: FINALLY! Pics of the '68.



Jonas McFeely
08-13-07, 07:14 PM
Now keep in mind i havnt cleaned it or vacuumed it since i got it. Ive only driven it twice. But here she is in all her beauty. Its the hardtop model with no post between the front and rear doors, which isnt as rare as the post model, but i like it better anyway. Still debating on whether i want to yank the 472 or fix her up to a nice driving condition. Take care of all the rust, paint it and reupholster the seats. First i need to get the tune up and get everything working. Im leaning on fixing it up and driving it...

This car was a dark, maybe even Sage Green at one point in its life, maybe originally. You can see it on the trunk and inside the doors in certain places. What a coincidence huh?

I couldnt get all of them in a row for pics, there were cars next to the '88,and it doesnt move, but i will get them together this weekend.


http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140003.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140004.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140005.jpg


SAGE GREEN!? :eek:
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140006.jpg

The worst rust on the car, it was bondoed at one point.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140007.jpg

Back seat is ok.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140008.jpg

Dirty, but 100% complete and original. Yes thats carpet on the front seat.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140009.jpg

All of the door panels are in great shape and even have all of the original cigarette lighters.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140010.jpg

The mighty 472! Battery is top-terminal, a must. I converted my '85 as well.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140011.jpg

All of the chrome on the car is in great shape, no rust or pitting anywhere.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140012.jpg


You can see the '88 in the far left corner, the '85 on the right and the '68 on the bottom right!
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140013.jpg


Anyone wanna run this VIN? If its even possible. 4675 lbs! That is the previous owners name, obviously. I havnt registered it yet. He was nice enough to leave the selling price blank. So i think i'll put $50 in there. Screw paying taxes.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w248/85evergreenbrougham/P8140014.jpg

CaddyshackCadillac
08-13-07, 07:29 PM
thats a definate keeper i mean she'll need some work but that thing is awesome and if it gets that response in that form imagine the broken necks it will create when it gets fixed up......

Jonas McFeely
08-13-07, 07:36 PM
thats a definate keeper i mean she'll need some work but that thing is awesome and if it gets that response in that form imagine the broken necks it will create when it gets fixed up......

I drove it up the street to get Chinese food and everyone in the resteraunt was staring at it. A 20 kid driving a car of that age is not a common sight. I like it.

Me and my Dad are doing all of the body work. He is very experienced with that kind of stuff. He had a '74 Mustang that he still curses. thing was rusted out when it was 4 years old!

Benzilla
08-13-07, 07:37 PM
Dude, kickass! That's a nasty old beast, I can almost hear it snarling. Definitely too bad to part out, that thing is still kicking.

Jonas McFeely
08-13-07, 07:39 PM
Dude, kickass! That's a nasty old beast, I can almost hear it snarling. Definitely too bad to part out, that thing is still kicking.

Easily one of the most bad ass sounding cars ive ever heard. Yes, it snarls!

CaddyshackCadillac
08-13-07, 07:52 PM
dude that thing commands respect you take that to the ghetto and do the 5 mile creep you'll have kids running lol

Destroyer
08-13-07, 08:13 PM
I drove it up the street to get Chinese food and everyone in the resteraunt was staring at it.I like it!. If your dad wasn't the one doing the body work and you had to pay for it I'd suggest taking the drivetrain and getting rid of it or better yet, parting the rest out but since the old man is willing to help......why not?. Its got a "cool" factor that the '85 simply doesn't have.

BTW: The people at the Chinese restaurant were not looking at you for the reasons you think they were. You were scaring them.:eek:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-13-07, 08:18 PM
The Cadillac Christine.

She's an old girl, just in need of some restoration, then she'll be ready, and more than happy, to go prowlin.

gdwriter
08-13-07, 09:07 PM
As the owner of a classic car, I can say there's nothing quite like the admiring glances and thumbs up you get from other drivers, even when the car isn't perfect. There's something very cool and fun about 60s cars. Tons of style, power and character.

Betty was also rough when I bought her in 1999, but she ran good, and I was able to enjoy driving her immediately, even if I've had to restore her gradually as money allows.

http://www.gdwriter.com/graphics/feb_99_1_big.jpg

With an old car, there's usually some project or something that needs attention. Betty's proven to be rock-solid mechanically since the engine rebuild in 2000 (I had a burnt valve, but decided to do a full rebuild), and most of the money I've spent lately has been getting the A/C working again (long, ugly, expensive story). But she's worth it.

Fix her up as you can and enjoy driving something special.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-13-07, 09:10 PM
Wow, I did not know you've had that car 8 years now!

77CDV
08-14-07, 12:36 AM
The VIN translates thus: the letter designates the body style, B in this case standing for a Sedan de Ville hardtop, body style 68-68349; the 8 represents the model year (1968); the remaining digits are the build sequence (starting with 100001), in this case, 214703 means your car was the 114,702nd Cadillac built for model year 1968.

Isn't this fun?

Car looks very restorable, BTW. I would not be parting her out or pulling drive trains. Seeing the pics, I say fix her up and drive the heck out of her!

Night Wolf
08-14-07, 06:53 AM
Nice!

The rust/bondo would personally scare me atfirst, but I think I'd be able to get over it.

Definitly don't part it out.

Power vent windows :cool:

Keep us updated :)

Cadillacboy
08-14-07, 07:00 AM
The car needs a massive restoration but once it's completed I think it will be head turner

Night Wolf
08-14-07, 08:19 AM
It will look really nice when fixed up...

but still... there is something about an old Caddy driving around in kinda rough shape... like... its been there, and back... and its still around.

