I would also like to comment on the pleasure of restorations. It is a long and tedious task but good therapy and also a continual learning experience.
I chose this particular car because I like rarity. With only a couple hundred made it dosen't get much rarer than that, at least in my budget range. I have always wanted an early Cadillac also but was thinking of even earlier before I found this one.
When I started the restoration I contacted every memberof the club owning a 1942 Cadillac. Most were easy to talk to and gave me some good ideas. Among them was Jeff Hansen who has been a beacon of light in the past year and a half. His knowledge and help has kept me interested in doing an authentic restoration instead of a cheaper paint and polish job.
I could quote many of the learning experiences for example, my car came with an earlier engine but I did not know that. From 1938 to 1941 Cadillacs had shutters in front of the radiator and 42 was the first year with a flow control thermostat. My car had the earlier radiator but no shutters but I did not know the difference so I had the radiator flow and pressure tested and it was O K until I discovered that it was incorrect.
Thats where another great guy "Eddie Jones" of Minneapolis stepped in and sent me a correct radiator in good shape in exchange for the incorrect one at no cost except shipping. Thanks Eddie. Eddie has been a great deal of help supplying parts at very reaonable prices and I would recommend him anytime. There are so many good vendors and suppliers I could not mention them all.
The support and advice from other club members here and in other places has been invaluable and I cant imagine attempting a restoration with out such support.
I want to thank the readers of this blog for the encouragement and advice also. It is easier to go forth with a rooting section andI have found it here on this blog.
I hope I can intertain you all at a faster rate in the next few months as it should go at a faster rate when I get the painted car back in my own garage and start assembly. I used to think paint was the completion of a restoration but it is just a milestone as now I need to wire the car, install all of the chromed parts, install all of the glass, install all of the door and wiindow mechanisms, install accessories, get the fuel system working and test the engine, install the upholstery, test the electrical system, and finally install all 32 pieces of wood grained metal trim in the cab.
Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you will enjoy the next few months of checking my progress and giving me advice and encouragement.