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The Classic Cadillac Forum Discussion, 1966 sdv in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Been a while since I have posted... Haven't had the time. But I came across a 1966 Sedan de Ville ...
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    1966 sdv

    Been a while since I have posted... Haven't had the time. But I came across a 1966 Sedan de Ville and I had to have it. Here she is... One family owned, 87k mi.



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    Neat car! Congratulations and enjoy it!
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Thanks... This is as-found. I was going to drive it home, but the carb is acting up and it's about 150 miles away, so I'll have it brought to me.

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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Sweet!


    Welcome back.
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    Thanks Dave,

    I have been so busy with this job I took last year that I have hardly time to eat! But we are now in the "slow season", so I have more time to play.

    This car far exceeded my expectation. Unmolested originals are getting very hard to find around here! When I got there, they had her on a lift with the gas tank down and were replacing the fuel "sock" filter... So my first view was the underbelly. Frame was perfect, no rust or rot anywhere. Even the lower passenger fender is perfect... And as anybody who has had a 1960's Cadillac knows, that is the first place to rust. Another common place for one of these cars to rust is the bumper ends. The ones on this car are excellent with no rust at all.

    I shined a light into the gas tank while it was down and it was clean... Before they put the tank back up, they replaced all the rubber fuel lines, which was very nice. As I walked under the car, I noticed it also had new front brake lines and at least "newer" whitewall tires.

    I also saw that the transmission was particularly clean with a new pan gasket... And and as I was looking at it, it was revealed to me that the old man who owned the car had recently had it rebuilt... But my big surprise came when they lowered it down and opened the hood. I saw a brand new A/C compressor!... Working air, are you kidding? The car kept getting better and better and the decision to buy became more of a no-brainer... After a little haggling, of course

    The paint appears to be mostly original (ancient quarter panel repair) and the interior is 100% original. The seat upholstery is virtually perfect with little to no signs of wear. I only noticed two "goofy" things... Some time long ago, someone installed some sort of custom hood ornament which has since broken off, however the crazy square ornament base remains. The other thing is that someone hand painted green stripes across the tops of the fenders, this also appears to have been done long, long ago. I plan to preserve the original paint and try to get that "custom" stripe off somehow. Still debating whether or not I will replace the top. Probably will eventually.

    But for now, Just a little carburetor work and maybe a fuel pump and we will be cruising... Can't wait!
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    That is great Marc, I am glad it happened to one of us for a change! I get sick of seeing people sign in all the time with these perfect cars they got cheap, it's about time one of us regulars got a prize!

    If you get a chance you may want to drop down to lounge and address the Faded Crest thread!

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    Hows the 98 Faded?

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    Re: 1966 sdv

    The 1966's are one of my favorite years for Cadillacs of the sixties. Nice find, I'll be looking forward to hearing about your progress with this very nice Cadillac.

    Glad to see you back on the Forums!
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Welcome back. Nice find!
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Nice ride! Good job on the find
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Great score! I always find it interesting that you could get these cars with either tilt, telescope, or both steering wheel.
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Quote Originally Posted by 77CDV View Post
    Great score! I always find it interesting that you could get these cars with either tilt, telescope, or both steering wheel.
    I am even more amazed about power doorlocks and cruise control Cadillacs even got before 1960. Or what about that rain sensor in the 57 Eldorado convertible to close the top automatically? Cadillac had really neat innovations that are even innovative for today's standards. Like the automatic high beam dimmer with that light sensor in the front? They re-introduce this feature in LED-head lights.

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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Of course, it's all subjective... But 1966 is one of my all-time favorites in Cadillac body-style. I've always been a fan of '60's GM stacked headlamps, and personally prefer the 90degree vertical over raked version, in addition to the full-length body line on this generation.

    When on the road... there is no mistaking that THIS, is a Cadillac. These model-years have very straight, clean, understated lines...class, prestige, elegance and power without the need to 'show off'.

    That car looks really straight & solid. Enjoy it, congrats!
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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Congrats for your acquisition, Faded Crest . For the pics and your description it seems you got a good one. With little work you´ll have a shining example of an original 66 SDV. It´s really difficult getting one of these for a good price.

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    Re: 1966 sdv

    Quote Originally Posted by CADforce69 View Post
    Congrats for your acquisition, Faded Crest . For the pics and your description it seems you got a good one. With little work you´ll have a shining example of an original 66 SDV. It´s really difficult getting one of these for a good price.
    Thanks... You are right. It's been a long time since I've messed with old cars and boy have they gone up! And they are rustier now, too!

    Anyway, the transport driver delivered it to me last night. I look forward to playing with it this week!
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