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Offline Retroman

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Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:36:39 AM »
Ok....excuse my ignorance.  I have a 66 Convertible.  I once had a mechanic tell me he thought it was on a CC.  How do I find out for sure?  I see often parts will or won't fit a CC. 
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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2013, 09:09:07 AM »
What is the VIN #?
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Offline Gene Beaird

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 09:12:59 AM »
I doubt they made a 2-door commercial chassis.  He probably thought that because of the extra reinforcement that goes on a convertible frame and the differential with the drop-in center section.  The differential looks like a Ford 9", which you see under a lot of Ford trucks.  That spells 'truck chassis' to the uninformed. 

But I am indeed no expert on Cadillac commercial chassis!

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Offline Retroman

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 10:22:45 AM »
EricDev - The vin is F6238197
Neil F
1966 DeVille Convertible

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Third place 1965-66

Rhinebeck, NY 2014 - 2nd place in class
Rhinebeck, NY 2015 - 1st place in class
2014 - Lake George, NY

Offline TJ Hopland

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2013, 11:36:47 AM »
Did most of the commercial chassis even come with doors?   When did Cadillac start offering them?

I don't recall hearing about anyone building convertibles from them but who knows? 

This is for sure the right place to ask such a question.   I'm sure someone will know.
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Offline Philippe M. Ruel

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2013, 12:21:29 PM »
Use a tape measure to measure wheelbase on your car (wheelbase is the distance between centers of wheels on the same side of the car).

1961 to 1970 "ordinary" 62/DeVilles feature 129-1/2" wheelbase, as opposed to CC huge 156" wheelbase.
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Offline C.R. Patton II

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2013, 12:30:32 PM »


Hello Neil

We encourage any questions here on the Forum.

Is it possible that your mechanic was referring to a flower car chassis?
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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2013, 12:57:43 PM »
EricDev - The vin is F6238197

Mystery solved: "F" = DeVille Convertible. It is not a commercial chassis which begins "Z".

Perhaps your mechanic was misled by the structural reinforcements of the convertible body style as Mr Baird suggested.

HTH,
Eric
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Offline Retroman

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Re: Commercial Chassis vs Regular Chassis
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2013, 04:37:26 PM »
All great responses and thank you for the "F" designation vs the "Z" designation.  I did not know that and I'm now sure my mechanic was making a guess.  Many thanks!!
Neil F
1966 DeVille Convertible

CLC Primary Class Award Winner
Third place 1965-66

Rhinebeck, NY 2014 - 2nd place in class
Rhinebeck, NY 2015 - 1st place in class
2014 - Lake George, NY

 

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