Editors note: This is the eleventh 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.
I need to apologize for the darkness in this set of photos. We blew a
few lights and were too impatient to wait until daylight! We are pretty
happy because we have the motor back from the rebuilders, work was
completed by local company GORRINGES. No expense has been spared with
the engine right down to the bare block being crack tested. The motor
actually though a little tired measured up not too badly when given a
compression test. We went for the major rebuild kit from KANTER which
included all bearings, seals, gaskets, push rods and even new pistons an
oil pump. We found a small abnormality in the water pump housing so we
purchased a new unit.
Same again, the bad light is not stopping us from moving ahead with the
With the motor sitting in place Blair is ripping into the plastic as
though itís a birthday present! This is going to be one sweet drive
train and we are looking to the day when we get to put a body back on
We are nearly ready to install the transmission and in this image I am
installing the flex plate to the back of the block. Though he has grown
a big heap, Blairís hands are still smaller and better for getting in to
fit off the engine mount nuts on either side of the block.