I'd say to get it running well, change all the fluids, and maintain it... but also drive it... as long as its being maintained, it won't get worse....

Seeing restored or well kept origanals is awesome... but there is also a side of me that thinks seeing the cars that didn't have the best of lives, but still going strong decades later.... its just cool... like there isn't much else that'll stop it.

I guess thats a big appeal to me about my Fleetwood... the thing has been thru hell and back.... but its still here, and it still runs and drives... and thats just cool :cool:

I dunno, guess I am weird... I've always thought driving an older barge with collision damage (front/side/both), while still being perfectly road worthy would be neat...

MDEnvEngr
08-14-07, 09:40 AM
That is about what my 69 looked like when I got it in December. The lower panels on the front fenders are available from FEN...not cheap. I think that I also saw front fender patch panel from USA PArts supply, but I may have been dreaming. The rest I would self-fabricate.

The '69 Caddy gets more attention than any car I've ever driven...everyone has to come over and tell you their Caddy story. If you're not one for attention, leave that thing home.

Good luck and have fun with the restoration.

B

Here's mine now:

Lord Cadillac
08-14-07, 10:22 AM
Very nice! I hope to get to see it in person one day...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-14-07, 11:24 AM
I hope to see this in person in November.

DopeStar 156
08-14-07, 01:14 PM
It looks good, you might have to replace the doors though.....

mharker
08-14-07, 01:39 PM
Very nice. Looks a lot like mine did back when I got it in 98. With some time and money you could get her looking like this. It's no show winner - just a nice #3 driver.

Here are some pics. My apologies to those who have seen them over and over. Guess I gotta take some new pics one of these days!

PS: If you are serious on this get the NOS interior fabric from SMS. And I hope the painted trim around the back of your vinyl top is OK. That was the biggest b*tch to find!

PPS: I like the pillared hardtops better. :)


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f77/mharker/CadillacJuly2005005.jpg

http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f77/mharker/Image0564.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-14-07, 02:19 PM
I'm all about the hardtop. :cool2:

Jonas McFeely
08-14-07, 09:53 PM
Mharker, yours is damn beautiful! Wow.

Sal and Chad, assuming you come, you will see it. I am taking it down for the November meet.

Thanks for all of the encouragement and help guys. I'll keep you all posted every step of the way, as i am not going to destroy her, but make her a good driver.

DaveSmed
08-19-07, 10:31 PM
Sweet find, If the chrome is all in good shape, that's the hardest part of restoring the body, that stuff is a pain to find. Good starting point for a resto. Gotta love the high comp 472 as well, hell of an engine.

(slightly biased myself, but posts rule! unless you need post-specific parts....:rant2:)

cadillacmike68
08-20-07, 09:44 PM
You've got power vent windows! - that's not a common option in 68...

Jonas McFeely
08-22-07, 09:02 PM
You've got power vent windows! - that's not a common option in 68...

Yes, but the passenger seems to not work. Im taking it in this weekend for a tuneup. Im finally getting plates for it Friday. Yay! I can finally drive it. Cool Antique plates too.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-22-07, 09:06 PM
So what do the plates say? BBC-472?? ;)

Jonas McFeely
08-22-07, 09:22 PM
So what do the plates say? BBC-472?? ;)

Nah, too poor for the custom plates. The antique ones are cheap though. If i do get custom plates, maybe 407-472? I dont know. Havnt given it much thought, i just cant wait to get it on the road!

They kinda look like this, but more of a baby blue:

http://www.floridapl8s.com/collection/antique.jpg

mharker
08-28-07, 09:50 PM
Hey Davesmed. Just noticed you are from PA. My 68 post was also originally from PA. (there's some kind of sticker still on the window which I've left). Now she's in Ontario but not too far. I wonder if they originally shared the same lot. That would be cool but guess we'll never know.

Jonas McFeely
08-28-07, 10:56 PM
Wtf happened to my thread?

Edit: Im retarded.

Adam
08-29-07, 04:04 AM
Ok... apparently I'm out of the loop here... when did you get an 88 and a 68?

Jonas McFeely
08-29-07, 04:22 AM
Ok... apparently I'm out of the loop here... when did you get an 88 and a 68?

I got the '88, which has been sitting sincei got it, about a month or so ago. My buddy, who was trying to get rid of it for $1500, called me on the way home from work and said $500 and it was mine. So i got it. It hasnt moved. It needs a battery, master cylinder, and a headliner. I'll get to it ASAP. I dont really even want it, but i figure i can make a couple dollars on it.

The '68 came up on the way home from taking my roommate to the bank. I saw it, and knew it had to be mine. It was offered at $600, got it for $500. I am in love with it. And it was a helluva buy for $500. I really think i may keep it and slowly restore it to a nice daily driver condition.

My '85 is turning to shit. It sucks. It still runs great, and the AC is still ice cold, and it drives nice, but cosmetically its suffering. When i get the '68 tuned up and the AC fixed, the '85 will be parked and stripped. Then the body work will begin. SO much to do, so little money. :rolleyes:

Adam
08-29-07, 05:50 PM
Well damn man, congrats! Sounds like a good deal on the 88. Make you a few bucks. Or, since its paid for, have you a nice Caddy collection. You need a 75 Fleetwood Series 75. I can see you behind the wheel of one of those for some reason. I wish I could find a nice one. All the nice ones I have seen were way out of my price range. And I don't have the time to restore.