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Offline J. Wagnon

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1957 stainless blisterbead
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:55:09 PM »
Hey guys, Who is the best stainless steel restorer in the country?

Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 02:56:57 AM »
Rather than restoring, perhaps your piece is being reproduced.
I don't know details about 57's, but my '55 Eldorado has a thin
bead molding that runs down the rear quarter panel that was
originally done in pot metal.  Few survived.

They are being reproduced by several firms in stainless.  Perhaps
you should search the net for a good replacement.  The cost would
sure beat restoring the old ones -- if that were even possible.

Try these guys for starters:

http://usapartssupply.com/

Good luck,

Mike

1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
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Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 03:06:42 AM »
Mike, I'm confused. Are you meaning the thin and long molding which almost is joining the tail lamp bezel? On my '56 this part was made with plain steel. I reproduced them with brass.
1956 Sedan de Ville (sold)
1956 Eldorado Biarritz
1957 Eldorado Brougham (sold)
1972 Coupe de Ville
2011 DTS
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Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 04:29:18 PM »
Roger -- sorry for my rather confusing message.  Yes, the
originals were mild steel.  I've seen reproductions in brass,
stainless and mild (regular) steel also with screw threads
on the pins to make installation easier.  As you know the
pins were problematic, they usually corroded and broke off.

Mike
1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
-------------------------------------
CLCMRC Museum Benefactor #38
Past: VP International Affiliates, Museum Board Director, President / Director Pittsburgh Region

Offline J. Wagnon

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Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 09:47:07 PM »
I'm not finding any repos for a 2 door in the 1957 model year at USA parts or other sites. Am I missing something? Also were not the 1957s made of stainless?

Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 11:06:01 PM »
The '55-'56 were mild steel, perhaps the '57's were stainless but
I'm not sure.  If USA doesn't have them, then maybe someone else
will chime in with another recommendation.  That's usually my first
choice when I'm looking for something.

Mike
1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
-------------------------------------
CLCMRC Museum Benefactor #38
Past: VP International Affiliates, Museum Board Director, President / Director Pittsburgh Region

Offline Roger Zimmermann

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  • Name: Roger Zimmermann
Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2018, 02:40:13 AM »
  I've seen reproductions in brass,
stainless and mild (regular) steel also with screw threads
on the pins to make installation easier.  As you know the
pins were problematic, they usually corroded and broke off.

Mike, thanks for the explanation! My parts had still all pins, but I dislike this solution. I silver soldered thread pins when I reproduced my parts; the assembly was with nuts from inside. I gave my original parts to the buyer from my '56 Sedan de Ville as he has a '55 Eldo and those moldings were missing.

To J. Wagnon: the modings are the same as the '58 coupes, made with stainless steel. They are rare and expensive if you can find them!
1956 Sedan de Ville (sold)
1956 Eldorado Biarritz
1957 Eldorado Brougham (sold)
1972 Coupe de Ville
2011 DTS
CLCMRC benefactor #101

Offline J. Wagnon

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Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2018, 11:51:27 AM »
Is it an option to use the 2 pieces per side from a 4 door, tig weld them together and ploish?

Offline Roger Zimmermann

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Re: 1957 stainless blisterbead
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 12:15:39 PM »
Could be, but you will have to find some very good welder who can position both ends very precisely to have no step after grinding and polishing.
1956 Sedan de Ville (sold)
1956 Eldorado Biarritz
1957 Eldorado Brougham (sold)
1972 Coupe de Ville
2011 DTS
CLCMRC benefactor #101

 

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