Editors note: This is the seventh page on Paul's Journey
of restoring a 1959 Cadillac Sedan Deville. If you missed any parts feel
free to go back to page 1 of Paul's
We have now set about removing all of the engine bay wiring as well as
the air conditioning and heating system. Also gone is the braking master
cylinder and steering column plus the wiper motor and mechanism. Really
hoping that we can put her back together at some point
Just about time to separate the chassis from the body.
This may seem a little unorthodox but I am lifting the whole car high
enough to drop the chassis out from beneath. Another less favorable
method would be to lift the body off from overhead which I have deemed
as too dangerous, the car is still extremely heavy and I am not keen to
have the entire body weight swinging off the roof of the shed!
With the front of the chassis supported with steel pipe stands and the
rear of the body sitting on two piles of treated pine sleepers we have
removed all of the retaining bolts and gently let the rear wheels drop
to the ground.
With the rear wheels down we have now supported the front of the body on
the steel props and will slowly drop the front of the chassis to ground
level as well.
Well thatís the chassis out and all we need to do now is get it clear of
the body to pull it down.
I am not too confident with pushing the rolling chassis out forwards due
to the sheer weight of it once clear of the shed. We have put it on the
wheel dollyís and will pull it out from the side once we take the weight
from the front corner of the body with a chain from the roof.
Done! We quickly pulled out the steel prop, slid the chassis out from
the left and replaced the prop. Now itís time for some pretty dirty
Now on to page 8 of
Paul's Cadillac Restoration - stripping off the frame.
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