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The Classic Cadillac Forum Discussion, Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by talismandave How clean is your frame? This one sure looks sweet! http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/pts/4498294380.html Wow... that really is sweet! ...
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    How clean is your frame?
    This one sure looks sweet!
    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/pts/4498294380.html
    Wow... that really is sweet!

    I love they way people say "thousands invested" while asking $1350. Sounds like a pretty bad "investment" to me!
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    FINALLY got a couple of consecutive days off from work with good weather! Lots of progress...

    Got the floor preppped and sealed with the rust inhibiting paint:









    Let everything dry overnight then glued down the padding:





    NEW CARPET! Got this piece from Stockinteriors.com and I can't say enough about it. Cutout patterns for the dimmer switch and seatbelt bolts were right where they needed to be, and the fit and material seem top-notch.





    Aaaaaand, finally got to drop the rebuilt front seat in to place.





    At this point I stopped everything and took Jen for a short ride for some fresh gas and to blow the cobwebs out... she hasn't been driven since last fall and I could tell she was getting cranky!

    Might stop the interior installation at this point depending on whether the top guy can take her in within the next couple of weeks. Otherwise, I'll get the rest of the stuff in and wait until fall... again! I post another update when I figure it out.

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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    A great an thorough work, including sound absorbing material, rust neutralizer, great materials for carpet and upholstery... I could not stop even knowing that rear seat will have to go off again when the new top is installed... Go and enjoy your ride for this summer! You only live once
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockhead261 View Post
    I love they way people say "thousands invested" while asking $1350. Sounds like a pretty bad "investment" to me!


    I never noticed that before, now I see it in almost every ad and crack-up!

    I agree that the stitching on the recover adds a really classy look. Would be worth doing even if your panels were good!

    You sure do have a great car there and are making it better that Cadillac did.
    Keep up the great work, and the wonderful project thread.

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    UPDATE

    I just spent nearly $1,300 while seated at my dining room table and have nothing to show for it.

    I took Jennifer to the top guy yesterday and he gave her a full examination. I got some welcome news - the top mechanicals are all solid (well, except for the center bow pivots) and all I really need is the usual stuff. Top, well, pads, rain gutter, cables, and heated glass are on the way from Electron Top, and a complete weatherstrip kit along with center bow pivots is coming from Convertible Top Specialists. All in-stock and should all be here by the middle of next week, so I'm thinking I'll be getting the top done sometime after the holiday.

    In other words, the back seat and side panels are staying out for now.
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockhead261 View Post
    UPDATE

    I just spent nearly $1,300 while seated at my dining room table and have nothing to show for it.

    I took Jennifer to the top guy yesterday and he gave her a full examination. I got some welcome news - the top mechanicals are all solid (well, except for the center bow pivots) and all I really need is the usual stuff. Top, well, pads, rain gutter, cables, and heated glass are on the way from Electron Top, and a complete weatherstrip kit along with center bow pivots is coming from Convertible Top Specialists. All in-stock and should all be here by the middle of next week, so I'm thinking I'll be getting the top done sometime after the holiday.

    In other words, the back seat and side panels are staying out for now.
    I can relate.

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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    I have owned many convertibles as long as I have been driving.

    No matter the amount of money you spend on a professionally fitted, quality top, you will never sit in it in the rain and say "I should have gone cheaper on this".
    You will also never feel it was too much money on a sunny day with it folded out of sight!

    They are just like divorces. They're expensive, because they're worth it!
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    Quote Originally Posted by talismandave View Post
    I have owned many convertibles as long as I have been driving.

    No matter the amount of money you spend on a professionally fitted, quality top, you will never sit in it in the rain and say "I should have gone cheaper on this".
    You will also never feel it was too much money on a sunny day with it folded out of sight!

    They are just like divorces. They're expensive, because they're worth it!
    Love it!

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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    People spend more on tv's allday, I'll spend 1,350 all day for a tv with four wheels and a motor.
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    Ooooo, lookie what the brown truck brought me!



    Lots and lots of soft, gooey rubber!

    I gotta admit that I was a little leery of ordering a "kit" from a place I never dealt with, figured it would be just a bunch of loose stuff tossed in a box for me to figure out. Exactly the opposite - everything is individually packaged and labeled with instructions, even has all the little plastic pins and bits that are impossible to source. Props to Convertible Top Specialists.

    Also got the pivots. They look like exact replicas right down to the rivet stamp on the back of the pivot ball.



    And, like the rubber stuff, all the little bits are included;



    No word on the top yet... I'll get in touch with Juan on Monday and see what's what.

    Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I got real daring and took apart the seat switch a couple days ago after I couldn't get the seat to move forward to install the rear mounting bolts. Very simple fix with some emery cloth between the contacts. It's pretty cool having a "serviceable" part as opposed to today's throwaway advanced technology. Seat moves again, got the rest of the bolts in and tidied up the rest of the wiring. I WANT MY TOP!
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    Are you able to post a pic of your window washer switch?? I have a 75 deville and I need to buy a replacement. The ebay auction I found had one that fir a 75 eldorado, but I wanted to make sure before I dropped the money. My dash is split, but has a weird shaped hole that is for the switch. I just want to make sure I dont waste money.

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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    UPDATE:

    I stopped by the top guy's shop yesterday after expecting to hear from him last week. Lo and behold, he either forgot to order the top or there was a misunderstanding between us due to a language barrier, but I suspect the former.

    Either way, the top has now been ordered and will be here no later than the end of the week, and he should be able to get me in sometime before the end of July.

    I've continued tinkering here and there, and I've gone a few short rides when there's no weather systems within 100 miles, but I'm still holding off on installing the rear interior pieces until the top is done. It won't be much longer.
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    WOOOHOOO The top is in and I'm finally on the schedule for late next week.

    I am AMAZED at the packing job by Electron Top... when Juan first showed me the box I asked him where the rest of the stuff was. It was literally all in a single box about the size of a dining room table leaf... maybe 48" x 16" x 4". We opened it up and inspected everything... nothing like the smell of fresh vinyl Of course, I neglected to take pics of the stuff - my bad - but I'll be giving Juan a hand with refinishing the top frame once it's all apart, so many pics to follow. Stay tuned.
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    Re: Getting caught up - '75 Eldo convertible rejuvination

    I put the new pivots on the center bow today. The fit was less than optimal to say the least.





    See the gaps? If I try to tighten it down all the way the swivel won't swivel at all. I decided to give the ball joint some breathing room, so out came the ball peen hammer!





    A few smacks and a dab of grease later....





    Screws tight, ball joints swing freely! The car goes in tomorrow, should get it out in a week or so....
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