Plates Of New Jersey

Over the past 15 months, I’ve researched many topics as they correspond to the restoration of my ’52 Cadillac. One of these topics happens to be one that I’ve always had some interest in as an automotive enthusiast, that would be old license plates. Naturally, my search started with the question, “What did the plates look like in 1952?”, a quick internet search brought up good amount of information, visuals of the plates, including some of the specialty plates and what specific letters meant on the plates. This was something I had never realized before, so it was quite interesting to find out that apparently the beginning letters do mean something on our license plates, at least they used to.

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Philosophy

Philosophy

Over the years, I have developed a philosophy to buying used vehicles, specifically relevant to the ones I plan on selling in the immediate future. Although some of them may not always apply in certain cases, so far they have kept me on the plus side of things and helped me avoid lots of unwanted headaches. Take from it what you would like, these are only my personal guidelines, if you have thoughts and ideas of your own, please feel free to comment and share them below.

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Five Alive!

Houston, we are go for launch!

Project complete, test drive successful and I have already put a couple hundred miles on the car. I could not be happier with the outcome, although its somewhat involved, there is a good amount of information online to help you along the way, I found it useful even when deciding if I wanted to purchase this vehicle.

I do still have a small list of things I need to do, some will be happening sooner than others;
.: Cruise Control Wiring
.: 20% Window Tint
.: Install Panzer Full Metal Jacket
.: Manual TDI Coolant Glow Plug Wiring
.: Dual Blinker Mod
.: HID Retrofits
.: Coil-over Suspension (maybe)
.: Audi TT “Fat Five” Wheels

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Out With The Auto, In With The New

The time has finally come to do the swap, winter break, a week off from work and more than enough time to complete the swap and do a few additional odds and ends, well that was before we got hit with 21″ of snow. Hopefully I can continue making progress tomorrow and get the 5-Speed bolted up into the car so I can lower it down and start doing the interior work that needs to be done.

So far, the first afternoon was spent removing the engine and trans from the blue TDI and getting things cleaned up.

The next morning and first full day was spent ripping into the green TDI, draining the necessary fluids, removing brackets, wires, hoses and everything else that needed to happen before dropping the trans. After lunch, the real fun began in the form of removing that crappy VW Automatic. Once the trans was out I had to call it a day do to a birthday dinner I had to attend, but overall I was please with the progress for the day.

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