Judging an original car

Started by Cleatus502, July 12, 2018, 11:22:05 AM

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Cleatus502

I have an all original 1961,62 series,g model coupe with 20,000 actual miles. I had to pull the engine and trans to reseal both. Freeze out plugs in engine and reseal front of transmission. My question is how far should I go as far as engine paint? Touch up,repaint or leave it alone.

harry s

Any pictures? They would be a big help in determining.     Harry
Harry Scott 4195
1941 6733
1948 6267X
2011 DTS Platinum

Barry M Wheeler #2189

As one who might be looking at (judging) the car, I would ask, "Just how much of the rest of the car is 100% original. If hardly anything has been done to the car, leave it alone. (You can clean it as much as you wish.) If a fender or door has been painted and the lack of blue paint "bugs" you, touch it up some. My '91 Seville is not eligible as yet, but all my hoses, etc are still factory original. Make it drivable (safely) but for at least one time's judging, leave it like you got it as much as possible.  BMW, Past President.
Barry M. Wheeler #2189


1981 Cadillac Seville
1991 Cadillac Seville

76eldo

It's a complicated question.
The CLC recognizes cars that are largely original with a Past Presidents Preservation Award. If you enter your car for judging at a CLC National that's one category you can consider. Minor flaws are overlooked as originality and correctness are valued over perfect paint, chrome  and interior.

I have a 31,000 mile 1970 Cadillac. It gets the preservation award easily at a CLC Grand National but only a 3rd in class judging.

If I ever pull the engine for work like you have I would repaint the engine and accessories while I had it out.  Ultimately you need to please yourself with what you do to the car.
A refinish on the engine won't hurt you in the preservation class but would help in class judging.

Hope this is helpful.

Brian
Brian Rachlin
Huntingdon Valley, Pa
CLC # 22443
I prefer email's not PM's rachlin@comcast.net

1960 62 Series Conv with Factory Tri Power
1970 DeVille Conv
1970 Eldo
1970 Caribu (?) "The Cadmino"
1973 Eldorado Conv Pace Car
1976 Eldorado Conv
1980 Eldorado H & E Conv
1993 Allante with Hardtop (X2)
2008 DTS
2012 CTS Coupe
2017 XT
1956 Thunderbird
1966 Olds Toronado

The Tassie Devil(le)

When you replace the Freeze Plugs, use Brass ones in place of the steel ones.   Costs a bit more, but definitely worth it.

Bruce. >:D
'72 Eldorado Convertible (LHD)
'70 Ranchero Squire (RHD)
'74 Chris Craft Gull Wing (SH)
'02 VX Series II Holden Commodore SS Sedan
(Past President Modified Chapter)

Past Cars of significance - to me
1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1936 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1937 Chevrolet Sports Coupe
1955 Chevrolet Convertible
1959 Ford Fairlane Ranch Wagon
1960 Cadillac CDV
1972 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe

Cleatus502

Thanks for all the replies. I've been having problems replying and getting pics on here. not good at this forum stuff. This car was my fathers and sat in a garage from 1985 till 2002 with 15,600 miles on it. I have done some touch up work on the outside of the body but paint is 80% original. Interior is 100% original. Engine and trans is also 100% original. Since I will never sell the car due to it being my fathers,and having a grandson that loves the car almost as much as me,I painted the engine yesterday before dropping it in.I do care allot what other people think about the car when judging it but when it comes down to it its all about what I feel is the direction I see the car going.

76eldo

Brian Rachlin
Huntingdon Valley, Pa
CLC # 22443
I prefer email's not PM's rachlin@comcast.net

1960 62 Series Conv with Factory Tri Power
1970 DeVille Conv
1970 Eldo
1970 Caribu (?) "The Cadmino"
1973 Eldorado Conv Pace Car
1976 Eldorado Conv
1980 Eldorado H & E Conv
1993 Allante with Hardtop (X2)
2008 DTS
2012 CTS Coupe
2017 XT
1956 Thunderbird
1966 Olds Toronado

Jon S

Back when these cars were new, the fussy owners like my dad would touch up chips the mechanics did to the engine compartment and as time went by took the car to the Dealer less and less and performed service himself. Very few cars are "original and untouched." 
Jon

1958 Cadillac Sedan De Ville
1973 Lincoln Continental Coupe
1981 Corvette
2004 Mustang GT

Cleatus502

I bought my paint from Bill Hursh.