Inside Out

The first job we did was remove the nasty interior, which really wasn’t too bad once the carpet was torn out and the old seat covers were stripped from the original seats. The floor pans were in excellent condition, no scaling rust or rot, just a little surface rust for the most part. The trunk was also in great shape, including the spare tire well. In fact the trunk had virtually no surface rust at all and still had clean metal under some of the coating that was removed.

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Trailer Queen

Winning the auction was the easy part, now I had to go and get it. The car was just outside of Boston, MA and I was just north of Atlantic City, NJ, so borrowing a truck and trailer that was able to make the haul became the next task. Thanks to a few friends that task was not as difficult as I thought it would be. With everything set and ready to go, I ended up leaving NJ at 5:00 am on a brisk December morning, five days after winning the car on eBay, with another friend as co-pilot. We arrived just after 11:00 am, two hours later we had the car loaded up along with all of the extra parts that came with it, including an extra rear bumper, a set of doors that came off a rusty convertible, 5 original wheels, couple of boxes of random small parts, oh and I forgot to mention that since the engine was removed and disassembled, that needed to be picked up as well.

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Cadi-Luck

I never planned on buying a Cadillac, in fact the thought never crossed my mind since I was orginally hunting for a ’67-’72 Chevrolet/GMC 1/2-Ton Pickup. I was a high school auto mechanics teacher searching for a truck on the cheap, that my class could restore that through donations and contributions, then raffle it off at the end of the year as a fund raiser. By the time December rolled around, I had abandoned hope on trying to find a truck in decent shape along with the idea of raffling it off at the end of the year, being that 3 months of school had already passed, I did not want to run into deadline issues and not have time to raffle it off before school let out in June.

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