: Cadillac Barn-Find Mystery

09-08-10, 11:32 AM
Here's something fun: Was sitting on the couch watching Glee last night... I know... when I got a text from someone asking "you're into Cadillacs, right?" I was suprised but responded that he/she was correct. Moments later they followed up with "You want one?" I said "depending on what it is, and the price, possibly."

The next text came after 15 minutes of intense waiting and Glee-watching (yeah, i know): "All I know is it's $200.00 and twenty minutes long."

I said if it's rear-wheel drive I would buy it, and they responded with a phone number which I just called today.

I spoke with a woman who said her husband found the car in a building on a property they just acquired. He will give me a call tonight. It is an "old car' and that's all she knows. The price is 200.00 o.b.o.

Looks like it's worth it to be proudly known as "that young guy with the Cadillacs."

Just thought I would share the excitement with you guys... Of course it could be a rusted out 1995 deville or something... but what if it wasn't? These barn find cars are still out there. Regardless, I am on a great high right now, with my imagination in overdrive, dreaming the impossible dream. I almost never want to find out what the car is!

Here's my question to you guys:

If you were in my situation, what would YOU want to see when you open up the doors to this building? What "twenty minute long, 200 dollar" Cadillac would make your wildest fantasy come true?

Can't wait to read your responses!

Also, any bets on what this particuar car will end up being? Let's make a game of it.

09-08-10, 12:06 PM
I would love to find a mid 50's caddy in a barn for $200...that would be my dream...

This one...I'd say it will be a 70's caddy. That's my guess!

09-08-10, 12:14 PM
I love the text "you're into Cadillac, right?". How many caddys do you have to own to be considered "into" caddys? I would love to open the doors and see a 59 eldo with decent metal and chrome, and some seats that I could at least put some covers on.

09-08-10, 01:00 PM
When I buy a new to me car,it's the first impression that counts, if this one grabs you, then that's the car for you.

09-08-10, 01:10 PM
DUDE - take your camera and take pictures... document the F out of this find... i want to see the barn and the caddy as you see it

this ought to be really cool

09-08-10, 02:07 PM
64 Deville convertible... just like Tubbs!

09-08-10, 02:46 PM
I would be hoping to find either a '54-'56 Fleetwood or a '74-'76 Series Seventy-five, for it to be "twenty minutes long."

I would be expecting to find any 4100/Northstar car or one of the pseudo-Cadillac models, for it to be be $200.00.

It is probably going to be some rusted out and gutted '77 Eldorado, which was used as a flower pot for 10 years.

09-08-10, 04:52 PM
Make my barn find a '75 of '76 Coupe DeVille please! (Or a dream find of a '59 Coupe.)

My guess is its a 70's Eldo. I might not pass on one of those, either!

09-08-10, 05:56 PM
I've changed my mind. I am hoping for a 57 Eldorado Brougham. If this is what it is, I'll give you double what you paid for it. ;)


09-08-10, 07:22 PM
'57 Eldorado, '59 Hearse (It's not a Hearse, or they would certainly have used that word) a '70 Eldorado would be nice too. I'd also settle for a '29 Model A, but it clearly isn't a Ford.

09-08-10, 07:33 PM
My guess...

seventies...covered in crap...

could be a diamond in the rough..

it's not winter over there is it? (sitting on the couch watching GLEE?)

good luck mate...

09-08-10, 08:08 PM
It would be nice if it was a Cadillac Le cab... and then you could sell it to me :D

09-08-10, 08:28 PM
My pick is a 1976 Fleetwood Talisman ... what are dreams for, but to enjoy? :-)

09-08-10, 09:05 PM
My guess is a RWD model from the 70s or 80s. In my private Fantasyland, it would be a 1930s Series 90. I don't really care which model. And if it is, and you pass on it, I will be forced to hate you.

09-08-10, 09:33 PM
Sensational dreaming guys. I had a strong feeling this was either going to be a '75 or '76 CDV or SDV... or a '64 of some kind, for some reason. Well... I was wrong.

The winner of the guessing game? 77CDV!

Although anyone who guessed '70s was close too, as it was built in '79.

