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Offline 31caddy

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Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:06:12 PM »
I have just completed the restoration of a Fleetwood 4535. The first two pictures show the car after being removed from an orchard near Goshen, Indiana in 1969 by the previous owner. The third picture shows the car in 2015 after being removed from the building in the background where it had resided since 1992.
R. Rowland CLC #28971

1931 Model 355A Sedan (Recently sold)
1931 Model 355A Fleetwood 4535 Convertible Coupe
2005 Cadillac XLR

Offline harry s

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 06:32:59 PM »
Congratulations on a great save. Job well done.    Harry
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Offline jagbuxx #12944

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 07:16:08 AM »
Fantastic colors!
Frank Burns #12944
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Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 09:13:12 AM »
Your certainly finding them Rich :)
Steve

Offline 59-in-pieces

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2017, 01:04:42 PM »
Oh what I wouldn't give.
Great job on an equally great car.
And if that pond/lake is in your backyard, you are three times blessed.
Have fun,
Steve B.
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Offline 31caddy

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2017, 04:58:18 PM »
I appreciate very much the kind words of encouragement. The lake is in my front yard, and I am indeed blessed in many ways.  One of those ways is in being able to communicate with the good folks of the CLC with whom I share a common interest. Thank you!
R. Rowland CLC #28971

1931 Model 355A Sedan (Recently sold)
1931 Model 355A Fleetwood 4535 Convertible Coupe
2005 Cadillac XLR

Offline Chris Conklin

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2017, 06:13:13 PM »
Fantastic colors!
I agree! Is that the original color as ordered?
Chris Conklin

Offline 31caddy

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Re: Restoration of a 1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2017, 07:31:08 PM »
I agree! Is that the original color as ordered?

Chris, the original colors were black fenders with an olive green on the uppers. The interior was also sort of an olive leather. I know this from the build sheet, and the original interior door panels were still with the car. The late Charlie Selick ( who owned the Cadillac parts business now owned by Pete Sanders)  owned a V16 sport phaeton painted very similar to my car. His car was my inspiration color wise.
R. Rowland CLC #28971

1931 Model 355A Sedan (Recently sold)
1931 Model 355A Fleetwood 4535 Convertible Coupe
2005 Cadillac XLR