Author Topic: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible  (Read 278 times)

Offline Dazaa

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Greetings from London, a brief introduction about me and my cadillac. My name is Darius and i'm 22 yesrs old. Around 5 months ago I heard of "a big old American car" that lay abandoned in a derelict factory. Long story short, I rescued this 1975 eldo convertible from where it had been abandoned and vandalised for over 20 years. Unfortunately the building was leaking heavily and it was only when i got the car in to the daylight for the first time since 1998 that I realised how bad some of the rust was. Nonetheless I have taken it upon myself to get this beast on the road again. Shes a 75 convertible, appeared to have originally been red with a brown coloured interior and later painted its current shade of burgandy and fitted with cushion seats from a later eldo, 42k on the clock. My aim is to get her going as cheap as possible, I know the welding around the windscreen will take up some money. The original interior was destroyed from yesrs of water and vandalism and I have been lucky to find rear seats in blue along with all of the door cards and trim, leaving me needing only the front seats or a very brave restoration of the originals which I had to cut up to remove as the bolts under the seats were so corroded. Vandalism included smashing the windscreen, cutting the wiring loom from the engine bay. Stealing the radiator and alternator and destroying the trunk lock to open it. Here are some pictures, this is my first ever car project however I grew up working on small 2 stroke motorcycle engines so I know the basics. So far have confirmed that the engine is not stuck and i'm hoping to try and start her up soon. J

Offline Dazaa

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 03:20:55 AM »
Afraid the pictures are in no order. Right now the interior and windscreen are out. Floorpans, quarters, windscreen surround and boot floor all need welding.

Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 05:09:25 AM »
Well, That'll keep you busy for a while. A long while! >:D
Steve

Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 06:58:36 AM »
I second and third that.

That rust is horrendous.   It is a pity the graffiti artists didn't cover everything with paint as that would have protected a lot.

Bruce. >:D
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Offline Glen

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 01:33:52 AM »
Ah, but the joy that will be had bringing it back to life. 
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Offline Tpicks55

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2017, 08:47:35 AM »
Best of luck on your restoration.  I am restoring a 75 eldo convertible so I know what you will be going through.  Parts seem to be available but watch which vendors you use.  Tony
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Offline Jeff Rose CLC #28373

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2017, 08:14:30 PM »
At least you won't have trouble finding it in a parking lot.
Most importantly--- have fun!!

Jeff
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Offline chrisntam

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2017, 06:35:01 AM »
Here's what I recommend.

Take a trip to the U.S.  Take a week or two and look at a few cars.  Buy a good one here and have it shipped back to the UK.  You'll save a lot of time, money, busted knuckles, cursing, etc.  You should be able to find something on our east coast that will keep shipping costs down.

Even a good running and driving old car will keep you busy.

That's what I recommend.
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Offline gkhashem

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Re: My first car restoration at 22 years of age - 1975 Eldo convertible
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 05:35:31 PM »
Here's what I recommend.

Take a trip to the U.S.  Take a week or two and look at a few cars.  Buy a good one here and have it shipped back to the UK.  You'll save a lot of time, money, busted knuckles, cursing, etc.  You should be able to find something on our east coast that will keep shipping costs down.

Even a good running and driving old car will keep you busy.

That's what I recommend.


Good advice.... this car is history.

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