Behold the (beside a) barn find: a 1980 Sedan deVille d'Elegance, with the sort-of rare factory two-tone paint. The car only driven for 11 years, and supposedly only had 63,000 km's on it, when the owner passed and the car ended up parked beside a barn on his neighbour's farm... where it sat for almost 20 years, baking in the sun and rotting in the wet grass. It was never IN a building, just beside one. Someone goofed that story up... always too good to be true.

This car is in HORRIBLE shape rust-wise, which I tried to document in the failing light this evening. The frame is done for, there are holes through the body, through the doors (in some strange places), etc.

The original 368 4bbl is in place. Nothing is missing except the hood ornament.

I showed up and a SKUNK ran from underneath the barn, to underneath the car. I never saw it leave there, but I eventually worked up the courage to venture close enough to snap some pics for you all.

Not as exciting as it could have been, but dreaming was fun... and the find wasn't too bad either! Could have been worse. There was also a mid '70s Mercury Marquis Brougham in worse condition. Both are headed to the crusher on Saturday.

I may strip some parts off this car, but it is much too rotten to bring home to my already-full property. I really am eyeing up that steering column with good ignition and working tilt/telescopic for my smashed-column '81 Fleetwood driver... and it's the correct dark blue colour.

Sorry it wasn't the '59 Harold and Maude hearse, a '57 Eldo. Brougham, '57 Coupe deVille, '70 Eldo with steel-sunroof, '71 or '72 Series Seventy-Five, '76 Fleetwood Talisman, '79 LeCab., triple-black(or white... or yellow) '80 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe with astroroof & factory CB that we all (or at least *I*), was hoping for!!! :drool:

Enjoy, (or stare horrified), at the pics. Thanks for letting me share my excitement!


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09-08-10, 09:45 PM
Answers the 80/81 air cleaner lid question. Not the same.

I could use the front fender fillers...

09-08-10, 10:03 PM
what a shame...looks more like the guy should give you $200 to take it away ;)

09-08-10, 10:11 PM
wow that woodgrain still looks great
and i like the wood ring on the steering wheel

09-08-10, 10:33 PM
Ye gods! And I thought my '69 had been living rough before I bought her! What a sad end to what was once a very beautiful car. :(

09-08-10, 11:04 PM
Its amazing the fillers all stayed intacked

09-08-10, 11:21 PM
which fillers are you talking about?

09-08-10, 11:23 PM
Rear fillers. Look intack to me

09-09-10, 12:00 AM
i don't see them on this model. the tail lights seem to mount right up on the body, and i don't see the one between the bumper and the trunk - did this model year have fillers?
wait, i'm supposed to know that... i'll check tomorrow
<begin sleep sequence>

09-09-10, 12:32 AM
bumpers look salvageable

09-09-10, 12:40 AM
Throw a battery in it and pour some gas down the carb and see if she fires! Just for fun, of course. This could be a treasure-trove of parts for your daily-driver project though. And I completely agree with Ian6, take the rear bumper and tail-lights at least!

09-09-10, 03:12 AM
Honestly...the KEPT condition of this car looks better than Branwen did when I got her, but this beauty certainly had a harder life in storage...a lot harder. You've just got to love that Canadian weather. Basically what I expected, but never in that colour scheme. Where have I seen that paintjob recently?

Yeah, never expected a "Harold and Maude" hearse (Never saw the movie), because such a thing couldn't possibly have been there, or I'd have heard about it before you from my Canadian contacts. tragically, they may have tried buying it before I did.

I don't usually follow up on stories like that down here, because most "old Cadillacs" are 1982 Ford Crown Victorias.

09-09-10, 08:09 AM
man, strip off as much as you can...

interior, logos, emblems, fillers....just strip em all off and put them in the parts thread if you don't need em :)

09-09-10, 09:26 AM

not sure how i missed that photo - but obviously this car has fillers

durrk johnson
09-09-10, 09:32 AM
man that things a mess. haha

09-09-10, 12:24 PM
I like the moss growing out of the back window. New mother nature taking over.

09-09-10, 07:16 PM
Man I want the HEI distrib :P lol

09-09-10, 07:50 PM
That's tragic. :(

09-09-10, 08:58 PM
That's the only kind of cloth interior that I like; nice material.

09-09-10, 11:34 PM
I'll take tone of the tail lights.

