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1959 Cadillac convertible

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  • Member since
    February, 2004
  • From: nottingham,england
1959 Cadillac convertible
Posted by arcturus on Monday, May 28, 2018 1:49 PM

Only the second time I've built one of these. It was going to be a detail project I was going to take my time over but I remembered what a total dog it is to build and how all the detail you put on the engine will be crushed mercilessly as you shoe horn it into the engine bay. The most I did to the engine was to add ignition wires.



Having said that, I took my time with the interior. I flocked it, and even laquered the seat backs and underside of the dashboard which is true to the original. I used a molotow pen for the interior chrome and plenty of cake and coffee to keep me going.

Anyway, despite the annoying build quality of this model, she turned out OK, and like my wife, even though she was annoying to live with, I am quite fond of her.

 59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (monogram) 

 59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (monogram)

 59 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (monogram) 

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
  • Member since
    September, 2008
  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:31 PM

You did a very nice job on this kit. My friends father had a real one when I was a teenager. He could not keep a set of taillight lenses in the thing though and they weren't cheap, even in those days.

Funny, I never heard anyone else say that this kit was a "bear" to assemble.

Barry Fadden

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  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, May 28, 2018 9:50 PM
Nice clean work, and great choice of color!
  • Member since
    February, 2004
  • From: nottingham,england
Posted by arcturus on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 1:21 AM

streetrod

You did a very nice job on this kit. My friends father had a real one when I was a teenager. He could not keep a set of taillight lenses in the thing though and they weren't cheap, even in those days.

Funny, I never heard anyone else say that this kit was a "bear" to assemble.

Barry Fadden

 



It was the engine bay that was the biggest pain, and the weird front windshield that overlaps the frame. 
On the instructions, the manifolds are upside down, and then you have to shoe horn all the pulleys and fan under the inner wheels arches, and into the fan shround. A couple of times I knocked the A-arms off the top of the frame and one of the pulleys and totally gave up with the bottom radiator hose. By the time I'd done all the I went to mount the front bumper and ended up having to cut the chassis mounted bumper brackets as they stopped the front grill/light assembly from touching the body.

Because unlike some Robin hoods,I can speak with an english accent...
  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 12:27 PM

Another nice job Arcturus.  I don't know what that color is called, but I've always called it "Electric blue".  That is my favorite old GM color.  Thanks for the heads up with the kit issues.  I think I have that kit in my pile.  Again, great work. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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