Editors note: This is the sixth 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 removed the motor and transmission and will now look at getting
both reconditioned. I am sending the transmission off to Melbourne where
it will be fully reconditioned by a guy named Alan Walton who is well
known for his expertise with these cars, contact me for Alans details. I
have purchased a new kit for it from a company called Fatsco in the US.
We seem to have made a bit of a mess on the new concrete floor. The
engine bay is now ready to have all the other components stripped out as
Here is the engine ready to work on and mounted on
and engine stand. Originally I was going to attempt the rebuild myself
but I am struggling for time and have opted to have the work done by
local Hobart company GORRINGE. I have purchased a major engine rebuild
kit from KANTER in the USA.
I have been really surprised to date with how
available parts for this car are, there seems to be lots of NOS as well
as good quality reproductions available. I can highly recommend KANTER
auto parts as a great and helpful supplier.
Here is Blair pulling off more bits
of trim. There is so much chrome and stainless on these cars.
More of the same. We will have all
the gear we take off blasted and either powder coated or painted in two
We still need to pull the front and
rear bumpers down into separate parts for re plating. I am getting the
components done in Melbourne from a company called WB plating. I am
considering having the grill reanodized as well.
Pulling off the fenders. I am pretty
happy with the condition of panels in general and am finding little or
no rust outside of the floor pans.
She is starting to look pretty bare.
It is only the beginning though as I need to rip out the chassis and bet
back to basics. You can see this on
Page seven of Paul's 1959
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