09-11-10, 03:35 AM
Amazing how mother nature takes over when somethings just sets in one place for long periods of time,moss,rust and all.
I guess i got lucky when i bought my barn-find 1978 Deville off e-bay last december.Owner just lived 20 miles away from me.The '78 Caddy looks mint for a 32 year old ride.He said he had it stored in his country barn for the past 10 years or so.I use it as my every other day daily driver along with my mint condition 1995 Deville.

09-11-10, 05:02 AM
Sad that any RWD Caddy should ever get in that condition -- but regret aside, is there any place you could store it as a parts car? The body/chassis looks shot, but some mechanicals & interior parts could be worth salvaging.

09-11-10, 10:01 AM
Seeing a Caddy in such a horrible condition is just terrible but you can still use some parts .

09-11-10, 02:09 PM
At least the bumper is still on it. The last parts car Cadillac I looked at the guy told me the bumper fell off. Yeah the bumper was sitting on the ground but the frame was with it- one side rusted and sitting with it, the other side still had a bit left holding but the rest ripped away and was bent down waiting for the rest to break.

09-11-10, 11:57 PM
Amazing how mother nature takes over when somethings just sets in one place for long periods of time,moss,rust and all.
I guess i got lucky when i bought my barn-find 1978 Deville off e-bay last december.Owner just lived 20 miles away from me.The '78 Caddy looks mint for a 32 year old ride.He said he had it stored in his country barn for the past 10 years or so.I use it as my every other day daily driver along with my mint condition 1995 Deville.

That must have been nice. Yeah, I see too many nice cars disappear, because Nature starts to take them back. My car was stored amid a pile of salt in a dusty, dank dwelling. The salt may theoretically repel spiritual presences, but tragically rust and steel just don't mix...

09-12-10, 01:00 AM
That must have been nice. Yeah, I see too many nice cars disappear, because Nature starts to take them back. My car was stored amid a pile of salt in a dusty, dank dwelling. The salt may theoretically repel spiritual presences, but tragically rust and steel just don't mix...

Who's the genius that parked it in a damp salt heap?

09-12-10, 01:35 AM
Hey, c'mon, it works for nuclear waste! :ill:

09-14-10, 10:30 AM
$200 and its yours...pffft !!!

i hope you said "thx, but no thx."

09-14-10, 05:08 PM
I bet the scrap yard would give you more than 200 for it :P

09-15-10, 03:38 PM
Wow! A two-toned blue D'Elegance? That must have been a beautiful car when new. The seats still look good. Salvageable as long as they don't smell like mold or mouse pee.

Definately some good parts still on it. I'd give the guy $20 and bring a box and a grab what ever I could take off it.

09-16-10, 01:18 AM
There's plenty of interior parts and logos that would be worth taking. Especially those somewhat-rare lenses from the door lights as they have the little crests on them as opposed to the blank silver square from the 80's Broughams. Some people, including myself, like to swap them out.

09-16-10, 12:00 PM
Mudant I swap them too.

I got this car today! I paid $100.00 and that included the delivery to my house. Let the stripping begin... and maybe I`ll take a few parts off the car too. Any bets I can get the 368 running...

09-16-10, 12:06 PM
you should be able to get it running...give it a shot :D

and also, any good parts you don't need...put them in the parts thread! :D

77-79 Cadillac
09-16-10, 12:37 PM
I'm glad to hear they hailed it for you, its to bad its in sad shape. I would still block that caller, you have a lot of work ahead of you. I been driving Cadillacs for over 10 years, I don't get calls like that! I like Cadillacs, growing up as a teen, I had much respect for big block torgue monster and haappy to own three now. Is there any chance you will restore it?

09-16-10, 12:55 PM
Well, I've got too many decent cars to even consider restoring this poor ol' soul. Plus... it's in horredous shape. This is a parts car's parts car's parts car, I believe, but I will put its bits and pieces to good use. :)

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09-17-10, 01:30 AM
Nice to know it will live on in others of its kind. As for getting the 368 running, a little penetrating oil in the cylinders, a little gas in the carb, a fresh battery, and unless she's seized beyond all hope, she should fire right up.

Robin Banx
09-19-10, 07:19 PM
Does the seat belt chime work in it?? If so, I'd like to have it.


09-20-10, 01:44 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this thread. Had I been earlier I would have wished for a 1949 sedanette.

09-20-10, 04:18 PM
Still interested in tail light lens and chrome bezel and that little swatch of plastic around the joystick control for the passenger side mirror.