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« on: December 30, 2009, 09:54:18 PM »

Any body out there do or know of a 1930/31 Resto-Rod? I'd like to find out some info so I don't have to try and remake the wheel.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2009, 09:58:59 PM »

I'm sure Geoff is the closest one to be able to give any kind of info.  You might want to ask specific questions as there is a lot to cover.

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2009, 09:19:28 AM »

I'm doing a '35 sedan, will help with questions if I can.  Fellow by the name of Neal O'Neil in Inverness, FL is an expert on mid-30's Cadillac resto-rods and did some of the preliminary work on mine such as the Nova front end, metal roof, and 472 engine placement.  He does not "do" computers though. 
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Some pictures of Neal's place and his cars, he has more than what is pictured here.  His '34 coupe (not shown) was featured on the "Two Guys Garage" TV program.


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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2009, 11:35:01 AM »

I'm doing a '31 Lasalle ccp. I'm trying to keep the original look with modern drive train. The wife is tired of sitting by the side of the road while the engine cools down! I'm currently trying to find affordable wheels that look correct but will adapt to a Chevy front end. The original wheels were 18" with tall rubber. I'd like Radials that look correct on whire wheels that look correct and fit the fenders.
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2009, 12:49:06 PM »

I think there were a couple early 30s Cads & LaSalle Resto Rods @ the 2007 CLC GN in Savannah; got a lot of appreciative looks. 

Follow this link to a link for pictures, I'm sure you'll find at least a few:   http://www.cadillaclasalleclub.org/forum/index.php/topic,102756.0.html



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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2009, 01:59:16 PM »

Oh yeah, there were some beauties there!

A couple more, believe the '34 had a Northstar and the '41 had a 472/500.

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2010, 03:41:34 PM »

Hi Wayne nice to see your name pop up again,good luck with the new project ,any chance you have a set of con rods from a 31 motor .Regards Keith
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2010, 03:41:52 PM »

Those fat modern radials look like $hit on those black sedans.
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2010, 04:32:09 PM »

Tell us how you really feel Forrest.

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PS - I tend to agree.
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« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2010, 05:35:02 PM »

Those fat modern radials look like $hit on those black sedans.
Definitely wouldn't want original "skinnies" on a car that had been upgraded with a modern drive-train.

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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2010, 06:54:43 PM »

That's why they should have been left alone in the first place.
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 03:29:42 AM »

Hang on, this is the Modified Chapter, and what better thing to see is a beautiful Cadillac, or LaSalle, totally rebuilt with its' beautiful shape intact, and a totally reliable, up-to-date drive train, A/C, etc, and being able to be driven amongst all the modern traffic of today, and still being recognisable in the Car Park by its' loving owner.

When the body is modified, like a lot of cars I have seen, and some of these are truly works of art, and each owner is proud to show it off, and enjoy the drive.

I won't single out any cars, as it wouldn't be fair to try and put any before others.   But, a couple of the FULL CUSTOMS that were at the 2008 GN, were totally trashed by some Club Members, and applauded by a lot of others.   The "Appreciators" were far more plentiful than the "Detractors".

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 10:23:45 AM »

I saw the cars shown above at the 2007 GN in Savannah (where I met CF, Fins, and Stampie). IMHO those modified cars were gorgeous; opinions are like a......., uh, bellybuttons : everybody has one.
The modifications were tasteful, safely done, and professionally finished. To me they enhanced the usability of the vehicle so that more folks could enjoy them. We met a really nice couple from Ohio that had brought an early 30's Cadillac to Savannah towing it in an enclosed trailer. The car was a multiple show winning restoration. But what with the rain and all, they NEVER UNLOADED IT!!!!
So who had more fun : the drivers or the towers?.  And which was more usable in modern traffic?

We put radials on the 59 (15 inch). Guess what ...it handles and stops better.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010, 10:51:22 AM »

I would sure hate to see a custom bodied '30s 12 or 16 cylinder Cadillac changed from original. The ones with factory bodies I am OK with. One issue is resale value, if the modifications aren't tastfully done (in the eye of the buyer) then the car is devalued. I also agree that modern radials look wierd on there (kind of like quad headlights). I believe there are old fashond looking tires that are safe to drive at freeway speeds. Again, opinions are like belly buttons. Mine is there are some cars so rare and so much a part of history that they should be restored to original. Some cars, like Duesenbergs, were so far ahead of their time that replacing that engine would be a shame. Of course, there are outfits that make reproduction bodies for classic cars. I have no issue with taking an original frame and building a repro classic. Boyd Coddington did that, he had a Delehaye made (from scratch) and customized it. Duesenbergs are so rare that a few years ago when a Dusie sedan was only worth $5-700,000, some of them were used for parts cars. Only 650 Duesenbergs were ever built. I grew up in a town of 5000 population in rural Pennsylvania and there was a Duesenberg, an Auburn boat tail speedster, and a Tucker in that town as well as a 300 SL gullwing and a '53 Corvette with about 7000 miles.
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2010, 07:03:20 PM »

My dad had a friend in the Cleveland area who had a boat tail Duesenberg. He bought it in the 50s and drove it at least into the 70s. It was just an old car then.

The radials don't look as bad on post war cars since bias plys were similar size and shape. On prewar cars they just look awful and detract from the overall appearance of the car.
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