Ed's Car

Restoration Site

Ed’s 1960 Cadillac Coupe Deville Restoration Saga

This site chronicles the restoration of my 1960 Cadillac.  I’ve been helped tremendously in my restoration by other project sites, especially Bill McKenna’s site about his 1959 Cadillac restoration:  McKennasGarage.com as well as folks (Bruce Reynolds, Porter, Stampie) on the Cadillac LaSalle Club discussion forum: http://www.cadillaclasalleclub.org. And the Modified Cadillac discussion forum: http://www.modifiedcadillac.org. So I figured I’d make my own contribution and perhaps help fellow automobile restoration buffs in the process.

Even though you might not be restoring a 1960 Cadillac, I think you’ll find this site helpful as I discuss my experiences with various restoration techniques (such as electroplating, powder coating and reproducing old staples).  You’ll also see some of the tools I had to fabricate to replace the pinion seal.  Undertaking a full mechanical restoration is not for the faint of heart.  The time required to do things right is substantial, and since this is my first restoration I wasted a lot of time making mistakes - I could have saved a lot of time had I known what I know now.  Hopefully you can benefit from my experience.  As such, each section of my web site contains a “What I Learned” section.

Best of all, I’ve made some good friends in the process – if my car went up in flames today just the friendships I made would make it all worth while.  I now have friends across the world who are similarly afflicted.  My wife too is unique in the fact that she encourages me to spend as much time with my car as I want – she’s the best.  OK, I’m lying.  My wife, like many others, grudgingly tolerates this.  At least she knows what I’m up to.

Feel free to contact me with any questions:  emobley@photopaige.net.

 

Contents

History of My Car

The Saga Begins

Controlled Coupling Hydramatic / Jetaway Transmission Rebuild

Engine Rebuild

Generator, Starter and Distributor Rebuild

Engine Bay Detailing, Front Suspension & Power Steering Rebuild

Various Restoration Techniques (Powder Coating, Zinc Plating, and Stapled Fender Welt)

Replacing Pinion Seal

Rebuilding A/C System

Installation of Dual Reservoir Master Cylinder

 

 

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