: New Guy Here

03-29-11, 08:23 AM
Just thought I'd introduce myself. I worked for a Caddy dealership in 1965 for a couple of months, right out of high school. In 1972 I hired in at GM, Cadillac plant, Clark st. Detroit. We were building Coupes, Sedans, Fleetwoods, Talismans, Eldorados, and commercial chassis to be sent out to be built into ambulances, we also built a formal limo, with a manual sliding glass window seen alot of big name people come through the plant, Jesse Jackson, Coleman Young, Mary Kay, to name a few. Got into Fisher Body repair about 1974, 75, that was fixing anything, Fisher body or Fleetwood, all electrical and sheet metal. In 77 we had a cutback and I got bumped to Seville plant, 2 blocks away, still doing repair. We built the Seville and the Elegante, at the time, the Elegante, just before it would ship, it would go to 1 repairman and one paint specialist for 1 shift to check for rattles and a complete inspection, then the paint spec. would hand buff the 2 tone paint, till there was no flaws, and then pinstripe.
In 1987, the Cadillac plant was closing, I had 4 plants to choose from and I picked Livonia Powertrain because that's where the Caddy engines were built, and I wanted to stay with the Caddy name, when we were going into the Northstar Prod. I was on the start-up crew. I stayed on till 2002 and then retired.
We built 1 Caddy limo from a Caddy from the Lk. Orion plant, and we built 1, all White Caddy station wagon, which I have some of the only pictures of, i will try to figure out how to get these posted.

Blk. 1979 Fleetwood
Blk. 1982 Eldorado ETC
1994 Polo Grn. Eldorado ETC (Northstar)
1996 Pearl Red Eldorado ETC
2006 blk. Seville STS
2008 red tintcoat CTS
Now, Blk. 2011 CTS Coupe
That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!:)

03-29-11, 08:40 AM
I'm VERY intrigued by the white wagon. :thumbsup:

Welcome to the forums. I hope you enjoy it here. :)

03-29-11, 08:57 AM
I have been driving Caddy's all these years and I can't believe I never thought of a Caddy forum, I'm on at least 15 other forums.:o
I'm going to talk to my daughter and see if she can scan the photo's of the wagon so I can post them. It is a White Birrittz wagon. I also have the whole top of my pool table full of old Caddy shop, service, and trouble shooting manuals, a few old owners manuals, and even some old Gold Keys that have never been cut. When I get everything logged, I will post in the classifieds.

03-31-11, 10:37 AM
I soooo want a 2011 CTS coupe, i envy you. But i also love my 97 ETC, thanks for all the hardwork you put into these beautiful automobiles over the years, welcome to the forums

03-31-11, 11:23 AM

STS Serge 172
03-31-11, 12:45 PM
Welcome I'm new also!

Hope to learn something from your wisdom/experince you've had within the industry!

03-31-11, 12:49 PM
vincentm, they weren't always as nice as they are now, I have seen some that hadn't left the plant yet and you couldn't give them to me all the way up to 1987.:canttalk:

03-31-11, 02:10 PM
A few things i can remember:
Caddy's on the line with no AC, no radio, manual windows, and cheap cloth seats.
Fleetwood Talisman with foot rests in the rear & a console in the front where the lid flipped open & there was 2 ink pens and a notepad.
Experimenting with aluminum hoods. (around 77 or 78 coupes & sedans) Had an A stamped in the hood.
Our first airbag in the str. whl. had one on display hooked to an air hose (125psi plant air) it sounded like a whoopi cushion when it inflated.
Our first passive seatbelt sys. bolted to window frame & floor, between the seats with a normal retractor.
Butterscotch plaid, cloth interior with a round plaid pillow hooked to seat instead of a console. Looked like a big roll of cheese.
Special order interiors with diff. color beading. (dark blue leather w/ red beading) God that was ugly.
Government said all bumpers had to be certified the same height with lasers and a stamped certificate for each car. We watched 4 beautiful granite columns about 6' sq. and 30' tall, lowered in the ground, got the whole setup, up and running, the government then said, forget that, concentrate on fuel savings. Now, you ever wonder why cars cost so much? Not one car in the industry was ever certified.

I'll post more as I think of it.

03-31-11, 02:20 PM
One more I just thought of: Mary Kay Cosmetics pink & white Caddys, they came with a spare gallon of pink paint in the trunk. I worked afternoons and when we came into work, the plant & the line would would be full of these, it would take about 3 or 4 days to get them all out. She would order about 250 to 300 of them, and you had to get permission in writing from her to use her paint. I saw her come through the plant one afternoon, I figured this might be some HOT chick, boy, was I wrong.:)