wall are welded in place. It has taken 10 days of work to make the floor pan extension plates and weld them in place.
The engine side of the 07 fire wall is flush with the original 41 and welded in place.

 This is the completed front passenger side 07 floor pan to 41 body. The door sills above the rocker panels are still rusted through but I had to retain the door stop where the floor pan meets the top of the rocker that will be covered by the scuff plates.

 Passenger side fire wall where the 07 air intake unit will go back in and the A/C duct unit bolts in.

 This is one of the several plates that I made with a lot of angles and curves to fit 07 to 41.
 Passenger side rear with all the extension plates in place. Note the drive line center hump has been left unfinished until I fit the drive shaft to the rear end assembly.
 Driver side rear before extension plates.
 Drivers side after plates are in place.
 Drivers side front complete. I will leave the center bracing in place to lift the body off the frame to finish the bottom of the floor pans.

The above picture is the drivers side fire wall with the 07 steering column, power brake and main wiring harness support bracket bolted in place.
The car is up on stands so that I can bolt the drive shaft in place and make the new center carrier support bracket and determine how much longer the drive shaft must be.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

41 Cadillac Progress

The family bought me the 41 Cadillac rocker panels ( inner & outer) for Christmas that are the last pieces I needed to get the body ready to put it back on the frame and start incorporating the 07 floor pans.
The body ready to go on frame.
 This is the inside of the rear of the left rocker before installing the replacement .
 Inside front of left rocker after replacement is installed.
 The outer left rocker was damaged on the bottom half so  I decided to make my cut below the door jams to make sure the doors would fit.  Picture #1 & 6 shows the left rocker complete.
 The right rocker had more damage than the left that required part of the door sill be replaced.

 The next 5 pictures show the amount of damage that the right rocker had; the rocker panels in this car, support the body and all 6 body mounts are welded to the rockers.

 The replacement rockers were straight and the body is curved, that required cuts every 3" on the flanges, both inner and outer, to form the curve needed.
 A lot of welding but there was no other way for me to deal with it as I have no forming tools or rollers. The rotisserie is tool every one that has to work on the bottom of a car should have.
 This is one of two body mounts I made and an original, that is the model, to replace the ones the had rusted off.
 Right rocker completed except for the grinding of the welds.
 A good picture of how useful the rotisserie is to get at the work. The body dolly and all the braces are still in place.
 Body removed from rotisserie and on dolly with rear floor pan going back in.
 Rear floor pan in place but no welded so rear end assembly, that bolts to it, could be fitted.
 Rear end assembly bolted to floor pan that needed to be adjusted by using ratchet straps to pull it back into place.
 The front floor pan and fire wall had been previously fit,  but still required additional cutting  to get it into alignment with the frame body mounts.
 Floor pans are about the same level as the door sills and will need just a little adjustment to get them attached.
 Next step is to make extension plates from floor pans to door sills and weld the in place.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Scottsdale Good Guys Show

Each November we go to the Good Guys Show in Scottsdale. This year we took the 65 Thunderbird for its second car show. The weather was good in the upper 70's in the afternoon and 50's at night. I was told that over 3000 cars were there on Saturday. On Friday I checked in and parked in the Polo Field area on the asphalt close to the vender area.

 On Saturday I parked in the upper special event area and entered the Home Built Haven category.
 Sunday it was back to the lower polo field area.
 These 4 pictures are of a 1964 1/2 Mustang similar to the one I have at home to restore, except this is a convertible and mine is a coupe.

 This is the entry form you fill out for the Home Built Haven category. We did not win anything but we competed and got a lot of good comments on the T-Bird.
 Big variety of cars and lots of them.

 My Grandson Riece walked a  couple of miles with me looking at the cars on Saturday.

 This Cadillac is from Lake Havasu City, AZ. and the owners, Syl & Shirley are friends we meet at most of the car shows and is the car I first saw the Fitech EFI system that is now in my T-Bird & Starliner.

 Grandson Riece and Grandpa Ron on Sunday afternoon getting ready to put the car into the trailer.
 As I posted last post the fuel system failed at the Sheriffs show and I have decided to exchange the fuel Command Center (shown here) for a in tank fuel pump system so when I got home the CC was removed and sent back to Fitech for the exchange.  The Starliner will also be changed over to a in tank system.

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