: 65 Sedan Deville project



Stevoreno
03-24-13, 09:24 PM
Hey guys. My son and I are about to start on the new car for real here in a few days. I've decided to start on the quarter panels. driver's side first. One step at a time I suppose. I'm trying not to look at the whole thing at one time as it's quite a project. So, It's quarter panels first, then I'm going to pull the back glass and repair the pocket the glass sits in. So we pulled the trim on the back glass, and the side trim on the fenders and doors. Most of that is in good shape. And we have the back bumper assembly off as well. Bumper is in nice shape too. I cleaned the crud out around the back window and revealed the swiss cheese i expected to find. I'm thinking water went into the trunk from there, and rotted the quarters. God they're bad! But the rocker panels are in great shape, so go figure.

The good news is that I was able to come up with replacement lower quarter panel patches from a junkyard in AZ. Arizona Vintage Parts is the name of the place. I got them for $200 per side, and was really just expecting the single outer sheet metal piece. What I got was pretty much a whole sub-assembly cross section of good metal from the trunk floor out. If you call them for anything, ask for Al. He's all business, and doesn't seem like one to chit chat much, but man I feel like I got a good deal. Way cheaper than other classic yards, and he specializes in Cadillac.

So, now I have to figure out exactly where I want to cut my car, I have to do some surgical disassembly on my new used panels, and I have to make a trip to stupid Harbor Freight for a flanging tool and a spot weld cutter. I really hate to buy their Chinese garbage, but the air operated flanging tool / hole punch has some good reviews on it. I was going to go today, (my only day off this week), but it's snowing like crazy, and screw that. So for now, I'm going to try to figure out how to get some pics up while I stay warm and dry.

Steve

Stevoreno
03-24-13, 10:27 PM
Ok, don't know if this will work or not. Let's see


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Cool!!! More to come later.... Steve

77CDV
03-24-13, 11:26 PM
Good luck and have fun with the project! :)

02603sec
03-26-13, 07:55 PM
Stevo. My dad had one of these new. He bought it from Hanley Dawson in Chicago. Same interior as yours, except it was a black exterior no vinyl. Nice riding car! High quality build. His got rusty where the stainless side trim connected to the side panels... The rust was visible in 69 when he had it painted. We thought someone poured sugar in the tank, but he had the 429 rebuilt. When they pulled the valve covers they were filled with greyish claylike substance this grey goop was everywhere. He went with the 70 eldo after that. But he loved that black 65 sdv. Silvertown bias ply tires, delco pleasure rider shocks, comfort control am radio, pw, pdr, No twilight, cruise, autodimming, or pwr vents. Oh yeah, it had the golf ball sized dent in the pass side underneath front bumper. Good luck with your restore.. Going to take a lot!

scott9001
03-26-13, 09:15 PM
hey i have a trim set from the sides like the long skinny chrome piece down the body from a coupe deville if u need anything if they will even work... if you know of any front door panels for a 2 door kicking around your area let me know im in need thanks.

cadillacbart
03-27-13, 11:26 PM
Hey guys. My son and I are about to start on the new car for real here in a few days. I've decided to start on the quarter panels. driver's side first. One step at a time I suppose. I'm trying not to look at the whole thing at one time as it's quite a project. So, It's quarter panels first, then I'm going to pull the back glass and repair the pocket the glass sits in. So we pulled the trim on the back glass, and the side trim on the fenders and doors. Most of that is in good shape. And we have the back bumper assembly off as well. Bumper is in nice shape too. I cleaned the crud out around the back window and revealed the swiss cheese i expected to find. I'm thinking water went into the trunk from there, and rotted the quarters. God they're bad! But the rocker panels are in great shape, so go figure.

The good news is that I was able to come up with replacement lower quarter panel patches from a junkyard in AZ. Arizona Vintage Parts is the name of the place. I got them for $200 per side, and was really just expecting the single outer sheet metal piece. What I got was pretty much a whole sub-assembly cross section of good metal from the trunk floor out. If you call them for anything, ask for Al. He's all business, and doesn't seem like one to chit chat much, but man I feel like I got a good deal. Way cheaper than other classic yards, and he specializes in Cadillac.

So, now I have to figure out exactly where I want to cut my car, I have to do some surgical disassembly on my new used panels, and I have to make a trip to stupid Harbor Freight for a flanging tool and a spot weld cutter. I really hate to buy their Chinese garbage, but the air operated flanging tool / hole punch has some good reviews on it. I was going to go today, (my only day off this week), but it's snowing like crazy, and screw that. So for now, I'm going to try to figure out how to get some pics up while I stay warm and dry.

Steve

Looks about like my 1968 when I started. The flange tool from HF works great. Makes great overlap joints. I used it when replacing my quarters and lower front fenders as well. I only cut out about the lower 6 in of the rear quarters for mine.

CaddyGas
03-29-13, 01:15 AM
Best part about it is, the time spent with your son.

CADforce69
04-01-13, 03:58 PM
Great project to give this caddy a second chance. Interior could be good with just a good set of seat covers. Looking forward to see progress. :thumbsup:

Mepsgod
05-25-13, 09:30 PM
Steve, I too am redoing a 1965 Sedan deVille. I was raised in Illinois and now reside in NC. My car should be in the final stages with interior and paint going together within the next month or so. I will add a few of my pictures as I go so we can compare projects. This is what it looked like when I got it.

Mepsgod
01-01-14, 04:51 PM
Here is what my SDV looks like now. I like the new color. How about you.

orconn
01-01-14, 05:37 PM
^^^ What a nice job! I have always liked the '65's (in any configuration), yours looks terrific. Losing the inappropriate hood ornament is much appreciated ( can't stand non factory use of hood ornaments). I really like the color and really enjoyed seeing the pictures of the finished project.

Mepsgod
01-01-14, 06:13 PM
ORCONN, Thanks for the comments. I felt the same way about the hood ornament and felt it had to go. This is the same color as my dodge truck, it's called Inferno Red Crystal Pearl. Have a Happy New Year.

chrisntam
01-01-14, 08:17 PM
That's a nice looking unit!

talismandave
01-01-14, 11:19 PM
Looks great! Gorgeous car.

77CDV
01-02-14, 04:13 AM
Sweet! :thumbsup:

CADforce69
01-02-14, 07:09 PM
Really beautiful in both colors :thumbsup: Red adds personality and strength without losing elegance... Totally agree: Much better without the hood ornament