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Paul Oakley 1959 Cadillac
Sedan Deville Restoration - Tasmania Australia Page Eight
Editors note: This is the eight page on Paul's Journey
of restoring his 1959 Cadillac Sedan Deville. If you missed any parts feel
free to go back to page 1 of Paul's
1959 Cadillac restoration.
Hopefully this will be the last of
the really filthy work done. We need to strip the chassis and send it
off to be sand blasted and repainted.
More of the same. There is a lot to
be removed and a good deal of it is seized up from rust and neglect. It
is pretty apparent though this car is reasonably complete she has had
little or no maintenance for many years.
Thereís lots to be removed when you
have a look at it. All the steering, suspension, exhaust system, brakes
plus feed lines as well as the whole rear end. Its slow going and quite
easy to walk away from. The front suspension arms both upper and lower
were difficult to remove as well, pretty much all of the ball joints
were dry to the point of needing to be cut away with a grinder.
The rear end is a nightmare to
remove with all the bolts in the control arms seized up as well as
contending with 50 years of dirt. We have had to cut off bolts with
grinders and even use an oxy acetylene kit in places. Surprisingly a lot
of the rubber body to chassis bushings are in quite good condition as
are a few of the suspension bumpers Ė we will replace them anyway.
Here is the next surprise. After
already saying she had been given no routine maintenance I removed the
brake drums to find nearly new brake shoes and other components,
regardless I am still replacing the lot with a major brake overhaul kit
www.kanter.com the master cylinder is also being replaced with
a reconditioned unit whereas the brake booster seems to be great.
Well I would be telling lies if I
said that this part was funÖ.It was a long, filthy and thankless task of
skinned knuckles and frustration. All that said we are ready to ship it
off to the blaster to move onto the next stage. Thatís Ryan here to
drive the utility under it for us although he is looking a little
frightened. I am not too certain what the weight of the chassis is but
it has the roof creaking a little.
Thatís the chassis loaded up and ready to transport to the blaster. Itís
a bit of a tight squeeze with the door but it fits on the little truck
Thatís one big chassis! Now on to
page nine of Paul's 1959
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